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== Important changes ==
== Important changes ==

Revision as of 14:34, 1 January 2019

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Inkscape 1.0

(definitely not released yet - AnnouncePlanning1.0)

Release highlights

Released on «YYYY-MM-DD».

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  • Themeing support
  • Origin in top left corner (optional)
  • Canvas rotation and mirroring
  • Better hidpi screen support
  • Control width of PowerStroke with pressure sensitive graphics tablet
  • Fillet/chamfer LPE
  • New PNG export options]
  • Improved UI performance of handling large paths and selections

Important changes

For users

Custom Icon Sets

Icon sets do no longer consist of a single file that contains all icons, but of single files for each icon. The directory structure must follow the standard structure for gnome icons.

If you would like to create or convert your own icon set to the new format, please see the 'hicolor' and 'Tango' icon theme folders in your Inkscape installation 'share' directory for suitable examples.

As a side effect of a bug fix to the icon preview dialog (see below), custom UI icon SVG files need to be updated to have their background color alpha channel set to 0 so that they display correctly (see Bug #1661989).

Third-party extensions

Third-party extensions need to be updated to work with this version of Inkscape.

For extension writers

[TBC - not final] Extensions have undergone some fundamental changes. Inkscape's stock extensions have been moved to their own repository and were updated for compatibility with Python 3. Internally, extensions have been reorganized and many functions have been deprecated.

[Extension manager? How-to-guide for updating? New API elements? Documentation?]

Instructions for updating old extensions are available at Updating your Extension for 1.0

Also note the changed command line options.

For packagers and those who compile Inkscape

  • autotools builds have been dropped. Please use CMake for building Inkscape from now on. More info is available on our website.
  • libsoup dependency added: we use libsoup for making http requests without the need for dbus and gvfs.
  • Inkscape now uses a git submodule for the extensions directory. If you have cloned the repository and are not building from the release source code tarball, please note the updated build instructions]
  • On Ubuntu 18.04, Gnome's fallback icon set (package 'adwaita-icon-theme-full'), that is needed to display Inkscape's default icons completely, is no longer automatically installed. It has been added as a 'recommends' level dependency.
  • lib2geom: [insert up-to-date info here]

General User Interface

The user interface has been changed to using a more recent version of GTK+, the widget toolkit that Inkscape uses to draw the user interface on the screen. This new version brings a lot of improvements, especially for users of hidpi screens. Updating Inkscape for using it has been a large effort that has been anticipated eagerly for a long time, and was a focus of the Boston Hackfest.

Window position / size

Improvements and fixes to the code for handling/restoring window size and position [1] . The window manager handles most of the job now which should make it much more robust. If you still encounter problems with this, please report those to our bug tracker.



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Y Axis Inversion

During the Inkscape Hackfest in Kiel, a large change by Thomas Holder was integrated into the Inkscape codebase. It allows you to optionally set the origin of your document to the top left corner of the page. This finally makes the coordinates that you can see in the interface match the ones that are saved in the SVG data (unit conversions/transformations may be required), and makes working in Inkscape more comfortable for people who are used to this more standard behavior.


Canvas Rotation

With Ctrl+Shift+Scroll wheel the drawing area can be rotated and viewed from different angles. In the bottom right corner of the Window, the viewing angle can be entered manually. Right-click to select between a set of preset values. Keyboard shortcuts for clockwise/counter-clockwise/no rotation can be set in the preferences.

Canvas rotation.gif

Canvas Mirroring

The canvas can now be flipped, to ensure that the drawing does not lean to one side, and looks good either way. The vertical/horizontal flipping is available from the menu View > Canvas orientation > Flip horizontally / Flip vertically. Keyboard shortcuts for flipping the canvas can be set in the preferences (Edit > Preferences > Interface > Keyboard shortcuts).

Flip canvas 300px.gif


On supported hardware (trackpad, touchpad, multi-touch screen), the canvas can be zoomed with the two-finger pinch gesture.

Visible Hairlines Display Mode

This new display mode is available under the "View->Display mode" menu. It ensures that all lines are visible, regardless of zoom level, while still drawing everything else normally.

This is especially useful for some CNC machines like laser cutters and vinyl cutters which use hairlines to denote cut lines.

Visible hairlines.gif


Changed behavior of Stroke to Path

The 'Stroke to Path' command now not only converts the stroke of a shape to path, but effectively splits it into its components.

In the case of applying it to a path that only has a stroke, the behavior is unchanged.

For paths that don't only have a stroke, but also a fill and/or markers, the result will be a group consisting of:

  • Stroke outline turned to path
  • Fill (if there was one)
  • A group of all markers (if applicable; one group per marker, consisting of its outline and its fill turned into a path)

Stroke to path.gif

Unlinking Clones for Path Operations

Clones and Symbols are now automatically unlinked, before a Boolean operation (union, difference, etc.), or one of the Path operations 'Combine', 'Break apart', or 'Stroke to Path' is performed.

A setting in the preferences at Behavior → Clones → Unlink Clones allows to disable the automatic unlinking.


Calligraphy Tool

A new option to add dots has been added to the tool. Click in place without moving the mouse to create a dot, Shift+Click to create a larger dot [needs documentation in keyboard shortcut list].

Circle Tool

The circle tool can now also create closed ("filleted") circle shapes (closed arcs) with the click of a button.


New option to erase as clip, which allows to non-destructively erase (parts of) all kinds of elements, including raster images and clones.

Erase with clip.gif

Measurement Tool

Hovering over a path with the tool now displays the length, height, width and position of the path. If you hover over a group, it will show the width, height and position of the group. Holding Shift switches to showing info about the constituents of the group.

The tool also has a new option to only measure selected objects when using click-and-drag.

Pencil Tool


Pressure sensitivity can now be enabled for the Pencil tool. This feature makes use of the PowerStroke Live Path Effect (LPE).

New settings for the tool are available for tweaking the behavior of the PowerStroke LPE when it is being created with the Pencil tool (and a graphics tablet/stylus):

  • Use pressure input (in the tool controls bar): activates the PowerStroke feature, if a pressure sensitive device is available.
  • Min/Max (in the tool controls bar): determines the minimal and maximal stroke width (0 to 100%). This does not change the number of available pressure levels, but spreads them out in the available line width interval.
  • Additionally, the PowerStroke LPE itself has been improved, to better work when used in this new way, see the section about LPE updates.
  • Pressure change for new knot (in the global Inkscape preferences, Edit > Preferences > Tools > Pencil): adds a PowerStroke Knot when the stylus pressure changes by this percentage.

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Clipping / Masking

Clip paths and masks now have an inverse mode in the menu, using the PowerClip and PowerMask LPEs.

Inverse clip 400.gif

Live Path Effects

Live Path Effects received a major overhaul, with lots of improvements and new features. The main changes are:

  • Set default parameters: default values for any LPE can be set in the respective LPE's dialog, when it is applied to an object

(Note: we have the 'multiple desktop preferences' problem here: If you have multiple Inkscape windows open, the last one will determine what will be saved to the preferences file, as preferences changes are only saved when Inkscape is closed, and the settings are only loaded from file when a new window is opened.)

  • Clip and Mask: improved handling
  • Fix multiple LPE BBox: a problem with the size of the bounding box when applying multiple LPEs to an object has been fixed
  • Knots on shapes: show edit knots in LPE shapes
  • Switch knots: change the handles to the correct LPE handles when one selects an LPE in the list of active LPEs for the selected object.

In addition to this, the LPE list now features an icon for each LPE (TBC).

Boolean Operations LPE

[The Boolean Operations LPE finally makes non-destructive boolean operations available in Inkscape. It works by adding the LPE to a path, then linking a copied path to it by clicking on the 'link to path' button. That way, two [more?] paths can be combined to a single shape, and both are still editable. Available options:

  • union
  • symmetric difference
  • intersection
  • division
  • difference
  • cut outside
  • cut inside
  • cut

] functionality incomplete currently, does not hide linked operand, see https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/merge_requests/20#note_100799480

BSPline and Spiro

Improvements in Pen/Pencil mode. With "Alt", you can move the previous node.

'Clone Original' Improvements

This path effect now allows various objects instead of only paths and is even more powerful.

Demo Video

Demo Video

Dash Stroke LPE

This new LPE creates uniformly dashed paths, optionally by subdividing the path's segments, or including dashes that are symmetrically wrapped around corners.

Demo Video

Ellipse from Points

This new LPE creates an optimally fitted ellipse from a path's nodes.

In contrast to the already existing LPE "Ellipse by 5 points" this LPE is more flexible (since, depending on the number of points available, it can fit both circles and ellipses) and has more features. Especially technical illustrators can benefit from these features.

See LPE:_Ellipse_from_Points for a documentation.

Embroidery Stitch LPE

This new LPE can add nodes to your paths and create jump stitches, to create data that can be converted for use with a stitching machine. To view the stitches that you added, activate the 'Show stitches' checkbox, and, if necessary, adjust the 'Show stitch gap' value, so you can see the single stitches.

There are various options for calculating the order of the stitching, for connecting the parts of the drawing and 3 different stitch patterns available. It is suggested to play around with these until you like the result.

For exporting your data, you can, for example, use the HPGL file format and go from there.

Fill Between Many / Fill Between Strokes LPE

New options added:

  • Fuse coincident points: [describe]
  • Join subpaths: [describe]
  • Close: [describe]
  • LPEs on linked: [describe] (Fill Between Many only)

Fillet/Chamfer LPE

This new LPE adds fillet and chamfer to paths. Also adds a new internal class that allows to handle extra info per node, the LPE itself is an example of use the new classes.

Demo video

Knot LPE

New options added:

  • Inverse: use the stroke width of the other path as basis for calculating the gap length
  • Add stroke width: make the gap wider by adding the width of the stroke to the value for the gap length
  • Add bottom (other?) stroke width: make the gap wider by adding the width of the bottom (other?) stroke to the value for the gap length
  • Crossing signs: [not final]

Measure Segments LPE

This new path effect adds DIN and custom style measuring lines to "straight" segments in a path.

Demo video

Mirror Symmetry and Rotate Copies LPE

  • Split feature: This new feature allows custom styles for each part of the resulting drawing without unlinking the LPE. Demo Video
  • The LPE display now updates accordingly when there are objects added or removed.

Power Clip and Power Mask LPE

This new LPE adds options to clips and masks.

PowerStroke LPE Improvements

  • Width scale setting added: adjust the overall width of the stroke after it has been drawn.
  • Closed paths: PowerStroke now works much better on closed paths.

Import / Export

Linking and embedding SVG files

On import of an SVG file, there is now a dialog that asks if the user would like to link to the SVG file, to embed it (base64 encoded) into an tag, or if the objects in the SVG file should be imported into the document (which was how Inkscape handled importing SVG files previously).

[ TBC: The dpi value for displaying embedded SVG files can be set in the import dialog.]

This makes importing SVG files work (almost) the same as importing raster images.

The 'Embed' and 'Extract' options in the context menu for linked SVG files work the same as they do for raster images. The 'Edit externally' option will open the linked SVG file with Inkscape per default. This setting can be changed in the preferences' 'Imported Images' section.

The displaying of the dialog can be disabled by checking the 'Don't ask me again' option.

Linked and embedded SVG images are displayed as their raster representations.

The resolution used for displaying them [TBC: can be set per image? can be set in the xxx dialog for the selected image] is the default image import resolution set in the preferences' 'Imported Images' section. A change in this option will take effect upon closing and reopening the file, and will affect all linked SVG images in the file.

Export PNG images

The export dialog has received several new options which are available when you expand the 'Advanced' section.

  • Enable interlacing (ADAM7): when loading images, they will be displayed faster
  • Bit depth: set the number of bits that code for the color of a pixel, supports grayscale and up to 16bit
  • Compression type: choose strength of lossless compression
  • pHYs dpi: force-set a dpi value for the image
  • Antialiasing: choose type of antialiasing or disable it


Extension development

  • All INX Parameters now have the common attribute indent="n" where n specifies the level of indentation in the extension UI.
  • Add appearance="url" for INX Parameters of type "description". You can now add clickable links to your extension UI.

Plot extension

The new option 'Convert objects to paths' will take care of converting everything to a path non-destructively before the data is sent to the plotter. [gives wrong error message, maybe not working? https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/commit/dd3b6aa099175e2244e1e04dde45bf21a966425e#note_100908512]


The Munsell palette has been added to Inkscape's set of stock palettes.


  • The Desktop template has new options for 4k, 5k and 8k screens.
  • A new template for an A4 3-fold roll flyer was added.


  • Dashes: Inkscape can now load and display files with dashes and/or dashoffsets defined in other units than the unitless user unit (e.g. %, mm) correctly. There is no user interface for editing these values currently, except for the XML editor. Values for the dasharray that are entered in other units (except for %) will be converted to user units when the new values are set.
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Document Properties

  • When resizing the page, the page margin fields can now be locked, so the same value will be used for all margins, but only needs to be entered once.
  • The guides panel now has controls to lock or unlock all guides, create guides around the page, and delete all guides. These actions also appear on the Edit menu, making it possible to assign custom keyboard shortcuts.
  • Grids can now be aligned to the corners, edge midpoints, or centre of the page with a button click in the grids panel.


  • The Bitmaps subsection has been renamed to Imported Images, as it now applies to both imported (embedded or linked) raster images as well as to imported (embedded or linked) SVG images (i.e. to everything in tags).
  • The System subsection lists more relevant folders and offers buttons to open those folders with the system's file browser. This makes it easier to find the correct folder, e.g. for resetting the preferences or for adding an extension or a new icon set.
  • An option for scaling a stroke's dash pattern when scaling the stroke width has been added and can be found at Behaviour → Dashes. It is activated by default.
  • Autosave is now enabled by default. The default directory has changed (the path is displayed in Edit > Preferences > Input/Output > Autosave: Autosave directory).


  • The Symbols dialog can now handle a lot of symbols without delay on startup, and also allows searching. Symbols and symbol sets now displayed in alphabetical order.

Filter Editor

  • The filter primitives now also have a symbolic icon (one whose color can be changed).


Customize all files in the share folder

All files in /share can be over-ridden by placing files in the user's configuration folder (e.g. ~/.config/inkscape). Configurable contents now includes extensions, filters, fonts, gradients, icons, keyboard shortcuts, preset markers, palettes, patterns, about screen, symbol sets, templates, tutorials and some user interface configuration files. Only the file 'units.xml' cannot be overridden.


  • Inkscape can now load fonts that are not installed on the system. By default Inkscape will load additional fonts from Inkscape's share folder (/share/inkscape/fonts) and the user's configuration folder (~/.config/inkscape/fonts). Custom folders can be set in preferences (see Tools → Text → Additional font directories).

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Allow to use "Super", "Hyper" and "Meta" modifier keys
  • Improve shortcut handling code. This should fix a lot of issues and allow to use a lot of shortcuts which were inaccessible before, especially on non-English keyboard layouts.

User interface customization

  • Inkscape is starting to use glade files for its dialogs so they can be reconfigured by users. Only one is currently supported (filter editor).
  • The contents of the menus can be configured by customizing the menus.xml file.
  • Toolbar contents for the command bar (commands-toolbar.ui), the snap bar (snap-toolbar.ui), the tool controls bars for each tool (select-toolbar.ui), the toolbox (tool-toolbar.ui) is now configurable.
  • The file keybindings.rc allows you to... (TODO: do what? What does it do in comparison to keys.xml? Seems to not work at all... seems to be ancient. Can be deleted?)
  • The interface colors and some more UI styles can be customized in style.css (very raw themeing support).

Theme selection

In 'Edit > Preferences > User Interface > Theme', users can set a custom GTK3 theme for Inkscape. If the theme comes with a dark variant, activating the 'Use dark theme' checkbox will result in the dark variant being used. The new theme will be applied immediately.

New theme folders can be added to the directory indicated in Edit > Preferences > System : User themes. A large selection of (more or less current) GTK3 themes is available for download at gnome-look.org

Icon set selection

In 'Edit > Preferences > User Interface > Theme', the icon set to use can be selected. By default, Inkscape comes with 'hicolor' and 'Tango' icons. In addition to this, it offers to use the system icons.

Inkscape also comes with a default symbolic icon set as part of the hicolor icon set. These icons can be colorized in a custom color.

Changes to the icon set take effect when Inkscape is restarted, or when the entire user interface is reloaded by clicking on the 'Reload icons' button. This rebuilds all Inkscape windows. Rebuild takes a couple of seconds, during which the Inkscape interface will be invisible.

Saving the current file as template

A new entry for saving the current file as a template has been added to the 'File' menu. You need to specify a name for it, and optionally, you can add the template's author, a description and some keywords. A checkbox allows you to set the new template as the default template.

Custom page sizes in Document Properties

Inkscape now creates a CSV file (comma separated values) called "pages.csv". It is located in your Inkscape user preferences folder, next to your 'preferences.xml' file. This file contains the default page sizes that you can choose from in the 'Page' tab of the 'Document properties' dialog. You can edit the pages.csv file to remove the page sizes you won't use, or to add new ones.


Inkview was considerably improved and got some new features:

  • Support folders as input (will load all SVG files from the specified folder)
    The -r or --recursive option will even allow to search subfolders recursively.
  • Implement -t or --timer option which allows to set a time after which the next file will be automatically loaded.
  • Add -s or --scale option to set a factor by which to scale the displayed image.
  • Add -f or --fullscreen option to launch Inkview in fullscreen mode
  • Many smaller fixes and improvements

Command Line

The Inkscape command line has undergone a large overhaul. The most important changes are:

  • verbs/actions .......
  • order of commands .......
  • parallel exports ....
  • shell mode(s)....
  • ........
  • Probably not in release: xverbs (command line commands that take parameters, e.g. for saving the selection under a specified filename as svg file) (mailing list thread)
  • New verb allows to swap fill and stroke from command line: EditSwapFillStroke (a keyboard shortcut can now be assigned to it) (bug 675690)
  • Files can now also be saved as Inkscape SVG without calling the GUI save dialog (new command: --export-inkscape-svg)
  • Inkscape can now import a specific page of a PDF file from the command line, for batch processing (new option: --pdf-page N) - does this still work after Tav's changes?


New UI translations for [please fill in].

Notable Bugfixes

  • Symbols: Visio Stencils loaded from .vss files now use their actual name instead of a placeholder derived from the symbol file's name (bug 1676144)
  • Shapes on Pen and Pencil tools now retain color and width (bug:1707899).
  • Text and Font dialog: The font selection no longer jumps to the top of the list when clicking Apply.
  • Docked dialogs now open on their own when the corresponding functionality is called from a menu or button [TBC: Bug: if minimized, this requires a second click]
  • The icon preview dialog now correctly shows the page background (Bug #1537497).
  • Improved UI performance of handling large paths and selections:
    • Accelerated path break-apart and Boolean operations by disabling intermittent canvas rendering during these operations.
    • Accelerated "deselect" speed by improving internal data structure algorithms.

For an exhaustive list of bugs that have been fixed, please see the milestones page for Inkscape 1.0.

Known Issues

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Previous releases