Release notes/1.2

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Release highlights

Definitely not released yet.

Important changes for packagers

General user interface

Spinboxes are have smaller buttons and less padding. This can be turned off in Preferences > Interface : Use narrow number entry boxes



Alignment and Distribution snapping

3 New modes of snapping also known as Smart snapping has been added:

  • Alignment snapping
    • Self snapping
  • Distribution snapping


Text Tool

New feature padding knot to flow box 2769

SVG 2.0 flowed text allows for shape-padding and shape-subtract attributes, allowing for the text to flow into a shape and leave some space between it's edges and where the text will start to flow as well as subtracting shapes with margin, which allows text to flow around other objects in the scene. These attributes were supported in Inkscape 1.0, but not exposed to the user. This version of Inkscape includes both an adjustable on-canvas knot for changing the padding as well as a Text menu item for setting text subtraction properties with a further knot to adjust it's margins.

[See merge request for animated gifs to add here]



Aligment and distribution

We fused arrange dialogs into one dialog Aligment and distribution . its in 3 tabs with more user frendly names and small visual tweeks

Objects dialog

we remade Objects dialog from scrach .

SVG Font Editor

Bug fixes and small face lift of the dialog

Fill and Stroke dialog

Gradient Editor is back

A replacement for the gradient editor was added to the Fill and Stroke dialog (MR #2688, But UX#67).

Users can now add, edit and delete gradient stops directly in the 'Fill and Stroke' dialog.

New stops can be added by double clicking on the gradient preview, and can be deleted by selecting them and pressing the Del or Backspace key. Their position can be adjusted with the mouse by dragging the stops along the gradient preview, or numerically using stop offset option for more precise adjustments.

Gradient editor adding stops.gif

The Gradient tool toolbar options `repeat mode`, `reverse gradient direction`, a gradient selection library and a list of all stops have been added here, too, so all the options pertaining to gradients are in easy reach.

Gradient editor - repete.gif

Another way to add, edit and delete single stops is to use the list of gradient stops. Users can add stops by clicking on the + button, and can delete them by clicking on the - button.

Adding and removing stops in to list.gif

With the new gradient selection dropdown, users can duplicate gradients by clicking on the + button.

Gradients Library.gif

Users can offset (move) the first and last stops of a gradient. The color beyond the last/first gradient stop is uniformly that of the last/first stop and it becomes transparent where the gradient postion handles end.

First and last node offset.gif


Live path effects

Import / Export




Drop shadow is now optional for mouse cursors. You can turn it off in Preferences > Interface : Enable Scaling and Preferences > Interface : Show drop shadow

macOS-specific Changes


Command line

Behind the curtains

Notable bugfixes

Crash fixes

Other bug fixes

Even more bug fixes

There were even more issues fixed than those listed above, but these probably only affect a small portion of users, or are relevant for development and packaging only.

For a complete list, visit our GitLab issue tracker and see the commit history.


The following UI translations received updates:

The Windows installer translation was updated for [2021-03-03]:

The following documentation translations received updates:

Contributing to interface translations

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Contributing to documentation and documentation translation

Contributions to the documentation translations, as well as improvements to its contents, are welcome at the inkscape-docs repository.

Known issues

  • Gradient editing [as of 2021-06-26]:
    • Gradient collecting is problematic. It deletes your gradient if it's not used by any other object. Will be fixed with 3361
    • If you convert your gradient to swatch, the gradient editor cannot be used for editing it anymore.
    • The first click after exiting the gradient library is ignored.
    • Canvas stops and gradient editor stops highlighting will stop working in some cases.

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