Release notes/1.2

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Release highlights

Definitely not released yet.

Important changes for packagers

General user interface



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]



Gradient Editor Dialog

New gradient editor inside Fill and Stroke dialog has been added.This new implementation tries to fill the gape left after removal of the legacy gradient editor dialog.

With this new changes, users can now be able to add, edit and delete the stops in the gradient line. Users can add stops by double clicking on the gradient line. can delete it by pressing the delete or backspace key and also can adjust gradients by dragging the stops on the gradient line. Also, users can adjust the stops using stop offset option for more precise adjustments. <GIF or Image to show the new gradient line>

Moreover, to make it more intuitive and for better discoverability, repeat mode option, reverse gradient direction option, gradient library and stops list has been added into Fill and Stroke dialog from the toolbar with few improvements. <Image> <Full Image of Fill and Stroke dialog>

Using stops list, users can add, edit, and delete the the stops. Users can add stops in stops list by clicking on the + button and can delete them by clicking on the - button. <GIF or Image to show the new gradient list>

With new gradient library, users can now duplicate the gradients by clicking on the + button. <GIF or Image to show the new gradient library>


Live path effects

Import / Export




Drop shadow is now optional for mouse cursors. You can turn it off in Preferences > Interface

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:

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Contributing to documentation and documentation translation

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Known issues

Other releases