Release notes/1.2

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Release highlights

Definitely not released yet.

  • Inkscape documents can now hold multiple pages, which are managed by the new Page tool
  • Performance improvements for many parts of the interface and many different functions

General user interface

Color palette

The overall look and options of the color palette and the Swatches dialog got a massive overhaul (MR #2881):

  • Color palettes now have a preview
  • Improved settings for size and padding
  • New setting for number of rows
  • Scroll vertically through palette rows, or use the arrow buttons

Color pallet demo.gif

Status Bar

  • The layer selection dropdown has been replaced by a layer indicator. Clicking on the indicator opens the new Layers and object dialog. This change improves Inkscape's performance for documents with many layers (MR #3629).



  • The page shadow now has a more realistic, blurry, fade-out look (MR #3128)
  • Settings for the page background / decoration were refactored, see [section about Document properties dialog]
  • Inkscape documents can now hold multiple pages! See [section about the new Page tool]


  • Snapping toolbar got removed and replaced with new simplified snapping pop over. You can find it in top Right corner as a toggle switch with arrow for change preferences.
  • Snapping settings got unified and settings are no longer saved in to svg file but to to preferences inside of inkscape.
  • All snapping settings are moved to Preferences> Behavior > Snapping

Preferences has two modes:

  • Simple - 3 options (Bounding box, paths, Alignment snapping). This should be good simple preset for most of users needs.
  • Advanced - All granualr control over every snapping option. This provides all functionality for pro users (MR #3323)

Snapping popover .gif

Alignment and Distribution snapping

Three new modes of on-canvas snapping have been added. These new modes make aligning and distributing objects a very easy drag and drop operation.

The new snapping options can be enabled or disabled from the Snap popover -> Advanced using the following new options:

  • Alignment Snapping : Toggle alignment snapping for objects.
  • Self snapping : Toggle alignment snapping for nodes in the same path while editing nodes.
  • Distribution snapping : Toggle distribution snapping.

new Snap Toolbar options

Alignment and distribution snapping also have their separately configurable snap tolerances which can be adjusted in Document Properties > Snap. Both Alignment and Distribution snapping also have a preference to show snap distances which can be enabled or disabled from Preference > Snapping > Show snap distance in case of alignment or distribution snap.

Alignment Guides

are horizontal or vertical lines that only appear when you're editing objects on the canvas. Temporary guide lines appear if the selected object can be aligned relative to another object on the canvas. Once a guide does occur, the movement of the selection is constrained in the general direction of the guide which makes placing objects on the canvas easier.

Self snapping

is useful for node editing. Nodes will snap to their own geometry

Distribution Guides

are also a new feature added to Inkscape. These are spacing guides that appear in between equally spaced objects. These guides make it easier to place objects at equal distance from each other. These guides also appear in horizontal or vertical direction based on the optimum snap position.

Distribution and Alignment Snapping

(MR #3294)


Calligraphy tool

Allows fixation to have negative values (MR #3782)

Page tool

New tool and feature that allows you to create multi-page SVG and PDF documents. As a part of this feature is also import of multipages to inkscape (MR #3486, MR #3785, MR #3821).

  • you can create new page on canvas
  • you can edit size page on canvas
  • you can change position of page on canvas
  • you can create new page by clicking + button in toolbar
  • you can name your pages
  • you can delete page
  • you can fit page size around your selection
  • you can type in page sizes
  • you can chose page size from presets
  • You can open PDF/AI with multiple pages
  • You can import pages from pdf in to existing svg (file> import)
  • you can save multipage pdf
  • you can save multipage svg ( multipages are not supported in browsers first page is viewport for browsers)
(TODO: document all features and how it works)

Selector Tool

Custom Origin

You can edit the Origin of the selection. By clicking on one of 8 canvas handles <-> changes the origin/ anchor point of the selection. After that, you will see a big gray cross from a new origin. This change will be reflected in the toolbar from where you can edit position and size with precise numbers. This is useful if you want to move/scale a selection with a precise number in mind. You can also move origin anywhere by dragging on the middle handle + . (MR #2700)

Change origin of selection.gif Change origin to TOP right.gif

Text Tool

New feature padding knot to flow box (MR #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]

kerning options moved to pop over to save space in toolbar. We also increased range sliders for letters/words spacing (MR #2569, MR #3434)

Path Operations

Split path, split non-intersecting path functionality. Path > split path Useful for splitting Letter or other objects made from multiple paths(usually holes) in to single object (MR #3738)



  • A mini-menu (downward pointing arrow symbol) was added into the title bar of every multi-dialog panel (also called 'notebook'). You can use it to close the current tab, to undock it, or to close the whole panel. It also shows a list of available dialogs, sorted by purpose, allowing you to open them with a click ((MR #3728)
  • Open dialogs are now less costly for performance, because they do not update when it's not needed (MR #3369), or when they are hidden (MR #3761)
  • Docking zones now expand and flash slowly when a dialog is dragged close to them. This makes it easier to see where docking is possible ((MR #3729)
  • The text labels of docked dialogs are now more responsive to the width of dialog (MR #3627)

Align and distribute

  • The formerly separate Arrange dialog is now integrated with the Align and Distribute dialog. With its three tabs, more user-friendly names and some small visual tweaks, the dialog now holds everything that is needed for aligning, distributing and arranging objects in your drawing (MR #3382, MR #3667).
  • The icons inside this dialog are now smaller.

Align and distribute dialog with 3 tabs.gif

Document Properties

We revamped the document properties dialog from old cluttered, not so user friendly to completely redesigned dialog that users will enjoy

  • Document Properties dialog enormously sped up on macOS if grids are in use. (MR #3400, MR #3403)

We redesigned document properties. Since we introduce new feature Multipages wich is not part of svg standart (not suported by browsvers). we cahneg this dialog to contol how big is a viewbox (what gets shown in browsvers). We use first page is also viewbox (MR #3700).

We moved out snapping settings ouside this dialog and also outside of svg document in to preferences.

Fill and Stroke dialog

Color selector

  • The more intuitive HSL mode (hue, saturation, lightness) is now the default mode of the color selector.
  • All color selection modes (e.g. HSL, HSV, RGB, CMYK, color wheel, CMS) have been moved into drop-down menu, with icons. You can get the old, tabbed look back by disabling the option in Edit > Preferences > Interface > Use compact color selector mode switch (MR #3443).

Gradient Editor is back

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

This allows you to add, edit and delete gradient stops directly in the 'Fill and Stroke' dialog again.

  • to add a new stop, double click on the gradient preview
  • to move a stop, click and drag it along the gradient preview or enter the stop offset numerically for more precision
  • to remove a stop, click on it to select it, then press the Del or Backspace key

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


Markers have new drop-down options where you can control size offset and rotation of markers. This allowed us to remove duplicate markers so UI is much easier to navigate. We also cleaned out marker presets and added few new arrows and also join ends

Working with new markers.gif

You can also edit size rotation and offset of markers on canvas. By clicking on edit button in style tab under marker (MR #3394, MR #3420)

Edit markers on canvas.gif

Custom Dash strokes

We added UI for editing custom dash stroke pattern. Click on Custom option inside a dash stroke drop-down and this field will be shown under it. Now you can add your custom pattern by typing numbers (dash gap dash gap ...)

Dashstroke editor.png

Other small changes

we reorder caps to mach order (MR #3402)

Layers and Objects dialog

We fused Layers and objects dialog in to new improved dialog. New Layers and Objects dialog significantly improves performance when handling many objects at the same time (MR #2466, MR #3635, MR #2466, MR #3741, MR #3597, MR #3645).

  • new icons for every object type
  • first object icon enable/disable view of objects
  • masks and clipping paths are added as a overly suicon
  • every new layer has new color
  • Colors of icons in panel and paths on canvas are linked for better organization
  • you can edit color of of layer/object by slisking on color block on right
  • default highlight colors delegated to style.css file
  • double click label (name of the object) to rename it
  • info-bar shows you current layer if you click on it and will open layers dialog
  • shift-click on an eye icon toggles layer solo visibility (hiding others)
  • shift-click on a padlock locks other layers
  • If you hold Alt and hover over items in dialog all other elements get lover opacity. So you can see what exactly is the object you pointing at


  • Preferences zoom ruler respect theme look (MR #3450)
  • Allow select same to work like select all (MR #2832)

SVG Font Editor

Bug fixes, small face lift and UX and performance improvements of the dialog (MR #3396, MR #3552)


The Swatches dialog uses the same improved settings as [the color palette].

Text and Font dialog

The dialog's width has been reduced, so it won't take up excessive amounts of space when docked (MR #3314).

Trace Bitmap

Clean up of ui: Added sliders , fixed live preview, dialog is size responsive (MR #3405)

Transform dialog

We cleaned up this dialog, reduced width and added explanation for metric transformations (MR #3381)


Live path effects

perspective/envelope LPE now works on objects with 0 width or height . (edge cases for single line stroke) (MR #2712)

Import / Export

Customization / Theming

General User Interface

  • The font size in the user interface can be adjusted at Edit > Preferences > Interface > Theming: Font scale (MR #3690)
  • The +/- buttons for number entry fields are now smaller. If you prefer the old, wider buttons, they can be turned on again by disabling Preferences → Interface : Use narrow number entry boxes . (MR #3358)

Bars / Toolbars

  • You can now hide elements from the status bar (style indicator, layer indicator, mouse coordinates, canvas rotation) at Edit > Preferences > Interface: Status bar (MR #3445)
  • You can now hide tools from the tool bar at Edit > Preferences > Interface > Toolbars: Toolbars (MR #3515)

Editing toolbox.gif


  • The drop shadow is now optional for mouse cursors. You can turn it off in Preferences > Interface > Mouse cursors: Show drop shadow (MR #3352).


  • Multiple icons in the Multicolor icons set got small retouches and other improvements to readability or contrast, e.g. the green color is now a little brighter when using a dark theme, to improve contrast.
  • Cursors and icons for the Bézier tool and the Calligraphy tool in the tool bar now use the same imagery [to be confirmed]
  • Align and distribute icons are now smaller, some were redesigned to fit in to 16x16 grid.
  • The icon sizes for the tool bar and the controls bar can now be adjusted smoothly on a continuous scale from from 100% to 300% in Edit > Preferences > Interface > Toolbars: Toolbox icon size / Control bar icon size


  • A contrast slider was added for fine tuning the selected theme's colors at Edit > Preferences ⯈ Interface ⯈ Theming: Contrast (MR #906)

macOS-specific Changes

On macOS, enable all special menu items in the application menu and hide them from other menus (MR #3767)

Windows-specific Changes

Modifier keys now work with pen input (Commit #46c12b)


  • Add option to limit output extension to save copy (MR #3600)
  • Added Python app dirs dependency (MR #3568) [Is this a bug fix?]

Command line

Behind the curtains


continuous work on converting verbs to Gio::Actions . This work is done as a preparation for migration to gtk4 and also allows us to have this commands in command pallet and assign shortcuts to this coverted commands. (TODO: there is lots of MRs mostly from tav which needs to be sorted and added here)


Add support for x, y, width and height SVG2 attributes on <symbol>. Follows logic of <svg> element, which already supported these attributes (MR #3828)

Notable bugfixes

Crash fixes

  • Check knot still exists before updating (MR #717)
  • Masive colection of crash fixes releted to number of LPE (copy, stampe, duplicate) (MR #3479)
  • Action after grouping 3D boxes crash Fix (MR #3698)
  • Fix for crashing of inkscape while Quiting (MR #3681)
  • Fix crash due to invalid or malformed direct-action string (MR #3663)
  • Bezier curve tool Backspace crash (MR #3715)
  • Fix crash scrolling across line height units (MR #3541)
  • Fix adding a path effect to symbol causes crash (MR #3520)
  • Fix drag-and-drop svgs, stops crash (MR #3710)
  • Handle two items in spray tool's single path mode (MR #3470)
  • Icon preview crash (MR #3439)
  • Prevents crashing during 3D box import (MR #3592)
  • Fill between Paths LPE crash on selecting (MR #3801)

Other bug fixes

  • duplicated gradeint does not get deleted (MR #3361)
  • Last line in paragraph is not justified anymore (MR #3780)
  • Fix #1034 - Recursively flatten css style when copying (MR #3656)
  • new boolean operation algorithm (MR #3724)
  • Respect mouse down before mouse move coordinates (WIN) (MR #3735)
  • Remove mandatory break from end of paragraphs, added in Pango 1.49 (MR #3630)
  • Fix: Subsequent font changes to words in the same textbox now apply (MR #3631)
  • Fix numpad input for unimode in text tool (MR #3689)
  • Restore refresh of units trackers (MR #3665)
  • Fix find and replace if text has description, nested tspans (MR #3551)
  • all canvas knots should have same size and be controlled form preferences (MR #3679, MR #3699)
  • Fix multiline vertical text positioning in browsers (MR #3537)
  • Stop changing line height when units change (MR #3544)
  • Fix Clone Tiler menu item, action mismatch (MR #3650)
  • fix: Cannot quit Inkscape on macOS Big Sur from welcome screen (MAC) (MR #2762)
  • Fix: Position of flowed text no longer applies extra transforms on text (MR #3695)
  • Fix default value for saturate in color matrix filter (MR #3626)
  • nodes widget no longer appears on startup in align and distribute dialog (MR #3677)
  • fixes #2621. Clicking on fill/stroke in the status bar now reopens the dialog if it is hidden (MR #3754)
  • Fix KP_2,4,6,8 shortcuts for rect tool (MR #3773)
  • Transform handle modifiers are now displayed on status bar (MR #3809)

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

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

Important changes for packagers

  • New dependency on python-cssselect added which is required for usage of Inkscape extensions (MR #3239)

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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