|These Release Notes are in Draft Status.
Definitely not released yet.
Important changes for packagers
- New dependency on
python-cssselectadded which is required for usage of Inkscape extensions (MR #3239)
- Dialogs have been refactored to better control their update and refresh mechanisms (MR #3369), and will defer updates when hidden (MR #3761)
- New Layers and Objects dialog significantly improves performance when handling many objects at the same time. (MR #2466 MR #3635)
- Document Properties dialog enormously sped up on macOS if grids are in use. (MR #3400, MR #3403)
- Speed improved for documents with many layers by using static layer selection in the status bar (MR #3629)
General user interface
The padding of the + / - buttons for number entry fields has been reduced, so those fields now take up considerably less space. If you prefer the wider buttons, this can be turned off in
Preferences > Interface : Use narrow number entry boxes . (MR #3358)
HSL is much more intuitive way how to think about colors so now its defoult mode for color picker. we moved all color picker blending modes in to dropdown and added icons for cleaner UI.
Layers dropdown indicator was replace by button that will open new Layers and object dialog
we made tab labels more responsive to the width of dialog
Docking zones now blink after you start dragiign tab to show where it is possible to dock it
We added Options button (arrow down) next to every dialog, It has option for closing, undockin but alos open any dialog
Multiple icons got small retouches and other improvelmts to redability or contrast. Align and distribute icons got new redesign to fit in to 16x16 grid. Green color for dark theme got litle brighter to improve conrrast Coursors and icons in toolbox for bezier tool and caligaphy now use same imagery
we added realisitc shadow to the page
Snapping settings got unifed and settings are nolonger saved in to svg file but to to preferences inside of inkscape. All snapping settings are moved to Preferences> Behaiviour > Snapping
Snapping toobar got removed and replaced with new simplified snappinng pop over. You can find it in top Right corner ass a toggle swich with arrow for changeg preferences.
Preferences has two modes:
- Simple - 3 options (Bounding box, paths, Aligment snapping). This should be good simple preset for most of users needs.
- Advanced - All granualr control over every snapping option. This provides all funcionality for pro users
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.
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.
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.
is useful for node editing. Nodes will snap to thier own geometry
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.
Related Merge Request: https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3294
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 + .
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]
kerning options moved to pop over to save spce in toolbar. We aslo incresed range sliders for letters/words spacing https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/2569 https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3434
Last line in pafragraf is not jastified anymore https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3780
New tool and feature that alows you to create multipage ( pages ) SVG and PDF. As a part of this feature is also import of multipages to inkscape.
- you can create new page on cavas
- you can edit size page on canvas
- you can chage position of page on cavas
- you can create new page by clicking + in toolbar
- you can name your pages
- you can delete page
- you can fit page size areound your selection
- you can type in page sizes
- you can chose page size from presers
- You can open Pdf/Ai with multiple pages
- You can inport pages from Pdf in to existing svg (file> import)
- you can save/expot multipage pdf
- you can save multipage svg ( multipages are not suported in browsvers first page is viewport for browsvers)
(TODO: document all features and how it works)
Caligraphy brush / pen
Allows fixation to have negative values https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3782
You can hide the docking area on the left or right on the screen with a single mouse action now!
Click on the vertical
... or drag the bar past 50% percent of the minimal dock width (MR #2969)
Preferences zoom ruler respect theme look
Allow select same to work like select all
Claen up of ui: Added sliders , fixed live preveiw, dialog is size responsive
Color pallete and Swatches
We improved Look and settings options of this two panels. Scrolling is now posible just on vertical axies
Alignment and distribute
We fused Arrange dialogs into Aligment and Distributi dialog . its in 3 tabs with more user frendly names and small visual tweeks.
Icons inside this dialogs are smaller and redesign.s
Layers and Objects dialog
We fused Layres and objects dialog in to new improved dialog.
- new icons for every obejct type
- fisr object icon enable/disabe 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 organizaion
- you can edit color of of layer/object by slisking on color block on right
- default highlight colors delegated to
- doubleclick label (name of the obejct) to rename it
- infobar shows you current layer if you clikc on ot it wil 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 elemets get lover opacity. So you can se what exactly is the obejct you pointing at
SVG Font Editor
Bug fixes, small face lift and UX and performance improvments of the dialog
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).
We cleaned up this dialog, reduced width and added explanation for metric transformations
Fill and Stroke dialog
Gradient Editor is back
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.
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.
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
With the new gradient selection dropdown, users can duplicate gradients by clicking on the
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.
Markers have new dropdown options where you can control size offset and rotation of markers. This alloved us to remove duplicate markres so UI is much easier to navigate. We also clend out marker presets and addet few new arrows and also join ends
You can also edit size rotation and offset of markers on canvas. By clicking on edit button in syle tab under marker
Custom Dash storkes
We added UI for editing custom dash strok pattern. Click on Custom option inside a dashstroke drodown and this field will be shown under it. Now you can add your custom pattern by typing numbers (dash gap dash gap ...)
Other small changes
we reorder caps https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3402
color modes are hidden to dropdown. There is an option in preferences to change old look back https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3443
Split path, split non-intersecting path functionality.
Path > split path
Useful for spliting Letter or other objects made from multipl paths(usaly holes) in to single object
Live path effects
perspective/envelope LPE now works on objects with 0 width or hight . (edge cases for singl line stroke) https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/2712
Import / Export
- A contrast slider was added for finetuning the selected theme's colors at
Preferences ⯈ Interface ⯈ Themeing: Contrast(MR #906)
Drop shadow is now optional for mouse cursors.
You can turn it off in
Preferences > Interface : Enable Scaling and
Preferences > Interface : Show drop shadow
You can change what you see in down infobar. By defoult no changes are made just option to turn off informations https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3445
you can control size of the font preferences > iterface > theme
Toolbars and Toolbox
Preferences > interface > toolbars
You can control size of the icons and also customize with tools are visible in a toolbar(toolbox).
On macOS, enable all special menu items in the application menu and hide them from other menus. https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3767
Modifier keyes now work with pen input https://gitlab.com/freedesktop-sdk/mirrors/gnome/gtk/-/commit/46c12b2c922d5592cedd29624cbf3be6b4411084
Add option to limit output extension to save copy
Added Python appdirs dependency
Behind the curtains
conutinous work on converting verbs to Gio::Actions . This work is done as a preperation for migration to gtk4 and also allowes us to have this commands in command pallet adn assign shorcuts to this coverted commands. (TODO: there is los of MRs mostrly from tav wich needs to be sorted and added here)
Check knot still exists before updating
Masive colection of crash fixes releted to number of LPE (copy, stampe, duplicate)
Action after grouping 3D boxes crash Fix
Fix for crashing of inkscape while Quiting
Fix crash due to invalid or malformed direct-action string
Bezier curve tool Backspace crash
https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3715 Fix crash scrolling across line height units
Fix adding a path effect to symbol causes crash
Fix drag-and-drop svgs, stops crash
Handle two items in spray tool's single path mode
Icon preview crash
Prevents crashing during 3D box import
Fill betweeen Paths LPE crash on selecting https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/3801
Other bug fixes
Fix #1034 - Recursively flatten css style when copying
new booleam operation algoritm
Respect mouse down before mouse move coords (WIN)
Remove mandatory break from end of paragraphs, added in Pango 1.49.
Fix: Subsequent font changes to words in the same textbox now appl
Fix numpad input for unimode in text tool
All handes should be contreld by preferences
Restore refresh of units trackers
Fix find and replace if text has description, nested tspans
all canvas knots shhould have same size and be controled form preferences
Fix multiline vertical text positioning in browsers.
Stop changing line height when units change
Fix Clone Tiler menu item, action mismatch
fix: Cannot quit Inkscape on macOS Big Sur from welcome screen (MAC)
Fix: Position of flowed text no longer applies extra transforms on text
Fix default value for saturate in color matrix filter
nodes widget no longer appears on startup in align and distribute dialog
fixes #2621. Clicking on fill/stroke in the status bar now reopens the dialog if it is
Fix KP_2,4,6,8 shortcuts for rect tool
Transform handle modifiers are now displayed on status bar https://gitlab.com/inkscape/inkscape/-/merge_requests/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.
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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- 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.
- Inkscape 1.3 — development branch
- Inkscape 1.2 (1.2.1) — current stable release branch
- Inkscape 1.1 (1.1.1, 1.1.2)
- Inkscape 1.0 (1.0.1, 1.0.2)
- Inkscape 0.92 (0.92.1, 0.92.2, 0.92.3, 0.92.4, 0.92.5)
- Inkscape 0.91
- Inkscape 0.48 (0.48.1, 0.48.2, 0.48.3, 0.48.4, 0.48.5)
- Inkscape 0.47
- Inkscape 0.46
- Inkscape 0.45
- Inkscape 0.44
- Inkscape 0.43
- Inkscape 0.42
- Inkscape 0.41
- Inkscape 0.40
- Inkscape 0.39
- Inkscape 0.38
- Inkscape 0.37
- Inkscape 0.36
- Inkscape 0.35