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Inkscape Development Roadmap

NOTE: This is a working document showing specific near-term tasks needed for achieving milestones. The number in front of the version is in reference to the milestone.

Milestones 0-9 have been completed since the start of the Inkscape Project. See OldRoadmap

Milestone 12 - Inkscape 0.46

New/Changed Dependencies:

  • Gtk 2.8

Architectural Refactoring Effort:

  • Eliminate all use of sp_repr_new in favor of XML::Document::* classes (see [1]
  • Migrate SPObject to native C++ classes
  • Implement gradient UI "release" handler to deal with gradient garbage collection (see bug 984854)
  • Eliminate use of the style.h types in as much of codebase as possible, particularly display/*.
  • Create an SPObject API for tracking references and avoiding id clashes on import and interdocument copy/paste. What we need are a void SPDocument::importCopies([set of SPObjects]), and an [set of SPObjects] SPObject::dependencies() method.
  • Replace style.cpp entirely, with a clearer and cleaner version.
  • 2geom Integration
  • cairo Adoption Effort:
    • Prereq: Is renderer immune to the same kinds of numerical problems we see with our new renderer, libnr, or libart?
    • Will the new renderer improve performance for most users?
    • Integrate a cairo-based SVG Canvas library
  • Convert remaining GTK dialog code to Gtkmm

Codebase Cleanup Effort:

File Format Support Effort:

  • PDF Import/Export
    • Identify remaining problems with the cairo-based PDF tool
    • Ensure clippaths, transparency, bitmaps, etc. all work
    • Generate multipage PDF documents
    • Choice of PDF spec. (PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3)
    • Define bleed and slug areas for offset printing
    • Add crop, bleed and registration marks
    • Add file info/comments
    • Add color bars
  • Native Adobe Illustrator file Import/Export
    • Requires good PDF Import/Export
  • Native CorelDraw file Import/Export
  • Visio support
  • DXF import/export
  • gdkpixbuf(?) - would give JPEG support

Extensions Effort:

  • Implement extension API
  • Implement extension registry
  • Complete Extension preferences dialog
  • Dia-like smart shapes support

User Interface Effort:

  • Object-to-object snapping
  • Enhanced grid system
  • improvement of svg patterns UI - make it similar to gradient-drag, instead of piggybacking knotholder
  • Palettes
    • Custom palettes like from Gnome
    • Ability to load 3rd-party palettes (e.g. Pantone, Trumatch, Focoltone, Toyo, etc.)
  • Implement LittleCMS as color management system
  • Implement iso & hex grid
  • Editable toolbars (libegg)
  • Reenable fuzzy font matching [bb]
  • Improve freehand curve smoothness [pjrm, paraprax]
  • Geometrical constraints
    • "Perpendicular-to", "Parallel-to", etc.
  • Path trimming/extending/offset
  • Filleting tool

Desktop Integration Effort:

  • WebDAV/FTP support via GNOME-VFS, Neon, or the like
  • Make printing work more efficiently and reliably
  • Inter-application cut-and-paste
  • Inter-application drag-and-drop
  • Clipart manager GUI

Testing Effort:

  • Include some rendering tests in `make check'.
  • Get 'make check' to pass on Win32 and OSX
  • Investigate performance measurement testing for Inkscape

Animation Effort

  • Prereq: We need a conceptualization of how it should work
  • Currently, part of the concept discussion is at here

SVG Feature Compliance Effort:

  • Ability to select which SVG spec version to save as
  • Multi-page
  • Animation
  • Implement perspective transformations via PerspectiveObject
  • Scripting
  • Path editing
  • Shaped strokes
  • Markers
    • Inherit stroke properties like color
    • On-canvas editing
    • Fix snapping issue
  • Masking/clippaths
    • on-canvas editing
    • Should work like gradient tool to apply transparency
  • hyperlinking
  • Ensure Inkscape does not throw away the internal DTD subsets of documents it reads
  • Real CMYK / LAB / HSB support

Inkboard Effort

  • Stabilize the code by closing crash bugs in the bug tracker
  • Ensure multi-user conferences work across most JEP-compliant Jabber servers
  • Conduct an informal security analysis of Inkboard for security flaws

Milestone 13 - Inkscape 0.47

New/Changed Dependencies:

  • Gtk 2.10

Milestone 14 - Inkscape 0.48

Milestone 15 - Inkscape 0.49

Milestone 16 - Inkscape 0.50 - SVG Mobile Support

Milestone 17 - Inkscape 0.51

Milestone 18 - Inkscape 0.52

Milestone 19 - Inkscape 0.53

Milestone 20 - Inkscape 0.54

Milestone 21 - Inkscape 0.55

??? - Inkscape 1.00 - Full SVG 1.1 support

Milestone [Future]