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Edward Tufte Style Presentation of Inkscape Overview

All slides for this type of presentation are somewhere in http://inkscape.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/inkscape/inkscape_marketing/trunk/presentations/. Please edit/add/change them to fit your need and commit upgrades to the content of each slide.


This chart shows three stunning screenshots of Inkscape displaying some of the incredible variety of graphics that Inkscape can make. In stylistic, artistic lettering the chart reads, "Inkscape is a Scalable Vector Graphics program written in Open Source C++ that runs on Linux, UNIX, Mac OS X, and Windows."

At the bottom of the page is a timeline showing how the codebase has evolved from its Gill and Sodipodi origins, with graphical indication of quantity of people involved in development up to today.

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

This slide compares vector graphics to raster. The left side shows the source format, the right shows images, with vector on the top and raster on the bottom. Both images include a "zoomed in" highlight that emphasizes the pixilated nature of raster images vs. the perfect scalability of SVG. Show XML syntax of SVG with example of the square.

Open Source

  • Open Source means:
    • The source code is available for free to the whole world
    • The development process is open to all to participate in and enjoy

In faint text in the margins around the page are some of the open source mantras, like "With enough eyes, all bugs are shallow", "Patch first, discuss later", "Release Early, Release Often", "KISS", "SPOT".

Uses of Inkscape: Vector Graphics / Vector Aesthetics

Show several specific examples of this type of drawing

  • Vectoralized photos
  • Cartoons
  • typography
  • tattoos

Uses of Inkscape: Symbology + Signage

Show several specific examples of this type of drawing

  • Logos
  • Flags
  • Street Signs

Uses of Inkscape: Web Graphics

Show several specific examples of this type of drawing

Uses of Inkscape: Technical Graphics

Show several specific examples of this type of drawing

  • Visually Attractive Maps
  • Diagrams
  • Technical Drawings

Why is Inkscape important?

  • In order to discuss this, one must define the community to which this is important.
    • A production ready vector-software does not exist in the GNU/Linux world.
    • As most ppl would be concerned, this type of tool doesn't exist!
  • Art Community
    • It is free.
    • It is high quality and production ready!
    • Supports positive ideals!
      • Copyright is what it is, but we would like to see more opened up tools and codebases. Promotes development and honesty.
  • Scientific Community
    • Visualizations
    • equations

Development Community/Process

Show graphs of activity based on the Inkscape Status metrics and screenshots of Wiki, the Mailing List archives, Jabber, and the Bug Tracker. In a corner include the text: "Inkscape is a collaborative open source project involving dozens of developers from all over the world, that embodies the Best Practices of the open source development process."

Maybe include something that puts the viewer "in the picture", like a web/network of people, with "YOU" as a node being added to the edge.

Common Misconceptions (Low Hanging Fruit)

  • Isn't this just an open source Illustrator?
  • Isn't there X, Y, and Z projects that already do this?
  • Open Source doesn't innovate, it only imitates.


  • extension system
    • quicker development
    • don't have to know as much about the internals
  • networked editing (shared space)
  • XMP Metadata Integration
  • layers
  • clipart.freedesktop.org


  • Can use your help!
    • Testing
    • Join as a Developer!

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