Although I’m not an expert consultant, I can safely say that Inkscape is one of the best vector editors.
Not only because it is free and open source software, but also because it is a really useful application for digital artists who make something out of it.
The latest version (version 0.92) is about 3 years old. Finally, Inkscape announced its version 1.0 – with many new features, additions and improvements.
Ribbon 1.0: What’s new?
Let me highlight a few important changes you should know about the release of Inkscape 1.0 :
First native MacOSapplication
It’s always good to have the right cross-platform support for great tools like Inkscape. And with the latest version, a native MacOS application is also available.
Please note that the MacOS application is still a pre-release and there are still many improvements to be made. However, with better system integration without the need to use XQuartz, this should be a promising advance for MacOS users.
All applications/tools benefit from a significant increase in productivity. Just like Inkscape.
Version 1.0 states that you will notice a smoother reading experience when you use Inkscape for all your creative work.
With the exception of MacOS (which is still the preview version), Inkscape should work well on Linux and Windows.
Enhanced user interface and HiDPI support
They mentioned in their release notes
An important milestone was Inkscape’s ability to use a newer version of the software used to create the editor’s user interface (i.e. GTK+3). Users of HiDPI (high-resolution) displays can thank the team that worked during the Boston Hackfest 2018 to get the updated GTK wheels rolling.
From the GTK +3 user interface to HiDPI support for high-resolution displays, this is a great upgrade.
Don’t forget that you have more customization options to personalize the look and feel as well.
New functional improvements
On paper the list of new possibilities looks good. Depending on your experience and preferences, the latest additions should be useful.
Here is an overview of the new possibilities:
- New and improved Live Path Effect (LPE) features
- New EHL selection dialog available for consultation
- Freestyle users can now mirror and rotate the canvas.
- The new PowerPencil mode offers pressure-dependent widths and you can finally create closed paths.
- New routing effects that will appeal to the artistic user are Offset, PowerClip and PowerMask LPE.
- Possibility to create a double fence, a lateral grid alignment, a tool path length indicator and an inverted Y-axis.
- Ability to export PDF files with clickable links and metadata
- New gradient palettes and grids that work in a web browser.
While I was trying to make a list of the main features added to this version, you can get all the details of the release.
Other significant changes
In addition to all the major changes, Inkscape 1.0 now supports Python 3. And later you may notice that some extensions do not work with the latest version.
So, if your work depends on the workflow of your extensions, I suggest you read their release notes carefully to get all the technical details.
Downloading and installing Inkscape 1.0 on Linux
Inkscape 1.0 is available as AppImage and Snap for Linux. You can download it from the Inkscape website.
If you don’t know, you can check how to use the AppImage file under Linux to get started. You can also consult the manual of this tool.
Ubuntu users can find the Inskcape 1.0 snap-in in the Ubuntu Software Center.
I used an AppImage file on Pop OS 20.04, and it worked well to get started. You can test all functions in detail to see how it works for you.
Have you ever tried it? Share your thoughts with me in the following remarks.
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