Despite the fact that I am not an expert, I can say with confidence that Inkscape is one of the best vector graphics editors.
And not just because it’s free and open source software, but also a really useful app for digital artists creating something with it.
About 3 years have passed since the last release (version 0.92). And finally, Inkscape announced the release of 1.0-with a bunch of new features, additions and improvements.
Inkscape 1.0: What’s new?
Here, let me highlight the important key changes you need to know about the Inkscape 1.0 release:
The first native app for macOS
It’s always good to have proper cross-platform support for amazing tools like Inkscape. And, with the latest version, a native app for makosi is also available.
Please note that the macOS app is still a preview version and still needs to be updated. However, with better system integration without using XQuartz, this version should be a promising advance for mac drives.
Any application or tool benefits from a significant performance boost. Inkscape is no exception.
In version 1.0, the creators note that you will notice a smoother experience when using Inkscape to realize any creative impulse.
With the exception of macOS (which is still a “pre-release” version), Inkscape should work satisfactorily on Linux and Windows.
Improved interface and HiDPI support
In their release notes, the developers say:
An important milestone was achieved by allowing Inkscape to use a newer version of the software to create the editor’s user interface, namely GTK + 3. Users with HiDPI screens (high resolution) It is worth thanking the team work that was carried out during the Boston Hackfest 2018, for driving the updated GTK wheels.
So, from the GTK +3 user interface to HiDPI support for high-resolution screens, this is a great update.
Do not forget that now you have much more options for customizing the appearance.
On paper, the list of new features looks good. Depending on your experience and what you prefer, the latest additions can be quite handy.
Here are some of them:
· New and improved Live Path Effect (LPE) features);
· New searchable LPE selection dialog;
* Freestyle artists can now mirror and rotate the canvas;
* The Pencil tool now has a PowerPencil mode that correlates the width of the brush with the pressure force. Plus, finally, you can create closed loops;
* New path effects that will appeal to the creative user include Offset, PowerClip, and PowerMask LPE.
* The ability to create a duplicate guide, align the grid on the page, the indicator of the path length of the “Measure” tool, and invert the Y-axis;
* Ability to export PDF files with clickable links and metadata;
* New palettes and gradient grids that work in the web browser;
Although, I tried to make a list of the key features added in this release, you can get all the details in the developer notes about the release.
Other important changes
Along with all the major changes, Inkscape 1.0 now supports Python 3. And in the future, you may notice some extensions that stopped working with the latest version.
So, if your work depends on the health of your extensions, I suggest you take a closer look at the release notesto get acquainted with all the technical details.
Download and install Inkscape 1.0 on Linux
Inkscape 1.0 is available in AppImage and Snap formats for Linux. You can download it from the Inkscape website.
Ubuntu users can find the Inskcape 1.0 version in Ubuntu Software.
I used the AppImage file in Pop OS 20.04 and it worked fine. You can test drive all the functions to draw your own conclusions.
Have you updated yet? Tell us what you think about it in the comments below.