Despite the fact that I’m no expert, I can confidently say that Inkscape is one of the best vector graphics editors.
And not only because it is free software and open source, but a really useful app for digital artists creating something with it.
With the latest release (version 0.92) was about 3 years old. And finally, Inkscape has announced the release 1.0 with tons of new features, additions and improvements.
Inkscape 1.0: what’s new?
Here let me highlight the key changes that you need to know about the release Inkscape 1.0:
The first native app for macOS
It is always good to have a proper cross-platform support of such awesome tools like Inkscape. And, with latest version also became available to the native application for Makosi.
Please note that the application macOS is still a preliminary version and still requires improvements. However, with the best integration of the system without using XQuartz this version should be a promising progress for MacOS users.
Any application or tool benefits from a significant improvement in performance. Inkscape is no exception.
In version 1.0 the creators claim that you will notice a more smooth operation when you use Inkscape for the implementation of any creative impulse.
With the exception of MacOS (which is still “preliminary” version), Inkscape should work satisfactorily under Linux and Windows.
Improved interface and support for HiDPI
In their release notes developed say:
An important milestone was reached, allowing Inkscape to use the newer version of the software to create a custom editor interface, namely GTK + 3. Users with HiDPI screens (high resolution) should thank the team work that was conducted during the Boston Hackfest 2018, the actuated wheels of updated GTK.
So, starting with the user interface GTK +3 and ending with HiDPI support for high resolution screens, this is a great update.
Don’t forget that now you have much more possibilities to customize the appearance.
On paper the list of new features looks good. Depending on your experience and what you prefer, the latest additions can be very convenient.
Here are some of them:
· New and improved features Live Path Effect (LPE);
· New searchable selection dialog LPE;
· Artists-freestylers now can flip and rotate the canvas;
· The Pencil tool now has a mode PowerPencil correlating the width of the brush with the pressing force. Plus, finally, you can create closed contours;
· New effects for the path that will appeal to the creative user, include Offset, PowerClip and PowerMask LPE.
· Ability to create a duplicate of the guide, alignment grid on the page, the indicator of the path length tool to Measure and invert the Y-axis;
· Ability to export PDF files with clickable links and metadata;
· New palette and gradient mesh, which work in the web browser;
Although, I tried to make a list of key features added in this release, you can get all the details in the notes the developers about the issue.
Other important changes
Along with all major changes, Inkscape 1.0 now supports Python 3. In the future you may notice some extensions that stopped working with the latest version.
So, if your job depends on the health of your extensions, I suggest you to take a closer look at the release notes to familiarize yourself with all the technical details.
Download and install Inkscape in Linux 1.0
Inkscape 1.0 is available in formats AppImage and Snap for Linux. You can download it from the Inkscape website.
Download Inkscape for Linux 1.0
If you don’t know what to choose, you can find pre-co article “how to use the AppImage file in Linux”, and refer to this guide for Snap.
Ubuntu users can find Inskcape version 1.0 on Ubuntu Software.
I used the file in the Pop AppImage OS 20.04, and it worked perfectly. You can arrange test drives all the functions to draw your own conclusions.
And you already updated? Tell us what you think in the comments below.