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Are you a CS student or know any CS students who would be interested in getting paid to contribute to Inkscape?

This year we are participating in Google Summer of Code again. Google Summer of Code is a global program where university students are given a stipend to write code for open source projects over a three month period. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted students are paired with a mentor from the participating projects, gaining exposure to real-world software development and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

If you are eligible for the program and willing to do some good for the project, please have a look at our ideas page, existing blueprints and then join inkscape-devel@ mailing list to introduce yourself and tell us which project you would like to do. You can also drop by #inkscape on irc.freenode.net to inquire further. If you have your own idea you want to work on, don't be shy about it. Students applications can be submitted until April 8.

Cheers,
ScislaC
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Please go show the news some love (if you're a member of reddit and slashdot too)!

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Hey all,

The Inkscape Community is proud to announce the release of Inkscape 0.47.

Please go show the news some love. To learn more and download your copy, please follow that link.

Also, the Inkscapers page is now officially a group for our user community here on DA. We host contests there as well as encourage users to share tips, links, and help each other out. If you are an Inkscape user and interested in joining, head on over to Inkscapers to join!
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Over on our community page, you will find a journal entry regarding a new contest for the About Screen going into our upcoming 0.47 release of Inkscape.

Also, you should show the news some "love" while you're at it. :D

Good Luck!
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We're hopefully about 2 months out to having the next stable release of Inkscape. It has been our longest period between releases and it I'm very happy to say that it will be worth the wait. As soon as we have more definitive info on the release schedule and/or when we have preview packages for all platforms, we will pass the word on ASAP (via another Journal update).

:iconscislac: on behalf of the Inkscape team

P.S. Yes, that means that an About Screen Contest will be announced any day now!
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Check out the news here.

Please show the article some love as well. :)
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The Inkscape team and community are proud to announce the release of Inkscape 0.46, "A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool." Inkscape is a Vector editor along the lines of Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand, except the source code is open to anyone and it is free of charge. As usual, this release has addressed a number of high priorty issues that users had reported and is the most feature packed version to date.

We owe a huge thanks to the strong developers and user community that have contributed countless hours on Inkscape 0.46. As usual, if you decide to use Inkscape, please report any bugs or give any feature requests to help improve Inkscape for everyone!

:bulletblue: New features in 0.46
:pointr: Docked Dialogs
:pointr: PDF Import and improved export
:pointr: Full on-canvas gradient editing and enhancements to the Gradient Tool
:pointr: Live Path Effects
:pointr: More SVG Filter Effects (Blend Modes, Turbulence, Lighting, Color Matrix, and more.) and new Filter Effects Dialog
:pointr: Tweak Tool
:pointr: Paint Bucket Tool
:pointr: 3D Box Tool
:pointr: Stock patterns
:pointr: Bitmap editing extension effects
:pointr: Enhancements to the Calligraphy Tool (the new Engravers Toolbox and background tracing)
:pointr: Better SVG/CSS compliance
:pointr: Improvements to color management include support for color spaces other than sRGB
:pointr: Touch selection
:pointr: "3D" / axonometric grid
:pointr: Angled guidelines
:pointr: Conversion of objects to guidelines
:pointr: Significant speed and interactivity improvements
:pointr: Hundreds of smaller features and bugfixes and much, much more!

:bulletgreen: Download Inkscape 0.46
:bulletgreen: Release Notes
:bulletgreen: Inkscape website
:bulletgreen: Screenshots

:bulletred: Inkscape on dA
:pointr: dA Inkscape Community
:pointr: Inkscape art in the dA community (developer selections)

:iconscislac: on behalf of the Inkscape Development Community.

Draw Freely.
Over on our community page, you will find a journal entry regarding a new contest for the About Screen going into our upcoming 0.46 release of Inkscape.

You can find out all of the details here.

Also, you should give the news some "love" while you're at it. :D

Good Luck!
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Please help get the word out by showing your support and voting for the article!
Announcement submitted to dA.
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The Inkscape team and community are proud to announce the release of Inkscape 0.45, "A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool." Inkscape is a Vector editor along the lines of Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand, except the source code is open to anyone and it is free of charge. As usual, this release has addressed a number of high priorty issues that users had reported and is the most fetaure packed version to date.

We owe a huge thanks to the strong developers and user community that have contributed countless hours on Inkscape 0.45.

:bulletblue: New features in 0.45
:pointr: Gaussian Blur
:pointr: Undo History
:pointr: New (and improved) Effect Extensions - Pattern Along Path, Color Effects, Fractalize, and more...
:pointr: Better SVG/CSS compliance
:pointr: Improved bitmap tracing and re-designed dialog
:pointr: Improved rendering quality and speed
:pointr: Enhancements to the Node, Dropper, and Calligraphy tools
:pointr: Enhanced Outline View
:pointr: New Keyboard Profiles for Illustrator and Freehand users
:pointr: Hundreds of bugfixes and much, much more!

:bulletgreen: Download Inkscape 0.45
:bulletgreen: Release Notes
:bulletgreen: Inkscape website
:bulletgreen: Screenshots

:bulletred: Inkscape on dA
:pointr: dA Inkscape Community
:pointr: Inkscape art in the dA community (developer selections)

inkscape. Draw Freely.
Head on over to the Inkscapers journal entry and cast your vote!
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Over on our community page, you will find a journal entry regarding a new contest for the About Screen going into our upcoming 0.45 release of Inkscape.

You can find out all of the details here.

Good Luck!
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As Submitted to the dA news department
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The Inkscape team and community are proud to announce the release of Inkscape 0.44, "A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool." Inkscape is a Vector editor along the lines of Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw, etc except the source code is open to anyone and it is free of charge. Inkscape uses the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) scalable vector graphics format (SVG). As usual, this release has addressed a number of high priorty issues that users had reported and is the most fetaure packed version to date. We owe a huge thanks to the strong developers and user community that have contributed countless hours on Inkscape 0.44.

:bulletblue: New Features in 0.44

:pointr:Layers Dialog: Probably one of the most oft-requested features... a traditional Layers Dialog. In addition, we do also have support for sub-layers now as well.
:pointr:Outline Mode: An alternate rendering mode that shows all paths and shapes rendered as inverse (black on light background and vice versa) outlines of constant width (1 screen pixel regardless of zoom), without fill.
:pointr:Docked Color Palette: At the bottom of the interface we now have a color palette docked for easy access to a palette of your choice. We have included a number of stock palettes with it as well which can be accessed by the arrow to the right of the colors.
:pointr:Node Sculpting: Normally, when you have several nodes selected and you drag one of them, all selected nodes move by the same amount. Now, if you Alt-drag one of the selected nodes, only that node is fully displaced; other selected nodes are moved less than the full amount, so that those farthest from the drag point remain stationary. This is similar to "proportional editing" or "soft selection" in 3D editors such as Blender. The best part? It reacts to pressure sensitivity of a tablet pen.
:pointr:Selected Style Indicator: Similar to style selectors from other software but a little different. On the left end of the statusbar you can quickly view and change the fill and stroke of the selected objects. One benefit is when you select multiple objects with different fills, it can blend colors as well as inform you of what different styles are applied.
:pointr:Calligraphy - Tremor: Adjustable in the Controls bar from 0.0 to 1.0, it will affect your strokes producing anything from slight unevenness to wild blotches and splotches. This significantly expands the creative range of the tool.
:pointr:Paste Size: A number of commands are added to easily scale selected objects to match the size of the object(s) previously copied to the clipboard. They are all in the Paste Size submenu in Edit menu.
:pointr:Effects: Our extensions are now enabled by default on all platforms.
:pointr:Clipping & Masking: Any object can be non-destructively intersected with a path (called a clipping path) so that only the intersected portion of the object is visible. Any object can be non-destructively masked by another object (called mask) so that: the mask's black or transparent areas become fully transparent in the masked object; mask's opaque white areas become fully opaque; and all intermediate colors translate into intermediate levels of opacity in the masked object.
:pointr:Selective Bitmap Tracing with SIOX: We have an early version of the Simple Interactive Object Extraction (SIOX) algorithm (see siox.org) implemented in this release. This clever algorithm from the realm of Image Recognition allows you to extracting a foreground object from the background with ease.
:pointr:Improved PDF Export w/ Transparency: It's not perfect by any means, but a big improvement over our last release. Expect much bigger and better changes for the next release too.
:pointr:New icons, redesigned preferences dialogs, rearranged menus, many cosmetic improvements
:pointr:Hundreds of bug fixes, rendering speed is faster, and many other improvements!

Inkscape is open to all types of contributions by people with all different skill levels from around the world. Inkscape needs translators, web designers, people to help answer questions, and developers to help reach the project's goal of SVG compliance and to be the best vector editor around.

:bulletgreen: Inkscape website - At the top of the page it has a download link that should take you directly to the appropriate download for your operating system. (well, for Windows and Mac at least... Linux users have multiple options)
:bulletgreen: Release Notes -  If you want more in-depth info on the changes since the last version, this is the place.
:bulletgreen: Screenshots
:bulletgreen: Inkscape Manual

:bulletred: Inkscape on dA
:pointr: dA Inkscape Community
:pointr: Inkscape art in the dA community (developer selections)

As a final note, please report any bugs you may find. There will be a few "point" releases with bug fixes for this stable version (there always are).

Enjoy! Draw Freely. :iconinkscape:
As usual, this account is mainly for announcements. Please visit our community account over at Inkscapers and read the most recent journal entry for more information.

ScislaC
First order of business, the Inkscapers are hosting two new contests. One is for an Inkscape calendar and the other is for Inkscape T-shirt designs! Read more about it here.

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The Inkscape community today releases Inkscape 0.43, an Open Source Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) drawing tool available for  Unix/Linux variants, Mac OS X, and Windows.

The focus of this release is on the exciting new features sponsored by Google through their Summer of Code (SoC) program which provided funding for four individuals to contribute to Inkscape.

:bulletblue: New Features in 0.43

:pointr:Connectors: A new indispensable connector tool implements creation, editing, and auto-routing (object-avoiding) of connector lines between objects. It is indispensable for drawing diagrams. (Google SoC project)
:pointr:Inkboard Collaborative Editing: One may now connect to other Inkscape users over a network and edit a shared document, watch changes, and contribute one's own changes. (Google SoC project)
:pointr:Pressure and Tilt Sensitivity: The calligraphy tool may now use a tablet pen with pressure and tilt support to vary the width and angle of a calligraphic stroke.
:pointr:Better Node Editing: One may freely drag, bend, and stretch a Bezier curve by any point and not only by a node. Also, one may easily add a new node at any point on the curve.
:pointr:New Extensions: There are now extensions for envelope distortion, whirling, and adding nodes.
:pointr:Refinements: Inkscape now supports improved precision, expanded limits, usability improvements and several bugfixes.
:pointr:SVG Compliance: There is now additional support for the viewBox element improving SVG compatibility.

Inkscape is open to all types of contributions by people with all  different skill levels from around the world. Inkscape needs translators, web designers, people to help answer questions, and developers to help reach the project's goal of SVG compliance.


:bulletgreen: Download Inkscape 0.43
:bulletgreen: Release Notes
:bulletgreen: Inkscape website
:bulletgreen: Screenshots
:bulletgreen: Inkscape Manual

:bulletred: Inkscape on dA
:pointr: dA Inkscape Community
:pointr: Inkscape art in the dA community (developer selections)



About Inkscape

Inkscape is an open source drawing tool that uses the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) scalable vector graphics format (SVG). Some supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping. In addition, Inkscape supports Creative Commons' metadata, node-editing, layers, complex path operations, text-on-path, text-in-shape, and SVG XML editing. It also imports several formats like EPS, PostScript, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.

Inkscape's main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with a fully W3C compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool. Additional work includes conversion of the codebase from C/Gtk to C++/Gtkmm, emphasizing a lightweight core with powerful features added through an extension mechanism, and the establishment of a friendly, open, community-oriented development process.

-The Inkscape Developers. Draw Freely.
The Inkscapers are holding an official contest for re-designing the inkscape website. You can find out all about it in this journal entry.

We have also released Inkscape .42.2 which has fixed a few bugs that people ran into with our original .42 release. You can get an updated version here.




Original Announcement of the .42 release:

The Inkscape team and community are proud to announce the release of Inkscape .42, "A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool." Inkscape is a Vector editor along the lines of Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand, except the source code is open to anyone and it is free of charge. As usual, this release has addressed a number of high priorty issues that users had reported and is the most fetaure packed version to date. We're also proud to announce that is the first release that we will be supplying Installation packages for OSX as well! We owe a huge thanks to the strong developers and user community that have contributed countless hours on Inkscape 0.42.

:bulletblue: New features in 0.42
:pointr: Gradient tool: a completely redesigned and much easier to use gradient interface, with gradient handles displayed right on canvas.
:pointr: Color swatches
:pointr: Completely rewritten text engine
:pointr: Colored clones: clones can now be painted differently from their original.
:pointr: Tile tracing: the Tile Clones dialog can trace the existing image with the tiling, producing a multitude of exciting effects.
:pointr: Grid arrange, baseline align, clumping and unclumping: new powerful ways to arrange objects.
:pointr: Effects are now usable from within Inkscape on all platforms; this version ships with a collection of effects including path interpolation, randomization, and various fractal algorithms.
:pointr: Better SVG/CSS compliance
:pointr: Improved bitmap tracing
:pointr: Numerous enhancements to the node editing tool
:pointr: Over 350 bugfixes and much, much more!

:bulletgreen: Download Inkscape 0.42.2
:bulletgreen: Release Notes
:bulletgreen: Inkscape website
:bulletgreen: Screenshots

:bulletred: Inkscape on dA
:pointr: dA Inkscape Community
:pointr: dA Inkscape Forum
:pointr: Inkscape art in the dA community (developer selections)

-Inkscape. Draw Freely.
The Inkscape team and community are proud to announce the release of Inkscape .42, "A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool." Inkscape is a Vector editor along the lines of Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand, except the source code is open to anyone and it is free of charge. As usual, this release has addressed a number of high priorty issues that users had reported and is the most fetaure packed version to date. We're also proud to announce that is the first release that we will be supplying Installation packages for OSX as well! We owe a huge thanks to the strong developers and user community that have contributed countless hours on Inkscape 0.42.

:bulletblue: New features in 0.42
:pointr: Gradient tool: a completely redesigned and much easier to use gradient interface, with gradient handles displayed right on canvas.
:pointr: Color swatches
:pointr: Completely rewritten text engine
:pointr: Colored clones: clones can now be painted differently from their original.
:pointr: Tile tracing: the Tile Clones dialog can trace the existing image with the tiling, producing a multitude of exciting effects.
:pointr: Grid arrange, baseline align, clumping and unclumping: new powerful ways to arrange objects.
:pointr: Effects are now usable from within Inkscape on all platforms; this version ships with a collection of effects including path interpolation, randomization, and various fractal algorithms.
:pointr: Better SVG/CSS compliance
:pointr: Improved bitmap tracing
:pointr: Numerous enhancements to the node editing tool
:pointr: Over 350 bugfixes and much, much more!

:bulletgreen: Download Inkscape 0.42
:bulletgreen: Release Notes
:bulletgreen: Inkscape website
:bulletgreen: Screenshots

:bulletred: Inkscape on dA
:pointr: dA Inkscape Community
:pointr: dA Inkscape Forum
:pointr: Inkscape art in the dA community (developer selections)

-Inkscape. Draw Freely.
Following is the news article submitted to dA news.---

The Inkscape team and community are proud to announce the release of Inkscape .42, "A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool." Inkscape is a Vector editor along the lines of Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand, except the source code is open to anyone and it is free of charge. As usual, this release has addressed a number of high priorty issues that users had reported and is the most fetaure packed version to date. We're also proud to announce that is the first release that we will be supplying Installation packages for OSX as well! We owe a huge thanks to the strong developers and user community that have contributed countless hours on Inkscape 0.42.

:bulletblue: New features in 0.42
:pointr: Gradient tool: a completely redesigned and much easier to use gradient interface, with gradient handles displayed right on canvas.
:pointr: Color swatches
:pointr: Completely rewritten text engine
:pointr: Colored clones: clones can now be painted differently from their original.
:pointr: Tile tracing: the Tile Clones dialog can trace the existing image with the tiling, producing a multitude of exciting effects.
:pointr: Grid arrange, baseline align, clumping and unclumping: new powerful ways to arrange objects.
:pointr: Effects are now usable from within Inkscape on all platforms; this version ships with a collection of effects including path interpolation, randomization, and various fractal algorithms.
:pointr: Better SVG/CSS compliance
:pointr: Improved bitmap tracing
:pointr: Numerous enhancements to the node editing tool
:pointr: Over 350 bugfixes and much, much more!

:bulletgreen: Download Inkscape 0.42
:bulletgreen: Release Notes
:bulletgreen: Inkscape website
:bulletgreen: Screenshots

:bulletred: Inkscape on dA
:pointr: dA Inkscape Community
:pointr: dA Inkscape Forum
:pointr: Inkscape art in the dA community (developer selections)

-Inkscape. Draw Freely.
For those who have not heard of it, Inkscape is an open source (free) vector graphics program along the lines of Illustrator, Freehand, Xara, etc. The Inkscape developers will soon be releasing the long awaited version .42 of Inkscape with many new features and enhancements. This contest is a call to all vector artists (and first timers) to show us what you can do with Inkscape.

The contest is being held via the Inkscapers deviantART page and the details can be found in their Journal (link below). To learn more about Inkscape please visit our website. Deadline for submissions is June 21st, 2005. The prize is getting your art included with the new version of inkscape and a credit for your contribution. Good luck to all who enter!

:bulletred:Inkscape Homepage
:bulletblue:Details & Submissions
:bulletgreen:Favorites of the Inkscape Developers (art by the DA community)
We are having a contest for the "About" screen for the new version of inkscape which will be released in the near future.

All of the details can be found at this journal entry on the Inkscapers community page.