Inkscape 0.92pre0 "0.92pre0"

A pre-freeze release of Inkscape for testing and for packagers

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Inkscape 0.92

(definitely not released yet - AnnouncePlanning092)

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Released on «YYYY-MM-DD».

Manipulating Objects

Objects Dialog

New dialog for manipulating the object tree.

  • Drag and drop reordering of objects.
  • Find, lock, and hide individual items.
  • Shows individual objects as well as layers.
  • Ability to change highlight color of objects.
  • Ability to set blend mode per object.

Imported from Ponyscape.

Selection Sets Dialog

New dialog that allows the creation of selection sets that are not affected by
document structure.


Font Features

It is now possible to take advantage of OpenType tables to select alternative
glyphs from a font. Note that browser support is still limited. Inkscape must
also be linked with a recent version of the Pango library.

Vertical Text

Support for vertical text layout has been improved.

  • The default behavior for Latin bases glyphs has been changed. They are now
    rotated sideways as required by the SVG 1.1 standard.
  • Support for the CSS 3 'text-orientation' property has been added. (Note
    that this property is not yet fully supported by browsers.)
  • The CSS 3 values for the 'writing-mode' property are supported in
    rendering. Saving still uses the deprecated SVG 1.1 values.


Converting text to a path will save the text in the 'aria-label' attribute.
This is useful for accessibility and could eventually be used by Inkscape to
reconstruct the text.

Live Path Effects

Now some suitable LPE's are applied to clips and mask.
Helper lines come again to live
Added to pen/pencil shape combo box the option to add a bend path directly

Spiro Live


Extended video: <>

Based in Spiro Live Path Effect, now show result while drawing.

  • Nodes cusp (SHIFT) and Spiro.
  • Handle append path on cusp and Spiro mode whith helper preview path.




Extended video <>

Pen & Node mode

Use BSpline Live Effect while creating and editing paths.

  • Pen and Pencil use
  • Modes cusp(SHIFT) and BSpline while drawing.
  • Handle append parhs with preview helper path.
  • Handle weight of bspline (node tool) with handle movement. SHIFT key
  • Handle custom weight snaps with CTRL

Bspline.gif Bspline2.gif

Live Path Effect mode


The options in the Live effect dialog give you control on bspline paths.

  • Set to Default weight (0.3333 time of his curve segment).
  • Make cusp nodes.
  • Numeric input for weight.
  • Steps with CONTROL snaps in node/handle editing.
  • Ignore cusp nodes, affect to all other widgets changes and, for example,
    retain cusp nodes when you change the power.
  • Change only selected nodes, affect to all other widgets changes.
  • Show a helper path whith the final shape and the generated new nodes.



Extended video:

This filter is a semi-clone of two extensions, ("add nodes" and "jitter nodes")
+ handle units.

The parameters are similar to both extensions + a global randomizer.

  • Apply to paths, shapes and groups.
  • Apply to clip and masks -if are vectors-




Extended video:

Send the simplify command to a non-destructive live path effect.

  • Use on paths, shapes and groups of them.
  • Apply to clip and masks -if are vectors-
  • User can change modify the threshold -preferences dialog- used by a numeric
  • Apply Simplify on stack.




Extended video:

Apply both deformations by 4 points.

  • Two modes, perspective and envelope.
  • Apply on paths, shapes and groups.
  • Apply on vector clips and mask


Lattice Deformation 2


Extended video:
Symmetry video:

Add deformations by a mesh.
Vertical,horizontal or both symmetry.

  • Apply to paths, shapes and groups.
  • Apply to vector clips and mask


Show Handles


Extended video:

A LPE version of Show Handles extension.

  • Work on paths, shapes and groups.
  • Work on clones
  • Node and Handle shapes resizeables
  • If not a clone, is a destructive LPE, dont save styles, work on a copy!


Transform by two points


Extended video:
Extended video (Elastic rubber):

Transform a element by two control points. You can position the control points
by bounding box or by original path node index. Thanks Ivan Louette for the
idea of the effect.

  • Work on paths, shapes and groups with less power.
  • Allow snapping of both control points
  • Allow fix angle or distance.
  • Elastic mode to simulate a flex path
  • From original width, set the control points based on bounding box


Rotate copies


Extended video (partial fuse path):
Extended video (live editing):
Extended video (kaleidoscope):

Transform a element by two control points. You can position the control points
by bounding box or by original path node index. Thanks Ivan Louette for the
idea of the effect.

  • Work on paths, shapes and groups.
  • Allow fuse the result to make kaleidoscope
  • Allow non 360 fuse.
  • Live editing

Mirror Simmetry

Extended video:
Mirror a item

  • Work on paths, shapes and groups.
  • Allow fuse result
  • Different mirror line: Free, X, Y, Middle Document[X], Middle Document[Y]

Spray tool

Extended video 1 (No overlap):
Extended video 2 (No overlap multiple items):
Extended video 3 (Over visible, pick color):
Extended video 4 (Pressure):
Extended video 5 (Trace -clones- dialog):
todo: a video showing all features joined

  • New mode eraser
  • Add more pressure toggles
  • No overlap option with optional multiple elements
  • No overlap between colors
  • Configurable offset for overlaps
  • Color picker from center or average area
  • Apply color picked to fill
  • Apply color picked to stroke
  • Invert picked colors
  • Spray over transparent
  • Spray over non-transparent
  • Allow picker enabled sprays to use "Trace Clones" options

Measure tool

Extended video:

  • Persistent measure
  • Reposition of origin/end
  • Convert to measure item
  • Convert to guides
  • Convert measure to quote
  • Reverse origin/end
  • Measure global
  • Measure only current layer
  • Add precision
  • Add scale

Geometric Construction Tool

  • Helps to create: line segments, circles by specific points, parallels,
    perpendicular lines, angle bisectors, mirrored paths by applying a Live
    Path Effect.

[Needs usage instructions!]

Align and Distribute

  • NEW: drop-down chooser with options to align nodes relative to each other
    in node editing mode.

File Format Support

  • The default PostScript level for exporting from the command line changes
    from 2 to 3 (consistent with the user interface PS exporter which defaults
    to level 3). Level 3 is required for gradient support.



  • Render > Seamless Pattern (Screencast)
  • Images > Set Image Attributes (Bug #1357808)
  • Render > NiceCharts (github repo, not maintained

Plotter Driver

Multiple Pens

The Plotter driver (Extensions -> Export -> Plot) can now handle multiple pens
to create colorful drawings on Pen Plotters:

  • Create a layer for every pen to use and move the corresponding drawings
    into it
  • Name the layer with a title like "Pen 1" or "MyLayerName Pen 1", where the
    number corresponds to the pen number the plotter should use
  • The layer name always overrides the standard pen setting in the plot menu

Serial Connection

The connection settings now allow you to specify rarely used serial connection
settings like byte size, stop bits and parity. Most plotters use the default
settings, so only change these if you know what you are doing.

HPGL Export

The HPGL export (File -> Save as -> HP Grafics Language file) has now the same
multiple pens feature as the #Plotter Driver.

HPGL Import

The HPGL import (File -> Open -> Select .hpgl file) can now import multiple
pens into corresponding layers, see #Plotter Driver for more information.

PDF Import

The image 'interpolate' value is now used to determine how to display bitmaps
(interpolated or blocky).

Miscellaneous Improvements

  • Arrange > Restack has new options to reverse and shuffle the z-order of
    selected objects.
  • Render > Random Tree has new option to omit redundant segments.
  • Visualize Path > Measure Path has additional text layout options.

Extension Development

  • It is now possible for an extension to retrieve a list of selected nodes
    (Bug #171287).



  • Color > Color Blindness filter allows to simulate different color blindness

Other dialogs

Document Properties: Licences

All selectable licences have been updated to most current version.

Filter Editor

Filter list now displays how often a filter is used.

Other user interface

Node Snapping

Snapping in the node tool has been improved:

  • When double clicking to insert new nodes, the position of these new nodes
    will snap to for example path intersections and to path-guide intersections
  • When grabbing a segment of a path and dragging it to deform it, the pointer
    will now snap

Checkerboard Background

It is now possible to use a checkerboard background when editing. This allows
one to clearly see the transparency of objects.

View Box

One can now set the SVG 'viewBox' attribute from the GUI. This attribute sets
the scale of the drawing by determining the real-world value of the SVG user
unit (pixel size).

Lock Guides

Now guides can be locked and unlocked globally or individually.


  • The 'marker-orientation' property now recognizes units ('deg', 'rad',
    'grad' and 'turn').
  • The new SVG 2 'context-fill' and 'context-stroke' properties are
    implemented which allows the auto-matching of arrowhead fill color to path
    stroke color.
  • The new SVG 2 marker orientation attribute value 'auto-start-reverse' is
    implemented. This allows one arrow marker to be used for both ends of a
  • The new CSS 3 'mix-blend-mode' and 'isolation' properties are implemented,
    allowing setting the blend mode between objects without using filters.
  • The new SVG 2 'paint-order' property is now supported. This allows setting
    the order in which the fill, stroke, and markers are drawn.
  • The new SVG 2 'mesh' paint server is supported, including bicubic
    auto-smoothing. A primitive GUI is available.
  • The SVG 1.1 'text-decoration' property is now rendered (underlines, strike
    through, etc.). CSS 3 'text-decoration' properties are also rendered.
  • The new SVG 2 'hatch' paint server is now supported.
  • The CSS 'white-space' property is now supported. Use of this property was
    added in SVG 2 to replace the now deprecated 'xml;space' attribute.
  • The SVG 1.1 'textLength" and 'textAdjust' attributes are implemented,
    however, there is no GUI for these attributes.
  • Rendering of the Component Transfer filter primitive has been corrected.
  • Units are now recognized in the text and tspan 'x', 'y', 'dx', and 'dy'
  • Percentage values are now interpreted correctly for shapes.

New SVG 2 and CSS 3 features are generally not enabled in the GUI until
widespread support in browsers.

New dependencies

The Paintbucket and Trace Bitmap tools now use an external copy of the Potrace
library, which is available in many Linux distributions or can be obtained from


New UI translations for Assamese, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada,
Kashmiri (Perso-Arabic and Devanagari), Kokani (Roman and Devanagari scripts),
Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri (Meetei Mayek and Bengali scripts), Marathi,
Odia, Santali (Devnagari and Ol-Chiki scripts), Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Urdu
(Perso-Arabic and Devanagari scripts).

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