Inkscape 0.92 is Released!

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Inkscape 0.92 is Released!

Bryce Harrington-3
The Inkscape project announces a new version 0.92 of its popular vector
drawing software. New features include mesh gradients, improved SVG2 and
CSS3 support, new path effects, interactive smoothing for the pencil
tool, a new Object dialog for directly managing all drawing elements,
and much more. Infrastructural changes are also under way, including a
switch to CMake from the venerable Autotools build system.

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   Watch our showcase at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI1hxXt9U4c

   Download 0.92 from:   https://inkscape.org/en/download/
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Mesh gradients enable artists to create photo-realistic drawings more
easily - a feature we would love to see made part of the W3C's Scalable
Vector Graphics (SVG) standard; if you find this feature as cool as we
do, please request that your favorite web browser adopts support for it
too! Inkscape works closely with the SVG standards committee, and thanks
to our many generous donors the Inkscape project sponsors an engineering
representative to attend SVG working group meetings over the past few
years; a welcome outcome of this participation is the improvement and
addition of over a dozen SVG and CSS properties, such as paint-order,
white-space, and mix-blend-mode.

Live Path Effects are proving to be a vibrant ecosystem in the Inkscape
project, and many innovative new ideas have been percolating over the
past couple years since our last release. Spiro Live, BSpline, and
Roughen essentially provide new drawing modes. The Simplify LPE cleans
up vector elements non-destructively by smoothing paths, shapes, groups,
clips, and masks. Perspective/Envelope and Lattice Deformation 2 enable
artists to interactively deform/transform drawing elements. Other new
features enable interactive mirroring, interactive rotation of copies
along an arc or circle, and dozens of other additions and enhancements.

All software must evolve with the times, and Inkscape is no
different. To maintain consistency with the CSS standard, Inkscape's
default resolution has changed from 90dpi to 96dpi; Inkscape will detect
files created with previous versions and offer to convert them. A number
of infrastructural changes are in process to help Inkscape keep up with
progress. For 0.92 we are changing to the CMake build system, which
builds faster and is easier for developers to work with. (Future
infrastructure changes include switching from bzr to git, shifting from
Gtk2 to Gtk3, and moving to the C++11 standard.)

The above barely scratches the surface of all the new stuff included in
this release. For the full story, including examples, screenshots, and
videos, please see our detailed Release Notes:
http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Release_notes/0.92

If you're on Linux, you'll soon be able to install Inkscape 0.92 from
your distribution via normal methods. We also intend to publish a
distribution-independent snap file for Inkscape 0.92. If you're on
Windows, we have a set of packages that we hope will let you maximize
performance on your platform. For Mac OS X, no packages are available --
our old (X11/XQuartz) packaging was long overdue to be updated to
current standards and is no longer being maintained. If you wish to
compile Inkscape yourself, then of course, the Inkscape source code is
also available from our website.

The Inkscape Project thrives due to your support. We are a
volunteer-driven community built from thousands of contributions of
time, skill, and funds, to create a powerful open source tool that is
made available for free to everyone in the world. We invite you to join
our community and participate in helping advance Inkscape towards new
objectives. Come help us chart out the new directions that Inkscape
needs to take! Inkscape is created *by* the community *for* the
community.

Your donations also help further Inkscape's mission. You can donate to
Inkscape's general fund, or target your donation to support our SVG
Standards work or Hackfests.

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   Join Inkscape at: https://inkscape.org/community/
   Become a donor at: https://inkscape.org/support-us/
   Download Inkscape at: https://inkscape.org/download/
   Watch our showcase at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI1hxXt9U4c
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