Inkscape 1.1 comes with a new welcome screen, dialog box enhancements, and more

After a year of development the release of the new version was announced from the free vector graphics editor Inkscape 1.1. In this new version added welcome screen for app launch, It offers basic settings such as document size, canvas color, skin theme, hotkey set, and color mode, as well as a list of recently opened files and templates for creating new documents.

The dialog docking system has been rewritten, which now allows you to place toolbars not only on the right, but also on the left side of the workspace, as well as arrange multiple panels in a block with alternation using tabs and undock floating panels. Panel layout and size are now preserved between sessions.

A dialog box has been implemented to enter commands (command palette) that appears when you press “?” and you allows the user to search and call various functions without accessing the menu and without pressing hot keys. When searching, it is possible to define commands not only by English keys, but also by description elements, taking localization into account. Using the command palette, you can perform actions related to editing, rotating, discarding changes, importing data and opening files, taking into account the history of working with documents.

The Calligraphy tool now has the ability to specify units of width to a precision of three decimal places (for example, 0.005).

In the dialog to export to PNG format, the need for an additional click on the ‘Export’ button has been eliminated (just click ‘Save’). When exporting, it is possible to save in raster formats JPG, TIFF, PNG (optimized) and WebP directly by choosing the appropriate file extension when saving.

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • Added interface to search settings by skin.
  • The Contour Overlay view mode has been implemented, in which the contours and the drawing are displayed at the same time.
  • The “Scale” option has been added to the Pen and Pencil tools to numerically precisely define the width of a shape created with the “Shape” option.
  • A new selection mode has been added, which allows you to select all objects, the border of which is not only inside, but also intersects the specified selection area.
  • Added a new LPE (Live Path Effect) effect segment, allowing you to split an object into two or more parts without destroying the original view. You can change the style of each part, since each part is in fact treated as a separate object.
  • Pasting objects from the clipboard to the canvas now performs over the currently selected object by default.
  • Added a custom set of mouse cursors based on the use of the SVG format and adapted for HiDPI displays. When importing SVG files from CorelDraw, layers are supported.
    Experimental support was added for Add-ons Manager, with which you can install additional extensions and update existing ones.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it about the new version of Inkscape 1.0.2 you can check the details In the following link.

How to install Inkscape 1.1 on Ubuntu and derivatives?

Finally, for those who are interested in being able to install this new version in Ubuntu and other Ubuntu-derived systems, they should open a terminal in the system, this can be done with the key combination “Ctrl + Alt + T”.

And in her we are going to type the following command with which we will add the application repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:inkscape.dev/stable

sudo apt-get update

Done this to install inkscape, we just have to type the command:

sudo apt-get install inkscape

Another installation method is with the help of the flatpak packages and the only requirement is to have the support added to the system.

In a terminal we just have to type the following command:

flatpak install flathub org.inkscape.Inkscape

Finally another of the methods offered directly by Inkscape developers, is using AppImage file which you can download directly from the app’s website. In the case of this version, you can open a terminal and in it you can download the appimage of this latest version by typing the following command in it:

wget https://inkscape.org/gallery/item/26933/Inkscape-c4e8f9e-x86_64.AppImage

Done the download, now you just have to give permissions to the file with the following command:

sudo chmod +x Inkscape-c4e8f9e-x86_64.AppImage

And that’s it, you can run the app image of the application by double-clicking on it or from the terminal with the command:

./Inkscape-c4e8f9e-x86_64.AppImage

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