Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 10:20 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces NoStarchPress sent us in the newly released "Book of Inkscape", written by Dmitry Kirsanov, who is also one of the core developers of Inkscape.
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Very cool review, thnx
by kragil on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 11:37 UTC
kragil
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2006-01-04

With all that added knowledge how does Inkscape stack up against its competitors?

Is it better to buy this book and use Inkscape than just buying a proprietary solution without a book?

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RE: Very cool review, thnx
by prokoudine on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 11:54 UTC in reply to "Very cool review, thnx"
prokoudine Member since:
2005-08-09

It very much depends on tasks you usually accomplish.

All kinds of illustrations (including technical illustrations, especially in upcoming 0.47 with much better snapping) can be done in Inkscape easily.

The app doesn't have as much polishing as proprietary competitors, but then Adobe Illustrator has quite a number of awkward solutions as well.

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RE: Very cool review, thnx
by SlackerJack on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 12:24 UTC in reply to "Very cool review, thnx"
SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

I use Inkscape almost everyday and it's lovely to use. Adobe Illustrator, you can see why people need much more training, it makes life hard just for simple tasks like gradient editing.

I like the singe panel layout on the right, which has all of the options for gradient editing and such, it's just so much easier to use. Inkscape also uses proper blur, it's slow( you can change the preview quality) but looks very nice in comparison to Vector Feathering.

Illustrator maybe the leading vector application but it's just hard to use, The new version of Illustrator doesn't have easier gradient editing than Inkscape either, even though it's made out to be some super easier way.

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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 15:01 UTC
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2005-07-06

I haven't seen much activity up until recently and thus I assumed that it had become abandonware like the Quark Xpress clone called Passepartout that existed not too long ago but died quickly. I really wish them the best of luck but they do need to be a lot clearer with what their goals are and giving regular updates so that people can see the project is moving in a particular direction - and maybe contributing money or time to it.

Maybe closer ties by creating a network whose focus is on an alternative to Creative Suite by projects working together so that components can be shared. A dreamweaver clone with webkit as the back end, for example.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by kragil on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 16:19 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

What are you talking about??
Their communication is just fine.

http://www.inkscape.org/archive.php?lang=en&year=2009

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 22:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

What are you talking about??
Their communication is just fine.

http://www.inkscape.org/archive.php?lang=en&year=2009


No change log linked to that page, no roadmap, no milestones (categorised, not just lofty generalised "make it better" statements), no status progress to meet those milestones.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Elv13 on Sat 24th Oct 2009 00:05 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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2006-06-12

It is quite active, the information you are looking for are on launchpad. They are slow to fix bugs, but add feature on a regular basis. It seem than getting 0.47 out of the door is problematic, they are always pushing it forward because of bugs but the features are there. The new handdraw tool, new preview option, more dialog snapping integration, new toolbars (with new options in them), new filter and many more improvement are in.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by SlackerJack on Sat 24th Oct 2009 16:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

Yep and I'm in the process of reporting a bug where it breaks Qsvg rendering saving as a svg file.

Don't you just hate it when distributions ship snapshots in their stable releases!

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by prokoudine on Sat 24th Oct 2009 16:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
prokoudine Member since:
2005-08-09

I haven't seen much activity up until recently


That is, you don't visit the website and you don't read the RSS feed. Do you expect us to leave newspapers with SVN logs at your door 7 a.m. every morning perhaps? ;)

and thus I assumed that it had become abandonware like the Quark Xpress clone called Passepartout


Dude, Passepartout never was QXP clone and it didn't quite die. 0.8 was released earlier this year, though development isn't really active -- on that I fully agree. I told 'em half a dozen of times they should update the old site or at least link to the new GNOME page, but they didn't do it, sadly.

I really wish them the best of luck but they do need to be a lot clearer with what their goals are


Are goals are mentioned on top of the main website page. Try reading them ;)

...and giving regular updates so that people can see the project is moving in a particular direction


We give regular updates. You just don't read them out of what ever reason you have ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Mon 26th Oct 2009 02:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

That is, you don't visit the website and you don't read the RSS feed. Do you expect us to leave newspapers with SVN logs at your door 7 a.m. every morning perhaps? ;)


Maybe you should actually respond to my original reply to the first person who replied to be instead of moderating me down and abusing me.

http://www.osnews.com/permalink?390741

Dude, Passepartout never was QXP clone and it didn't quite die. 0.8 was released earlier this year, though development isn't really active -- on that I fully agree. I told 'em half a dozen of times they should update the old site or at least link to the new GNOME page, but they didn't do it, sadly.


I Google'd it and this came up:

http://www.stacken.kth.se/project/pptout/

No mention of 0.8 - it might as well not exist.

Are goals are mentioned on top of the main website page. Try reading them ;)


True:

http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Roadmap

So as a user one is stuck with a piece of software that is perpetually stuck in beta.

We give regular updates. You just don't read them out of what ever reason you have ;)


http://inkscape.org/

Where is the weekly update? "Oh, well, go to the SVN and hope that you might find something useful". Marvelous, a project perpetually stuck in beta and a project manager who can't be figged writing a small summery each week over what has improved and putting it on the front page.

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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by prokoudine on Mon 26th Oct 2009 06:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
prokoudine Member since:
2005-08-09

Maybe you should actually respond to my original reply to the first person who replied to be instead of moderating me down and abusing me.

Ah, oversensitive too, I see ;)
I Google'd it and this came up:

http://www.stacken.kth.se/project/pptout/

No mention of 0.8 - it might as well not exist.

You see, online discussions are possible only when one reads carefully before writing. You obviously fail to read carefully, so why do you write then? ;)
So as a user one is stuck with a piece of software that is perpetually stuck in beta.

Probably ;)
Where is the weekly update?

Did we promise them? Why should we be giving them? Because of just one vocal user who is oversensitive and makes demands?
and a project manager who can't be figged writing a small summery each week over what has improved and putting it on the front page.

I'm not a project manager. I just happen to find some time in my busy schedule to write news a couple of times a month. But I have an idea. Maybe *you* want to take care of the website? ;) Let me know. As a community project we are open to people who like making decent contributions.

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videos
by FunkyELF on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 16:43 UTC
FunkyELF
Member since:
2006-07-26

I have been using Inkscape for a while now and really like it.
They have a real good tutorial to follow built into the application (as an SVG)... pretty neat.

Also, this really helped me a lot too.
http://screencasters.heathenx.org/

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