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Inkscape 0.39 Released! : http://www.inkscape.org/

From: Jon Phillips <jon@rejon.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 22:44:52 -0700
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Inkscape 0.39
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A Cross-platform Open Source Vector Graphics (SVG) Drawing Tool

http://www.inkscape.org/

We are pleased to announce the Inkscape 0.39 release. The most important
change in this release is the  switch to the Pango library for font
handling and Unicode support; a lot of work also went into new SVG
features, export/import, UI, and usability. Here are the highlights:

* Pango: smoother text display, auto kerning, better i18n  (automatic
font substitution, right-to-left text, bi-directional text), less
platform dependence

* New SVG features: markers (aka arrowheads), clones (svg:use),
pattern tiles, RDF metadata; many SVG compliance bugfixes

* New dialogs: Preferences, Find, Metadata

* New and improved import/export file formats:  PS, EPS, AI, PNG,
JPEG, TIFF, BMP, Sketch, Dia, and more

* Pure convenience: usable dropper, scale switches, Commands bar,
more tool controls (including rounded stars), more import formats, more
paper sizes, Revert command, edit inside group, better selection cues,
spell checking, window layout configurable, streamlined Fill & Stroke,
snapping improvements, better rounded corners in rects, path reversing,
persistent rotation crosshair, per-object export hints, and much more

* Internals: speedups, more C++ification, garbage collection, SigC++
signals, wider use of new data structures, extensive cleanup

* Plus: new documentation, new translations, lots of assorted
bugfixes (the infamous "freeze when dragging outside of window" bug on
Windows is gone!)

The team has placed a great deal of scrutiny into fixing bugs, and while
this was not a primary focus as it had been for 0.38.1, we expect this
release will be at least as stable as the last.  Many thanks go out to
all of the users that took the time to write bug reports, you make
Inkscape better.

For tons more details, see the Release Notes for 0.39:
 
     http://www.inkscape.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ReleaseNotes039
 
Screenshots:
 
     http://www.inkscape.org/screenshots/
 
Download your packages (Linux, Windows, Mac OSX):
 
     http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=93438
Received on Tuesday, 20 July 2004 01:45:09 UTC

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