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From: Jon Phillips <jon@rejon.org>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 13:45:58 -0800 (PST)
To: SVG List <www-svg@w3.org>
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Draw Freely: Inkscape Announces 0.45 Release

February 5, 2007 - The Inkscape community today announced the newest
version of its cross-platform open source vector graphic drawing software,
Inkscape.  Inkscape 0.45 features a new Gaussian Blur SVG filter.
Sponsored by Google's Summer of Code program, Gaussian Blur allows you
to softly and naturally blur any Inkscape objects, including shapes,
text, and images.  This enables a wide range of photorealistic effects:
arbitrarily shaped shades and lights, depth of field, drop shadows,
glows, etc. Also, blurred objects can be used as masks for other objects
to achieve the "feathered mask" effect.

Numerous other new features, enhancements to existing features, and bug
fixes have been included. A history dialog allows you to browse your
change history.  Many new extension effects are added including Pattern
along Path and Color Effects.  There are performance improvements to
rendering speed, on the order of 2-3% in general, and up to 5-10% for
drawings using heavy transparency and/or radial gradients.  Compositing
quality is also improved through the removal of banding seen in gradients.

The Inkscape community invites anyone to contribute to the project. The
project is now working on the upcoming 0.46 release which will focus
on the initial stages of adding SVG animation support, increasing the
apps PDF functionality, and other refactoring tasks. On a global scale,
Inkscape is pushing for version 0.50 to have full compatibility with
SVG Mobile/Tiny. Then, the ultimate large goal is to get to Inkscape
1.0 which will be a fully W3C SVG 1.1 compliant application. The more
help the project receives, the faster the aforementioned goals will
be accomplished.


Download Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X packages:

     http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=93438

For many more details, see the complete Release Notes for 0.45:

     http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Release_Notes045

Community submitted screenshots:

     http://www.inkscape.org/screenshots/


About Inkscape

Inkscape is an open source drawing tool that uses the World Wide Web
Consortium's ([[W3C]]) scalable vector graphics format (SVG). Some
supported SVG features include basic shapes, paths, text, markers, clones,
alpha blending, transforms, gradients, and grouping. In addition, Inkscape
supports Creative Commons' metadata, node-editing, layers, complex path
operations, text-on-path, text-in-shape, and SVG XML editing. It can
also import EPS, <nowiki>PostScript</nowiki>, and most bitmap formats,
and exports PNG, PS, PDF and various vector formats.

Inkscape's main motivation is to provide the Open Source community with
a fully [[W3C]] compliant XML, SVG, and CSS2 drawing tool. Additional
work includes conversion of the codebase from <nowiki>C/Gtk</nowiki> to
<nowiki>C++/Gtkmm</nowiki>, emphasizing a lightweight core with powerful
features added through an extension mechanism, and maintaining a friendly,
open, community-oriented development process.


Press Contact

Jon Phillips
jon@rejon.org
+1 510.499.0894
Received on Monday, 5 February 2007 21:46:10 GMT

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