Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor used to create vector images. In version 1.0.1 you’ll find a few features, too, along with translation updates for more than a dozen languages.
Inkscape is a vector graphics creation and editing application that’s free to download and use on Linux, Windows and Mac. If you are a PC-based illustrator, a designer who is subscription-averse, or you’re unable to invest in expensive software packages, then Inkscape might be for you.
The primary file format Inkscape uses is the widely supported Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG). It’s cross-platform, open file format that can produce lossless, relatively compact files, especially compared with bitmaps. Small file size is a benefit when creating art for the web because smaller files upload and download more quickly.
Following the major Inkscape 1.0 release happening back in May for this popular, cross-platform vector graphics program there is the first point release now available.
What is new in Inkscape 1.0.1
The Selectors and CSS dialog that was hidden and labelled as ‘experimental’ in Inkscape 1.0 is now available from the Object menu in 1.0.1. This new dialog allows users to edit a CSS stylesheet for the document and also to select all objects with a certain CSS selector, providing a replacement for the Selection Sets dialog, that had to be removed for Inkscape 1.0.
For those of you longing for the day when Inkscape and CMYK are compatible, there’s hope on the horizon. Presenting the experimental Scribus PDF export extension.
The color managed color selector in the Fill and Stroke dialog has also been fixed, so you can try this new feature out.
Speaking of crash and bug fixes, Inkscape 1.0.1 also comes with the following improvements:
- AppImage now comes with Python 3.8
- Snap packaged version of Inkscape now finds all installed fonts
- Zooming no longer causes artifacts
- The zoom correction factor no longer depends on the display unit
- LPE selection dialog looks better now with some desktop themes
- More stable Live Path Effects (LPEs)
For more details on specific updates in Inkscape 1.0.1, check out the Release Notes.