Monday, January 9, 2017

How to Install or Upgrade to Inkscape 0.92 in Ubuntu Linux

Install Inkscape 0.92 in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary, and derivatives - Inkscape is a professional free vector graphics editor alternative to corel draw for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. More than free, Inkscape open source software.

Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector image.

Finally, the Inkscape project announces a new version 0.92 of its popular vector drawing software with many new features and changes including mesh gradients, improved SVG2 and CSS3 support, new path effects, interactive smoothing for the pencil tool, a new object dialog for directly managing all drawing elements, and many more.

How to Update Inkscape 0.92 Ubuntu Linux

The screenshot above is how the latest Inkscape in my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS looks like.

Changes in Inkscape 0.92

According to the official release note, below are Inkscape 0.92 features :
  • Mesh Gradients are now supported.
  • Many SVG2 and CSS3 properties are now supported (e.g. paint-order, mix-blend-mode). Not all are available from the GUI.
  • The new Object dialog allows to select, label, hide and lock any object in the drawing from a dialog that lists them all
  • Selection sets make it possible to 'group' objects together regardless of document structure
  • Guides can now be locked to avoid accidental movement
  • Several new path effects have been added, among them Envelope/- - Perspective, Lattice Deformation, Mirror and Rotate Copies
  • There are several new extensions (e.g. a seamless pattern extension) and a new filter (colorblindness simulation) included in the release, many old extensions have been updated or got new features
  • Spray tool and measure tool received a set of nifty new features
  • Interactive smoothing for lines created with the Pencil tool
  • BSplines (and more) are available for the Pen tool
  • Checkerboard background can be used to more easily see object transparencies

Watch the video which presents the latest version :



The default resolution was changed from 90dpi to 96dpi, to match the CSS standard. Inkscape 0.92 will attempt to identify 'legacy' Inkscape files that need to be converted.

If such a file is detected, the user will be offered three options :
  1. Set 'viewBox'. Inkscape will add an appropriate 'viewBox' which will do a global scaling of the document. It will also adjust the document width and height if necessary
  2. Scale elements. Inkscape will scale each internal element
  3. Ignore. Do nothing. This is an appropriate choice for documents meant for screen display

Please head to Inkscape 0.92 release notes for full list of changes and more details.

Installing / Upgrading Inkscape in Linux

Inkscape is pre-packaged for most of the widely used free GNU/Linux distributions. So your package manager / app store should be able to find Inkscape in one line.

1. Inkscape Snap Package

Inkscape Board member Ted Gould has made Inkscape 0.92 available as a snap package. Snaps are a distribution-independent way of installing software on Linux.

Also on Linuxslaves :

On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or higher, just visit the software center and install the latest version that is available there. If you're using a different system, install snapd if it's not yet installed, then as root user type the following command in the terminal :

snap install inkscape

If you have an old version of Inkscape already installed via package management, that version may still have priority in your path.

To solve this problem, you can either uninstall the old version, change the priority of /snap/bin/ and /var/lib/snapd/desktop/applications/ in your path, or run the snap of Inkscape with the command /snap/bin/inkscape.

2. Inkscape Stable PPA

Inkscape 0.92 is available in its Stable official PPA repository for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr, 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus, 16.10 Yakkety Yak, 17.04 Zesty Zapus and its variants.

Step 1 - Open new terminal window ( Ctrl+Alt+T )

Step 2 - Type and run the following command to add Inkscape Stable PPA to your Ubuntu :

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

Type your password and press Enter to continue.

Step 3 - Run update to download package information from all configured sources :

sudo apt-get update

Step 4 - Now install the latest Inkscape for Linux by running the following :

sudo apt-get install inkscape

Alternatively, you can open Software Updater utility and click install the updates.

Cheersss, enjoy draw freely with Inkscape 0.92!

These were all how to install latest version of Inkscape 0.92 in Linux : Ubuntu, and derivatives system like Linux Mint and Elementary OS. Thanks for visiting us!

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