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Inkscape 0.91 update


Inkscape 0.91's rendering and filters have become significantly faster, and that's only one area that's been improved.

Update: there's some confusion about the status of this release - it doesn't seem to be an 'official' release yet (although the page I'm linking to suggests otherwise).

Release highlights

  • Cairo rendering for display and PNG export
  • OpenMP multithreading for all filters
  • C++ code conversion
  • Major improvements in the Text tool
  • Measure tool
  • Type design features [1],[2]
  • Symbol library and support for Visio stencils
  • Cross platform WMF and EMF import and export
  • Improved support for Corel DRAW documents, Visio importer
  • Support for real world document and page size units, e.g. millimeters
  • Numerous usability improvements
  • Native Windows 64-bit build
  • See Notable bug fixes

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender – I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-)


  1. I think you may have jumped the gun. 0.91 looks like it's a release candidate rather than a released version. The inkscape front page and their download links all refer to 0.48.5 as the latest released version. So watch this (that?) space...

    • Yay, I just got the windows x64 installer - I've been eagerly awaiting Inkscape's new release for years, and I read it here first! It is all official and is up now. Bart, you're simply too good... although reporting things before they happen sets a rather tough precedent.

  2. OK, the inkscape home page [ ] is now offering 0.91 for download. Binaries are available for some versions of Linux/MacOS/Windows. It looks like they are still building them for the various platforms. (e.g. MacOS 10.7 and later has a binary, MacOS 10.6 still has to wait. Ubuntu has a package, RedHat is on the list, etc.)

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