Inkscape 0.49 Feature — currently used fonts shortlist

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.49). This post is part of a series that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.49 is released.

The inkscape developers have been drastically improving the functionality of the Text tool in inkscape for the 0.49 version. One improvement to the text tool is that when looking at the font list, inkscape now displays the fonts that are currently in use in the document at the top of the list. This super simple improvement makes the text editing user experience much better, as the user had to hunt through the list of all fonts to find a font they had already chosen.

The currently used fonts shortlist is available in both the font list in the tools control bar: fontlist

and in the Text and Font dialog box:

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If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.

Inkscape 0.49 Feature — Selecting objects by style

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.49). This post is part of a series that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.49 is released.

The upcoming release of Inkscape has a new feature that allows an artist to select objects that have the same properties as the currently selected object. For example, you could select an object that has a fill of blue. Then, using the new feature select all other objects in the drawing with a fill set to that same shade of blue:

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The new feature is a menu choice under Edit > Select Same or as a Context menu if you right click on a selected object.

Also there are other choices available to select same, including: matching both Fill and Stroke, matching just stroke, matching stroke style, or matching on object type.

If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.

Inkscape 0.49 Feature — Exchange position of selected objects

The Inkscape developers are hard at work developing the new version of Inkscape (0.49). This is the first in a new series of posts that will outline some of the awesome new features that will be available when Inkscape 0.49 is released.

The new updated Inkscape features a new set of buttons in the Align and Distribute Dialog called Exchange position of selected objects. It adds the ability to exchange the positions of the objects that the artist has selected. In the following example, three objects were selected, and their positions were exchaged with each other (using this new feature) according to their selection order.

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There are also two other new buttons in the dialog that allow the artist to exchange the selected objects based on the stacking (z-index) order, or just exchange them clockwise based on there positioning on the page.

If you want to try out this new feature already, you will need to  Download a “nightly” or “development” version of inkscape. Links to various builds of development versions of inkscape are listed at the Inkscape downloads page.