September, 2018
Swapped coordinates in Inkscape and other stories from frozen hell

Swapped coordinates in Inkscape and other stories from frozen hell

On September 9—13, the Inkscape team met in Kiel (Germany) for the second hackfest this year. They came back with a bagful of improvements we are to see in the upcoming Inkscape 1.0 beta.

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Introducing Van Chatto on Patreon with a Synfig showcasing project

Introducing Van Chatto on Patreon with a Synfig showcasing project

We are not exactly spoiled with animations made with Synfig Studio. All the more reasons to start following Van Chatto, a Filipino artist who recently started a Patreon campaign to fund him showcasing the use of the software and providing tips and tricks to aspiring users.

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SVG 2.0 Candidate Recommendation Published, Working Group Charter Extended

SVG 2.0 Candidate Recommendation Published, Working Group Charter Extended

SVG 2.0 is getting closer to completion, with a new candidate recommendation draft published earlier this month. And the working group will continue to work at least till December 2018.​

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LibreDWG revived, starts getting regular releases

LibreDWG revived, starts getting regular releases

In an unimaginable turn of events, LibreDWG, the free/libre library for opening proprietary CAD files in the DWG file format, is becoming a stellar example of a FOSS project.

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Gradient meshes and hatching to be removed from SVG 2.0

Gradient meshes and hatching to be removed from SVG 2.0

Life doesn't go easy on the SVG file format. While development of this W3C standard continues, some features are to be axed from SVG 2.0. They remain in the nascent SVG 2.1 specification, but there is no guarantee work will continue on SVG 2.1 after SVG 2.0 is finished.

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Scribus 1.5.4 released with CxF3 and initial QuarkXPress support

Scribus 1.5.4 released with CxF3 and initial QuarkXPress support

The Scribus team announced the release of a new version of this free desktop publishing software, featuring some interesting improvements.

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GIMP 2.10 released, what’s up with the new release policy?

GIMP 2.10 released, what’s up with the new release policy?

Six years and several unstable releases since 2.8.0, GIMP 2.10 is out in the wild for the general public.

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Krita 4.0 released, conversation with the team

Krita 4.0 released, conversation with the team

After 1.5 years in the making, Krita 4.0 is finally released with a ton of improvements mostly for digital painting, but also with a number of features useful for general image editing.

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Mastering Inkscape in 2018: what’s best among books, courses, and tutorials

Mastering Inkscape in 2018: what’s best among books, courses, and tutorials

As someone who maintains social media accounts for a few free/libre software projects, one of the top questions I keep being asked is how/where to learn using this or that application. So this is an attempt to a definitive guide to various learning resources on Inkscape, free/libre vector graphics editor

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2018 in perspective

2018 in perspective

It's arguable, but by now, it's pretty safe to say that the proverbial year of Linux on the desktop is never happening. But... do we really need it so much? Especially if there an impressive lineup of upcoming libre software releases set for 2018? Let's see what this year is bringing us.

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