Summer of Code Project IdeasApril 30, 2006
The Inkscape team has posted a list of ideas for the Google Summer of Code project.
New Translators Mailing ListApril 28, 2006
The Inkscape translators have started a new inkscape-translator@ mailing list. This list will be used for discussing translation/localization of Inkscape and its documentation.
Planning for Inkscape 0.44 ReleaseApril 23, 2006
The Inkscape team has started the process of producing the next release. It is expected that it will take us a month or two to work through the process, which means that you can expect 0.44 to be officially released in the early summer.
Here are the milestones to look for in our release process:
Now - Development continues on the ~24 items identified For non-0.44 feature work, please use branches May 1st - Achieve completion of at least 50% of the items. Work continues on the remaining 12. Work ceases on any other features. Notification to translators Begin focusing on bugfixes. Identify preliminary "must-fix" buglist May 15th - Feature Freeze All feature development work ends Finalize the "must-fix" buglist Issue pre-release packages for testing Focus on bug fixes, translations, & docs TBD - Hard Freeze Translation work finishes Final resolution on all "must-fix" bugs Issue one or more release candidates TBD - 0.44 Release
If you have some time to contribute to Inkscape, you would be more than welcome to join in the making of this release. There are many places you can lend a hand: Certain new features still need some development work. If you good at breaking software, you can be a big help by experimenting with each of the features listed in the 0.44 Release Notes. See if you can find and report defects.
If you are interested in packaging or providing a mirror of our download areas, these are also excellent ways to help. The Win32 and OSX packages are the most active; please join the discussions on the inkscape-devel mailing list
Icons with InkscapeApril 4, 2006
Dmitri Joukov has written a blog post about using Inkscape for creating Icons.
Graphics Art School uses InkscapeApril 3, 2006
Newsforge is running an article about a graphics art professor that switched his class over from proprietary to open source graphics programs. Beyond just reducing lab fees, this also had the effect of really empowering the students.
One concern raised was that the students were not learning "industry standard" tools. Yet who can say what the industry standard might be in 5 or 10 years?