Open Source Vector Drawing Software Inkscape 0.92 Released


Inkscape, a free and open-source vector graphics editor, has reached the 0.92 release a few days ago with exciting new features.

The Inkscape project announces a new version 0.92 of its popular vector drawing software. New features include 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 much more. Infrastructural changes are also under way, including a switch to CMake from the venerable Autotools build system.

New features in Inkscape 0.92:

  • Mesh gradients – a powerful tool enabling artists to more easily create photo-realistic drawings
  • improved SVG2 and CSS3 support
  • Live Path Effects
  • interactive smoothing for the pencil tool
  • a new Object dialog for directly managing all drawing elements
  • default resolution changed from 90dpi to 96dpi
  • change to CMake build system.
  • and much more. See here for details.

How to Install Inkscape 0.92 in Ubuntu 16.04:

Inkscape offers an official Ubuntu PPA, at the moment now it contains version 0.92 for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04.

Run following commands one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to get it from PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository

sudo apt update

sudo apt install inkscape

Inkscape 0.92 now is also available as SNAP package, and below is how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 and higher:

1. First if you have an old version installed, remove it via Ubuntu Software or use the command below to avoid conflict:

sudo apt remove inkscape && sudo apt autoremove

2. Install snapd if it’s not yet installed via command:

sudo apt install snapd

3. And finally download & install the inkscape package via command:

sudo snap install inkscape

The commands in step 2 and 3 can be combined with ‘&&’, so it looks like:

install inkscape snap

Once installed, launch the software from Unity Dash / App Launcher and enjoy!

Uninstall Inkscape snap package:

To remove the snap package of Inkscape, either use Ubuntu Software App or run the command below in terminal:

sudo snap remove inkscape

That’s it.

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