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Inkscape is a vector graphics editor application. It is distributed under a free software license, the GNU GPL. Its stated goal is to become a powerful graphics tool while being fully compliant with the XML, SVG, and CSS standards.wikipedia:Inkscape


inkscape can be installed from the official repositories. The development version is available in the AUR as inkscape-bzrAUR.


Build error with libpng 1.2.x

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Reason: I have got no idea what else those changes influence, so you might want to undo them after inkscape is built. This could be related to Debian Bug#522477 and might get fixed in libpng 1.4. (Discuss in Talk:Inkscape#)

If inkscape fails to build with the following error:

In file included from /usr/include/libpng12/png.h:474,
from sp-image.cpp:44:
/usr/include/libpng12/pngconf.h:328: error: expected constructor, destructor, or type conversion before '.' token
/usr/include/libpng12/pngconf.h:329: error: '__dont__' does not name a type

You should be able to solve that by simply commenting the two mentioned Lines in /usr/include/libpng12/pngconf.h out:

//__pngconf.h__ already includes setjmp.h;
//__dont__ include it again.;

Segfaults with qtcurve-gtk2

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Reason: It seems this issue is resolved. (Discuss in Talk:Inkscape#)

There is a problem with qtcurve-gtk2 1.8.18-3 that makes inkscape segfault shortly after launch. The bug is fixed upstream (Bug 343704) but no release is yet available and the AUR package qtcurve-git is not compatible with KDE Frameworks 5. Best option today to use qtcurve and inkscape is to use speps patched packages from FS#43631.

Tooltips unreadable with KDE Plasma

Under KDE's system settings go to colors > options and disable "Apply colors to non-QT-applications". Restart Inkscape if was running before the change.

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