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Inkscape: one essential vector graphics application

Apr 13, 2009, 17:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

"Inkscape has excellent native multi-line text support, and that is indeed one of the reasons I switched to using it.

"Unlike Xara LX, you cannot format text separately within a text object, but you do have full control over the style of any given text object. Inkscape also has a text-flowing tool (which allows text to be automatically line-wrapped within a given box).

"New in the 0.46 version of Inkscape is a graphical font selector widget which displays a sample of each font in a pull-down menu. This is a great idea. Unfortunately, it is apparently very poorly implemented—I frequently get freeze-ups of my entire X server environment when using it. It appears to have the effect of locking my display until the menu is closed (this might be by design?) but sometimes it simply locks everything up for some period of time, regardless of what I do. It does not usually cause X to crash, at least, although I have given up and killed Inkscape because of it more than once. The severity of the problem may relate to the very large number of fonts that I have installed."

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