Unpacking Inkscape 1.3.1: Exploring 70+ Bug Fixes and Two Exciting New Features

Inkscape 1.3.1 has been released today as the first major update to the Inkscape 1.3 series of this open-source vector graphics editor that happens to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Inkscape 1.3.1 is here almost four months after Inkscape 1.3 and adds two new features, namely an option to disable snapping to grid lines and the ability to split text into its letters (characters) while keeping the kerning (letter distances) intact.

This release also improves the Shape Builder tool introduced in Inkscape 1.3 with the ability to create an appropriate number of nodes, improves handle visibility with dark desk colors, improves the conversion of text objects to a path, and improves the opening and importing of PDF files that didn’t work with Inkscape 1.3.

The activating of a layer in the Layers dialog has been improved as well in Inkscape 1.3.1 so you won’t have to double-click to enter the layer on the canvas to be able to work in it. In addition, the Layers dialog no longer supports auto-expanding of layers when you only activate a layer, and better handles deletion and moving of layers.

But Inkscape 1.3.1 is mainly a bugfix release that tackles numerous problems discovered in the Inkscape 1.3 release, improving numerous functionalities like the Page tool’s size field refusing to be updated, right-clicking on a selected item to apply changes, or looking for English terms for Live Path Effects when utilizing non-English languages.

Look at the release notes for additional details concerning the amendments included in this release. Meanwhile, Inkscape 1.3.1 can be downloaded directly from the official website as an AppImage universal binary that can be executed on virtually any GNU/Linux distribution without the need for installation.

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