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Review: Inkscape 0.45 is the best yet

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Open source software's preeminent vector graphics package, Inkscape, made a new stable release last month. Inkscape 0.45 packs in new features, speed, and usability enhancements, and offers a tempting look at where the package is headed.

Inkscape.org provides source code and Autopackage builds for Linux (as well as Mac OS X and Windows binaries). RPM packages for Fedora are available through the Fedora Extras repository; users on other distros will have to seek out an unofficial package for the time being.

The number one most exciting new feature in Inkscape 0.45 is the addition of the first SVG Filter to the feature set, Gaussian blur. In accordance with the SVG specification, you can now adjust a blur setting for every object in a drawing, just the way you would adjust its fill color, stroke width, or opacity.

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