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Ponyscape v0.2 has been released!!  Check it out here: flutterguy317.deviantart.com/j…

I will keep this journal and the files up for anyone who wants to use the previous version.

Hi Everypony!!

It is with great joy that I present you with my custom version of Inkscape that I have so lovingly dubbed "Ponyscape".  For the past month or two, I've been working on improving Inkscape whenever I could find some free time (which wasn't easy :p).  I've been using my custom Inkscape version in my most recent vectors, and am proud to announce that I feel it is ready to be released to the masses!  For anyone running Windows, you can download the entire package, unzip it using 7zip or winrar, and run inkscape.exe.  If you want to compile from source or are not on Windows, download the Inkscape source from their website (www.inkscape.org) and apply the source patch (if you need help with this, feel free to send me a note).

Download (Windows): www.mediafire.com/?ildpeb7ql7g…
md5: aba7490a94af288781939bc66209f637

Source patch: www.mediafire.com/?b3adxk8k2h5…
md5: 366c0771a63af51489932cc95113bf91

Please note that this software is still somewhat experimental...  I encourage you to use it, but please remember to save often (enabling autosave is also a good idea).  If you come across any issues, want to give feedback, or have an idea for a future version of Ponyscape, feel free to email me at flutterguy317@gmail.com .

Here's some interesting things that are new in this version (green is from upstream Inkscape, blue is custom):

:bulletgreen: Powerstrokes, which allow you to vary the width of a stroke and taper it at the ends.  Apply powerstroke to a selected path by clicking Path->Path Effects, then clicking the + button, selecting Powerstroke, and pressing OK.  Press F2 to enter node-edit mode and there will be 3 width nodes.  You can move these around to vary the width of your stroke, hold Control and click on a node to duplicate it, or hold Alt and Control and click on a node to delete it.  You can select Zero-Width in the Path Effects dialog for either end of the stroke to have it taper (to get a clean taper, you might need to add an additional width node to adjust how quickly it tapers).

:bulletgreen: Path cloning with LPE, which clones the selected path while retaining the ability to manipulate color, layer, etc.  To create a clone, click on Edit->Clone->Clone original path (LPE).  When you add, move, or remove a node to the parent path, the cloned path will be updated.

:bulletgreen: Extrapolated join, which is a method for creating sharp corners on a stroke that look better than mitered corners.  To use extrapolated joins, apply a Powerstroke and select Extrapolated or Extrapolated Arc from the Join drop-down in the Path Effects dialog.

:bulletblue: Better powerstroke defaults and easier application: fill and stroke colors are swapped and the width is retained when applying a powerstroke, and better settings for a powerstroke are applied by default.

:bulletblue: Width adjustment dialog: this allows you to specify the width of your stroke numerically and precisely.  To use this dialog, hold Alt and click on a width-node.

:bulletblue: Experimental effects are enabled to allow the Extrapolated Arc powerstroke join.  Please note that not all path-effects work, and some do crash Inkscape.

:bulletblue: Old style slider controls for dialogs: in a recent build, the upstream Inkscape switched to a new style of slider control which is not the nicest to work with.  After talking with Atmospark about it, I decided to revert to the old control.

:bulletblue: Fixed resolution of PNG import: a bug in the upstream Inkscape sets the resolution of an imported PNG file incorrectly, however this is fixed in Ponyscape 0.1

I have assembled a little gallery of new features here: sta.sh/2u1835jnk1t

I will also be doing a livestream tonight at 9:00 PM Eastern Time on how to use the new features, which can be found here: www.livestream.com/flutterguy3…

And now a quick legal disclosure (only because I have to :p).  This software is provided as-is and without any warranty.  Misuse of this software or use of this software in an illegal nature is in no way the fault of the developer or the upstream Inkscape development team.  The developers are not responsible for any loss or damages that may occur while using the software.  This software is licensed under the GPL version 2.0, a copy of which will be provided upon request.

I hope you enjoy this release of Ponyscape and that it helps any pony vector artists out there!  From just using it for the past month, I can definitely say that my time to complete a vector has gone down dramatically thanks to the advancements both in the upstream Inkscape and in Ponyscape.

-flutterguy317
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NibblerWho2 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Artist
Sorry for asking, but does it make ponies?
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi NibblerWho2! You can find more information about Ponyscape (and the latest download) here:

:iconponyscape-vectors:

Ponyscape is a full-fledged vector art program that's specifically designed to provide features which help pony vector artists, however it can be used by any vector artist to make all sorts of artwork. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask :)
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NibblerWho2 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Artist
Thankyou so much it helped alot! ^^
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KoroTheSilverWolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooh So this makes it easy to make ponies? *assuming so since I've never tried to make vector art before*
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi KoroTheSilverWolf!

Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you, I've been a bit under the weather... Ponyscape makes it a bit easier to make ponies, there's a lot of new features and tools that help out with that! If you're interested in the latest version, you can check out the #Ponyscape-Vectors group, and if you want to learn more about vectoring, check out the #MLP-VectorClub. They have some awesome tutorials there, and pretty much any deviation submitted to them has a source file so you can check out how they're made :)
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KoroTheSilverWolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Koro is fine, my username's kinda long...

that's fine, I'm willing to bet you get a lot of messages anyway... thanks for the help! I'll have to check both those groups.
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been anxiously awaiting the release of powerstroke in the stable build of Inkscape. Going to have to try this out. Thanks!
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, definitely! Version 0.2 is already out in case you hadn't seen it: [link] , and version 0.3 should be coming out tomorrow :) Hope you like it and feel free to suggest any features :D
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I noticed 0.2 right after I finished downloading 0.1.

I do have a quick question. How do you add more width nodes to a path? I think you mentioned that it's possible ("you might need to add an additional width node"), but I can't figure out how.
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can add additional width nodes by holding ctrl and clicking on an existing width node. Unfortunately, you can't ctrl-click and immediately drag the new point, you have to release the mouse button first, then drag the new point (I'm planning on fixing this in version 0.4). You can also delete width nodes by holding ctrl-alt and clicking a point, and you can numerically assign the width by holding shift and clicking a point. Hope this helps and happy vectoring!!
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Sairoch Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent, thanks!
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haratofu Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Powerstrokes, which allow you to vary the width of a stroke and taper it at the ends."

I'm going to have to download this for that feature alone.
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duckinatorr Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty neat! Once you get the Linux version fairly well cleaned up (I'd help, but I have too many things on my plate already), I can see about setting up a buildbot to create packages for various systems (.deb for Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and derivatives; one for ArchLinux; and .rpm should cover most of the other large distros). No promises, but I'll give it a shot once it gets to that point. :)
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, awesome! I just released v0.2, which can be built on Linux! If you want to eventually set up a buildbot that would be really cool, although I'm fairly busy so I'm not sure I'd be able to maintain it if it would require any work... Anyhow, you can check out v0.2 here: [link] ! :D
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duckinatorr Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Bookmarking that to look at when I have more free time. :)
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duckinatorr Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(Yes, I am well aware that Linux Mint is a derivative of Ubuntu which is itself a derivative of Debian... :P)
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DeathNyan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
how do you patch?
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Currently, the patch won't work on Linux or Mac, although I'm in the process of working on this. To patch it on Windows, you need to get the Inkscape 0.49 source code, download the patch file, and apply it using the technique described here: [link] . There's instructions on how to compile on the Inkscape wiki. When I release the next version with the fix for Linux and Mac I'll post a more detailed description of how to patch and compile :)
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DeathNyan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Nice. Thanks!
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lightningtumble Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh myyyy :icongeorgetakeiplz: who needs to study for finals with ponyscape to play with! Thanks for the upgrade, I've been meaning to do powerstroke and now I may as well!
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The-Naval-Brony Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Writer
Ummm...

You do know that Inkscape isn't open source right?

Oh wait a second, are you sure this doesn't violate the GNU General Public License?
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inkscape IS open source, licensed under the GPL v2, so therefore I am allowed to modify and redistribute the source code as long as I keep the original authors intact and provide a copy of the GPL upon request.
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ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Odd, It says on InkScape's front page that they are in fact open source.

I'll have to find the copyright policy about this.
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StarshineCelestalis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inkscape is covered by the GNU GPL v2 which allows derivatives such as this.
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StarshineCelestalis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Though it should be noted that the license also requires derivatives to be covered by the same license (GPL v2, not v3) so you probably should go read over it to assure compliance.
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ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I've noticed this after asking them, my mistake.

But another thing that concerns me is that Hasbro isn't under the same policy.
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The-Naval-Brony Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Writer
A reply from gligar13 had told me that GNU GPL is open source.

So, yeah, it isn't violating any laws unless it has MLP stuff in it which would get the program sued by Hasbro.
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm making sure to steer clear of anything involving copyright infringing materials. The name Ponyscape in no way violates anything Hasbro (or anyone else) owns, and anything "pony" that I put into it will be original characters that I will either create or have permission to use. This also doesn't violate their copyrights as it is a style, which cannot be copyrighted (there was some contest on EQD to create a logo for a site which had the requirement that no characters from the show be used specifically for this reason).
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ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
True.

It's also copyright stuff like this is why I'm making OS-Galaxy as unique as possable.
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The-Naval-Brony Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Writer
Wait, is OS-Galaxy at www.osgalaxy.com?
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ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Did you get permission from InkScape to do this...?
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ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
... And Hasbro for that matter?
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inkscape is Open Source and covered under the GPL v2, therefore I can do this as long as I keep the original authors intact and be sure to provide a copy of the GPL upon request. I don't need permission from Hasbro as there is nothing in here that violates their copyrights. The name Ponyscape in no way infringes on anything that they own.
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ShadowMaker-241 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Okay then.
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CaNoN-lb Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Thx! looks promising, definitely gonna try this out :)
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Ten-kara Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ponyscape! Thank you for working on this and releasing it.
Downloaded. :)
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mehoep Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>Old style slider controls

:iconyeahponyplz:

seriously, the new ones with the text box build into the slider thingy... those are terrible x)
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I know, right? If you want I can try to build a version for Linux for you (and I guess for my laptop and whenever I get tired of Windows and switch back on my desktop :p).
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mehoep Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sounds like a plan because honestly, that .patch file... i dunno, can't get it to work :dummy:
(apparently bzr doesn't like my machine or something, it's givin' me sh1t like "the only thing you get is exceptions" and i'm like "FFFFUUUUUUU" and it just laughted harder :< )
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mehoep Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually, nevermind... compiling ponyscape right now x) ^^
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Yanoda Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking forward to further updates!

Also, I thought you were also able to fix the blur crash bug/issue. Did you leave it out?

I will try your Ponyscape in the future. I still have difficulties working with Inkscape...
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D I did fix the blur crash, it was actually on my end since the compiler I was using wasn't the correct version, or it was just acting weird :p So yeah, I redownloaded everything, reapplied all my patches, and now it's working with blurs and everything! I'll keep you posted for when I integrate Illustrators layring system and gradient meshes :p
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Yanoda Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfluttershyyayplz: yay!
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abydos91 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Downloading. Thanks :)
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MysteriousKaos Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icondashawesomefaceplz: Best mod ever
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Atmospark Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am in full support of this!

Ponyscape master race!
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Infinitoa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like I should kiss your feet for doing this xD I hope it's somewhat stable, since Inkscape 0.49 nightly build crashes all the time for me. I shall use your version for my upcoming piece :D
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flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay!! What version of Inkscape 0.49 nightly do you use (you can see it in the about dialog)? I basically took the latest version of (revision 11882) and modified the code slightly, so hopefully they fixed whatever was crashing for you in upstream Inkscape. If it crashes on you, feel free to email me and I'll try to look into what's causing it :)
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Infinitoa Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried to use 11859 some time ago, but after it crashed multiple times when I tried to save the .svg, I decided to stick with .48 until the full release would come out. But since it seems as if you and a couple of others have no problems using it, I might as well give it a shot again. I LOVE Power-Strokes and want to use them so badly. I cross my fingers^^
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