Inkscape Development Builds and The Importance of Giving Back

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Development Builds:

I love Inkscape so much; it integrates seamlessly into my life. Inkscape fits so well in fact, my mind can no longer distinguish between the date I acquired the program and my date of birth. It works and feels like a well oiled machine, whose engineers are numerous and credentials include psychic prowess and telekinesis. In reality however, the caped master-minds behind this mind-blowing FLOSS Vector-editing program are persons like you and me, that need a little help to keep the magic going. So how can we help them? One way, is through Development Builds.

Developmental Builds are pre-released Inkscape binaries packed with new features that will be released into the “trunk” of the next stable release. It was bred for a single purpose – to destroy the world of men, and to test bugs, mostly the latter. Persons like you and me test the day-lights out of these nightly builds to see if we find any bugs. Once you find one we report it to the Inkscape Development Builds Bug Report List i.e Launchpad Bug Tracker for Inkscape.

This is what inkscape itself has to say on the matter:

Your bug reports are vital for making Inkscape a robust and capable application. It is an important goal that each Inkscape release be stable, crash-free, and behave itself well. Bug reports from users are the primary means of quality assurance, as we rely on the Open Source principle of “Many Eyes Make Bugs ShallowQuoteInkscape

Here is how we can download the Development Builds and  report the bugs accordingly:

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If you prefer the HTML text however, (condensed form) read on:

Instructions for downloading the development build are:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Hover over the download tab and select development
  3. Follow the download installation instructions for your platform/operating system.

For the check list for submitting a bug report are:

  1. Title: Bug Appropriately
  2. Save Screen-shot/ or Screen-Cast
  3. System Data: OS, Language,  date…
  4. System Error Logs

The Link to the developer Mailing List: Link & the link to the Inkscape Launchpad Page to Submit the bug report: Link

Thanks for reading and good luck testing the development build and bug reporting!




  • forseti2

    It would be nice to particiate, but how to say it, we can’t. I am not able to login into Launchpad. I have registered account on UbuntuOne server and every time I try to login, Launchpad tries to access some information from UbuntuOne -> I’ll allow the access and the Launchpad fails:

    Sorry, something just went wrong in Launchpad.

    We’ve recorded what happened, and we’ll fix it as soon as possible. Apologies for the inconvenience.

    (Error ID: OOPS-abf03f1719017c9caecef13a307d275d)

    • Bryce Harrington

      Unfortunately yes, launchpad falls over here with OOPSes here and there. Sometimes trying a 2nd time does the trick (it needs to warm the cache), other times it’s a load issue and trying at a different time will get through, other times it’s a bug in launchpad and trying some other way will work.

      We’ll love to see you join us via the mailing list or IRC though!

      • forseti2

        Btw, why Inkscape still uses those half-working tools (bazaar, launchpad)? There are probably some better like git and its web managers (github, gitlab), svn (don’t know about some better management tool), …

    • Golden Ribbon

      Launchpad up to its old tricks again. I have to agree on this one launchpad can be painful (a bug in and of it-self). The best I can say is as Bryce has mentioned. Send the word through the mailing list or I.R.C. or hold until launchpad error corrects itself.

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