Gradient Editor has been turned off.
F&S Gradient Edit button now invokes the Gradient tool.
The legacy Gradient editor dialog can still be used by setting the preference "/dialogs/gradienteditor/showlegacy" to true.
https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/950677


From: Jon Cruz <jon@joncruz.org>
To: John Smith <john.smith7545@yahoo.com>
Cc: "inkscape-devel@lists.sourceforge.net" <inkscape-devel@lists.sourceforge.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 5:58 PM
Subject: Re: [Inkscape-devel] Retire Gradient Editor


On Jun 18, 2012, at 11:54 PM, John Smith wrote:

> I propose we retire the Gradient Editor dialog before 0.49
> Any objections or concerns ?
>
> For retiring:
> * Old, not maintained code with many bug reports still piling up
> * Almost all functionality is available in the Gradient toolbar / on-canvas editing now
>
> For keeping:
> * Can be used to edit gradients in the document but not used on-canvas.
>
> Here is the bug tracking the gradient editor retirement
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/inkscape/+bug/950677


There are some key usability differences between the toolbar and a dedicated dialog. In our specific case we have a very poor dialog, so losing it won't be a big problem.

For the long term I've got some Java based prototyping almost done. I'll try to pull up the latter versions and get some screenshots, etc. The main idea would be to have a good dialog added in, but possibly not for a while after the current one is removed.


And to confirm what I'd said earlier on my preferences in this regard: our current dialog is so poor that as soon as we have complete feature parity with the on-canvas and toolbar then it can be dropped.