On 2011-03-23 12:23, Gary Hawkins wrote:
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On 23 March 2011 09:58, David Huerta <huertanix@heatsynclabs.org> wrote:
Hey all,

I can't seem to use the fill tool in Inkscape (v0.48 on OS X). Trying to fill a rectangle object with a 0.010 mm line width (stroke color: blue) with no fill while sectioning off a chunk with a two-node straight line cutting through the upper half.  I tried filling the area, but it only filled it and left a weird uneven margin on the end (http://www.flickr.com/photos/25968780@N03/5552182877/).  Clicking the white margin doesn't do anything.  I also tried changing the line width to something thicker, making it the same color as the straight line, but same seems to have no effect.  Checked for gaps, found none.  I also tried changing the threshold, but that just made it not fill anything at all.  What am I doing wrong?
You might not be doing anything wrong, as the fill tool relies on a rasterization of the image which is filled and subsequently traced again (if I'm not mistaken), it will in general be imprecise. Fortunately, from your description it sounds like it shouldn't be too difficult to do what you want with vectors. Just create the shape you want filled, possibly using path intersection or something like that (depends on what exactly you want to do), and then apply a fill through the fill & stroke dialog. (You may want to consult one of the inkscape manuals/books or tutorials if you've never used boolean path operations.)