If this can be done we can make "libraries" on Inkscape.
You create a document with the original copies inside (call this library) and use cloned copies of the graphics along different documents. If you want to change some graphic for different documents you only have to open the "library" and change there.
I think this could be very useful.
Is this possible then? :)

Answering you, Marc, The only way is to copy the "original" object who was cloned with the cloned objects and change the original on each document.

On 25/04/07, Marc Eberhard <eberhardma@googlemail.com> wrote:
Hi,

is it possible to clone an object/group across files? I tried using clone, but pasting into another file results in an orphaned node (apparently the reference is only valid _within_ the file with the original). Is there some other way to achieve something like this?

I want to prepare a set of slides with the same background. I can of course select and copy the background from one slide to the next, but if I want to change something on it then I need to go over all files again.

Is there a way to define an object/group in one inkscape file and then link to this in another inkscape file?

For plain XML files it would look like below, but I don't know, if this would work for SVG files and if I can use the XML editor in inkscape to achieve an effect like this.

All comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Marc

---

common.xml:

  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
  <somedata>xyz</somedata>

---

slide1.xml:

  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>

  <!DOCTYPE slide SYSTEM "slide.dtd" [
    <!ENTITY common SYSTEM "common.xml">
  ]>

  <slide>...  &common; </slide>

---

slide2.xml:

  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>

  <!DOCTYPE slide SYSTEM "slide.dtd" [
    <!ENTITY common SYSTEM "common.xml">
  ]>

  <slide>...  &common; </slide>


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