For those of you who have not been following Mental's work, be aware
that he's going to be merging it in soon - probably this evening.
The new SDI-based interface feels *quite* *different* from Sodipodi.
Confusingly so. Things are in very different locations than you're used
But this is all by intent. We have discussed the CSDI / SDI
technicalities, the importance of HIG compliance, the desire to work
like this app or that, etc. etc. This work has been going on in a
branch for the past week, with screenshots on the website for about as
long, so there's been some time for early testing. We are ONLY going to
know whether all this theory will work in reality if we each TRY IT OUT.
Some will ask why we are making these significant changes, and that is a
good question. Stated briefly there are several reasons:
1. It significantly distinguishes Inkscape from Sodipodi
2. It is in keeping with GNOME HIG standards (the Sodipodi approach
3. It has been requested by a number of Inkscape users.
4. It forces us to really rethink the UI layout, including little
things that we have tended to take for granted but that need
to be re-examined.
5. It's better to make the change now while the project is still
young and won't disrupt a large existing user base (other than
Regarding testing, some tips. Well thought out, fairly worded
observations are what we're looking for, moreso than gut reactions.
Things are still fluid at this point so well thought out comments can
have an important long-term impact. Take some time with your evaluation
and think about how we can make it more powerful for skilled users, and
intuitive enough to help novices find their way to what they need.
You will be able to check it out from developer CVS soonish, or
anonymous CVS within a day or so. We also hope to cut a pre-release and
RPM's to make testing easier for folks.