Upgrading to Inkscape 1.0 Beta for First Time

February 9, 2020

First impressions of Inkscape 1.0 beta ... loving it. 

Stopping point on some thorough play, experiment and trying some of the new toys. Too great. 

I'm thrilled to get Inkscape 1.0 Beta and have been having a lot of fun trying all the new bells and whistles, enjoying the polished interface, and even toying around with the new aesthetic abilities of the icon and interface themes. I am still getting use to some of the changes.
 My initial pros are, I love the canvas rotation, and I love the customizable interface. The standard interface looks polished and improved to look extra shiney in Windows 10. I dont know if things like the 3D object or the fill patterns are new but this new version has gotten me to stop what I'm doing, dive in to this new version to try and find and play with all the new features, and I think I'm discovering previously existing ones too. If you look closely, I made a hat symbol and turned it into the pattern. Some definite potential new features opening up for shading on future requests. 
My immediate cons are, I miss the slider for the brush size instead of pressing the up and down arrows or typing in the size that i want. It was nice just to quickly slide it. So that will actualy slow me down a bit mid drawing. I also have a problem with this new verison where as I draw and throw down strokes I'll get a random circle drawn that I was able to recreate on the right side. This isnt a huge thing but I dont know how to NOT make it do that. A final con is I have the brush size and the mass almost to beyond minimum settings and the brush still feels laggy/ muddy like I have the mass turned up. 
These could all be things I am doing wrong... I'm excited to figure it out! I truely had trouble with the extreme inverted high contrast theme, but I love the simpler icons and things like that. 
Lots to love, tons more for me to figure out. Heres a video demo I put on YouTube of my first fiddling with some of the settings I'm most excited about ( UI themes and canvas rotating ) 
More as it develops! Watch me mess with this and figure it out all week on twitch over at http://www.twitch.tv/eryckwebb 

1/12/2020 Update

I found the changes they made to the calligraphy pen, namely its mass and size controls, to be frustrating. The way the pressure sensitivity responds now feels laggy, heavy, and the mass changing doesnt have much effect. Not like it used to. Why would they even change this it worked fine before? Also after about two or three strokes of my drawing the program will drop a random circle shape. All these items made drawing in it effectively like I expect to do impossible, so for work purposes I removed the program and installed 0.92.4 back. In my opinion, and in my experience, drawing in and using Inkscape every day, this version is the most stable, responsive and functional version I've used since beginning to use Inkscape. I think 1.0 ruins a lot of what worked while offering new and exciting bells and whistles to enhance the experience. But I'm willing currently to sacrifice those new features in the interest of functionality. I cant wait for them to get it all right though! I definitely look forward to that!





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