Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab


Inkscape Python extensions bug

30Dec2014: -- This bug seems to be fixed if you download the latest Xquartz and Inkscape under Yosemite (10.10.1). A quick test is whether Extensions/Render/Gear... works.

This bug needs to be fixed for a number of handy extensions to work on Mac. For example

  • Make arrow heads match stroke color -- a known annoyance in Inkscape is that by default, the arrow heads are always black, independent of the line color. This can be fixed by selecting your arrow and then selecting Extensions/Modify Path/Color Markers to Match Stroke (see screenshot below)
  • Gear Render and other handy Python programs.
  • Export DXF also requires this fix. (Note that your DXF file will still need to be scaled by whatever application you load it into.)

Solution is:

  • Open Terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal)
  • cd to /Applications/
  • Open (eg. in emacs) the file inkscape
  • Make sure that export VERSIONER_PYTHON_VERSION=2.6 is inserted just above the line export VERSIONER_PYTHON_PREFER_32_BIT=yes

Change will take effect when X11 (Quartz) is relaunched.

Prevent Copy/Paste between files converting objects to bitmaps

in X11 Preferences make sure that "Update Pasteboard when Clipboard changes" is NOT checked:

Key shortcuts

Handy shortcuts:

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