New interface plan

Bug #171867 reported by Whitecaps on 2007-04-08
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I am a Japanese, so my English may be strange. Please see it.


I'd like more better interface for Inkscape.

I updated my iTunes in my computer to 7.1 in the other day. This update
have hot feature: full-screen "Cover Flow". And it reminds me to
improvement of Inkscape interface.

Now Inkscape interface is just like X11 application. It's not bad as it.
but we have chance to make cool design for Inkscape interface if it can.

And then, I have drawn screen-shot of new design Inkscape Interface with
Inkscape itself. ---That is image which I attached to this thread. This
design is based from control of full-screen mode of VLC media Player for
Mac OS X (under GPL). I am calling this design "bitter" for convenience.

This interface is made on the assumption that be used in full-screen. And
this screen image contains new feature plan that I hope Inkscape
implements. for example, layer group or tab. Though This image is very
immature about details, I will suggest new Inkscape Interface plan with

Unfortunalety I am not developer. I am not sure that possibility of making
the new interface, because it bring major change into Inkscape. To realize
semitransparent and drop-shadow for control, we have to make the new
interface with source-code that used inside of Inkscape just like image
rendering in art-board.

I see that New Feature which be include in this image will be posted each
thread. but I wrote that in this comment for reference because that image
has them for the present.

New Feature plan that this image includes :

native port for Mac OS X
Automaticary hide-unhide control by pointing to border of screen with
layer group
drag and drop layer
layer thumbnail
stand-alone color palette(from Fill and Stroke window)
popup slidebar of status bar control
progress bar in status bar
semitransparent control
popup of icon which flow to tool bar width
2byte character support (Unicode)

Problem point of this image includes :

background of icons
border color of scroll bar
position of scroll bar
position of scroll bar in layer palette
missing value-control of alpha
no exactly layout
colorful or monochrome icons


I'm poor in English so I will not follow this feature discussion.

Tags: ui Edit Tag help
Whitecaps (whitecaps) wrote :
Tomasu (tomasu) wrote :

Originator: NO

reminds me a bit of the slicker project that inspired the direction KDE4
will be taking:

and their website is here:

Would be nice to see, but the tricky part is getting it to work and look
the same on all OS's

John Cliff (johncliff) wrote :

I think it is very unlikely that such a radical change in UI approach is likely to come from the main inkscape project.

Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Whitecaps (whitecaps) wrote :

> it is very unlikely
I think so too at now. My screenshot is just example.

I'm a big fan of Inkscape, however I've always found the user interface to be clunky and unattractive. An active effort to improve the UI would be a great benefit to the project and would more than likely encourage more developers to contribute (both UI design and source).

The best vector graphics tool I've used so far - interface-wise at least - has to be Macromedia Flash. That's not a typo - the last version I used was about 6 years ago and I found that UI to be far cleaner and more intuitive than the most recent Inkscape release.

I would welcome a change, but doubt we'll see anything any time soon.

2016-10-10 VictorWestmann: Those floating panels and menus reminds me a lot of MyPaint

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