Console to input commands and node coordinates

Bug #264174 reported by Andrew Janke on 2008-09-03
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Bug Description

I'd love to be able to use inkscape as a simple qCAD/autoCad replacement for simple things if only because inkscape allows me to add a bit of "flair" to otherwise staid CAD drawings.

For this to work, the one thing needed is a simple entry box or two that will allow me to specify line/curve points instead of having to click or use guides to do this. eg: click line tool and then enter:


for a point at x=100, y=0 and then perhaps:


for a relative point at x+0 and y+100 and then


for a relative polar co-ordinate point to be 150mm at 70deg

I know that currently I can do this but only if I first draw the line roughly and then use the point tool to adjust them (via properties of a node).

Of course the ability to drive the entire of inkscape via a command window would be just superfluous but I dont think that this is required! ie:

   > line
   > first point[c to close, Return to end]: 100,10
   > first point[c to close, Return to end]: @0,100
   > next point[c to close, Return to end]: @150<70
   > next point[c to close, Return to end]: c


Andrew - <email address hidden>

Andrew Janke (a.janke) wrote :
prkos (prkos) wrote :

I guess this could be an Effect or LPE, a precise way to draw a path entering each node info.

Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
prkos (prkos) on 2008-09-03
description: updated

I wouldn't go as far as the initial wish, but just being able to directly enter coordinates for existing nodes in the GUI would be terrific!

Andrew Janke (a.janke) wrote :

Hi Matthias

That much you can do already, draw a line and then use the "Edit Path" tool (F2) and then look in the toolbar. You will see a place where you can enter X/Y co-ordinates.

Or did you mean something else?

Matthias_H (mhullin) wrote :

Wow. All of a sudden it appeared in my year-old release 0.46. I could swear it was not there yesterday ;-)

dopelover (dopelover) wrote :

It is very important feature, not only for CAD purposes, but also to make precise artistic drawings. Latest vesion of Autocad allows you to input exact coordinates in a small input box just near the cursor. See at the screenshot: In my opinion this is a good path to follow, but there should be also provided easy way to toggle between inserting exact coordinates and classic mode (without any input nor prompt box).

tags: removed: nodes
Pablo Trabajos (pajarico) wrote :

I'm changing the title of the report because that feature is already implemented in node tool (F2) and what A. Janke is asking for is more like a console to introduce commands (like in many CAD software).

dopelover: since what you asking for is rather different you should report that feature as a new report. Let's keep this one about the commands console. Open another for the on-canvas node coordinates.


summary: - Ability to enter node coordinates
+ Console to input commands and node coordinates
su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

related bug report:
Bug #171128 “CAD-Functions”

related blueprints:
Allow Inkscape to draw using a string as input
Geometric & Tech Drawing

tags: added: cli
jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :

Also related: Bug #170692 "Using turtle as a drawing tool"

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