Package description is not user friendly

Bug #811634 reported by Phil Bull
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
inkscape (Debian)
Fix Released
inkscape (Ubuntu)
Fix Released

Bug Description

The package description for Inkscape is not very user-friendly. It includes the names of several technical packages, has a lot of specific (and mostly irrelevant) technical information and does not focus on tasks that the user might want to perform. The package description should be updated, following the advice given in the Packaging Guide:

This will make it more likely that non-technical users looking for a vector editor will find Inkscape.

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Phil Bull (philbull) wrote :

Suggested description:

Inkscape is an illustration editor which has everything you need to create professional-quality computer art. You can use it to make diagrams and illustrations, technical drawings, web graphics, clip art, icons and logos. A collection of hands-on tutorials show you how to combine lines, shapes, and text of different types and styles to build up a picture.

A selection of powerful vector graphics editing tools comes as standard. There is excellent support for paths, gradients, layers, alpha transparency, and text flow control. An extensive library of filters allow you to apply realistic effects, and extensions allow you to work with bitmaps, barcodes and printing marks, amongst other things.

Most of the common vector formats are supported, including PDF, Adobe Illustrator and AutoCAD files, and it has unrivalled support for the SVG web graphics standard.

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
tags: added: packaging
Changed in inkscape (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
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Aditya V (kroq-gar78) wrote :

Here's the debdiff. I'll send it to Debian. I'll also link my branch.

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Ubuntu Foundations Team Bug Bot (crichton) wrote :

The attachment "Change long description to the one suggested by Phil Bull" of this bug report has been identified as being a patch in the form of a debdiff. The ubuntu-sponsors team has been subscribed to the bug report so that they can review and hopefully sponsor the debdiff. In the event that this is in fact not a patch you can resolve this situation by removing the tag 'patch' from the bug report and editing the attachment so that it is not flagged as a patch. Additionally, if you are member of the ubuntu-sponsors team please also unsubscribe the team from this bug report.

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tags: added: patch
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Alex Valavanis (valavanisalex) wrote :


tags: added: patch-forwarded-debian
removed: patch
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Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

Just dropping the automatically-subscribed ubuntu-sponsors, since we'd want this to come from Debian first.

Changed in inkscape (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
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Mattia Rizzolo (mapreri) wrote :

Submitted to the debdiff for bug #1225013

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package inkscape - 0.48.4-3ubuntu1

inkscape (0.48.4-3ubuntu1) trusty; urgency=low

  * Merge from Debian unstable (LP: #1225013). Remaining changes:
    - debian/control:
      + Set Ubuntu Developer as maintainer,
      + build-depend on dh-translation to handle Ubuntu translation,
      + build against liblcsm2 instead of liblcsm1,
      + demote pstoedit from Recommends to Suggests (because it's on universe),
      + add a ${python:Depends}.
    - debian/patches/0006_add_unity_quicklist_support.patch: add.
    - debian/patches/series: update.
    - debian/rules:
      + add dh_translation to handle Ubuntu translation,
      + add python2 to dh addon.
  * Debian changes:
    - debian/control: make description more user-friendly (LP: #811634)

inkscape (0.48.4-3) unstable; urgency=medium

  * debian/control: S-V bump 3.9.4 => 3.9.5 (no changes needed)
  * debian/control: Uploader e-mail address updated
  * debian/patches/: patchset updated
    - 0005-Fix_FreeType_include.patch added (Closes: #733118)
      Thanks to Adam Conrad for the patch.

inkscape (0.48.4-2) unstable; urgency=low

  * debian/control: fields update
    - Duplicate Homepage field removed
    - VCS-* fields repositioned
  * debian/watch: path updated
  * debian/: dh bump 7 => 9
  * debian/source/format: 3.0 (quilt) file added
  * debian/patches/: patchset re-worked using gbp-pq
    - patches re-worked using gbp-pq (authorships kept)
    - debian/control: quilt b-dep dropped
    - debian/rules: quilt usage dropped
  * debian/gbp.conf: file added
  * debian/control: autotools-dev b-dep added
  * debian/rules: drastic simplification
  * debian/control: S-V bump 3.8.3 => 3.9.4 (no changes needed)
  * debian/control: python-lxml Suggests => Recommends (Closes: #389540)
  * debian/control: python-numpy Suggests => Recommends (Closes: #440566)
  * debian/control: libgnomevfs2-extra Suggests => Recommends
    (Closes: #602599)
  * debian/control: skencil Suggests dropped.
    The package has been removed from unstable
    on 2010-09-03 and from testing on 2010-09-04. (Closes: #712192)
  * debian/control: transfig added to Recommends (Closes: #601770)
  * debian/control: python dropped from Suggests (Closes: #628009)
  * debian/control: Package description updated.
    Thanks to Phil Bull <email address hidden> for the new description.
    (Closes: #635244) (LP: #811634)
 -- Mattia Rizzolo <email address hidden> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:44:58 +0100

Changed in inkscape (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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