- Paperback: 472 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (October 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593271816
- ISBN-13: 978-1593271817
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor 1st Edition
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About the Author
Dmitry Kirsanov is a developer and a graphic designer, specializing in website and logo design. His articles about Inkscape have appeared in Linux Format in the UK and on TuxMagazine.com. Kirsanov also writes the "Design Lab" column teaching creative fundamentals of web design (http://www.webreference.com/dlab/), and is the author of Dmitry Kirsanov's Web Design Book (in Russian). Tim Daniels, one of the founders of the Inkscape project, is the book's technical reviewer.
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Top customer reviews
In the past, I worked exclusively with raster graphic editors. This book has made it easy to ramp up on vector fundamentals, like working with Bezier curves.
The author, an Inkscape programmer, provides background information to explain why certain features work the way they do. Being a programmer myself, I know how rare it is to get that kind of transparency. I appreciate those insights, because they highlight both the limitations and the possibilities offered by this very powerful graphics tool.
Though this book was published in 2009, everything I've tried works in the current 0.48 version of Inkscape. Newer features, like creating fonts, are not discussed in this book. I do look forward to buying an updated version of this book in the future.
As a reviewer of Dmitry Kirsanov's book about "XSLT 2.0 Web Development (Charles F. Goldfarb Definitive XML Series)" remarked already, Kirsanov's style is lucid & compact and he shoves a lot of information into the hungry reader's mouth.
As a core Inkscape developer and distinguished russian webdesigner he knows his baby well and offers lots of "hands-on" advice, lots of illustrations (mainly in B&W with a 4 page color insert) as well as in the appendix: an SVG Primer, keyboard shortcuts and examples of command lines (for those who'd like to use the program in a production pipeline).
One important issue in selecting a "definitive guide"-book for me has always been the thoroughness of its index: with 22 pages (prepared by his loving & knowledgeable wife :) ....) it leaves nothing to be desired.
So why did I rate this wonderful accomplishment not with five stars ? -
I missed a webpage with sample images and the python scripts he used in his tutorial:"Creating an animation" as well as some hints about scripting the Inkscape engine with Python (just google for IXML, if you are curious), though he offers at least some results of this tutorial on his webpage.
If all goes well I hope to see some scripting examples & a little more support on the Web with the 2nd edition to raise my rating gladly to five stars, Dmitry :) ....
And I ordered his XSLT Webdesignbook a day after I received his Inkscape book: the man knows his trade too damn well ;-P....
Thank you Mr. Kirsanov!
the code or the book. Once I can get a foothold there seems to be a whole load
of good stuff. Wish I could be more positive.