Archive for November, 2008

Episode 076 – Grunge Patterned Snowboard

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Episode 076 is available for download.

In it I walk through the steps on how to create a snowboard and apply a grunge pattern to it made in Gimp. This is our longest screencast to date clocking in at 32 minutes. I figured using Gimp to create the grunge pattern was the fastest way to get it done. One can make similar patterns completely in Inkscape but it takes a little longer, at least for me. Sometimes using a raster program in tandem with your vector program makes life easier. 😉

I hope you enjoy it.

Designers Needed for NeutrinoCMS

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

For those interested in showing off their skills and and helping a great project, head over to and find the NeutrinoCMS development and design article. He’s looking for someone or some people to supply buttons, banners, and logos. Also, if you are interested in content management systems, like WordPress and Drupal for instance, then NeutrinoCMS might be right up your alley. Email the author at <neutrinocms[at]> if you are interested.

Now be honest…you had nothing to do today and this gives you another reason to fire up Inkscape. 😉

Lumiera – Logo Contest

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Pat (from TLLTS fame) just pointed out to me that Lumiera, which is a relatively young project aimed at re-writing the Cinelerra video editor, is having a logo contest.


I believe the deadline for submissions is November 30 so you haven’t got long. The details can be found right here.


So if you’re interested in putting those Inkscape chops to good use, give it a shot!

Cheers and good luck!

Inkscape with Integration. I love it!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

I was doing some of the usual noodling with Inkscape last night and spotted something I hadn’t seen before. A menu entry linking up to the! So at work I tried it today and found no such entry in the XP version of Inkscape I was running here. 

Alas, it was Virtualbox to the rescue and I ran my Vbox install of Hardy and confirmed that in fact yes, the Inkscape you get in the Ubuntu repos (0.46) indeed has this functionality. Of course I’m also running 0.46 at work on XP and it’s not there, so I’m not entirely sure what’s up.  If anybody can clue me in on how to get this going in XP there would be a lot of happy Inkscapers. Of course alternatively we could just tell them they have to use Linux. 😉

Anyway, just to prove I’m not dreaming all of this, here are a few descriptive screenshots:


Here is the File menu entry for OCAL in Inkscape:


Here is the dialog that pops up giving a field to enter search terms to search for clip art from


Here I’ve entered “usb” as a search term and I get a nice list of clip art images along with thumbnails and descriptions:


And finally, the graphic image I just chose is plunked right into Inkscape. Fantastic!:


Great job people!

Episode 075 – Vector Wings

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Episode 075 is live.

If you are interested in trying to draw some vector wings for your next project then this tutorial might offer some tips. Enjoy.

Chess Set designed with Inkscape

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

From the Interesting Inkscapey Things Dept., here’s a short video post about a nice acrylic chess set made using designs created in Inkscape.


I would love to have access to some prototyping equipment for projects like this. I could come up with all sorts of neat and unproductive things to do with my time! 🙂