PapaSue wrote:I think I remember that 046 or 045 was a "folder" with files inside, this is just ink.app it only opens the program. If it "opens" I don't know how to do it.
In the Finder, browse to 'Applications' (or wherever you installed it), select the Inkscape icon, right-click (or ctrl-click) it and choose "Show Package Contents
" from the context menu. In the new Finder window that opens, you have access to all "system" files and resources that Inkscape.app uses as default and selectable options (Contents > Resources). However - be careful and backup files you remove or edit to ease troubleshooting and to avoid reinstalling Inkscape in case of mishap).
PapaSue wrote:I want to change the program defaults from px to inches for starters, I want to set my my grid to inches and save that default.
Inkscape has a two-tier template system
- the system-provided templates including the default one:
Contents > Resources > templates ( > default.svg)
- user-installed custom templates including overriding the default one used for new documents
Home > .config > inkscape > templates ( > default.svg)
It is recommended to use the user profile folder for custom templates and leave the system ones installed with Inkscape unchanged. You can access the user templates folder
- using the Finder: in the top menubar, choose 'Go > Go to Folder…' (⇧⌘G) and enter this string (without the quotes) into the pop-up dialog: "~/.config/inkscape", then browse to 'templates' or create the folder if it does not yet exist.
- from within Inkscape: any open document can be made available in the 'File > New' submenu by saving it to 'templates' listed in the left column of the 'Save as…' dialog (right below the 'Desktop' and 'File System' entries listed under 'Places')
To create a new default template
with your specifications I recommend to:
- open a new document by choosing the page format you prefer from 'File > New' (do not resize the page or change the page orientation for a file you want to use as template!)
- set the 'Default units' to 'in' in 'File > Document Properties > Page > General'
- change the units and spacing of the default grid (or add a new one) in 'File > Document Properties > Grid'
- use 'File > Save a Copy…' and save the document into 'templates' (listed under 'Places' on the left) with the file name 'default.svg' (keep all lower case)
- restart Inkscape: the empty document in the new window Inkscape opens after relaunch should have all settings you set in steps 2 and 3
: above steps to create a custom default template work if you use Inkscape with default language settings (en) - in case you use a different GUI language, I can provide further details about language-specific (translated) templates if needed.Further information
about Inkscape's template system:
- Inkscape Manual » Customization » Inkscape Configuration Files: Custom Templates
- from the README file inside the system templates folder:
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This folder contains the templates for new documents created in Inkscape. You will
normally see them listed in the File > New submenu. A template may store any
document-specific settings (such as initial zoom and view, paper size, background and
borders, metadata, window geometry, grid and guide settings, export hints) as well as
any objects. To add a new template, simply save or copy it in this folder; nothing else
Files of the mask default.*.svg are the translations of default.svg template into
different languages. The default.svg itself is in English. These translations contain
a translated name of the default layer and possibly different canvas size. Each
language version of Inkscape will only use one of these templates and ignore the rest.