Resurrecting InkCut!

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raboof
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Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby raboof » Sat May 12, 2018 7:13 pm

The InkCut extension has long been the most advanced way to drive a cutter/plotter from Inkscape, but unfortunately became unmaintained.

Good news! frmdstryr has been working on a rewrite, see the website at https://www.codelv.com/projects/inkcut/ and the code at http://github.com/codelv/inkcut .

This time around it is not just an Inkscape extension, but a standalone application (that can be invoked easily from Inkscape with a small 'bridge' extension).

While still rather hot off the press and rough around the edges, I've used it to drive 2 different models of cutters successfully (parallel plotters driven via CUPS on Linux). Curious what you'll find!

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Re: Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby Moini » Sun May 13, 2018 2:34 am

Is this already listed in the extensions gallery on the website? https://inkscape.org/en/gallery/=extension/

If it isn't, could you ask the author to share a link to it from there? (How-to is linked from the above page)
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raboof
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Re: Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby raboof » Sun May 13, 2018 8:27 pm

Moini wrote:Is this already listed in the extensions gallery on the website? https://inkscape.org/en/gallery/=extension/


Not yet, because installing the extension is a bit fiddly still - OK for more advanced Inkscape users, but I'd first like to make that easy and documented before announcing the plugin more widely.

(thanks for https://github.com/codelv/inkcut/issues/91, we haven't forgotten, but I don't think we're not there just quite yet)

I think we should not distribute the 'glue' plugin separately, but include it in the inkcut distribution and either automatically install it or provide instructions on how to install it after installing the standalone inkcut itself. WDYT?

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Re: Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby Moini » Mon May 14, 2018 4:21 am

Oops. Sorry about asking the same thing twice... I faintly remembered that I had asked something similar a couple of weeks ago, but it didn't click it was the same thing.

Probably makes sense to put them together. Even if someone doesn't use Inkscape, but still finds a way to use the program, it won't hurt to have the extensions on the disk (if this is independent of Inkscape, haven't looked - else there's even more reason to have them together.). Wish I had a suitable device for testing this out :)
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