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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Re: Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby Alividmar » Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:46 pm

Hope someone could help.

I install the inkcut with no errors, but when I try to run inkcut in terminal I get the response : " inkcut: command not found "

How to run it ?
Where I done a mistake I install it with this commands:

sudo apt install python3-pip python3-pyqt5 libcups2-dev

pip3 install inkcut


Thank you

EDIT

First I folow the install from InkCut page:
sudo apt install python3-pip python3-pyqt5 libcups2-dev

After errors I need to install :
sudo apt-get install python3-setuptools
sudo apt-get install python3-dev
pip3 install wheel
pip3 install inkcut

inkcut install with no error when I try to run inkcut ( I try hash-r to refresh paTH) in terminal i get : inkcut: command not found.
I also try the locate inkcut, but there is no hit.
What path I need to add?
Thank you

Alividmar
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Re: Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby Alividmar » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:45 pm

Admin please delete.
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Re: Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby Alividmar » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:08 pm

Admin please delete.
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Moini
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Re: Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby Moini » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:11 am

Alividmar, to edit a post, click on the little icon for it in the top right corner of the post.
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Alividmar
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Re: Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby Alividmar » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:41 pm

It seems to be a problem with board or something, First I try to add the new post, but it was not shown, then I try to edit but it delete all??
Now I see all of my posts. :)

Here is all of steps I need to do to successfully install the InkCUT :


First I follow the instructions from website, but also I need to install some more things.
Whole procedure for (my) install in terminal is :

First I get the error:
Command "python setup.py egg_info" failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-build-wiikeo3h/pycups/

So I need to install:
pip3 install pycups

Then there is error:
No module named 'setuptools'

So i need to install:
sudo apt-get install python3-setuptools

Then here is another error:
invalid command 'bdist_wheel'

So lets install:
pip3 install wheel

Ok new error:
Failed building wheel for pycups (Python.h: No such file or directory)

Install:
sudo apt-get install python3-dev

Now we are going ;
pip3 install wheel all ok
pip3 install inkcut


This install bunch od things.

inkcut in the terminal do nothing.

And for working app I must put the terminal (thank you frmdstryr):
python3 -m inkcut.app

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Re: Resurrecting InkCut!

Postby Moini » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:57 am

It seems to be a problem with board or something


Ah, okay :) Thanks!
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