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Ponyscape v0.4!!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 29, 2013, 5:54 PM
Hi Everypony!!

It is with great pride that I present to you Ponyscape version 0.4!!  It's been nearly a month in the making, and I think it's come quite a ways!  For anyone who doesn't know, Ponyscape is my custom-built derivative of Inkscape, a vector art creation program, which adds features and fixes bugs pertaining to all artists (but especially useful to pony artists).

You can find the changelog for previous versions in their respective journals:

:bulletgreen: Version 0.1
:bulletgreen: Version 0.2
:bulletgreen: Version 0.3

I have compiled binary packages for Windows, Linux Mint 14 64-bit (should also work on Ubuntu 12.10), and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.  On Windows, download the zip file and extract it using 7zip or winrar and run ponyscape.exe.  On Linux, download the deb package and install it by running "sudo dpkg -i <filename>" or by using a GUI package installer of your choice.  On Mac, first install X11/Quartz (… ), then open the dmg package and drag to your Applications folder, and finally open the in your Applications folder.  I believe that DaringDashie will be creating another app package for a slightly older version of Mac OS X, so stay tuned for that if this package isn't working. A package for OSX 10.7 Lion is also available.

You can get the binary packages here (md5's are provided for checksumming):

md5: d21d40720e9d32b2da3a054c61464c7b

md5: 6602d32029130aaedd59909af4c3bb37

Mac OS 10.8:…
md5: a1b327f115a3297d3e3dcaeff22609af

Mac OS 10.7:
md5: 82e63b9ef88548f4742f23042f656e05

Mac OS 10.6:
md5: 9925a652177c2cc1a30b7a903f87bbda

Alternatively, you can download the entire source code and compile from scratch.  I can confirm that compiling works on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.  Compilation instructions can be found on Inkscape's wiki ( ).  As some people had difficulty with patching, I've packaged the entire source code, so hopefully it should be easy to compile following Inkscape's instructions.

md5: f8daaebb171a17582e5d37842126eda2

Please note that this software is still somewhat experimental... I encourage you to use it, but please remember to save often (enabling autosave is also a good idea).  If you come across any issues, want to give feedback, or have an idea for a future version of Ponyscape, feel free to email me at .

I would like to give a huge thank you to my beta testers, who have helped me get this release stable!!  You guys are awesome!

And now onto the good stuff, the new features!!  In addition to the changes in the previous versions, here's what's new in this version (everything is custom):

:bulletblue: Redesigned swatch system!!

The swatch system has been completely overhauled and redesigned.  The built-in swatches are now stored within an svg file, meaning you can now have gradient swatches.  This also means you can add, edit, and remove swatches within Ponyscape and import swatches from svg files created with Ponyscape.  The swatches which are presented are stored within your document, so you need to either create new swatches or import swatches from those which are built-in or from files.  All of these options are available when you press the + button.  If you right click on a swatch group, you can add additional swatches or remove the whole group.  If you right click on a swatch, you can set the current selection's fill or stroke, replace the swatch color, or remove the swatch from the group.  You can also add new swatch groups by right clicking on the [Root] swatch group, or by using the + menu.

The No-Link checkbox in the right corner is important if you want to make svg's which can be imported into AI.  Swatches are stored as single-stop gradients, and linking an object to a swatch allows you to adjust the coloring at a later point (which is very very useful).  Unfortunately, AI doesn't know how to deal with single-stop gradients in svg files, so by clicking "No-Link" the object will not be linked to the swatch.

You can reorder and rename your document swatches using the "Edit" tab.  Here, you'll see all of your swatch groups and swatches laid out in a tree.  You have the same capabilities as the "Use" tab here through the right-click menu, but you can also rename swatches and groups by double clicking on their name, re-arrange swatches (currently only one at a time, multi-item support is due in the next version), and delete swatches and groups.

You can also import, delete, reorder, and rename your built-in swatches using the "Edit Built-in" tab.  Here, you'll only see your swatches and swatch groups.  You can double click a swatch or swatch group to rename it, and you can drag it to rearrange them (currently only one at a time, multi-item support is due in the next version).  You can also remove swatches from the built-in swatches, import them from a gpl or svg file, and nest swatches within another swatch (which is kinda nifty).

There's a lot of changes to the swatches, I'd highly recommend playing around with them.  If you want to make a backup of your built-in swatches, they're stored in <Inkscape>/share/palettes/swatches.svg .

:bulletblue: Tagging system!!

This system allows you to assign any number of tags to objects (paths, groups, etc.).  If you select a tag within the dialog (ctrl-t), it will select all items which have that tag.  To use the dialog, you must first create a tag using the + button.  You can rename tags by double clicking on their name, and you can drag and drop tags to reorder or nest them.  To assign a tag to an object, select the object and then click the + button next to the tag name in the list.  To remove a tag from the list, select it under the "Items" node and press the delete key.  This is especially useful for shading as you can tag all of your shading objects and in 2 clicks make them visible or hidden.  Again, like the swatches, I'd highly recommend playing around with tags.

:bulletblue: Additional objects dialog functionality!!

Two new functions have been added to the objects dialog.  First, you can change the insert order of new objects into a group or layer by clicking the up or down arrow.  If the arrow is pointing up, new objects will be inserted above other objects.  If it is pointing down, new objects will be inserted below.  Secondly, there is a new column which shows which objects are clipped, inverse clipped, or masked.  This is very useful for getting an idea which objects in your image are clipped.  Additionally, the drop-down menu in the objects dialog has been updated so you can now group/clip/mask right from within it!  This makes creating complex shaded vectors a whole lot easier.

:bulletblue: Ellipse-By-5-Point path effect!!

The Ellipse-By-5-Point extension written by epdtry (many thanks!) was rewritten as a path effect (the original extension is still included in case you still want to use it).  Create a segment with 5 points and apply the "Ellipse By 5 Point" path effect in the path effects dialog (ctrl-shift-7).  You can now adjust your 5 points and the ellipse will update live.  This makes creating eyes so easy!

:bulletblue: Enhanced attach-path path-effect!  You can now drag the connection point to the attached path.

:bulletblue: Many bugfixes Including:  Fixed a crash when applying powerstroke to a path which contained a gradient, fixed a few issues with fill-between-stroke (more will be fixed in version 0.5), fixed unclipping on the canvas, fixed path order when prepending to an existing path, include alpha channel in stroke/fill swap.

There are still a few bugs that I was not able to get to in time for this release (such as globalization in the powerstroke point adjustment dialog), however they are at the top of the priority list for version 0.5 (or possibly a 0.4.5).

And now a quick legal disclosure (only because I have to :p).  This software is provided as-is and without any warranty.  Misuse of this software or use of this software in an illegal nature is in no way the fault of the developer or the upstream Inkscape development team.  The developers are not responsible for any loss or damages that may occur while using the software.  This software is licensed under the GPL version 2.0, a copy of which will be provided upon request.  Inkscape itself is licensed under the GPL, and is free and open-source software, meaning I am allowed to modify and redistribute the source code and/or binaries.

I hope you enjoy this release of Ponyscape and that it helps any pony vector artists out there!  I will be continuously working on tweaking Ponyscape to add helpful new features, so expect to see more releases in the future!  Version 0.5 will contain a lot of fixes, some efficiency improvements, and possibly gradient meshes!!

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Sillylittledog Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
How is this better for vectoring my little ponys then the regular inkscape?
Imansattarzadeh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
It has extra fichurse just and only for pony vectoring 
LyryXXester Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
idek how to install this shit properly :c
Shadow-Patch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
when I open ponyscape it says ''The program can't start because libatkmm-1.6-1.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem'' ? What should I do?
Shadow-Patch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Does this work on windows 8? 
ViennaOfDaggerettez Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
How do I make a swatch file in ponyscape?
ViennaOfDaggerettez Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
is this available for acer chromebook?
sirati97 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yes it is. but it is a bit hack. You need to get in the underneath Linux, install all the dependencies and then you can use the Linux version.
OrangeMonkeyFace Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
ViennaOfDaggerettez Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
okay thank you
Blitz2600 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried to download the patch Ponyscape v0.4, but my A/V came back and said it had a Trojan virus in it. The name was: W32/Heuristic-CO3! Eldorado.
My A/V won't let me download it and install it, so, I don't know what to do.
pootisgumball256 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you're using a cheap, poorly made antivirus because they are known for throwing false alarms  at people.
Barkmist Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can we have a download for an ordinary .zip file? Because I was hoping this would work and was trying to get this to work for some time now and seeing that I can't download it just because I don't have wind-zip or whatever and I'm pretty upset. :(
Rebecca-47 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I have suspicions that this download may have given my PC a virus. Chrome is fine, but IE is covered in pop-ups. Did anyone else have this problem? Or fif it come from something else.


Suspicions confirmed. It downloaded "score escape" (adware) onto my computer.
Tread carefully, my little ponies.
LunarChase Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I had download it on 2 computers before, and nothing bad was happening... (On windows)

Which one had you download?
homohorse Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hey, I'm using a mac, downloaded X11, opened Inkscape/Ponyscape, and it asked where X11 was, so found it and chose it. I clicked on Inkscape and X11 popped up (like another app) and all that came up was a popup like a text editor, saying "bash-.2$" Anything that I did wrong or?
SNlCKERS Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone help please?!?!Help by SNlCKERS  
Shadow-Patch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine says that too
WhitewolfStormrunner Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Will Ponyscape (I have Inkscape, via the Chrome Store) work on a Chromebook?  "Cause that's all I have right now since my HP convertible laptop died on my nearthe end of October.
skytheloxables Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my lord.

Thank you so much.
shieldgenerator7 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It doesn't seem to have an installer, which is a bummer.
But other than that it works great for me
(except for some usability issues, which I forget ATM)
FlashFireMLP Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can't instal on windows 8
LunarChase Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You don't install it, just click thing called Ponyscape.
Neko-kun67 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are there going to be any more updates to program, or is this your final build?

An installer version would be nice.
Limelines Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im not sure if this is a bug or...
I try to open ponyscape, and itdoesnt open till hours later! (litteraly it took overnight to launch)
Im using a Compaq 15-s000eg using an Intel Core graphics card, and used the preinstalled version of 7ZIP to decompress it. My operating system is Windows 8.1.
I will try downloading an earlier version to see if that works....
MechaSamurai Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm sorry if this has already been address or not, but, whenever I try to run the file, it crashes, and says, "Inkscape has suffered an internal error and will now close." What should I do?
Antibullllseye Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Photographer
Stupid question, how do I install this on windows 7? I can't seem to figure it out.
ItsJuiceBox Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
whenever i try to start the .exe it just crashes and it says "inkscape has suffered an internal error and will now close."
What the fuck do i do?
KillersPet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do I need InkScape for this? 

Is this a patch for InkScape, or is this a separate thing all together?
Killagouge Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
separate thing all together.
KillersPet Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
sweet. thanks much :3
colibrishin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
what's different inkscape and this?
lucky7number7seven7 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Wait, did I even download the right thing? XD That might explain it. 
Was I supposed to download the Binary patch? *Feels like an idiot*
lucky7number7seven7 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
AH, I have a problem.
I downloaded, but my computer said that the file was from a different computer and needed to search for it's origin (Or something).
I hit Ok, and it loaded for a bit. Then, it said that it was done, so I hit OK.
But now, I can't find a shortcut, and the file isn't in in downloads.
dasprid Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got quite a stupid problem, which is currently really blocking me:

I've created a few standard poses in Ponyscape, and now wanted to assemble a comic. But when I copy the same pose over twice (or two with colliding IDs), fill-between-stroke areas get miss-linked and produce very strange errors. Any idea about how to solve that?
Killagouge Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
My suggestion would be to export each frame then recombine them outside of Ponyscape.  Either that, or you can do each pose from scratch.  Fill between is very weird when you try and copy.
dasprid Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm already down to doing one SVG file per panel (also for performance reasons… so many layers ;)). But even two completely different characters from two files can have collisions, which means that I could only copy a single character in, and have to draw the other from the ground up (or at least re-do the fills). That's really a bummer :)
Killagouge Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
It has to do with that when you copy, it doesn't carry the correct coordinates between two instances of ponyscape
LilyLocket Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have downloaded it
Windows version
but it was is .zip and for some reason, it won't let me open it and won't let me extract anything, is there another version for Windows or should I download another version like v0.3 or others? .w.
abydos91 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just need to extract its content to the destination folder that you have chosen, for example you can make a folder in C, rename it "Ponyscape" and extract the file. Then just search for the application named "Ponyscape" and the program will start :)
LilyLocket Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did it but when I click the Ponyscape, it just opens a window to Inkscape because when I looked at the title it said Inkscape, is that normal? .w.
dervonnebenaan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
It's possible that windows still calls it Inkscape, but it is really Ponyscape. Go to "Help -> About Inkscape". In the upper right corner of the window that will open, you can find the version number of the program. There, you should find the name ponyscape.
Keep looking for the special features that distinguish Ponyscape from Inkscape: Objects dialogue (Shift+Ctrl+O) , Custom MLP swatches, Tags dialogue (Ctrl + T)...
AppleEevee Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how can i download it for mac?
InkBlotTheColt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
really wierd everytime i try and open ((on ubuntu)) it says error reading
maxlefou Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
any chance of having this in linux 32bits pretty please? :'(
PrincessTwilightP0ny Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Help. when i take the ponyscape folder out of the .rar file. and  i open ponyscape. it starts as a .png file instead.
 and just shows a image. also yes im clicking the one that opens it. and not the image file.
Blaze-Libby Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
... i downloaded it and for some reason, it opened napster..????

any chance i did it wrong??
Crystalline31 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it possible, on a mac, to install the .app file to a location other than Applications?  I'm unfamiliar with how to set up an application to open with X11.
InkBlotTheColt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
strange on ubuntu 13.10 it refuses to launch :/
Meg-Pony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
it's not letting me download it!
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