I have been dedicating my Winter Break to learning some new things and have been successful with Inkscape thanks in large part to a great online book. The book itself is called Inkscape: Guide to a Vector Drawing Program and was written by Tavmjong Bah. The book is available online (with a well organized index of hyperlinked chapters and sample files to download), as a PDF file, or even in good old paper from Informit.com, Amazon.com, or BarnesAndNoble.com.

The book is full of terrific, step-by-step directions for creating SVG images using versions 0.46 and 0.47 of Inkscape. The retro-compatibility to 0.46 has been terrific because my old Apple OSX (10.4) can’t handle 0.47. Where the two versions vary, there are descriptions of the differences and similarities. All of the example lessons that I have completed thus far work just fine in my slightly older version of Inkscape.

I have created the first three images from Chapter 1: QuickStart. Shown here they are a Swedish flag, an EU flag, and a logo for a hiking club. Thus far the directions have been thorough enough to help me understand what Inkscape does without getting bogged down in details. There are screenshots of each step that help me to be sure that I am getting the correct result as I work my way through the exercises.I look forward to continuing to learn more about this week and hope to use what I learn here to overhaul the EuroMoodle website at the end of the week.