Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing Inkscape on Mac, part of Inkscape Essential Training.
- Getting Inkscape to run in Mac OS is a little more complicated than what you're probably used to with other applications, so let's take a look at the process. Here at inkscape.org, I'll click on the Mac OS Download button, and I get some information explaining that Inkscape requires something called XQuartz. XQuartz is software created by Apple that allows you to run certain cross platform applications in Mac OS X. And since there's no version of Inkscape capable of running directly in Mac OS, you need to install and run XQuartz to use Inkscape on a Mac.
Now it's called XQuartz because it connects applications to Quartz, which is the OS X graphics framework that creates the display that you see on your computer screen when you're using a Mac. XQuartz is also known as X11. It used to be included with OS X, but that's no longer the case. Now you have to download and install it yourself. Now you can get XQuartz from this site, xquartz.macosforge.org. The current version works in Mac OS 10.6 or later, and if you have an earlier version, you can also download it from this website.
I'm using Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite, so I'll click on the Quick Download link, and I'll open the download. I'll open the package, and continue through the installation process. I'll enter my admin password. When the installation is finished, I get a dialog telling me that I need to log out and log back in.
And then I need to restart my computer. Now that we've restarted our computer, we need to go get Inkscape. So I'll go to Safari, and go to inkscape.org. I'll go to the Download button, and choose Mac OS X, and click the Download link. When the download is done, I'll run the installer. I'll drag Inkscape to my Application folder. And then I'll double click on the Applications folder to open it.
Let's locate Inkscape. Now, I can't just double click at this point to launch Inkscape, because the Mac's built in security features will block it from running. So instead, I'll Control click or right click on Inkscape, and choose Open from this menu. In the dialog box that appears, I get an alert that Inkscape is from an unidentified developer, and am I sure that I really want to open it? Yes I am, so I'll click Open. And after a pause, I get a dialog box telling me that Inkscape might take a little while longer to build its font caches.
I'll click Okay. This process can actually take several minutes, so don't panic if you don't see anything happening. And then finally, Inkscape opens up. Next, I need to configure X11's input and pasteboard settings to work with Inkscape. So I'll go to X11, and choose Preferences, and in the Input section, I'll select the bottom two check boxes, "Enable key equivalents" and "Option keys send Alt. L and Alt. R". In Pasteboard Preferences, I'll select "Enable syncing" and make sure that "Update CLIPBOARD when Pasteboard changes" is also selected, right here.
At this point, Inkscape is ready to go, so I'll close that dialog box. And there's one last important point to remember. Inkscape is running in this XQuartz environment, so if you switch to another application, you have to return to the X11 app, not Inkscape, in order to resume your work. If I press Command tab to switch to the Finder, and I open a new Finder window. If I try to Command tab at this point back to Inkscape, it doesn't really work. See how the Finder window stays on top of Inkscape? What I actually need to do is switch to X11, and that hides the other applications, and I can work in Inkscape.
Now that we've got Inkscape running, next we'll start getting familiar with the user interface.
- Downloading and installing Inkscape
- Creating new documents
- Importing AI and EPS files in Inkscape
- Working with input devices like tablets
- Drawing basic shapes
- Scaling and rotating objects
- Adding fills and strokes
- Using Inkscape extensions
- Adding and editing text
- Printing and exporting Inkscape artwork
Skill Level Beginner
Drawing Vector Graphics: Patternswith Von Glitschka4h Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. Navigating an Inkscape Document
3. Drawing Basic Shapes
4. Transforming Objects
5. Working with Fills and Strokes
6. Using Filters
7. Using Extensions
8. Creating Complex Shapes
9. Working with Text
10. Printing and Exporting Artwork
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