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GKDraw Advanced Guide



Advanced software mainly includes related plug-ins for Inscape and Inscape Plug-in .


Windows OS


Installation


  1. Download and install Inkscape version 0.92.4 from the download page at Inkscape.org.(Most users will want the 64-Bit download.)
  2. Download and run JTP Laser Tool for Windows(Software for GKDraw and GKLaser):
  3. Download and run the GRBL-Plotter installer for Windows:
    • GRBL-Plotter Wiki Download (8.67 Mb)
    • The compressed package contains the installation package and the executable file. You can choose to install GRBL-Plotter by clicking “set up.exe”, or you can choose to run “GRBL-Plotter.exe” directly.

Alternative (Manual) install


If you already have Inkscape 0.92.4 installed on your computer, you can also install the JTP Laser Tool alone. For Windows 8 and older versions, please use the installer above for the first time that you install AxiDraw software, as the installer also includes a necessary USB driver. (You can use the manual method for subsequent installs and upgrades, and for Windows 10, which does not require the USB driver.)

  1. Download the software in this ZIP archive, and unzip it. (Your computer may unzip the archive automatically for you.)
  2. Locate and open your Inkscape extensions directory. Your extensions directory is usually located at:
       * C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\extensions\
       * or possibly
       * C:\Program Files (x86)\Inkscape\share\extensions\
  3. Copy the contents of the ZIP archive that you downloaded (4 items total; 2 files and 2 subdirectories) into your Inkscape extensions directory, overwriting any files and directories with the same names.
  4. Launch (or quit and re-launch) Inkscape.

Troubleshooting


Your software should now be set up to work correctly.

  1. If you have difficulty installing Inkscape's JTP Laser Tool extension (or if you are experiencing problems specific to the JTP Laser Tool), you can find the answer on the JTP Laser Tool page.
  2. If you encounter an Inkscape-specific question, you can find the answer on the Inkscape official page.

Mac OS


Quick Install


  1. Download and open the AxiDraw Mac bundle DMG.
  2. Run the XQuartz installer included in that DMG (disk image) file.
  3. Drag the included copy of Inkscape to your “Applications” folder.
  4. Eject the disk image (DMG).

Alternative (Manual) install


If you already have XQuartz and Inkscape 0.92 installed on your computer, or cannot run the quick installer for some reason.

  1. Prerequisites: Download and install XQuartz and Inkscape 0.92.4.
  2. Download the JTP Laser Tool software in this ZIP archive , and unzip it.
  3. Install the extensions JTP Laser Tool:

Troubleshooting


  1. Your software should now be set up to work correctly.
  1. Because Inkscape runs on X11's architecture, keyboard shortcuts use control (^) instead of Cmd (⌘) as modifier key.
  2. If copy and paste are not working correctly in Inkscape, open the X11 preferences dialog, and disable the “Update Pasteboard when CLIPBOARD changes” option.
  3. If you have difficulty installing Inkscape's JTP Laser Tool extension (or if you are experiencing problems specific to the JTP Laser Tool), you can find the answer on the JTP Laser Tool page.
  4. If you encounter an Inkscape-specific question, you can find the answer on the Inkscape official page.

Linux OS


Download


  • If you don't have flatpak installed yet, learn here how to install it.
  • Then you can install Inkscape by running the following command on the command line:
    flatpak install flathub org.inkscape.Inkscape
  • To start the flatpak Inkscape installation, run:
    flatpak run org.inkscape.Inkscape

Installation Instructions


  • This release has further instructions for installation. It is highly recommended that you read the instructions to make sure your installation will work and work well on your computer.

Distribution-independent snap package


  • On Ubuntu and various other Linux platforms, you can also use the snap package (installation instructions for snap).
  • On the terminal, type:
    $ sudo snap install inkscape
  • Note that the Inkscape snap package comes with a couple of restrictions. Some of these can be solved, and some are unavoidable due to the safety level of the packaging format:
    • custom markers and custom filters cannot be saved to the file where Inkscape is looking for them
      (which is /usr/share/inkscape/markers/markers.svg and /usr/share/inkscape/filters/filters.svg)

      in all Inkscape versions older than 1.0. This behavior cannot be changed.

    • third-party extensions that are installed into ~/.config/inkscape/extensions do not work. To work around this restriction you can do:
      sudo snap remove inkscape
      sudo snap install --classic inkscape
      echo 'export PYTHONPATH=${PYTHONPATH}:/snap/inkscape/current/share/inkscape/extensions' >> ~/.bashrc
    • The –classic parameter will, though, also disable the security advantages that snap has over a normal, package based install or over the other binary install options for Linux. In addition to the above commands, you must use a different directory for saving your third-party extensions. You can look it up in Inkscape, under “Edit > Preferences > System : User extensions”
    • by default, only files that are saved in the user's home directory are accessible to Inkscape.
    • printing isn't possible by default (see here for solution or reinstall with –classic parameter, see above).
    • external devices, like plotters or cutters, will not be found by Inkscape (see here for solution or install with –classic parameter, see above).
    • Inkscape will not integrate well with your desktop theme, but will use its own default gtk theme. Work to fix this has been done in preparation for Inkscape 1.0.
    • fonts that you have installed globally on your system are not available
      (workaround: copy the font files into ~/.fonts/).

Personal Package Archive for Ubuntu


Installation Instructions This release has further instructions for installation. It is highly recommended that you read the instructions to make sure your installation will work and work well on your computer.

Vector Graphics Editor


  • An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
  • Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

Changes in version 0.92.4

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