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2010-10-31:Skencil 1.0alpha: project revitalization together with sK1 team.
2006-03-28:Skencil mailinglists migrated to
2006-03-08:Debian Sarge backport available
2006-02-18:Daniel Baumann official Debian Maintainer
2006-01-03:New Softproof plugin (colour management); updated Debian packages and screenshots
2005-10-30:New Gallery Image: Anna04
2005-09-20:Build notes for Mac OS X
2005-07-12:New Binaries and request for packaging help
2005-06-19:New stable version, Skencil 0.6.17
2005-03-10:Experimental binary packages for 0.6.17pre3
2005-01-20:Waratah plant drawing new in gallery
2004-12-06:German Manual updated

Introduction to Skencil

Skencil is a Free Software interactive vector drawingappliction. Known to run onGNU/Linux and otherUNIX-compatible systems, it is a flexible andpowerful tool for illustrations, diagrams and otherpurposes.

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A somewhat unique (for a drawing program) feature ofSkencil is that it is implemented almost completely in avery high-level, interpreted language,Python. Python is powerful,object-oriented and yet easy to use.

Just a few highlights about Skencil's features

  • Bézier Curves
  • Transformed text and images
  • Bézier curves, rectangles and ellipses can be used as guides
  • Gradient fills
  • Blend groups
  • Writes EPS files

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The current stable release is 0.6.17. Skencil is quiteusable already, even for production use, in my opinion.The low version number is mainly due to lack of someimportant features such as good text support.

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The 0.6.x series will likely see minor improvementsover time, but no major changes to the core. There may bemore improvements in the import and export filters,though.

Real development takes place in the unstable 0.7.xdeveloper series. Among themajor goals of this series is a port to GTK+, better textsupport and a multi document interface.

The 0.7.x series of Skencil also supports more operating systems(including Microsoft Windows) because GTK+ is ported to many platforms.


In addition to the standard features (rectangles, ellipses, curves, textetc.) that you expect from a vector drawing program, Skencil also has somemore advanced features like possibility to bend text along a path. See thefeatures page for a comprehensive list offeatures.


Apart from the sources of Skencil, you need someadditional software. See thedownload page for detailson what software and where you can get it.

For Skencil to work properly with transformed text,you also need an X-server capable of scaling andtransforming fonts. (XFree86 does support this.Otherwise, you need X11R6 as far as I know). Enigmatis collection download free.

Skencil currently supports only TrueColor visuals withdepths of 15, 16, 24 or 32 bits and 8-bit PseudoColorvisuals.

Contact & Mailinglist

There's a mailing list for all Skencil-related topics.You can subscribe to it via the web-interface at by sending a mail with the word subscribe in thesubject [email protected]

You can alsocontactme directly, although I'd prefer to discuss things onthe mailing list.

If you want to report bugs, please have a look at thebug tracker first.

New versions are announced on the mailing list, on theSourceForgeSkencilpage and onfreshmeat.


Skencil itself is published under the terms of theGNU Library General Public License(LGPL). Some of the code distributed with Skencil isnot directly part of Skencil and is distributed under aPython-style license.

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I've put it under the LGPL, because many parts ofSkencil can be used as a library (and are used by Skencilthat way), and the LGPL is less restrictive than thenormal GNU General Public License when it comes todistributing an LGPL'ed library with software covered bya different license.