The amazing team that build my favourite Open Source software application, Inkscape, have bunkered down in preparation for a new release. It's been a long time since the last one, but they have been very very busy refactoring a lot of the core code that makes Inkscape work, fixing some outstanding bugs, and refining new features.
Arthur C Clarke said "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." This describes well the way I feel about what the Inkscape developers do. bulia byak, Jon Cruz, mental, Johan Engelen, pjrm, ishmal, Ted Gould, Bryce Harrington and an army of others do extraordinary things. In their spare time. Because they want to! Such magicians!
So I've offered to help Scislac and Ryan Lerch get the word out about the new release. We'll draft an announcement, get community and developer feedback on it, and try and send it out to the 4 corners of the globe. We need snippets from the Developers, and perhaps more importantly, the Users! Because a software release on its own isn't terribly newsworthy. What users can do with that software is where the real story is told. I believe this story has the power to inspire others. It is what originally inspired me! Thanks Andy Fitzsimon and Pascal Klein.
Do you use Inkscape? Will you tell us your story? Add it to the Inkscape wiki, or leave a comment here on my blog - and I can it on the wiki for you.