Change log

Version 1.8.2 (2022-08-27)

  • Fixed: Each time the extension is executed an annoying warning <frozen importlib._bootstrap>:671: ImportWarning: DynamicImporter.exec_module() not found; falling back to load_module() is shown (actually, this is the problem of the underlying GTK-framework, not of TexText) (issue 350)

Version 1.8.1 (2022-02-23)

  • Fixed: When re-installing TexText with diffent paths to latex excutables compared to the original setup these new paths are not recognized when invoking TexText from Inkscape (issue 345).

Version 1.8.0 (2022-02-03)

  • New: It is now possible to use the \documentclass statement in the preamble file. This makes it easier to adjust the fontsize. Old preamble files without the \documentclass statement can still be used.

  • Changed: Instructions for installation of TexText for Inkscape in Windows PortableApps (fixes issue 288)

Version 1.7.1 (2022-01-04)

  • Fixed: In Inkscape 1.2-dev new nodes are not placed in the center of the view. (issue 338)

Version 1.7.0 (2021-12-27)

  • New: Adjustable font size in LaTeX code editor (GTK GUI only)

  • Fixed: distutils deprecation warning when running under Python 3.10

  • Open: In Inkscape 1.2-dev new nodes are not placed in the center of the view. (issue 338)

Version 1.6.1 (2021-11-16)

  • Fixed: When LaTeX-code is imported via the File - Open dialog the error message ResourceWarning: unclosed file <_io.TextIOWrapper name’…’ is shown. (issue 322)

Version 1.6.0 (2021-10-07)

Version 1.5.0 (2021-08-19)

  • Changed: The feature enabling easy colorization of TexText svg nodes containing sqrt, frac, and other commands introducing strokes (lines) in Inkscape is now optional, see documentation. Reason for this is the increased compilation time (cf. issue 304).

  • New (experimental): Support of Inkscape extension manager (manual install of file downloaded from Inkscape extension site)

  • New (Inkscape on MS Windows): User defined locations of Inkscape installed via the msi-Installer are correctly identified by the setup-script.

Version 1.4.0 (2021-05-31)

  • New: TexText svg nodes can be colorized now by a single click even if they contain strokes (as, for example, in fractions, square-roots or overlines). Just select the node in Inkscape and click on the fill color in the color bar as you do it with normal Inkscape text (issue 291).

    Note: Due to this, execution time per node compilation is longer compared to previous versions of TexText. However, you do not need to colorize strokes manually in Inkscape anymore. On Windows, also a slight flickering on the screen might appear while the TeX code is compiled.

  • Documentation improvements

Version 1.3.1 (2021-02-26)

  • Fixed: Setup script fails on Windows if Inkscape has been installed via the .msi installer (issue 280)

  • Fixed: Imprecise instructions regarding location of Inkscape executable in Windows setup script (issue 280)

  • Added: Detailed explanation of setup script options (Linux, MacOS, Windows)

Version 1.3.0 (2020-11-27)

  • Fixed: Double backslashes and missing line breaks occur when using TexText 1.2.0 on nodes created with TexText <= 1.1 (issue 265)

    Note: A one-time manual insertion of line breaks will be necessary when opening such nodes. When having saved them again the line breaks are kept in the future. Double backslashes are replaced by single ones automatically.

  • Fixed: Opening TexText is slow (issue 263)

  • Fixed: Windows installation script complains about missing Python GTK3 bindings (issue 262)

  • New: Added explanation to the FAQ/ documentation how to define a shortcut for opening TexText (issue 259). Refer to

Version 1.2.0 (2020-10-22)

  • Fixed: On Windows and Inkscape 1.0.1 TK interface is shown only (issue 253)

  • Fixed: Color of TexText nodes set in Inkscape not kept after recompilation (issue 245)

  • Fixed: temp.tex file not encoded in UTF-8 (issue 241)

  • Fixed: Installation on Windows via batch file fails if path to batch file contains spaces (issue 232)

  • New: TexText group ID is kept after recompilation (issue 256)

Version 1.1.0 (2020-07-17)

  • New: Possibility to set a white background for preview images (favourably for dark mode themes)

  • New: Added instructions how to install Inkscape 1.0 on Ubuntu 18.04/ 20.04 since it is not shipped by default with these distributions

Version 1.0.1 (2020-05-12)

  • Fixed: List index out of range if latex compilation fails (issue 219)

Version 1.0.0 (2020-05-04)

  • Important: This version is only compatible with Inkscape 1.0. Please use TexText 0.11.1 if you use Inkscape 0.92.x

  • Major changes
    • TexText can now be found in Inkscape menu entry “Extensions -> Text -> Tex Text” (All extensions are required to be in some submenu)

    • Added shortcut CTRL+P for displaying the preview image

    • TexText does not need pstoedit, ghostscript and pdf2svg as external dependencies anymore

    • TexText uses GTK3 user interface now, as Inkscape 1.0 does

    • Full Python 3 compatibility

    • Windows only: setup_win.bat now supports Python like arguments

  • Important Fixes
    • Lost color after re-compilation of node (issue 206)

    • Operand type error (issue 186)

    • Gradient fills not properly rendered (e.g. in color bars) (issue 148)

    • Proper parsing and display of LaTeX compiler errors

    • Fixed: Double ESC-hit closes TexText window without confirmation

Version 0.11.1 (2020-05-04)

  • Important: This version is only compatible with Inkscape 0.92.x Please use TexText 1.0 if you use Inkscape 1.0

  • Modified URLs for help on dependency installation in setup routine

Version 1.0.0-dev.4 (2020-04-15)

  • Fixed: Vertical flipping after re-compilation of nodes created with TexText < 1.0 (issue 205)

  • Fixed: Lost color after re-compilation of node (issue 206)

Version 1.0.0-dev.3 (2020-04-10)

Version 1.0.0-dev.2 (2020-02-10)

  • New: Enabled TkInter GUI under Python 3

  • New: Proper parsing and display of LaTeX compiler errors

  • Fixed: New nodes were not being placed in the center of the document

  • Fixed: Scale factor is ignored in new nodes

  • Fixed: Inkscape version never stored in TexText node

  • Fixed: Ctrl+P and Ctrl+Q shortcut not working properly under ALL Python interpreters required by Inkscape

  • Fixed: Setup error URLs do not point to correct issue template

  • Several minor/ internal improvements/ fixes. See commit history of develop branch

Version 1.0.0-dev.1 (2019-12-17)

  • New: TexText does not need pstoedit, ghostscript and pdf2svg as external dependencies anymore

  • New: Added shortcut CTRL+P for displaying the preview image

  • Fixed: Gradient fills not properly rendered (e.g. in color bars) (issue 148)

  • Fixed: Double ESC-hit closes TexText window without confirmation

  • Internal: Improved exception handling

  • Open: On Windows source code syntax highlighting is currently not available

Version 0.11.0 (2019-06-22)

  • New (GTK-version only): Possibility to select a shortcut for closing the TexText window. You can select between Escape (default), CTRL + Q and None.

  • New (GTK-version only): TexText asks for confirmation to close the window in case you made changes to your text (issue 127).

  • New: The annoying “Extension is working” window is not shown anymore.

  • New: Improved dependency check on incompatible pstoedit and ghostscript versions

Note: This is the last feature update for TexText on Inkscape 0.92.x. Any new features will be included in TexText for Inkscape 1.0.

Version 0.10.2 (2019-05-07)

  • New: Disallowed pstoedit 3.73 + ghostscript 9.27 combination during installation (issue 126)

Version 0.10.1 (2019-04-17)

  • Fixed: Inkscape binary not found during installation on some MacOS installations (issue 120)

Version 0.10.0 (2019-04-05)

  • New: Possibility to define default math environment when creating new nodes (empty, inline math, display math)

  • Fixed: Two grey windows appear with no text inside. Inkscape freezes and becomes unusable (issue 114)

  • Fixed: Log file cannot be written in system wide installations of TexText (issue 111)

  • Internal: Automatic CI deployment and documentation upload (thanks to Sergei Izmailov)

Version 0.9.1 (2018-12-27)

  • Fixed: UnicodeDecodeError in / setup_win.bat (issue 101)

Version 0.9.0 (2018-12-20)

  • New: Scripted setup procedure with automatic check of the dependencies (issue 54, issue 66)

  • New: Added possibility to wrap long lines (issue 47)

  • New: GUI settings saved to disk and reloaded at next call (word wrap, auto-indent, spaces instead of tab, showing line numbers, tab-width)

  • New: Large preview images do not destroy the editor view anymore. They are displayed scaled to the available window size. It is also possible to display the preview image in original size with vertical and horizontal scrolling enabled.

  • New: Improved error dialog

  • New: Imagemagick is not necessary anymore (issue 60)

  • New: Automatic dependency checks during installation (issue 54)

  • New: More detailed and informative logging (issue 35)

  • Fixed: TeX compile error messages reappear (issue 17)

  • Internal: Change extension repository layout (issue 28)

  • Internal: Store TexText config in extension folder (issue 69)

  • Internal: Add CI to monitor backward compatibility (issue 57)

  • Abandoned: Support for Inkscape <= 0.91.x (see Using TexText with Inkscape 0.92.x for your options)

Very big thanks go to Sergei Izmailov who again contributed a huge bunch of great improvements for this release of the extension.

Version 0.8.2 (2018-12-12)

  • Fixed: pstoedit/pdf2svg interoperability on distorted nodes issue 56

Version 0.8.1 (2018-08-23)

  • Fixed: Loss of user defined preamble file path when re-editing nodes (issue 40, thanks to veltsov@github).

  • Added file chooser button for selection of preamble file in Tk interface

Version 0.8.0 (2018-08-21)

  • Fixed bad positioning, improved alignment capabilities (Thanks to Sergei Izmailov for implementing this)

  • pdf2svg as backend

  • xelatex and lualatex support

  • Keep colors explicitly set in TeX or set by Inkscape

  • Temp directory is safely removed even if it contains additional files generated during compilation

Version 0.7.3 (2018-05-17)

  • Fixed: Failure when trying to re-edit nodes created with very old versions of TexText. (issue 15: “Recompiling of nodes created with TexText < 0.5 fails”)

  • Fixed: issue 19: Missing width and height attributes in svg document lead to crash

Version 0.7.2 (2018-04-06)

  • Fixed: Failure on missing Inkscape version key (issue 10: “Error occurred while converting text from LaTeX to SVG”)

Version 0.7.1 (2018-02-06)

  • Fixed: Wrong scaling so that text with explicitly defined font size does not match size of text with equal font size in Inkscape 0.92.x (issue 1)

  • Fixed: “Zero length field name in format” error in Inkcape <= 0.91 (issue 6)


Note: All issue references for version 0.7 and prior refer to

Version 0.7 (2017-12-15)

  • Fixed: Plugin does not run with Inkscape 0.92.2 under Windows

  • New: Global and local scale factor. This feature enables the user to set the scale factor of a node to the value used while editing the previous node (Button “Global”). Hence, it is easier to change several nodes to the same scale factor. It is always possible to reset the scale factor to the value used for creating the node (Button “Reset”).

  • New: Added compatibility to ImageMagick 7 (version 6 is still supported) (bb32, bb39)

  • Workaround: A message is displayed if pstoedit failed to produce svg output and ghostscript < 9.21 is installed on the system (issues bb44, bb48, bb50).

Version 0.6.1 (2017-02-13)

  • Fixed: “global name ‘WindowsError’ is not defined” - on Linux when using Preview

  • Fixed: Typos “lates_messaga” in

  • Improved: Readme can be shown after installation of TexText under Windows

  • Improved: License packaged

Version 0.6 (2017-02-01)

  • Fixed: “too many values to unpack”-error in Inkscape 0.92

  • Fixed: TexText does not work with 64-bit versions of Inkscape under MS Windows

  • Improved: TexText does not care anymore if 32-bit or 64-bit versions of pstoedit, ImageMagick and ghostscript are installed

  • Improved: Installation of PyGTK simplified

Version 0.5.2 (2017-01-06)

  • Fixed: If working with Inkscape files stored with older versions of Inkscape or TexText it could happen that - after editing of a LaTeX node - the rendered object becomes invisible (in fact: transparent) because the fill attribute was not properly set.

  • Fixed: Installation under MS Windows as non admin user ends up with the plugin installed into the wrong directory.

  • Fixed: Column numbers do not change during editing of the LaTeX-code under Linux and TK. The Column-number is nor removed from the dialog if the TK interface is used.

  • Fixed: for the Linux installation does not run under Python 3.

  • Improved: More detailled error information is passed to the user during setup of the Linux package.

  • Updated: The readme-files have been updated to the new version number. Furthermore, links for download of the additional software have been added as well as a comment that the plugin will only work usign 32bit versions of Inkscape. Furthermore, there is only one readme now for both, Linux and Windows.

Version 0.5.1 (2016-10-10)

  • Fixed: TexText does not work with Inkscape 0.9.1

    It is ensured now that Inkscape works under both, Inkscape 0.48 and Inkscape 0.91.