sK1 (program)

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SK1
sK1 2.0 logo
sK1 2.0RC5 on Ubuntu 18.04
sK1 2.0RC5 on Ubuntu 18.04
Developer(s)sK1 Team
Stable release
2.0RC4[1] / 27 May 2019 (2019-05-27)
Written inPython, C, wxWidgets
Operating systemLinux, Windows
PlatformIA-32 and x64
TypeVector graphics editor
LicenseGNU General Public License v3
Websitesk1project.net/sk1/
UniConvertor
UniConvertor 2.0 logo
Developer(s)sK1 Team
Stable release
2.0RC4[2] / 27 May 2019 (2019-05-27)
Written inPython, C
Operating systemLinux, Windows, macOS
PlatformIA-32 and x64
TypeVector graphics translator
LicenseGNU Affero General Public License v3
Websitesk1project.net/uc2/

sK1 is an open-source, cross-platform illustration program that can be used as a substitute for professional proprietary software like CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator. Unique project features are CorelDRAW formats importers, tabbed multiple document interface, Cairo-based engine, and color management.

History[edit]

A small team led by Igor Novikov started the project in 2003, based on the existing open source vector graphics editor Skencil. sK1 is a fork of the Skencil 0.6.x series which used Tk widgets for the user interface (this version had been dropped by the main Skencil developers who were working on a branch of the program based on GTK+). Although an attempt was made to unify the project with Skencil, it failed.[citation needed]

In 2007 the sK1 team reverse-engineered the CorelDRAW (CDR) format.[3] The results and the first working snapshot of the CDR importer were presented at the Libre Graphics Meeting 2007 conference taking place in May 2007 in Montreal (Canada).[4] Later on the team parsed the structure of other Corel formats with the help of CDR Explorer.[5] As of 2008, the sK1 project claims to have the best import support for CorelDRAW file formats among open source software programs.[citation needed] Export into CDR and CMX file formats was presented at the Libre Graphics Meeting 2019 conference taking place in May 2019 in Saarbrücken (Germany).

Target audience[edit]

Since the project was started by a small team of Ukrainian professionals in prepress, it was unambiguously focused on full support for PostScript, PDF, CMYK color model and color management at the expense of developing some advanced functions for illustrators[citation needed]. Informally the project is positioned as a free open source alternative to the commercial CorelDRAW[citation needed].

Functionality[edit]

Tools
  • Selection
  • Node edit
  • Magnifier glass
  • Drawing of joint lines (polylines)
  • Bézier curves drawing
  • Rectangle drawing
  • Ellipse drawing
  • Polygon drawing
  • Text editing
  • Gradient drawing/editing

Supported formats[edit]

Import
  • CorelDRAW v7-X4 (CDR/CDT/CCX/CDRX/CMX)
  • Adobe Illustrator up to version 9 (based on PostScript)
  • Postscript (PS) and Encapsulated Postscript (EPS)
  • Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)
  • Windows Metafile (WMF)
  • XFIG
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • Skencil/Sketch/sK1 (SK, SK1, SK2)
  • Acorn Draw (AFF)
  • PLT - HPGL cutting plotter files
  • CorelDRAW palettes (CPL and XML)
  • Adobe Swatch Exchange palettes (ASE)
  • Adobe Photoshop palettes (ACO)
  • Xara Designer palettes (JCW)
  • GIMP/Inkscape palettes (GPL)
  • LibreOffice palettes (SOC)
  • Scribus palettes (XML)
  • sK1 palettes (SKP)
  • Adobe Photoshop files (PSD)
  • GIMP files (XCF)
  • Images BMP, PNG, JPG, JPEG2000, TIFF, GIF, PCX, PPM, WEBP, XBM, XPM
Export
  • AI - Adobe Illustrator 5.0 (based on PostScript)
  • PDF - Portable Document Format
  • PS - PostScript
  • SVG - Scalable Vector Graphics
  • SK/SK1/SK2 - Skencil/Sketch/sK1
  • CGM - Computer Graphics Metafile
  • WMF - Windows Metafile
  • PLT - HPGL cutting plotter files
  • CorelDRAW palettes (CPL and XML)
  • Adobe Swatch Exchange palettes (ASE)
  • Adobe Photoshop palettes (ACO)
  • Xara Designer palettes (JCW)
  • GIMP/Inkscape palettes (GPL)
  • LibreOffice palettes (SOC)
  • Scribus palettes (XML)
  • sK1 palettes (SKP)
  • PNG - Portable Network Graphics

Side projects[edit]

UniConvertor
an application for conversion of files from one vector format into another one. In fact it is a part of sK1, rewritten as a standalone code and being developed by the same team. UniConvertor is also used by Inkscape for opening CorelDRAW, WMF and Sketch/Skencil files.[6][7][8] Within a framework of Google Summer of Code 2008 the support of UniConvertor is being prepared for Scribus.[clarification needed]
Color Palette Collection
a set of free palettes provided in different native file formats for sK1, Inkscape, GIMP, Scribus, LibreOffice, CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, Xara Designer etc. For sK1 2.0 the palette collection is available as a web service.
CDR Explorer
a program that simplifies the reverse-engineering of CorelDRAW formats.
LinCutter
an application for interactive work with cutting machines (PLT format).

Awards[edit]

  • In 2007 the project was awarded the second place in the Trophées du Libre open source project contest in the "Multimedia and games" category.[9]
  • In 2008 the project was awarded the third place in the contest Hackontest, organized by the Swiss Open Systems User Groupd /ch/open and sponsored by Google.
  • In 2009 the project was awarded the second place in the contest "The best free project of Russia", conducted by Linux Format magazine. Among the group projects.
  • In 2009 the UniConvertor project was awarded the first place in the Trophées du Libre open source project contest in the "Multimedia" category.

sK1 versions[edit]

Version Date OS Description
Old version, no longer supported: 0.9.0 9 May 2009 Linux First public release
Old version, no longer supported: 0.9.1 10 November 2010 Linux Release "Made in Brazil"
Old version, no longer supported: 0.9.2 5 December 2014 Linux Backport release with branch 2.0 changes
Old version, no longer supported: 0.9.3 19 February 2015 Linux Bugfix release
Older version, yet still supported: 2.0RC1 6 May 2016 Linux, Windows First public release for branch 2.0 based on wxWidgets
Older version, yet still supported: 2.0RC2 20 October 2016 Linux, Windows Completed vector graphics editor, but there is not import/export functionality
Older version, yet still supported: 2.0RC3 13 April 2018 Linux, Windows Bitmap graphics import (more than 100 fie formats), import filters for GPL, SOC, JCW, CPL, ASE, XML palettes, SVG, PDF, WMF.
Current stable version: 2.0RC4 27 May 2019 Linux, Windows Import filters for CGM, FIG, CDR(CDRX), CMX, CCX, SVGZ. Export functionality for CGM, CMX, CDR.
Latest preview version of a future release: 2.0RC5 --- Linux, Windows Under active development.
Future release: 2.0 --- Linux, Windows Future final release
Legend:
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

UniConvertor versions[edit]

Version Date OS Description
Old version, no longer supported: 1.0.0 15 November 2007 Linux First public release
Old version, no longer supported: 1.1.0 21 December 2007 Linux, Windows, MacOS X Win32 and MacOS X support
Old version, no longer supported: 1.1.1 1 February 2008 Linux, Windows CorelDRAW X4 file format support
Old version, no longer supported: 1.1.2 24 March 2008 Linux, Windows Bugfix release
Old version, no longer supported: 1.1.3 25 July 2008 Linux, Windows PDF and PostScript support
Old version, no longer supported: 1.1.4 5 June 2009 Linux, Windows PLT import/export
Older version, yet still supported: 1.1.5 26 June 2010 Linux, Windows DXF, DST, PES, EXP, PCS import. MSI installer. GUI frontend.
Older version, yet still supported: 1.1.6 25 February 2014 Linux, Windows Bugfix release
Current stable version: 2.0RC4 27 May 2019 Linux, Windows First public release for branch 2.0; export for CDR and CMX, import/export for GPL, SOC, ASE, CPL, JCW, ACO, SKP
Latest preview version of a future release: 2.0RC5 --- Linux, Windows, macOS Under active development
Future release: 2.0 --- Linux, Windows, macOS Future final release
Legend:
Old version
Older version, still supported
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "sK1 and UniConvertor 2.0RC4 release". Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  2. ^ "sK1 and UniConvertor 2.0RC4 release". Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  3. ^ "sK1 illustration program - The history of sK1". Retrieved 2010-12-01.
  4. ^ "Libre Graphics Meeting 2007 - Friday May 4". Retrieved 2010-12-01.
  5. ^ "CDR explorer". Retrieved 2010-12-01.
  6. ^ "Can I open/import *.cdr (Corel Draw Vector drawing file) files in Inkscape?". Retrieved 2010-12-01.
  7. ^ "UniConvertor at GitHub". Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  8. ^ "UniConvertor - universal vector graphics translator". Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  9. ^ "The 2007 edition winners". Les Trophées du Libre. Archived from the original on 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-06-06.

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