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A few months ago I was telling you about sK1, an open source vector graphics editor similar to CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, or Freehand. At the time, you had to compile it, but now (actually it exists for quite some time, but I wasn't aware of it) there is an Ubuntu repository from where you can install the latest version.

Why sK1 and not InkScape?

While InkScape is oriented to the SVG format and is ideal for web design, sK1 targets professional designers from the prepress world. So sK1 supports CMYK, multiple pages and separating colour plates.

More info about sK1.

Adding sK1 Launchpad PPA repository

Open a terminal and paste the following command to add the PPA repository:

-For Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04):
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/stani/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"


-For Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10):
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/stani/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"


Then, add the GPG key:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 7B0FB2CA


And finally, install sK1 in Ubuntu Linux:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install sk1

Download sK1 .deb for Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) without adding the PPA repo

Additionally, you can just download the Ubuntu .deb if you want. But before installing it, you need to firstly install some dependencies, so open a terminal and paste this:
sudo apt-get install tcl8.5 tk8.5 python-imaging python-imaging-tk python-liblcms python-reportlab

Then you can download and install sK1 .deb: Ubuntu 32 bit | Ubuntu 64bit


A note from the PPA maintainer: this is the development version of sK1 and the packages have not been tested by a critical mass. In case you have problems, you should report them on the sK1 forums. The packaging is not perfect yet. For example there will be no entry in the start menu. This will be fixed in a next release. I've sent Igor from sK1 the necessary files to resolve this issue. So for now start sK1 by typing "sk1" in the run dialog (Alt+F2) or in a terminal.

As a final remark: you need to remove your ~/.sk1 folder, otherwise sK1 might have troubles starting up.

[thanks to Stiani for maintaining the PPA]
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