Installing JessyInk

Installing JessyInkAlthough JessyInk is to be included in the next release of Inkscpae, users who wish to try it now, or will wish to upgrade JessyInk later, may find value in this tutorial. I’ll be posting tutorials for using JessyInk soon.

JessyInk installs like any Inkscape plug-in. The specifics will depend on your platform. In this article, I’ll give brief installation instructions for Ubuntu, general Linux and Windows. If any Mac users would like to send me some instructions, I’d be happy to include those too. To proceed, you will need to have already installed Inkscape. If you haven’t, then consult your distributions’s package manager or click here to go to the Inkscape download page.

Installing JessyInk under Linux

You can install the files under your home directory or in the system’s Inscape extensions folder. Unless you want to have the plug-in generally available to multiple users, I recommend you install them in your home directory. If you’re using Ubuntu, then the PPA is probably the way you want to go.

Home directory installation (Recommended)

  1. Extract JessyInk archive.
  2. Check, the archive should contain a directory called inkscapeExtensions/ that contains many files with extensions .py, .js and .inx.
  3. Place the entire contents of the inkscapeExtensions directory into ~/.config/inkscape/extensions. Be sure to copy the contents, not the entire directory.
  4. Start Inkscape to confirm that you now have a JessyInk entry under the Extensions menu.
  5. Fin.

Ubuntu Deb/PPA (Recommended for Ubuntu users)

In Ubuntu (9.10 and later) simply add the PPA be entering the following lines into a terminal prompt:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jessyink-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jessyink

or add the folowing lines to your sources.list file, being careful to add your Ubuntu version where specified:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jessyink-team/ppa/ubuntu YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE main 
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jessyink-team/ppa/ubuntu YOUR_UBUNTU_VERSION_HERE main

If you’re not down with PPAs, click here to download a JessyInk Debian package (.deb) for Ubuntu.

System wide installation

  1. Extract JessyInk archive.
  2. Check, the archive should contain a directory called inkscapeExtensions/ that contains many files with extensions .py, .js and .inx.
  3. Place the entire contents of the inkscapeExtensions directory into /usr/share/inkscape/extensions. Be sure to copy the contents, not the entire directory.
  4. In a terminal,
    cd /usr/share/inkscape/extensions
    sudo chown root:root *
    sudo chmod a+rx jessy*.py jessy*.js
    sudo chmod a+r jessy*inx
    
  5. Start Inkscape to confirm that you now have a JessyInk entry under the Extensions menu.
  6. Fin.

Installing JessyInk under Windows 7 and Windows XP

Under Windows, the installation is straightforward.

  1. Extract JessyInk archive.
  2. Check, the archive should contain a directory called inkscapeExtensions/ that contains many files with extensions .py, .js and .inx.
  3. Place the entire contents of the inkscapeExtensions directory into c:\users\USERNAME\Application Data\inkscape\extensions, being careful to substitute your user name for USERNAME. Be sure to copy the contents, not the entire directory.
  4. Start Inkscape to confirm that you now have a JessyInk entry under the Extensions menu.
  5. Fin.
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  2. Interested Bystander says:

    Works fine in Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10; however, the ppa doesn’t work for 10.10 (i.e., no Maverick folder).

  3. Hello.
    I just do a research for alternate presentation methods aside oo…
    Sadly I can’t bring JessyInk to work. I accurately followed your tutorial. Maybe there’s an issue with JessyInk 1.5.5 and Ubuntu 11.04?
    Even when updating the tutorial-file (from http://www.timteatro.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/JessyInk_Tutorial.svg, it stops working…

    • Tim Teatro says:

      Hi Edgar,

      Ubuntu 11.04 ships with Inkscape 0.48, which comes with JessyInk pre-installed. Try removing the files that you added and revert to the default install. See if it works then.

      Keep us updated.

      • Hello.
        Thanks for your reply.
        I installed Inkscape 0.48 with the software-Center.
        The manually copied files are removed but still no function.
        JessyInk says:
        JessyInk script version 1.5.5 installed.
        Slide 1:
        Layer name: Ebene 1
        Initial effect (order number 1): Object "text3148" will appear using effect "fade" in 1.5 s.

        Effect 1 (order number 2): Object "text2993" will appear using effect "fade" in 1.5 s.

        • Matt says:

          I have just done a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.04 and Inkscape 0.48. JessyInk is installed by default, however as Edgar points out – it doesn’t work! I’ve followed the tutorial and the file I create does not ‘play’ in the browser – no slide changes, etc. The tutorial file does play, however when I edit it with InkScape and then view in the browser, it stops playing (regardless of whether I ‘install/upgrade’ JessyInk or not).

          I’d love to be able to play more with JessyInk – anyone know why this is not working?

  4. Matt says:

    removed the JessyInk extension from /usr/share/inkscape/extensions then installed a fresh 1.5.5 download under ~/.config/inkscape/extensions and it works fine.

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