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How To Install sK1 Vector Editor 0.9.3 from Source on Ubuntu


This short tutorial introduces the steps to build sK1 0.9.3 from source code and install it on Ubuntu. sK1 is a prepress-oriented vector editor with CMYK feature, a free software similar to Inkscape. This tutorial is done on Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak and should be applicable to another versions as well (even for Linux Mint and Debian). I write this tutorial because sK1 is not available on Ubuntu repo even until now.

What You Will Do

You will produce a .deb binary package of sK1 vector editor that is installable on your Ubuntu system.

Why 0.9.3?

sK1 has two development history: first it’s developed using Tcl/Tk (0.9.x) and then it’s developed using wxWidgets (2.0). Although the 0.9.x version has been obsolete (not developed anymore) the 2.0 is still not complete. The 2.0 RC2 for example, lacks SVG import and export, while 0.9.3 has all default features. When I need to review sK1, currently I will use 0.9.3 instead of 2.0. If you want to help sK1 development, go to 2.0 development at GitHub.

1. Get 0.9.3 Source Code

Download it from Sourceforge. Extract it on your $HOME directory. You can also download the source from its GitHub repo, it’s just the same 0.9.3 version.

2. Install All Dependencies

Building any source code always needs some requirements. For sK1 0.9.3, you must install required packages:

$ sudo apt-get install libx11-dev libxcursor-dev libcairo2-dev liblcms2-dev libxext-dev tk8.6-dev python-dev python-cairo-dev python-tk python-gtk2 python-imaging python-reportlab python-cairo

3. Build

After fulfilling all dependencies, now the real process begins: you must build the source code. This is very easy for sK1 because the developer has prepared us a build script. Just go inside the directory where file belongs and run this command:

$ python bdist_deb

If the build is success, that means (1) the dependencies are all OK (2) you produced the .deb package successfully. Go to next step.

If the build is failed, that means (1) the dependencies were not completely installed (2) you failed producing the .deb package. Back to step 2.

4. Install Package

You will find the .deb package stored in dist/ directory. On my system, the filename is python-sk1-0.9.3_amd64.deb. Now install this package by issuing this command:

$ sudo dpkg -i python-sk1-0.9.3_amd64.deb

5. Run sK1

Now go to menu and search for sK1. You should find it as an icon with 4 dots like a dice. Run it!