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SVG History

This page contains all the dated news items over the history of SVG. Links on the this page are historical, and might age over time.

2004-06-21SVG Mobile in Japanese

広瀬行夫 (Yukio Hirose) has published a translation of the SVG Mobile specification in Japanese: Mobile SVG プロファイル:SVG Tiny と SVG Basic. To facilitate comparison with the normative English text, the Japanese and English versions of each paragraph or section are displayed together.

2004-06-17Going Mobile with SVG

XML.com publishes Going Mobile With SVG: Standards by Antoine Quint.

2004-06-16 MapViewSVG 3.3 is now available for ESRI ArcView 3.x and ArcGIS 9.x

MapView announced a new version of their SVG export product for the ESRI GIS products ArcView and ArcGIS. An evaluation version is available for download.

2004-06-15 Square One supports AutoCAD DXF to SVG conversion

Square One announced that its pdf2vector conversion software, which alreads allows PDF, PS, EMF and CGM export to SVG, now supports AutoCAD’s DXF file format as well.

2004-06-14Nokia announce SVG in Series 60

Nokia have released the second edition of their Series 60 platform and it supports SVG. Read more in Antoine Quint's weblog.

2004-06-03DocSoft CGM-to-SVG Beta Test

DocSoft announced a public beta of their CGM v4 to SVG converter. The main focus is WebCGM to SVG 1.1 conversion. The software runs in a .NET environment.

2004-05-14BeatWare Mobile Designer is released

Beatware Mobile Designer, an SVG authoring tool specifically aimed at animated, mobile SVG Tiny content creation, is released. It allows editing of other SVG ptofiles, but has automated checking to ensure that only valid SVG Tiny content is exported. A trial download is available.

2004-05-14BikeCAD Pro exports SVG

BikeCAD Pro, a Java-based CAD program specific to bicycle frame design, now exports SVG. It integrates the Batik toolkit to enable SVG generation.

2004-04-19Sony Ericsson K700 supports SVG using ZOOMON

The newly released K700 mobile phone from Sony Ericsson supports SVG thanks to the ZOOMON SVG Player. The K700 will be available world wide and is a consumer level handset. Read more in the ZOOMON Press Release.

2004-04-06PdfTron Systems adds Linux support to PDF2SVG

PDF2SVG 1.6 is now available on Linux as well as Windows. It converts PDF to SVG; both GUI and command line converters are available.

2004-03-01SVG seen as key to Mozilla

Brendan Eich, Chief Architect for Mozilla and inventor of JavaScript, listed "Accelerate and optimize the SVG effort" as a key requirement in his Mozilla Futures dev-day slides. He also mentioned hardware accelleration on Quartz, OpenGL, and GDI+.

2004-02-29Siemens CX65 phone ships with SVG Tiny

Zoomon announced that the Siemens CX65 phone ships as standard with their SVG Tiny viewer. The triband GSM, GPRS phone is available in the European, Asia-Pacific, and Latin American markets. (more details)

2004-02-25Access ships NetFront SVG Viewer

Access is shipping their NetFront Mobile Client Suite, a multimedia-enabled application stack for handset manufacturers that runs on Linux and other embedded operating systems. The suite features an XHTML Web browser, multimedia messaging (MMS) client, personal information manager (PIM), SyncML client, SMIL player, Tiny-compliant SVG Viewer and Java MIDP support. Further information (in Japanese). SVG(※2) ビューアーはW3Cの提唱するSVG Tinyに準拠しています。SVGコンテンツを多種多様な端末の画面サイズに最適化したり、単一画面上で拡大縮小表示したりすることができます。SVG ビューアーはNetFront ブラウザとXMLエンジンのリソースを共有可能です。

2004-02-24Offisor 2.0 adds SVG support

Davisor Offisor, an MS-Word and legacy HTML to XML converter, has been updated to add SVG and PNG support.

2004-02-23W3C at 3GSM

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is present at the 3GSM 2004 Congress, from 23 to 26 February 2004, in Cannes, France. Over 25,000 visitors will have the opportunity to learn about W3C's efforts in Multimodal Interaction, Voice Browsing, Device Independence, and Multimedia Messaging. The program gives an overview of W3C work on Mobile devices.

2004-02-23Sketsa 1.7 released

Sketsa is a vector based drawing application which uses SVG as the native file format and has visual, DOM, and source views. Version 1.7 improves the property editor and toolbox. Sketsa runs on any Java 1.4.1 or higher platform.

2004-02-21Inkscape 0.37 released

Version 0.37 of Inkscape, Cross-platform Open Source Scalable Vector Graphics Editor for Linux and Windows is now available for download

2004-02-12Sodipodi 0.34 released

Lauris Kaplinski announced that Sodipodi 0.34, a native SVG editor for Linux and Windows, now features path composition operations (union, intersection and subtraction) and calligraphic pen based freehand drawing.

2004-02-02XStudio6 SVG editor released

EvolGrafiX have released XStudio 6, a native SVG authoring tool with visual, DOOM, timeline, and source views. A 30-day trial can be downloaded.

2004-01-27TinyLine 1.6 released

Andrew Girow has released version 1.6 of TinyLine, a Mobile SVG Applications and Development Tools for J2ME devices. TinyLine 1.6 includes a new high-class rendering and an improved support of animations and events.

2004-01-27New licensing for eSVG

Damir Jezic has announced new pricing and licensing deals for eSVG, the embedded SVG project. Noncommercial licenses are available and users that purchase the standard package get unlimited numbers of runtime licenses for mobile devices. See their pricing page for more details.

2004-01-08ZOOMON achieve Symbian Certification

Fresh from signing distribution deals with two major manufacturers, ZOOMON have achieved full Symbian certificiation for its SVG Player product. Read more in the Press Release.

2003-12-09Sharp and BitFlash release SVG Mobile handsets

Sharp Electronics and BitFlash have teamed to release the V601SH, an SVG Tiny handset in Japan. They also provide a document conversion tool, allowing Word, PDF and Powerpoint documents to be transcoded to SVG for display on the phone. More information in the Sharp and BitFlash press releases.

2003-12-09First Publication of Mobile SVG 1.2

The SVG Working Group today released the first publication of Version 1.2 of Mobile SVG: SVG Tiny and SVG Basic. This is a new specification updated to include the features introduced in SVG 1.2. Also published today is the requirements document for SVG Tiny version 1.2.

2003-12-08libRSVG 2.5.0 available

The librsvg team have anounced a new release of the librsvg SVG rendering library. This release fixes a lot of rendering bugs in order to enable near perfect rendering of the Sodipodi flag collection and the gnome-themes-extras SVG metathemes. People using SVG through the libRSVG library, for instance with GNOME, are highly recommended to upgrade to this release.

2003-12-06GNOME SVG themes

The GNOME-themes-extras package contains themes using SVG graphics to theme your applications, file system icons and menu's in GNOME. It is worth nothing that these themes actually use SVG files unlike some other themes which only use converted bitmaps of vector images.

2003-11-13SVG 1.2 Draft Released

The SVG Working Group released a new draft of SVG 1.2 today. New features include vector effects and a description of separate image and application flavors of SVG.

2003-10-31GEMoDe: an SVG Graphics Engine for Mobile Devices

The German research institute Fraunhofer IDG Rostock have announced GEMoDe, a Java-based graphics engine that supports SVG. It supports interactivity, and therefore can be used as a platform for developing applications. There are some screenshots and a demonstration applet. The viewer is designed to be easily adapted to resource limited devices such as mobile or smart phones.

2003-10-28AOL purchases Viewpoint source for rendering images, including SVG

AOL has purchased US$9M of source and US$ 1M of services from Viewpoint Corporation. This gives them the ability to display and intermix video, audio, 3-D and 2-D images in various formats including SVG. Since SVG 1.2 adds audio and video support, AOL would be well placed to implement SVG 1.2 should they see customer demand.

2003-10-27Geosoft announces US$3M deal for SVG Mobiile GIS content

Geosoft announced a 3 million US dollar deal with MTI to supply SVG based mapping data for deployment on cellular phones, PDAs and vehicle mapping systems.

2003-10-20Oracle and Corel integrate SVG tools with Oracle Database 10g

Oracle and Corel announced integration of the XML functionality in Oracle® Database 10g with Corel's XML and SVG tools, Corel® XMetaL® and Corel® Smart Graphics Studio.

2003-10-17Beatware announce Mobile SVG authoring with e-Picture Pro 4.0

Beatware announced e-Picture Pro 4.0 with authoring support for SVG Tiny, SVG Basic, and SVG Full. The product is bundled with the BitFlash SVG Tiny viewer so that content can be previewed on the desktop before deployment to mobile clients. e-Picture Pro 4.0 runs on Windows platforms and a trial version is availabe for download.

2003-10-05Scribus 1.1.1 has SVG import

Scribus 1.1.0, a desktop publishing program whose native format is in XML, now features SVG import and rendering in addition t SVG export. Scribus runs on the Linux, HP-UX, Solaris, and BSD platforms, using Qt3. It uses Freetype as a font rendering engine.

2003-09-30SVG Mobile Competition: Entries Due 3 November 2003

Design an SVG Tiny greeting card in 30k or less, and win a Nokia 3650 tri-band GSM handset. The best entries will be featured on the W3C Web site, linked to their designers' Web pages, with an interview with the winning designer. Enter as many times as you like through 3 November. The SVG Working Group will choose the winner who will be announced on 24 November. Announced at SVG Open, the SVG Mobile Competition is the first in a series of SVG competitions.

2003-09-23TinyLine SVG Toolkit 1.5 released

Andrew Girow released version 1.5 of the TinyLine Mobile SVG toolkit today. It can be used for a wide range of graphic centric applications and services, including multimedia messaging, personalization, entertainment, maps, and so on. It has a wide range of features, described in detail on the TinyLine home page.

2003-09-15KSVG to be included in KDE 3.2

As mentioned on the KSVG Home Page: KSVG, the KDE implementation of SVG, will be definately included into KDE 3.2 and that will also be the first, official release of KSVG. The developers still need help, but have put together a preview of expected features.

2003-09-15Mobiform SVG browser goes beta

The Mobiform SVG browser for .NET, announced at SVG Open 2003, has now gone beta and may be downloaded for evaluation. It features C# scripting and .NET assembly binding.

2003-09-08Corel Grafigo 2

Today, Corel unveiled an update to Grafigo, their Tablet-PC application for content creation and annotation. It uses SVG as its native format. New features include an SVG slideshow and real-time collaboration. More details in the press release.

2003-09-03Corel SVG Viewer 2.1

Corel have released version 2.1 of their SVG viewer. New features include CAD-like visualization for rendering accuracy, improved scripting and improved performance.

2003-08-15Adobe SVG Viewer 6.0 Technology Preview

Adobe SVG Viewer Version 6.0 (Technology Preview) was released over a month ago. It implements many of the features in the latest SVG 1.2 draft, including Audio and Video, Rendering Custom Content (RCC) and cursors as well as a number of bugfixes.

2003-08-14New Learn SVG Book available

SVG-Developers regulars Michel Hirtzler, Stefan Goessner and Jon Frost have released their new SVG book: Learn SVG. It's in a workbook-like format with plenty of examples.

2003-08-13XStudio 2.0 Trial released

EvolGrafiX have announced a trial of XStudio 2.0 is now available. XStudio is a very powerful SVG authoring tool that supports the creation of animated and scripted SVG content.

2003-08-13New SVG Test Suite available

An updated SVG 1.1 and Mobile Test Suite is now available, complete with current implementation results.

2003-07-15SVG 1.2 draft released

The SVG Working Group have released the third Working Draft of SVG 1.2. New and enhanced features include a component architecture (RCC), wrapping text, filter extensions and a RelaxNG schema.

2003-07-15First SVG Print draft releases

The SVG Working Group have released the first Working Draft of SVG Print, a set of authoring guidelines for SVG documents that allow final form platform independent rendering to hard-copy and online output devices.

2003-05-01Corel release Smart Graphics Studio

Corel have released Smart Graphics Studio, a development environment for graphical applications delivered with SVG. Corel also released a new version of their SVG viewer today with many new features.

2003-04-29Second Working Draft of SVG 1.2 Released

The SVG Working Group have released a new draft of SVG 1.2. There are a huge number of changes since the first draft, particularly in the areas of rendering XML, flowing text and audio and video.

2003-04-28Texterity launch FreeSVG

Texterity have launched FreeSVG, a service of Texterity to encourage the use of SVG on the web and demonstrate a useful set of the functionality available with TextCafe. The output file includes SVG pages created with TextCafe's PDF to SVG conversion technology, along with javascript representations of the XML Table of Contents and searchable word lists. An HTML framework is also provided.

2003-04-28ZOOMON and Opera deliver SVG on Symbian

SVG viewer manufacturers ZOOMON and browser developers Opera Software have partnered to deliver SVG viewing capability on the Opera Browser running on Symbian devices. Read more in the press release.

2003-04-05Maya 5 supports SVG

The new version of the Academy-Award Winning software from Alias|Wavefront, Maya 5, has added SVG support in its vector renderer.

2003-03-13Embedding SVG fonts with Cocoon and Batik

Bruce Robertson, of the Dept. of Classics, Mount Allison University, NB, Canada has written a tutorial on embedding SVG fonts using Cocoon. It uses Xalan/XSLT and Batik to read an SVG file. and adds the necessary SVG fonts.

2003-02-27SVG Open submissions due tomorrow

REMINDER: SVG Open 2003 will be held 13-18 July 2003 in Vancouver Canada and the call for participation closes tomorrow (28 February).

2003-02-26eSVG 1.5 Released

The latest version of eSVG, an embedded SVG viewer and application environment, has been released. It boasts faster SMIL animation, history management, links, vertical text, more SVG DOM support and transparency in images. Registered users can download the new version. A full feature list and pricing details are available.

2003-02-18SVG Printing Requirements Published

The SVG Working Group have released the first version of the SVG Printing Requirements. The goal is to develop a set of authoring guidelines and new features that enable SVG to be used in a variety of printing situations. Also note the new public-svg-print@w3.org mailing list for discussion on this topic.

2003-01-31SVG Open 2003 Calling for Participation

SVG Open 2003 will be held 13-18 July 2003 in Vancouver Canada. The call for participation closes on 28 February. The conference aims to cover a broad range of topics around SVG, so if you have an idea for a presentation or a product to promote, we'd love to see you there. Also, there are some prizes for the best abstracts and presentations.

2003-01-29EvolGrafix release XStudio

EvolGrafix has released XStudioNext, an SVG Authoring Environment. It uses SVG as its native format and allows you to edit the SVG in a graphical or code-based view. See the web site for more details on the large range of features.

2003-01-22Draft Roadmap for SVG announced

The SVG Working Group has released the first public version of the SVG Roadmap. It's a draft which is missing details on some of the expected new work, but should give an indication of the general direction. Also, the Working Group has made a public version of their charter available for informative and historical purposes.

2003-01-15SVG 1.1 and SVG Mobile are W3C Recommendations

The W3C SVG Working Group is pleased to announce that SVG 1.1 and SVG Mobile Profiles: SVG Basic and SVG Tiny are now W3C Recommendations. See the Press Release, Testimonials and Frequently Asked Questions.

2003-01-10Adobe Server Products released

Adobe Systems have released Graphics Server 2 (formerly Altercast) and Document Server, products that use a wide range of W3C specifications, including SVG, XSL and RDF. Graphics server can take rich SVG files, manipulated in XML or with the built-in charting tools, and produce PDF output. Document server extends the concept to more formats, allowing XSLFO to PDF conversion.

2003-01-09Using SVG from Java

SVG Working Group member Christophe Jolif has written an article Bringing SVG Power to Java Applications on Sun's Java Development Site. It demonstrates how to build SVG libraries and applications on top of the Java platform.

2003-01-08TextCafe 3.0 Supports SVG

Texterity have announced support for SVG in the TextCafe publishing system. It converts PDF into SVG pages and provides customers with a representation of pages that are identical to the printed page. See their demonstration site for examples. Features include SVG font embedding and extraction of raster images into SVG image elements.

2003-01-06JackSVG 1.1 - skinable slide generator

Yet another SVG presentation program has been released by DSTC. However, JackSVG uses themes/skins to change slide appearance, performs layout and line breaking using font metrics, and supports keyboard navigation.

2002-12-13Microsoft Office 11 with SVG support

At XML 2002 in Baltimore, Microsoft announced and demonstrated Office 11. Microsoft Visio for Office 11 (nearing the end of the first beta cycle) can both export and import SVG. Links to follow when available.

2002-12-13Corel Smart Graphics Studio Unveiled

Corel have announced Smart Graphics Studio, a development platform designed to speed and simplify the creation of SVG-based smart graphics. It will transform XML and legacy data into dynamic and interactive SVG content, allowing publishing to any device. Smart Graphics Studio includes a development environment, a server and an SVG viewer. Read more, including testimonials from Ford, in the press release. Also, Corel announced a new version of XMetaL, a platform for XML editing.

2002-11-25Omondo exports SVG from Eclipse

Omondo have added SVG export inside the Eclipse IDE. Omondo tools provide object-oriented modelling using UML for transaction systems, messaging systems and web services.

2002-11-25Savage Software update CAD2SVG

Savage Software have released version 1.23 of their CAD2SVG product, which converts CAD files into SVG. A demo version is available. Read more about the products from Savage in their newsletter.

2002-11-15SVG 1.1 and SVG Mobile Profiles become W3C Proposed Recommendations

The W3C is pleased to announce the Proposed Recommendation of both SVG 1.1 and SVG Mobile Profiles. The SVG Working Group believes these specifications are ready to become W3C Recommendations and have called for a vote of the W3C Membership. There is an implementation report, showing the results of 15 implementations against the SVG Test Suite, including many implementations on mobile devices. The Working Group wishes to thank the public for the large part they played in creating this open specification. Enjoy!.

2002-11-15First Working Draft of SVG 1.2 Released

The W3C released the first working draft of SVG 1.2 today. It's not a complete specification, but rather intended to give the public the opportunity to give feedback on the work under consideration for the next version of the SVG language. Get in early and make a difference to the Web! We expect to hear from you.

2002-11-08Corel announce SVG viewer preview

Following on from Grafigo, Corel have released an SVG Viewer for public preview. This edition runs on Windows 98, 2000, NT4, XP and XP for Tablet PC and has an impressive range of features including support for all SVG shapes, cursors, unlimited zoom, access to SVG source, CSS and a built-in script engine. Read the technical specifications for more information.

2002-11-08Corel Grafigo brings SVG to Windows Tablet PC

Corel have released Grafigo, a tool for sketching, annotating and creating graphics on Windows XP Tablet PC. It is available now for free download and, most importantly, uses SVG as its native format.

2002-11-07Mattercast convert PDF to SVG

Mattercast Professional Services have released an SVG toolkit that converts PDF to SVG. They have an impressive demonstration site and technical details on the technology, including .NET automation, page layout, vector translation and watermarking.

2002-11-07Safe Software Adds SVG Writing Support to FME

Safe Software Inc., has added SVG export capability to its flagship data translation and transformation product FME (Feature Manipulation Engine). This enables SVG to be created directly from over 100 FME-supported formats and systems, including Oracle Spatial, ERSI Shape/Geodatabase/ArcSDE, Intergraph/Bentley DGN, MapInfo TAB/MIF/MID and AutoCAD DWG/DXF. More details in the press release.

2002-11-01Toon Boom Studio SVG capable

One of the leading cartoon authoring tools, Toon Boom Studio has added SVG support thanks to a partnership with Plazmic Media Engine. It is now possible to use Toon Boom Studio to author content for handheld devices, such as iMode in Japan, using SVG. Read the Press Release (PDF).

2002-10-31Square One generate SVG from PS, EPS, PDF and WMF

Square One has released PDF2vector on Sun Solaris and HP-UX platforms, enabling automated and server-side transformation of PDF (1.3) files to SVG for the Web. This new module, along with the WMF2vector module to generate SVG from Windows Metafiles, complements Square One's existing PS2vector product (also available on Windows) that converts PostScript and EPS to SVG.

2002-10-30SVG Unleashed has leash removed

SVG Unleashed, a new book from Sams, has hit the bookshelves. It features an impressive list of authors, including Andrew Watt, Niklas Gustavsson, Kevin Lindsey and the chair of the SVG Working Group at W3C, Chris Lilley. It weighs in at more than 1100 pages, as has more than 8 megabytes of related example files available as a free download.

2002-10-29Showcaster produce SVG presentations

Showcaster publish conference materials, such as the slides and audio of presentations, on the Web. They can export their presentations in SVG - see their Welcome Presentation (requires Adobe SVG Viewer version 3 or greater, or an SVG viewer that handles embedded mp3 audio).

2002-10-28Eovia Vectorstyle exports SVG

Eovia Vectorstyle is a plugin for Carrara Studio 2, a 3D package, which can export SVG.

2002-10-24SVGMapMaker for MapInfo Professional Released

DBx Geomatics have released SVGMapMaker 2.0 for MapInfo Professional. Important additions are the options of a 100% SVG interface, pie charts, cartographic and theme legends, embedding of MapInfo font defintions as SVG fonts and smoothed lines. It's available in English and French. For further information see the press release.

2002-10-09Sodipodi 0.27 released

Version 0.27 of Sodipodi, a native SVG authoring environment for Linux, has been released. Besides general bugfixes, improvements include support of arbitrary Unicode values in text strings, and support for radial gradients. It has supported vertical text since version 0.25. Sodipodi may be downloaded in rpm or source format, and there is a page of screenshots.

2002-10-02Bitflash Vis player goes Beta

Don Liberty announced that Bitflash Vis, a Mobile SVG player for PocketPC or Symbian, has finished alpha testing and a beta version is available for download.

2002-09-26Public Beta of PCX G2 SVG Authoring tool

Alexander Adam of PCX Software announced that G2, a native SVG authoring tool for Windows, is now in its first public beta and available for download, testing, and reporting of bugs. Beta 1 is aimed at testing of the SVG import (viewing, moving, scaling etc) and simple editing of geometries and stylesheets. Synchronised visual, source and DOM views are provided.

2002-09-23CT Magazine article on SVG

The German-language computer magazine CT had a seven-page article SVG und SMIL: Grafik und Animation fürs Web by Andreas Neumann, Andréas M. Winter, and Peter Sykora in issue 20.

2002-09-14CATS SVG authoring tool

T's-Neko announced CATS (Computer Aided Typification Scribbler), an SVG Authoring Tool for Windows. Software and documentation is in Japanese; there is also a version with an English language user interface.

2002-09-02Sharp Vector Graphics (SVG#) version 0.2

Niklas Gustavsson announced version 0.2 of Sharp Vector Graphics (SVG#), an open-source implementation of SVG written in C# for use on the Microsoft .NET platform. It can be downloaded and requires that the .NET Framework is installed.

2002-08-29Batik 1.5 beta 4b released

Vincent Hardy announced Batik 1.5 beta 4b, available for download in source or binary forms. Batik includes Squiggle, an SVG browser; plus utilities to generate SVG from Java, convert Truetype fonts to SVG, and render SVG on the server.

2002-07-19TinyLine releases version 1.2, launches new site

TinyLine SVG Toolkit, an SVG Tiny implementation for Personal Java ME, has moved to version 1.2 and also moved to a new website. The current implementation status is documented.

2002-07-19La Bibliothèque nationale de France launches SVG site

La Bibliothèque nationale de France (the French national library) have launched a gallery of their exhibitions as an SVG site. It has more than 36,000 lines of SVG source over many hundreds of files, showing the true scalability of SVG. The site uses the benefits of XML, generating the site from XML sources with embedded metadata. Not only that, it looks fantastic!

2002-07-17SVG Open a huge success

SVG Open, the first ever SVG conference, was held this week in Zurich and was an amazing success. There were over 200 attendess from all over the world (an informal check was at least 10 countries), two parallel tracks and lots of lively discussion. Check the web site for pictures and presentation materials.

2002-06-26Corel Draw 11 with Enhanced SVG

Corel Corporation have announced the next version of the Corel Graphics Suite, Version 11 (shipping late July). The updated CorelDRAW features include: "Enhanced! SVG support - create data-driven, dynamic graphics using SVG". While you are at Corel, read more about Corel Deepwhite.

2002-06-25.NET SVG viewer in the works

Niklas Gustavsson has been working on a prototype SVG viewer using the Microsoft .NET platform. Recently, he added a page to describe the project, including the results of running the viewer against the W3C SVG 1.0 Test Suite.

2002-06-16Sharp Motion Art Announced

Sharp of Japan announced SharpMotionART, an implementation of Mobile SVG currently shipping on more than eight mobile phones. There are also viewers available for Windows, Palm and PocketPC, a large collection of demonstration animations as well as a authoring tool which can create animated content for the supported devices.

2002-06-15KDE and Gnome put SVG on the desktop

SVG deployment on linux is progressing quickly, with the release of SVG icons for KDE. KDE already has nice SVG support with kSVG. Meanwhile in the GNOME arena, Scalable Gorilla is a Nautilus desktop theme rendered completely by SVG. Check out this screenshot.

2002-06-13SVG Open still accepting registrations

The first ever international conference on SVG, SVG Open is still accepting registrations. It will be held July 15-17 in Zurich, Switzerland. The program is full of SVG experts, including a panel session with the SVG Working Group (bring your rotten fruit :).

2002-06-12Online service for extracting text from SVG

The W3C has made an online service for extracting the text from an SVG file available. The results can be in text or HTML formats. The service only handles uncompressed files at the moment, but shows how easy it is for a search engine to handle SVG files.

2002-06-11SVG rendered in Flash player

Helen Triolo has a demonstration of a limited subset of SVG rendered using Actionscript in the Flash player. This is a great example of the strengths of SVG - easy to parse, well defined rendering model, etc. While the current Flash drawing API could not handle all the functionality that SVG offers, it will be interesting to see where this impressive work ends up.

2002-06-06SVG Developers Archive Open

The SVG Developers community forum had opened its archives to the public. Shouldn't be long before search engines have indexed this vast repository of SVG knowledge.

2002-05-27ChessGML to SVG stylesheet

Max Froumentin of the W3C and XSLT Working Group member has released this truly amazing XSLT stylesheet for ChessGML, which renders a chess game, with animated moves, in SVG.

2002-05-24SVG stars at XML Europe

With four presentations and two tutorials, XML Europe attendees were surrounded by SVG. In his xmlhack.com posting, Eric van der Vlist had this to say: 'If you think of SVG as a toy technology to draw nice pictures, wake up! SVG is invading your cell phone and this "graphical XML" might wipe out "text XML" (such as XHTML and XSL-FO), just as graphical user interfaces have wiped out text-based user interfaces. SVG has been one of the most-talked-about technologies during XML Europe 2002'.

2002-05-09Three presentations on SVG at WWW2002

The popularity of SVG was demonstrated at the World Wide Web conference with three presentations on SVG. Chris Lilley described the future of SVG including SVG Mobile, Kim Marriot of Monash University in Melbourne described a constraint system for SVG diagrams and Dean Jackson presented 30 minutes of SVG demonstrations.

2002-04-30SVG 1,1, SVG Mobile move to Candidate Recommendation

W3C has moved the SVG 1.1 and SVG Mobile specifications to Candidate Recommendation status, and calls on the developer community to intensively test, implement and use these specifications now they have reached this level of maturity. A Press Release was issued (in English, French and Japanese) supported by Testimonials from members of the Working Group.

2002-04-30W3C releasesXHTML, MathML, SVG document type

W3C has released the first Working Draft of a document type that integrates SVG, XHTML and MathML draft, a collaborative work by the SVG, HTML and Math Working Groups, is edited by 石川 雅康 (ISHIKAWA Masayasu) and uses the SVG 1.1 modularization. It forms an excellent basis for scientific and engineering documents that include formatted text, lists, tables, formulae and interactive diagrams; early implementations include Mozilla and Amaya.

2002-04-30Nokia releases authoring tool for 3G Mobile

Nokia has released an authoring tool for 3G Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). It is a free download, and functions as a plug-in to the SVG-enabled Adobe Golive 6.0 system.

2002-04-26SVG Composer 2 released

Wesley Perkins has released version 2 of SVG Composer, which can edit SVG files specified by URL as well as local files.

2002-04-23W3C releases Amaya version 6

W3C has released version 6 of the open source, multi-namespace aware Amaya browser/editor. This is an internationalized, Unicode enabled version. There are improvements and bug fixes in MathML, XHTML, CSS and SVG support. Annotations can now be made on SVG, MathML or XHTML content and can themselved be written in any of these languages. In addition, a first OpenGL version is available for testing. Binaries (Solaris, Linux, Windows NT/2000/XP or 9x/ME) and source are available.

2002-04-23Uismedia announces MapViewSVG

Uismedia announces MapViewSVG, a new tool to convert ArcView-Views into interactive SVG Maps. An evaluation version can be downloaded. More information about MapViewSVG is available in ; information and an evaluation version are also available in German

2002-04-22W3C Announces SVG 1.2

While releasing the second version of the requirements for future SVG versions, the W3C announces the development of a new version, SVG 1.2, along with the roadmap for SVG 1.1.

2002-04-19New Sacré SVG article: Hot and Fresh Technology for the Enterprise

The April installment of Antoine Quint's Sacré SVG column is entitled "Hot and Fresh Technology for the Enterprise". He looks at corporate intranet usage of SVG for large-scale, enterprise-wide, XML-connected solutions and compares it to DHTML and Flash MX

2002-04-22SIMALIS Announces SVG-Builder

SIMALIS Announces SVG-Builder, a stand-alone product based on MapX GIS ActiveX from MapInfo Inc which can import MapInfo Table and Arcview Shape Files and add filters, opacity, layer control, pan & zoom controls, visibility zoom filters, and data information panels in the resulting SVG. It also has dynamic slicing technology for very large maps, with load on demand. Plus d'information disponible (uniquement en Français pour l'instant).

2002-04-15TinyLine: a Personal Java SVG Tiny implemenation

Andrew Girow announces TinyLine, a Personal Java(tm) (or J2ME Personal Profile if you like) software development kit for applications that want to use images in the Mobile Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format for various purposes on Java enabled devices.

2002-04-10eSVG version 1.1 released

Version 1.1 of the eSVG implementation of SVG for embedded systems has been released. In addition to the UniOP real-time operating system, it is available for PocketPC and for Windows. Further details are avalable from the embedding.net site and an evaluation version may be downloaded.

2002-04-08Review: IMS Web Dwarf

.net magazine reviews IMS Web Dwarf, a free SVG editor and notes that it's more like a graphics program than a (table based) HTML editor. In addition to the free Web Dwarf, Virtual Mechanics also produce the more fully featured commercial products Web Spinner and Web Engine.

2002-03-31Vertical market uses of SVG: Agriculture

Russel Gum's Radio Weblog now has a SVG via Radio page. Russel uses SVG in a distributed agricultural software system (an example)

2002-03-27Transform magazine on SVG

Transform magazine has an article The Next Wave for Graphics by Bill Trippe, who notes But I've thought about this long and hard and decided that you need to start thinking about Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). SVG may tip the balance and help the Web realize its potential as a ubiquitous interface to all content and applications..

2002-03-22PCX Software describe eMotion SVG tool

PCX Software describe their forthcoming eMotion SVG authoring tool. There is also a forum for potential users to help shape the capabilities of the program.

2002-03-17SVG Export for ESRI and MapInfo

GeoGraphs Corporation announced SVG MapGen, a standalone tool for converting ESRI Shape and MapInfo MID/MIF documents to interactive SVG maps. An evaluation version is available for download and the user manual is online.

2002-03-14SVG Export for CAD 5

Malz++Kassner GmbH (Germany) announced the release of a new SVG export filter for CAD 5 Workstation (information also available in German). A fully functional 30-day-trial-version of Malz++Kassner CAD 5 Workstation, inluding the new SVG export filter, is available for download

2002-03-11Electric Rain 3D to SVG export updated

MacNN reported that Electric Rain has released new editions of its SVG export plug-ins for popular 3D programs Lightwave , 3D Max, SoftImage There is also a stand-alone program, Swift 3D 2.0 for creating or importing 3DS or DXF models and rendering to SVG.

2002-03-11Batik 1.5 beta 1 available

Vincent Hardy announced availability of the first beta of Batik 1.5 The major advance over the previous version 1.1.1 is that Batik now supports modification of SVG graphics through scripting which allows dynamic updates to SVG documents in response to user events and even animations of graphical elements. Specifically, Batik now provides extensive support for DOM Level 2 Core and Events .

2002-03-10DevX SVG Article

DevX has Dynamic SVG: Graphic Interactivity in a Browser? by Nigel McFarlane walks through the steps to construct scripted, interactive SVG content.

2002-03-07ILOG JViews and SVG

ILOG have made available a dynamically updated SVG weather map, an example of the many things possible with JViews Component Suite 5.0, a tool suite that can import and export SVG.

2002-03-06Newmedia article on SVG

An article, SVG: Modularized and Mobile by NewMedia staff, develops an animated bar chart example in SVG and concludes Wow! Once all browsers support SVG we can forget about stretching one-pixel images into shape in HTML...

2002-03-06WebRef article on SVG Mobile

Another article, also called SVG: Modularized and mobile by Michael Claßen, looks at what's new in SVG 1.1 and the SVG Mobile profiles and concludes With SVG going the same route as XHTML in terms of modularization and well-defined profiles, hopes are high that the two combined will become the prominent format for documents, both on the Web and off.

2002-02-27Two SVG Articles on xml.com

xml.com released two articles on SVG today: the second article in the Sacré SVG column by Antoine Quint, titled Doing That Drag Thang, and a description of Server Side SVG by J. David Eisenberg.

2002-02-153rd Draft of SVG 1.1 & Mobile released

W3C released last call drafts of SVG 1.1 and SVG Mobile. SVG 1.1 is a modularized form of SVG 1.0, using W3C XML Schema rather than DTDs as the formalism; the specification itself is also available in specprod XML as well as XHTML. By dividing up the functionality of SVG into modules, it facilitates the production of profiles of SVG. Mobile SVG creates two such profiles: SVG Tiny, which is mainly aimed at cellphones, and SVG Basic for Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). Last Call feedback closes 15 March 2002.

2002-01-23New XML.com SVG column

A new column on XML.com, Sacré SVG by Antoine Quint, kicks off with Digging Animation. Using a step-by-step conversion of a Macromedia Flash animation into SVG as a running example, Antoine demonstrates the usage of declarative SMIL Animation syntax in SVG.

2002-01-21New release of XSmiles

Release 0.5 of XSmiles, the multi-namespace browser including SVG, SMIL and XForms support, was released. Release notes list the improvements and additions to integration, XForms, XML Events, and SMIL. There is also GPS support..

2002-01-18PocketSVG announced

Ross Ackland announced CSIRO PocketSVG 1.0,a toolkit for PocketPC. A fully functional 60-day demo version is available.

2002-01-082nd Draft of SVG 1.1 & Mobile

W3C released new drafts of SVG 1.1 and SVG Mobile.

2002-01-08Jasc Webdraw Announced

JASC announced the imminent availability of JASC WebDraw, a native SVG editor with animation capability, visual filter editing and source editing. It can be preordered.

2002-01-08eSVG Announced

Damir Jezic of Intesis announced eSVG, an implementation of SVG for embedded and real-time systems such as industrial control systems.

2001-12-06New Schemasoft SVG Tools

Schemasoft have announced three new SVG-related tools: Catwalk, a tool for generating XSLT Graphical Stylesheets that output SVG, a MathML to SVG converter which uses XSLT to generate SVG from MathML and an SVG Presentation Kit for producing presentations from an XML source. Schemasoft's XML2001 presentation, "Graphical Stylesheets: Using XSLT to Generate SVG", is also available online.

2001-12-06Localized versions of Adobe viewer released

Adobe announced German, French, Dutch, Finnish, and Swedish localizations of their SVG 3.0 viewer.


XML.com has an article SVG: Where Are We Now? by Antoine Quint, surveying the state of the SVG software scene and giving advice on viewers, editors, svg-exporting graphics packages, and other tools. Antoine concludes I think the state of SVG's support in the industry is astonishing since its still in its early stages. It is also interesting to take into account the speed at which progress has been and is still being made. At this pace, this article will need a complete overhaul in six months.

WebReference.com has an eight-part article Scalable Vector Graphics: The Art is in the Code by Eddie Traversa. This article was the headline story for Internet.com's daily mailing.


Batik 1.1rc4was released in source and binary form today. Changes include an improved rasterizer, better link handling, performance tuning and an extended regression test suite. Written in Java 2, it runs on any Java-2 platform (Linux, Windows, MacOS X, etc)


Bug 80142, get new svg code into cvs is the fourth most popular bug for Mozilla. (Its already in CVS, but its not in the trunk so does not build by default). If you have a Bugzilla registration you can add your vote, too. Also see the Mozilla in SVG Project and download an SVG-enabled build (MacOS, Windows, Linux)


Meister have available three SVG-related products for CAD conversion

  • SVG コンバータ for DXF (DXF to SVG converter)
  • SVG コンバータ for HPGL (HPGL to SVG converter)
  • SVG コンバータ for Visio (Visio 2002 to SVG converter)

The winner of 2001 XML WWWページコンテスト 応募作品説明資料 (2001 WWW XML Page Contest) was Local Community Information Service (in Japanese) by Suppon Project. This design used a central database of map information in G-XML format, and conversion to SVG for client display. The prize was awarded at the recent XML 2001 Japan conference, and a detailed report on the contest and the reviews will be published in the next issue of XML Press magazine.


Adobe announced the final release Adobe SVG Viewer 3.0 for Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP and MacOS 8.x/9.x/10.1. It is available in 15 languages. Compared to version 2.0 more elements, attributes, CSS properties and DOM methods from the SVG 1.0 specification are supported. There is also an internal script engine.


Translations of the SVG 1.0 specification are now in progress into German and into Japanese. See the SVG translations page for details.

The SVG Factory is a way to export SVG via the Windows clipboard. it works best with applications that put vector data such as WMF or EMF onto the clipboard. There is documentation online. The source of the C++ libraries can also be licensed to provide SVG export capability for Windows programs.


Andreas Neumann announced the SVG.Open Developers Conference to be held July 15-17 2002 in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference language will be English. There will be exhibition opportunities for SVG-related software (including freeware and shareware). Naturally the conference logo is in SVG. (Informations également disponible en Français)


The W3C SVG WG announced the first public release of the SVG 1.1 specification, and also of two SVG 1.1 profiles (SVG Tiny and SVG Basic) collectively known as Mobile SVG. This is an initial draft, we wanted to get developer feedback as early as possible. Comments on the modularization strategy, the additional features of SVG 1.1, the features included and omitted in SVG Tiny and SVG Basic are particularly welcomed.

The Third Release of the SVG 1.0 Test Suite, together with an updated Implementation Report, was also released.


Amaya 5.2 is released. SVG-specific changes include support for the embed element for external SVG images, and handling of nested link anchors.Binaries for various platforms are available, plus source. English and French spell-check dictionaries are included.


The new version 0.45 of X-Smiles, the SVG/SMIL/XForms/XSL/etc multi namespace browser was released. New features include XML Event support, improved SMIL 2 basic support, XForms enhancements. and performance and bugfixes.


Vincent Hardy announced availability of Batik SVG Toolkit 1.1rc3. The full source code is also available.


DBx Geomatics announced the release of SVGMapMaker, an SVG export facility for the MapInfo Professional GIS program. Online documentation and export samples are available.


Michael Bierman announced the release of Adobe SVG Viewer 3.0 release candidate 1.


The International Herald Tribune (print edition) carries the Jeffery Selingo article SVG: Web Images True to Form Even on the Tiniest Screen.


Ronan Oger announced SVG.pl V 0.1, a Perl language module for server-side SVG generation of web content. Its available in CPAN. Working samples are also available.


The New York Times has an article about SVG, Online Images That Stay True to Form on Any Screen by Jeffery Selingo.


Adobe released SVG Viewer 3.0 beta 3. Bugs should be reported as the beta period is expected to be short.

PC Plus has a review of Adobe Golive 5.0,which mentions the support for SVG in this version.

Plazmic announces the availability of Plazmic Media Engine and Plazmic Workshop Start. The Media Engine displays graphics on mobile devices such as cellphones, and Workshop Start is an authoring tool that imports SVG.

Version 0.24 of Sodipodi, a native-language SVG editor for Linux, has been released.


C|net has a multi-page article Real-world SVG by Jackson West which includes coverage of styling, scripting, and a 'beyond the basics' section.


Adobe issued a press release about Illustrator 10. This will have SVG import, improved and faster SVG export, support for symbols, support for data driven graphics with templates, and editable SVG effects. Macworld had a review.

MacCentral reported that Adobe announced InDesign 2.0 which introduces built-in, extensible support for exporting SVG as well as importing and exporting XML files.

Linux.com had an interview with Lauris Kaplinski, author of the native SVG editor Sodipodi.


JASC announced public availability of WebDraw preview release 5. This adds an animation timeline for editing timed animations, has an improved DOM viewer, a preview pane, and improved SVG support in terms of elements and attributes recognised. Generated SVG is now updated to the SVG 1.0 Recommendation.


Andrew Watt announced availability of his book Designing SVG Web Graphics, published by New Riders.

The October issue of WebTechniques magazine has review of JASC WebDraw (version PR4b) by Lynne Cooney

Another book on SVG (the first in German): Das Einsteigerseminar SVG - Webgrafiken mit XML by Helma Sponer, published by vmi-Buch AG.


Adobe release SVG Viewer 3.0 beta 2. They are looking for feedback.


XML.com has an article Picture Perfect by Edd Dumbill, which states Along with W3C XML Schema, SVG is one of the most important technologies to emerge from the W3C this year.


Batik 1.1 release candidate 2 is available from Apache.

Transfert.net has an article Flash est mort, vive le SVG ! by Julien Chambaud.


Internet Watch has an article W3C、2次元ベクターグラフィックス記述言語「SVG 1.0」を勧告 by hiro@nakajima-gumi.net (in Japanese).

Alex Fritze releases build 0.6 of Mozilla SVG. Binaries for Windows, Mac and Linux are available, and you can also get the source out of CVS (now in a Mozilla branch) and compile it yourself on other platforms.

A busy thread about SVG starts on slashdot.


SVG 1.0 was released as a W3C Recommendation. Here is the list of changes since the Proposed Recommendation of 19 July 2001. There was a press release (also available in French and Japanese) and testimonials by W3C Members.

SMIL Animation was also issued as a W3C Recommendation. SVG uses SMIL Animation for declarative, time-based animation.

News articles about the new Recommendations:


Michael Bierman announced version Adobe SVG Viewer 3.0beta1. New features include 'switch', (plus 'requiredFeatures' and 'systemLanguage), linking to SVG images, color profiles, markers, and views. DOM and CSS support is also improved. There are bug report and feedback forms. In addition to existing platforms, MacOS X and Windows XP are supported.

Version 0.4 of XSmiles was released. New features include support for SMIL 2.0 Basic and for the latest draft of XForms. As before, there is SVG and XSL-FO and XSL-T support as well.


An XMLhack article by Edd Dumbill notes that FOP wraps Batik - the open-source FOP implementation of XSL Formatting Objects, which previously had its own SVG renderer, now includes the similarly open-source Batik SVG Toolkit. A much wider portion of the SVG specification can thus be used, mixed in with Formatting Objects, to generate high quality PDF documents from XML source.


The German Linux User magazine has an article Vektorzeichenprogramme Punkt, Gerade, Kurve by Frank Wieduwilt comparing six illustration programs - Xfig, Figurine, Impress, Sodipodi, Kontour and Sketch - the latter three of which can both import and export SVG. (in German).


Virtual Mechanics releases IMS Web Engine v.197, a drag and drop editor which can export either animated SVG and dynamic HTML. See also SVG Magic which showcases this technology


The French magazine 01 Informatique has an article SMIL 2.0 pose en professionnel de l'animation Web by Francisco Villacampa. SMIL 2.0 and SVG are discussed. (in French)


James Turner announced availability of a Mac (OS 9) build of Mozilla SVG.


The first draft of the SVG Mobile Requirements document was released. It lists the design principles and requirements for the creation of a mobile profile of the SVG specification to be developed by the W3C SVG2 working group.

The first draft of the SVG 1.1/2.0 Requirements document was also released. It lists the design principles and requirements for future versions of the SVG language, in particular versions 1.1 and 2.0, to be developed by the W3C SVG working group. Refer to SVG 1.0 for details on the current specification.

Feedback on these requirements documents should be sent to the email list www-svg2-comments@w3.org. This is a public list that is archived.


The SVG 1.0 Proposed Recommendation is published. Here is the list of changes from the Candidate Recommendation. As you can see, SVG is widely implemented and very stable. The W3C is asking it's members to provide feedback within four weeks, at which time the Director will decide whether to make SVG a formal Recommendation.


Version 2.67 of KVec, a raster to vector converter adds SVG output support. Its a command-line tool and runs on WIN9X, WIN NT, WIN 2000, OS/2, Linux, HP-Unix, Macintosh, BeOS. Information also available in German


Alex Fritze has made available Mozilla SVG version 0.4. This release includes a number of significant enhancements, in particular to paths, transformations and the viewport. As with previous releases, SVG can be mixed with other XML namespaces such as XHTML, XUL, XBL in the same XML file; animation via the DOM and styling via CSS is supported.

The Belgian Highways ministry is using SVG on their official website, and in their annual report (in French) Examples of SVG-enabled pages are major road projects of the Walloon region, and an interactive map showing the conversion of abandoned railways to cycle and jogging paths.


Wrox press has an article A Quick Introduction to SVG by Phil Jackson - XML Team.


XML.com has a two-part article Creating Scalable Vector Graphics with Perl by Kip Hampton which notes: when you compare this method of scripted image creation to those provided by other modules (that often, themselves, depend on cranky and platform-specific libraries) the true power of combining Perl and SVG becomes obvious. A worked example of creating a pie-chart visualisation of a Web server log is also given. The article concludes: SVG is astonishingly cool. The examples above barely scratch the surface of SVG's flexibility and communicative power.

Amaya 5.1 includes some SVG-related bugfixes.


Business 2.0 magazine has an article Graphics for Gadgets by David Orenstein which explaines the business case for vector graphics on all devices, including desktops and mobie, handheld devices .


WebReview.com has an article Scalable Vector Graphics: The What and the How by Jason Cranford Teague which concludes As with all technologies there will be an inevitable breaking-in period as SVG gains wider acceptance and Web designers learn not only how to use it, but also the best ways to use it.


A new stable version 0.6.12 of Sketch, the SVG-exporting drawing program for Linux and other 'nices, writen in Python. .


Amaya 5.0 was released. Binaries (Solaris 8, Linux, Windows NT/2000 /95/98) and source are available. Amaya is a WYSIWYG Editor/Browser testbed from W3C. Version 5.0 allows SVG files to be referenced from the the XHTML 'img' and 'object' elements and the SVG 'image' element, as well as included inline which previous versions could already do. Another neat feature is that double-clicking on a 'use' element scrolls the structure view (if it's open) and shows the referred symbol element at the top of the window. This version also has improved PNG image support.


Following up on his earlier announcement, Rick Graham posted a page with scanned demos and platform specs to show what devices they have SVG running on. A variety of SVG files, which can be downloaded, are displayed on mobile devices running PalmOS (Palm IIIc, Handspring Visor Prism), Pocket PC (Compaq iPAQ H3650 and H3150), Linux (Agenda VR3), and even on the Blackberry Rim - yes, SVG on a pager!


Rick Graham announced that The research team at BitFlashhas a version of SVG that we have created for research purposes called SdVG (Small Device Vector Graphics). The system runs on PalmOS, Blackberry Rim, and Agenda VR3 and is written in C++. A DOM is built and SMIL Animation is supported (even on the Rim!).

Note - this research work should be distinguished from the existing product, Bitflash Mobility Server which is a server side system for mobile solutions, which also uses SVG.


A series of five SVG articles in the magazine XML Press Vol. 3 技術評論社, 2001年6月18日発売 by 石棉 豪介 (Gosuke ISHIWATA) <ishiwata@sec.co.jp> entitled 特集2 SVGによるWebアプリケーション開発  (Feature Article 2: Web Application Development with SVG) (in Japanese):

  • 第1章 SVGの最新動向を確認する 急速に発展する,XMLベースの次世代グラフィックスフォーマット
  • 第2章 SVGによるWeb開発のための基礎知識 これだけは知っておきたいサーバサイトSVGのポイント
  • 第3章 はじめてのSVG Webアプリケーション Hello Worldから為替レートグラフの生成まで
  • 第4章 SVGによる地図/GISアプリケーション開発 地図を利用した経路検索Webシステムの開発
  • 第5章 SVGのメリット/デメリット

Javasoft.com has an article PLAZMIC SEIZES THE DAY: End-to-End Solution for Rich Wireless Content by Kammie Kayl. It describes the Plasmic Workshop, a content authoring system for the Japanese NTT DoCoMo mobile phones, which can display Java applets up to 10k. The authoring system uses SVG as the input, and transcodes it for the phones.


A thread on the KDE developer lists discussed the correct way to add SVG support to the Konqueror web browser. SVG is already supported by the KIllustrator drawing packge, part of the KOffice Suite.

Michael Bierman announced that version 2.0 of the Adobe SVG implementation was available to download in a further 11 languages, making 15 languages in all.


The French site PowerGED.com propose aux généalogistes amateurs de visualiser leurs arbres généalogiques à travers la norme SVG et de les imprimer s'ils le souhaitent sur des banderoles de papier grand format (allows members to visualize genealogical trees in SVG and to print them out out on large size paper).


in-integrierte informationssysteme GmbH announced the release of Sphinx SVG 1.1, a dynamic graphical editor which exports SVG including SMIL Animation. A save- and print-disabled evaluation version is available for download. This version does allow the export of SVG so that aspect can be evaluated, but drawings cannot be saved for further editing. Details also available in German. The user interface can be installed in either English or German.

An article on XMLhack, SVG renderer for UML diagrams by Edd Dumbill, describes BOX which takes as input an XML representation of UML (XMI) and exports SVG. The code is rough, but the source is available under GPL so feel free to help improve it ;-)


The Ministère de l'Aménagement du Territoire et de l'Environnement (a part of the French Government) is using SVG on their official website to create an interactive map of zones of biological interest in the Loire-Brittany basin. Documentation is available (in French)


Batik has exited beta - Batik SVG Toolkit 1.0 is now available. In addition to the SVG Browser, SVG Renderer, and SVG Generator that were in the beta releases, there are two format convertors (WMF to SVG and True Type Font to SVG Font). Batik now supports nearly all of static SVG, plus linking.


Edd Dumbill of XML.com Reports from WWW10 - the Tenth International World Wide Web conference, held this year in Hong Kong. He reports on various parts of the W3C track including Tim Berners-Lee on the Semantic Web and new generation XML, Thierry Michel on SMIL and Chris Lilley on SVG. The issue of legacy HTML browser vendor uptake of faster rendering, more predictable XHTML is also addressed.


Gardos Software announced a new release of an ActiveX DLL that converts DXF files to SVG files. There are further details of the functionality available.


The April issue of Web Techniques Magazine includes an article on SVG, Integrated Design by Molly E. Holzschlag and a review of some SVG tools, by Clayton Crooks, covering the Batik SVG Toolkit and Jasc WebDraw.


Adobe announced availability of the final version 2.0 of their SVG Viewer for Netscape plugin-compatible browsers and Active-X environments on Windows32 and MacOS platforms. It is available in English and in Japanese, with other languages being rolled out later. The old version 1.0 viewer is no longer supported. There is a list of supported features.

Adobe also confirmed that this implementation will be widely distributed on CD with many Adobe products (Acrobat®, Acrobat Reader®, PhotoShop®, Illustrator®, GoLive® etc) and with Real Player®.


Software Mechanics announced an evaluation preview of SVGmaker for W95/98/ME. This is a printer driver that exports SVG from any Windows program that can print. The demo versionsfor NT/Windows2000 and W95/98/ME remain available.


At Seybold, Quark director of product management Jürgen Kurz confirmed XML and SVG support in Quark Xpress 5®


Version 0.32 of XSmiles was released. Enhancements include SVG/XForms integration , EcmaScript mouse events in SVG viewer , SMIL switch support, and support for SVG images in SMIL presentations.

There will be a session about SVG at the 今年もやるぜ!(Mozilla dot Party in Japan 2.0). Jun Fujisawa from Canon is the organizer of the SVG session, which will be held on Sunday, 22 April 2001, 14:30 - 15:30 JST at 17th floor (West), Shibuya Mark City, Tokyo. This will include SVG demos, a discussion of the current status of the SVG in Mozilla project, and an introduction to the work of the W3C in SVG. See also the Japanese version of the Mozilla SVG page


Square One is nearly finished beta testing their PostScript to SVG engine, used in PS2Web and PS2Vector products.


CAD Standard Pro, a computer aided design package now has SVG export from version 3.5.1 of the product. A list of features is available. CCAD Standard Pro runs on Windows32 platforms, with a Linux version in development.


XML.com has An Introduction to Scalable Vector Graphics by J. David Eisenberg

SICAD, makers of SICAD Internet Suite announced in Hannover at CeBIT 2001 that ...Neben den web-üblichen Rasterformaten JPEG, GIF und PNG unterstützt die neue SICAD Internet Suite darüber hinaus auch den aufkommenden Shooting-Star unter den Vektorformaten, das XML basierte SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). ... (...Besides the commonly used web raster formats JPEG, GIF, and PNG the new SICAD Internet Suite supports the rising shooting-star of the vector formats, the XML based SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)...).


Savage Software today announced a full release of its Savage SVG Toolkit run-time libraries. The Savage SVG Toolkit provides a packaged solution for software publishers seeking to build SVG support into their products and is implemented in ANSI C++. They claim to be a 100% complete implementation of the SVG Document Object Model, as defined by the most recent W3C Scalable Vector Graphics specification .


Version 0.31 of XSmiles was released. This is a multi-namespace XML browser, written in java. Supported namespaces include XSL-FO, SVG, SMIL, and XForms. Thereis also XSL-T and XPath support, and DOM2 support with the EcmaScript binding.


CORDA Technologies released version 3.8 of Pop Chart,a Web-based charting and graphing program. Version 3.8 adds SVG export.


Schemasoft has made slides (in SVG) available from a talk describing Catwalk, their SVG generator-generator - a graphical environment that allows non-programmers to automatically generate XSL-T stylesheets, which when run will produce SVG.

Programacion.net has an article Generar SVG desde XML mediante una XSLT by Joaquin Bravo which includes a worked example of generating an SVG barchart from an input XML doocument using XSL-T (in Spanish)


The W3C Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group has published an enhanced and updated version of the SVG Conformance Test Suite, the second public release. The results of testing six implementations against the test suite are also available.


St. Mehlhos has made some SVG examples generated from the forthcoming version 6.1 of his 2D and 3D mathematical function plotting program, Funktion, which is expected to be available some time in February. The current version (5.4) may be downloaded, but lacks the SVG export. (German user interface).


ITEDO software announce version 5 of IsoDraw, a technical illustration package which is especially suited to the production of parallel perspective technical illustrations. Version 5 adds SVG and WebCGM export. The are also German versions of the announcement and product details.


Version 0.4 of Webdraw, previously known as Trajectory Pro, is available from JASC. WebDraw is a native SVG editor - SVG files may be loaded, edited in either graphical or source views, and saved. It supports the November 2 Candidate Recommendation of SVG. There is a newsgroup for discussion and feedback.


Michael Bierman announced version 2.0 beta3 of the Adobe SVG Viewer, supporting the 2 November Candidate Recommendation of the SVG specification. There are bug report and feedback forms.


Software Mechanics announced the release of SVGmaker, a Windows NT and 2000 printer driver which directly generates SVG files from any Windows program. Their site has examples generated from Microsoft Excel 97 and AutoCAD R13. The program is shareware; an evaluation version is available which produces watermarked files until registered .


The SAVAGE SVG TOOLKIT from Savage Software will shortly be going into beta. Its a server-side implementation of the SVG DOM and provides the means to programmatically create, modify, query, validate and output SVG elements. The initial beta will be for Win32 servers, with *nixes to follow later.


Jeroen Dekker of The Graphics Connection announced that My company (Square One) is currently working on adding SVG export to our graphics conversion suite The Graphics Connection and also said We expect to have a beta release of PS/EPS to SVG available shortly, which we will then announce to the members of this list. Square One strongly believes in the possibilities and the future of SVG, and this filter will act as a bridge to enable the mass generation of SVG content from all sorts of applications - including CAD/CAM, EDA and GIS.


Adobe announced Beta 2 of their SVG Viewer, v2.0. As with beta 1, bug report and feedback forms are available. Release notes for Windows and Macintosh versions are in PDF format.

Version 0.16 of FOP has improved SVG support, in particular improvements in the Java bindings. They also mention close cooperation with the Batik project.


Ravi Mendis announced SVGObjects Framework, a set of WebObjects components for dynamically generating and serving SVG.


The XML.com 12 Days of XML Christmas by Leigh Dodds includes SVG as one of the gifts ....


An updated release of the CSIRO SVG Toolkit was announced. New features include animateMotion support, and updating to the November 2nd CR SVG spec.


The first public release of the Batik open-source SVG viewer was made available by the Apache Project.


FOP 0.15.0 is the latest release of the Apache XML formatting object processor. New features since the last (0.14.0) release include better svg support (linear gradients, radial gradients, css style selectors, css colour names, patterns, path curves (except arcs), text tspan and tref, text whitespace handling, text outline and fill, switch, images (including external svg images) references in external svg documents, svg elements (below top element), and support for the symbol element).


Sphinx open, a vector graphics editor with SVG export is available for evaluation. The new version 6.01 includes menus and help in both German and English. There are some demo pages showing SVG exported from sphinx open, including animations.

Steve White mentioned an upcoming SVG/DHTML editor, IMS Web Engine Version 2


Michael Bierman announced availability of Adobe SVG Viewer 2.0 beta 1. Release notes for the Windows and Macintosh versions are available in PDF, and there are forms for feedback and bug reports.

Irène Vatton announced the release of Amaya 4.0 with support for editing mixed-namespace XHTML, SVG and MathML documents. Binaries are available for Windows NT/2000, Windows 9x, x86 Linux, Sparc Solaris, AIX, IRIX HP-UX and OSF-1. Source is also available.


Christophe VanTighem announced Celinea CR2V, a raster to vector converter which outputs SVG. Fitting is done with curves as well as lines, and there is intelligent merging of non significant regions.

An article by Joan Mas, SVG: Present i futur dels formats de gràfic vectorial per a la web (in Catalan; also available in Spanish).


The prolific Dean and Bella announced the port of CSIRO SVG Viewer for Pocket PC's

Sebastian Hagen announced the beta of Spinx Open, an editor which can export to SVG - including export of animations.


An update to the SVG Candidate Recommendation is published, incorporating feedback and clarifications to date. Here is the list of changes from the previous specification.


Dean and Bella announced a new release of the CSIRO SVG Toolkit. The license has changed from BSD-style to Apache, and there are a bunch of bug fixes. Other features include improved support for CSS selectors, text-anchor, cursors, improved animation, and some filter suport.

Leonard Rosenthol announced that Digital Applications will be releasing the C/C++ sources to our SVG tools (SVG2PDF and SVGImage) very shortly.


Steve White has five articles available:


The RiscOS Draw to SVG converter by Steven Simpson is updated.


The paper Vector-based Web Cartography: Enabler SVG by andré m. winter and andreas neumann is now available in English. The German version, Kartographie im Internet auf Vektorbasis, mit Hilfe von SVG nun möglich remains available. There is also a page of SVG examples


Sphinx open now has SVG support, and there are some demo pages showing SVG exported from sphynx. (in German)


Corel Draw 10 is announced at Seybold, with SVG support


The Windows metafile (WMF) to SVG converter is once more online, (at a new address). WMF files can be uploaded, and are returned as SVG files.


Leonard Rosenthol announced: Also, next week at Seybold, Digital Applications (the folks I work for), will be announcing some new SVG tools, including an SVG->JPEG application for use server-side (Mac OS, Windows, Unix)


A Pict2SVG converter is released for the Mac platform by Chuck Houpt. Dcumentation also available in Japanese


CreativePro.com run an article, The Creative Toolbox: Open-Standard Upstart SVG Takes on Macromedia's SWF by George Penston


Michael Bierman announced French, German, and Japanese localizations of the Adobe SVG viewer. All localisations are available at either the US or Japanese sites.


W3C publishes a Note, Accessibility Features of SVG by Charles McCathieNevile and Marja-Riitta Koivunen.

ZDNet eWEEK has an SVG article, XML takes on graphics by Roberta Holland


A new 20000806 version of the CSIRO SVG Toolkit was announced. The new features include support for the latest 02 August Candidate Recommendation of SVG


SVG made the top headline on MacWEEK with a story A milestone for SVG by Stephen Beale. There is also a lively discussion thread at the end of that article.

SVG is the featured subject this month at Sun's XML page. In the spotlight are the articles Scalable Vector Graphics: An Executive Summary by Vincent Hardy and Generating SVG with JSP (Java Server pages) while the developer connection has an Article on Graphics2D SVG Generator and downloads for the SVG Slide Toolkit and Graphics 2D SVG generator. Another way to generate SVG on the fly, server-side is using XSL-T, so the article XSL- T Compiler is likely to be of interest; it describes how to compile an XSL-T transformation into a Java class.


IntraNet Solutions announced its support of the Scalable Vector Graphics Specification (SVG) in their Xpedio Content Management solution, which includes the ability to extract vector information from proprietary formats and store it as SVG.

MacWeek mentions SVG going to CR on their quicklinks news page

Internet Watch covered the announcement of CR status for SVG: W3C、ベクター方式の画像形式「SVG」勧告候補を公開 by hiro@nakajima-gumi.net (in Japanese)


Sun announced Tools to Help Developer Community Leverage XML Standards for Graphics.

An article on C|Net news.com, W3C promotes shrink-to-fit graphics by Paul Festa.

W3C has issued SVG as a Candidate Recommendation. Here is the list of changes from previous versions. With the move to Candidate Recommendation, W3C is saying that this specification is maturing and is now ready for more widespread implementation testing. You can read the Press Release and Testimonials that were issued today.

Using the W3C SVG Test Suite, the SVG Working Group will be evaluating existing and new SVG implementations and preparing a report on their quality and interoperability. The Candidate Recommendation phase will end when there is at least one implementation that passes each one of the Basic Effectivity tests in the test suite . The SVG Working Group then anticipates asking for the specification to move to Proposed Recommendation status.

2000-Jul-29 Steady State Software released an updated TrueType to SVG font converter

A new 20000712 version of the CSIRO SVG Toolkit was announced. The new features include support for the latest 29 June draft of SVG, and rendering of SVG Fonts.

Not coincidentally, Steady State Software have made available a TrueType to SVG font converter, in Java with source.


Beatware, Inc. announced e-Picture Pro (formerly e-Picture 2.0), and committed to provide add-on SVG export, free of charge to registered customers once the SVG specification becomes a W3C Recommendation.

2000-June-30 The first public alpha release of Jackaroo is announced.

The ninth working draft of SVG was released to the public. This adresses most of the comments from the second last call period. Here is the list of changes from previous versions.

2000-Jun-14 An article by Fabrice Neuman entitled Des images vectorisées pour le Web on Yahoo! France (in French)
2000-Jun-06 A new 20000606 version of the CSIRO SVG Toolkit was released.
2000-June-02 Jasc Software announced the release of version 0.3of Jasc Trajectory Pro. It implements the 03 March draft of Stylable SVG. new features include support for authoring native SVG filter effects to objects and text. There is a newsgroup to discuss Trajectory Pro.
2000-Jun-01 Version 5.2.2 of ImageMagick now includes some support for rendering of SVG
2000-May-19 Corel announce the final beta SVG import/export filter for Corel Draw. It generates content conforming to the March 03 spec, Stylable SVG). SVG files can now be imported as well as exported using this version of the SVG filter; there is also both internal and external Cascading Style Sheets support and improved performance.
2000-Apr-27 IBM announced version 0.4a of the IBM SVG Viewer. It uses the Xerces XML parser, can save a rendered SVG image as a JPEG, and has an interactive XML DOM viewer

Adobe announced Illustrator 9 with SVG export. Advances over the SVG export from Illustrator 8 include transparency, hyperlinking and JavaScript support. More details on the Adobe site.

An update to the Adobe SVG browser plugin, Active-X control and Adobe Illustrator 8 export plugin is also announced, updating support to the 3 March working draft.


An article on SVG and Trajectory Pro, 新しいベクター画像形式SVGに対応したドローソフト「Trajectory Pro」 (in Japanese)


The SVG in Mozilla Project now has its own project page, where status updates can be found. The nifty logo is. of course, also available in SVG.


A new version 0.9 CSIRO SVG Toolkit is released. The announcement summarises the changes from previous versions; there is also fuller documentation of the supported features. Hilights include SVG DOM support, a CSS parser, DOM level 2, and the ability to be used as a converter from SVG to various raster image formats.


Jackaroo now has a full list of supported features

2000-Apr-07 The Electronic Publishing Research Group at Nottingham University have a Flash to SVG converter and some SVG Perl libraries

A four-part article on SVG: Grafiken mit XML by Holger Reibold, in Internet Professionell Net Tech (in German)


Preview Release 0.2 of Trajectory Pro, the SVG authoring tool from JASC, is now available. There is a list of new features, enhancements and fixes, and discussion continues on the Trajectory Pro newsgroup.


Version 5.1.0 of the Grace plotting tool for scientific data now has SVG export support.


The KDE Illustration app for Linux, killustrator 0.7.2, has SVG export


Digapp release a technology preview of an SVG2PDF converter. It runs on MacOS, Windows 95/98/2000 and NT 4.


The eighth working draft of SVG was released to the public. It enters a second last call period. Here is the list of changes from previous versions.

Jackaroo, a new implementation of Stylable SVG, is announced by the Koala team. Its written in Java, and uses DOM Juan, a small-footprint DOM Level 2 implementation, to get access to the XML and CSS for rendering.

Quark pledged support for SVG in Quark Express at Seybold, Boston.


JASC announced the first prototype version of Trajectory Pro, an authoring tool for SVG that is expected to support animation and interactivity in later releases. It runs on Windows 9x/NT4/2000. The internal format of Trajectory Pro appears to be SVG, and the XML source can be viewed at any time during editing. There is a newsgroup for feedback and discussion.


A half-page article "SVG: le vectoriel en ligne" in the first (Mars/Avril) issue of French magazine Create (tout reste à inventer), plus coverage of SVG in LiveMotion.

On Designer.com, Part II of The Future Of Web Design, by Anthony Celeste covers MNG and SVG.

2000-Feb-25 Version 3.17 of ps2edit translates PostScript and PDF to, among other things, SVG. The free version outputs to a wide variety of formats, and comes with source; the shareware version adds plugins (no-source) to also export MIF, CGM, SVG, EMF and RTF. Ghostscript is required, as a PostScript interpreter. The SVG-exporting version runs on Windows 9x/NT/2000, Solaris, or Linux.

A new raster-to-vector program, AutoTrace, exports to several formats including SVG. In addition to tracing using lines, it can also trace using NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines) curves. Full source is available (GPL), and it runs on a variety of 'nices (Linux, Solaris, IRIX, HP-UX), Windows, and OS/2.

A demonstration of Chemistry applications of SVG by David Rzepa of Imperial College, London. includes both reaction diagrams and 2D views of 3D conformation

2000-Feb-17 An SVG output filter for DrawTool, described by Toby Jaffey as "a series of toy programs (most notably a logo interpreter) which ... can now output both PostScript and SVG" is available from Project Purple. Source (GPL) available, in Perl; uses GTK.
2000-Feb-16 An issue of Style matters by Didier Martin, entitled Component-Based Page Layouts, covers translating XML and XLink to HTML using XSL-T, including transforming XLinks (pointing to SVG files) into inline SVG images.
2000-Feb-15 Adobe announces the public availability of their SVG Export plug-in for Adobe Illustrator 8.01 (Mac and Win), SVG display plug-in for Netscape 4.x (Mac and Win), and SVG display ActiveX control for MS IE5 and MS Word (Win). These had been widely demonstrated to the public, but had previously required registration and signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement. The preview site includes examples and a detailed tutorial. Also available in Japanese.

Scripting News reports on some experiences using the Mayura Draw for SVG export, and the Adobe SVG plug-in.

Carmen Delessio announced a WMF to SVG servlet which allows WMF from Visio and MS Word, among others, to be converted.


An article on SVG in general, and Adobe LiveMotion in particular at france.internet.com (in French).

2000-Jan-26 A fourth beta SVG export filter for CorelDraw 9 is now available for download.
2000-Jan-17 Jon Udell of BYTE Magazine discusses SVG as one way of dynamically generating a graph of constantly-updated data. Anyone care to produce an SVG alternative to the table-based, HTML graph in that article?
2000-Jan-15 Sketch, the SVG-enabled drawing program for Linux and other 'nices now has a new Web page, and is bundled with Mandrake Linux.
2000-Jan-13 An article on SVG in issue 59 of PC Extra magazine (in Swedish) including a sample graphic of a boat.
2000-Jan-05 Beatware announces e-Picture 2.0 will have SVG export. e-Picture will be available for BeOS, MacOS,and Windows.
1999-Dec-15 A new version, 0.3c of the IBM SVGViewer was released today on Alphaworks. Improvements include conformance to the 3 December SVG Working Draft; performance tuning, particularly for paths; bug fixes, and better 'symbol' and 'use' support - plus more example files.
1999-Dec-15 The third beta of a Corel Draw SVG export plug-in was released.
1999-Dec-15 A raster to vector converter with SVG output was released by a research group including Koichi Mori, a graduate student at University of Tsukuba, Japan. It reads 8bit-per-pixel Windows BMP files, and runs on Windows 95/98/NT. It generates not only lines, but also curves, to match the raster shapes.

The seventh working draft of SVG was released to the public. Here is the list of changes from previous versions.

1999-Dec-1 A new version 0.6.3 of Sketch, the Python drawing program for Linux and other Unices which both imports and exports SVG.
1999-Nov-29 Version 0.3b of the IBM SVG Viewer is released. In addition to bug fixes, there is support for 'symbol' and 'use', gradient-filling on text, plus a progressive rendering feature
1999-Nov-29 XYZ Sistemas Industriales, S.A. announced the SVG Internet Mapper. Its an exciting application of on-the-fly generated SVG, with dynamic capabilities such as linking to additional information. (It also uses HTML, and so requires an SVG plug-in; and it uses the 'embed' tag so won't work with viewers that use the 'applet' tag.) They are asking for feedback to help improve this mapper.

A new version 0.8 CSIRO SVG Viewer is released. There is a list of changes from previous versions

An article in PRIMonline: SVG - a grafika istene by Zsad୹i Pઠ(in Hungarian)

1999-Nov-19 A new article on WebDeveloper.com, entitled Get Ready for the Awesome Power of SVG, by Kas Thomas.
1999-Nov-15 ILOG announced SVG support in their JViews Component Suite. System integrators can now produce SVG-enabled thin clients, and display mapping data, graphs, or Gantt charts using JViews.
1999-Nov-11 Article on Scalable Vector Graphics - Web Graphics with Original Quality Artwork by Tad Lane, includes examples

An article on SVG in MacSimple, by Kas Thomas. And don't miss part two.

An article on good Web design with CSS and SVG (in Danish, also available in English) by Bent Rasmussen

1999-Oct-29 Corel announce the second public beta of an SVG export filter for Corel Draw 9.
1999-Oct-26 Infoworld has a story by Michael Lattig about the IBM AFP to SVG transcoder.
1999-Oct-23 SVGView 0.3a now supports the Aug 12th W3C SVG Working Draft. It provides several important enhancements, including improved network support.
1999-Oct-22 A demo of IBM AFP to SVG transcoder is available from alphaworks. Advanced Function Print (AFP) is an IBM print format, and this transcoder allows AFP documents to be viewed on the web by acting as a proxy which converts them to SVG.
1999-Oct-20 The Builder.com SVG article is now available in Czech.
1999-Oct-19 A new beta of Mayura Draw, with improved SVG export, was released.
1999-Oct-14 An article by Michael Durwin of Shore.Net on SVG
1999-Oct-13 An article on XML Namespaces by Pankaj Kamthan includes examples which mix XHTML , MathML, and SVG.

An interview with Chris Lilley about SVG on Builder.Com discusses the features, benefits, implementation status and likely impact of SVG.

1999-Sep-22 Sketch, an illustration program for Unix-like systems ( Linux, Solaris, BSD, AIX, IRIX) by Bernhard Herzog has SVG import and export support in version 0.62. Sketch is written in Python.
1999-Sep-20 Takahashi Masahiro (高橋 雅博) released a new version of his SVG Viewer (Japanese documentation). Its 100% pure Java, uses Java 1.2, and supports both JPEG and PNG inline images (using com.sun.image.codec.jpeg of JDK 1.2 for JPEG, and JAI1.0 for PNG). Basic shapes, paths and text are implemented.
1999-Sep-18 Concordia University Computa£ional Mathematics Laboratory has a site devoted to SVG
1999-Sep-17 Mayura Draw 3.6beta now has SVG export support. Mayura Draw comes with some SVG samples exported from it:
1999-Sep-16 FOP, an XSL Formatting Objects to PDF converrter, now has a "tiny bit of SVG support" according to it's author, James Tauber. It generates XSL FO output, with embedded SVG, and renders this all to PDF taking advantage of the pluggable element handlers for rendering the SVG portion. See example PDF slides made from XM· source (including SVG) using XSL-T and FOP.
1999-Sep-14 A talk by Chris Lilley on SVG at XML World in Ottawa is now online. David Sims reports on this talks.
Slides require a CSS 1 enabled HTML browser for decent display, and the slides are optimised for 1024x768.
1999-Sep-14 A new version 0.71 CSIRO SVG Viewer is released.
1999-Sep-07 Mayura Draw will have SVG export support
1999-Sep-06 An article 'Doing It With SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), Part 1by Ken Sall, has a good introduction to SVG and includes reviews of IBM SVGView and CSIRO SVG viewer, hints on minimising SVG graphic size, and pointers to further information. We await Part 2!
1999-Sep-02 Sodipodi 0.11, described by it's author Lauris Kaplinski as "a toy" nevertheless can import and export SVG. It runs on Linux, uses Gnome, and comes with GPL'ed source.
1999-Aug-30 Corel announce the public beta of an SVG export filter for Corel Draw 9, at the Seybold SF publishing conference. They also anticipate having SVG import capability later on.
1999-Aug-30 SVG article on designer.com
1999-Aug-24 Version 0.2a of IBM SVGView is posted on alphaworks.
1999-Aug-17 Version 0.5 of the CSIRO SVG viewer is released.
1999-Aug-13 An article on SVG at webreview.com.

The sixth Working Draft of SVG goes to last call. Here is the list of changes from the fifth draft. Detailed review comments, both from users and implementors, are encouraged and should be sent to svg-comments@w3.org. Detailed discussion should continue to take place on the www-svg@w3.org mailing list.

1999-Aug-11 The Web 3D Consortium issued a press release to announce that they have joined W3C, that X3D will be part of the next generation ISO VRML 2002 standard and that they are working on X3D interoperability with XHTML, XML, SVG, DOM and SMIL.
1999-Jul-30 The IBM SVGView SVG viewer, written in Java 2, is posted on alphaworks. It uses the IBM XML4J parser.

The fifth Working Dra·t of SVG was released. Here is the list of changes from the fourth draft.

1999-Jul-29 An article SVG - What's in it for us? by Janus Boye is published on irt.org
1999-Jul-21 Dean Jackson of CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences announced an SVG Viewer in Java, with source. It uses the Sun XML parser.
1999-Jul-20 Gill adds inline image support, including full PNG transparency

The fourth Working Draft of SVG was released. See the list of changes from the third draft.


The third working draft of SVG was released. See the list of changes from the second draft.

1999-Jun-23 Raph Levien posted an essay on fonts in SVG which points out the importance of consistent rendering across implementations and the need for a single, dependable font format for SVG to use.
1999-Jun-21 A first version of Gill, the Gnome Illustration application is announced. The author of Gill, Raph Levien, says that it 'will eventually support all of SVG'. Gnome will work on any Unix platform.
1999-Jun-21 IBM demonstrate a prototype SVG Viewer, in Java 2, at Java One.
1999-Jun-05 An article on SVG in Mozillazine announces that Jeremy Lea has started an SVG project for Mozilla.
1999-May-14 Chris Lilley of W3C, Jon Ferraiolo of Adobe and Vincent Hardy of Sun gave SVG talks on developers day at the Eighth International Web Conference. Ken Sall wrote up a review for Web Developers Virtual Library which concluded SVG is a near term reality.
1999-May-10 A Java SVG renderer, with source, is first announced on the www-svg mailing list by Carmen Delessio of BlackDirt Software. It uses the IBM XML4J parser. A Windows Metafile to SVG converter, again in Java with source, is also announced.
1999-Apr-28 A technology preview implementation of an SVG renderer, by Adobe, is demonstrated to the public at the XML Europe 99 conference in Granada, Spain. (no, it isn't publically available yet)

A new SVG Working Draft was released. Here are the changes from the previous public draft.

1999-Mar-04 Webmonkey has a Sneak Peek at SVG written by Steve Mulder
1999-Feb-15 SVG news coverage:

An SVG page is added to the Yahoo! Graphics Formats entry

1999-Feb-12 SVG news coverage:

First public draft of SVG was released