As if in response to my previous post, Inkscape 0.46 is now available for download. This version includes some handy new features, including:
-PDF import and export. (However, recall from my previous post that PDF doesn't always play well with transparency or clipping)
-Ability to import Adobe Illustrator files from 9.0 and later.
-Dialog boxes that can be docked along the work area. The convenience of this will be most apparent for people who have used previous versions of Inkscape. No longer will you be cluttered with annoying windows that you have to move around to avoid obscuring your drawings!
-A new "paint bucket" tool, that creates new, color-filled objects that conform to the shape of an object you select.
So far, official release versions are available for OS X and Ubuntu Gutsy. Windows, Fedora, and other versions are supposed to be forthcoming (and interested users could certainly locate a pre-release version).