The 0.46 release is going to be really feature-packed. One of the simple, yet highly useful changes that has been implemented is that now gradients can be edited on canvas, rather than forcing you to use the Gradient Editor. I have done a little screencast of how easy gradient editing is now, (or will be when version 0.46 comes out…)

Check out the notes about the changes to the gradient tool on the Inkscape Wiki

if the video is not embedded, click here. (goes to blog post)

or download the files:
.avi (xvid) | .ogg (theora)

also, the i have uploaded the finished gradient to openclipart.org

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