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If I try to draw a grid in Inkscape, there are two different options:

  1. Extra -> Render -> Grid
  2. Extra -> Render -> Kartesian Grid

But both of them use pixel-metric(?).

Is it possible to use other metrics (e.g. millimeter).

As a workaround, I converted pixel->millimeter, but it didn't work. There is always an odd scale factor in the conversion :-(.

Do you have any solution?

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What Inkscape version are you using? I have Inkscape 0.48.4 r9939 (Jan 5 2014) and I don't find any "Extra" menu... However you're right, there's no option to set such metrics in those extensions. I would suggest to do your grid by hand... – acidrums4 Feb 23 '14 at 12:31

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Sadly, Extension > Render > Grids > Grid... does only take pixels as the measurement.

So I am pretty sure conversion is the way to do it. I find the easiest, most accurate way to do conversion calculations for inkscape is to do it in inkscape.

Use the rectangle tool to draw a rectangle on canvas, then in the tools control bar for the rectangle tool, change the units to mm, and set the rectangle to the value you need (in the picture below, i set it to 5mm square)

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Now, simply change the units back to px, and you the width and height should have been converted to the pixel value:

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I prefer to use Inkscape's built-in document grid option.

Press Shift+Ctrl+D or navigate to FileDocument PropertiesGrids

Select Rectangular Grid and hit the New button.

You can then edit the properties (and units) of the created grid in the same dialog.

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I actually want to have a rendered grid which can be used for further drawings or in in the print out. This grid is only a visual reference. Of course one can use this to create a cm-wise grid, but that's alot of work :). – Tik0 Aug 25 at 11:29

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