Okay, I’m just starting my testing run on this, and I have to fork the original repository and upload the new completely enhanced sources. I’ll probably rename the extension, too, to properly distinguish it, but for now, here’s the work in progress that is apparently functioning as intended already.
NK_chain_paths.zip (4.4 KB)
This is an Inkscape plugin derived from Juergen Weigert’s “chain paths” extension that he wrote in a week back in 2015. Extracting the two files into your Inkscape extensions directory gives you a new “Chain Paths…” menu option under the “Modify Path” section of the “Extensions” menu, and the extension automatically finds adjacent path segment ends and links them together. My contribution is making it handle groups and transforms, ignore non-paths, and also close paths that loop back to their beginning.
Like I said, I’m not done testing and tweaking it, but since it takes unclosed paths and unlinked segments and basically magically connects them all in one shot (where able), it seemed like something that I should share early and perhaps get some bug reports and feedback from any interested parties.
(I already tried it on the bottle opener and one of my terrain model trail pathmaps, and it took that entire workload and turned it into a click!)