Inkscape is a great vector drawing tool, and perhaps my favorite opensource app. One reason being that it is much more polished than most opensource applications (I’m looking at you Gimp and OpenOffice!) But one area that is noticeably lacking is its set of default palettes. In a word, they’re horrid. Of the 18 available, all but one or two are so specialized as to be useless to 99% of users.
I decided to do something about this on my system, so I started by moving the old palettes out of the way so the wouldn’t show up in the palette menu. On Mac, I did this by typing the following from the command line:
mv *.gpl old
With all that old junk out of the way, you can now google for gimp palettes (Inkscape uses the Gimp color palette format) to find custom palettes that suit your taste. I found Colorzilla to be a good starting point. Just download your favorite “gpl” files and place them in the ‘palettes’ directory, and then restart Inkscape.
BTW, It’s worth pointing out one of the annoying little characteristics of Inkscape is that it insists on adding a “X” (no color) chit to these palettes, which rotates all the colors by one column from where the palette creator intended them to be. I’ve accounted for this in my Kuler/ColourLover palettes, but expect other palettes to look a bit off. (As a workaround, you can edit the palette files to comment out the first color – not ideal, but may be preferable depending on the palette.)