This release is very special, since it includes an important architectural change, Gio/Gvfs a replacement for GNOME-VFS. Many people have worked hard to bring us a new GNOME stable release with important architectural changes, without regressions and in a six months release cycle. It’s awesome!. Not so much time ago, we didn’t have support for some basic network protocols such as ftp, the connect to server dialog in nautilus hadn’t been ported to Gio/Gvfs as well as many of our core modules, computer:// and network:// weren’t implemented either, etc. There are too many heroes in this release. Thanks to everybody. I love the GNOME community and I’m really happy to be part of it.
There are also many improvements in Evince for this new GNOME release:
- Most of the annoying popups dialogs have been replaced by a message area in the view. Based on the gedit message area.
- Transition effects in presentations are now supported (Thanks Carlos!)
- Thanks to the Google Highly Open Participation Contest automatic and kinetic scrolling have been implemented
- Many many improvements and bug fixes in the PS backend thanks to the use of libspectre.
- Important performance improvements of speed and memory consumption
- Many other bugs fixed
The new season starts this weekend. I’m looking forward to watching the first race
It’s not a surprise that libspectre was thought to be used mainly (but not only) by evince and okular. I’ve just committed a patch to evince to use libspectre when it’s present, otherwise falling back to gs. I haven’t removed the old gs code because libspectre is still too new and it’s not yet shipped by distros.
There are many many advantages of using libspectre in evince, some of them:
- One of the most important advantages is probably that it’s noticeable faster.
- Postscript printing improvements: print as PDF, multiple copies (bug #443859), reverse and collate are now supported.
- Page labels
- PS specials support in dvi documents (bug #386005)
- Other bugs fixed: #317106, #499787, #501235, #421879, #445797, #486547
A new libspectre release 0.1.0 is now available.
This is the first public release of libspectre
What is libspectre
libspectre is a small library for rendering Postscript documents.
It provides a convenient easy to use API for handling and rendering Postscript documents.
libspectre is free software and is available to be redistributed and/or modified under the terms
of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2,
or (at your option) any later version.
More information about libspectre
Web site: http://libspectre.freedesktop.org/
The programming manual: http://libspectre.freedesktop.org/manual
Bug reports and feedback: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/ Product: libspectre
The full announcement is available here