LeechCraft milestone 0.4.85 "Co-tick" is just released!
This milestone is quite raw since it incorporates lots of changes and new features, but we couldn't help being in hurry to deliver all the new tasties, so some subtle bugs may manifest themselves suddenly, but don't hesitate reporting them to us!
The hottest news is that tabs have finally moved to the top of the window, so that the plugins toolbar is now under them, which is a bit more intuitive. Tabbar has been merged with main menu and quick launch area, so about 30 pixels of vertical space has been freed as well, and the interface now looks cleaner and more mature.
Here's the screenshot of the new interface:
Eagle-eyed one could notice three little title-less tabs in the left. Yes, the new tabs interface also supports pinning tabs, but the pinning state currently isn't saved between LeechCraft launches.
Unfortunately, Tab++ still doesn't work with the new tabs, but hopefully that would be fixed soon.
We've fixed two bugs in XMPP implementation, so XMPP protocol should be much more robust now, and things like PEP should really work everywhere, especially on ejabberd servers. Another important fix is for tooltips: we don't leak them anymore, so memory consumption growth should be much slower now.
We've added a bunch of new plugins, most of them for Azoth. Here's the list:
- Aggregator BodyFetch plugin for automatic fetching of full news bodies instead of short teasers. Segfaults sometimes, but is already usable.
- Azoth AdiumStyles for, well, support for Adium styles. It is still experimental and quite basic, but, nevertheless, already usable.
- Azoth Autoidler for automatic change of status due to inactivity period.
- Azoth LastSeen for client-side recording of contacts' last online and availability time. It doesn't depend on the concrete protocol implementation.
- Azoth Modnok for inline in-chat LaTeX rendering and display. It doesn't depend on the underlying protocol, and if the protocol supports rich text formatting in outgoing messages, it is able to replace the formulas with corresponding images in outgoing messages as well, so your buddies would see nice rendered formulas instead of raw LaTeX code, even if their client doesn't have a LaTeX formatter.
- Glance feature moved from the Core to a separate plugin.
- SecMan SecureStorage has been merged into master branch. This plugin provides an AES256-secured storage area for passwords and personal data.
- TabsList for showing the list of currently opened tabs and quickly selecting one of them.
Among changes in already existing plugins:
- Added full support for CAPTCHA-protected rooms in Azoth Xoox: no links should be clicked now to enter CAPTCHA.
- Implemented rich text formatting support in Azoth with the ability to format outgoing messages as well.
- Added support for XHTML-IM to Azoth Xoox.
- Added support for publishing geolocation information to Azoth.
- Azoth Xoox now also supports Geolocation.
- Azoth now exposes options to add MUC participants to the contact list if their ID is known. Quite a small and easy change, but quite handy.
- Improved rendering of history in Azoth ChatHistory, with saner nicks, for example.
- fb2 export dialog in Aggregator now allows to set custom book name and genres.
- Azoth now loads last few messages (amount is configurable) from the history when opening new chat.
- Enriched chat tabs with actions like the ones for viewing VCard and history in chat tab toolbar and emoticons chooser in message formatter bar.
- Added buttons for recommending and adding to bookmarks for posts and comments in Azoth p100q.
- ShellOpen now offers to open things by notification instead of a modal dialog. Less annoying.
Lots of bugs have been fixed, among them:
- A huge fix for entity caps in Azoth Xoox: now they are calculated correctly.
- Fixed spaces after some commands in Azoth p100q.
- Fixed status changes and status handling in Azoth.
- Fixes and kludges in fb2 export feature in Aggregator.
- Fixed quite a big memory leak in tabs tooltip handling.
- Fixed leaking toolbars in Azoth.
- Lots of bugfixes in Azoth Acetamide.
- Azoth HiLi doesn't check big message bodies for highlights now, otherwise Qt's regexp engine hang.
We've also begun working on features for next milestones, for example:
- Nice QML-based popup for tray notifications in the Advanced Notifications module.
- Metacontacts support.
- Foundation for PGP support in Azoth and Azoth Xoox.
More changes are covered in details in the corresponding development digests: #8 and #9.
And now some screenshots:
LaTeX formula with Modnok
An Adium style
Another Adium style
Packages for Ubuntu are in Launchpad queue to be compiled, Gentoo ebuilds are already available in the rion overlay, openSUSE, Fedora and Windows builds are coming.
There are still lots of interesting and tasty things to do, but this milestone gives a basic impression of what LeechCraft 0.5 would look like.
Please, leave your ideas, reports, questions and any other feedback.