Newly designed gtk.org now up and running!

Originally, the website for http://www.gtk.org was going to be updated in line with the release for GTK+ 3.0 but there were a few set backs and more review needed. Finally, it’s up and running thanks to a lot of help from Devin Samarin and comments from the GTK+ community.

We have more plans to improve things on the website such as business support around GTK+ which is not really obvious enough on the current website. As part of the updates to the new website, we now list more recently established maintainers of the toolkit (seen on the Development page).

GTK+ 3.0 Released

GTK+ 3.0 is a major new version of GTK+, containing far too many changes to list them all here.

The major highlights include:

  • Cairo drawing throughout. GDK no longer wraps the antiquated X11 drawing API; we’ve made a clean break and exclusively rely on cairo for all our drawing needs now. This has also enabled us to remove several other X11-centric concepts such as GCs, colormaps and pixmaps.
  • Modern input device handling. The input device handling in GDK has long been a sadly neglected area. This has changed; with 3.0, GTK+ steps into the modern world of XI2 with full support for multiple pointers, keyboards and other gizmos.
  • A new theming API which sports a familiar CSS syntax for theme configuration and other improvements such as animated state transitions.
  • More flexible geometry management, with support for height-for-width, for both widgets and cell renderers.
  • Multiple backend support for GDK. With GTK+ 2.x, you had to recompile your application to have it work with a different GDK backend. In GTK+ 3, multiple GDK backends can be built into a single library and selected at runtime.
  • Easy application support. With the integration of D-Bus support in GIO, we could finally add a GtkApplication class that handles a lot of the platform integration aspects of writing an application, such as keeping track of open Windows, ensuring uniqueness, exporting actions, etc.
  • Of course, there’s some new widgets as well, such as a switch and an application chooser.

GTK+ is the work of hundreds of contributors, far too many to list them all here. But I want to take the time to thank some people who contributed in a major way:

  • Carlos Garnacho (Lanedo), for his work on XI2 support and the new theme system
  • Benjamin Otte (Red Hat), for his work on GDK and cairo drawing
  • Tristan Van Berkom (Openismus), for his work on geometry management
  • Colin Walters (Red Hat), for his work on GtkApplication
  • Ryan Lortie (Codethink), for his work on dconf, GSettings and GtkApplication
  • Javier Jardón, for tireless code, build and documentation cleanup

GTK+ 2.20 Released

GTK+ 2.20 adds new functionality while maintaining source and binary compatibility with GTK+ 2.18. Highlights of new features and improvements in GTK+ 2.20 are:

Noteworthy changes:

  • GtkSpinner, GtkCellRendererSpinner – A new widget that renders a ‘spinner’ animation to indicate ongoing activity. The corresponding cell renderer renders the same animation inside a treeview
  • GtkOffscreenWindow – A new toplevel container widget to manage offscreen rendering of child widgets
  • GtkNotebook – You can now show ‘action widgets’ in the space that is not occupied by tabs. This functionality is also available in GtkBuilder via the ‘action-start’ and ‘action-end’ child types.
  • Filechooser – GtkFileSystemModel has been reimplemented, for major speedup and simplifications.
  • Keyboard handling – The compose sequences understood by the builtin input method have been synced with X.org, and the additional sequences have been rationalized
  • Mnemonic underlines – Can now optionally be hidden until the Alt key is pressed, this can be turned on with the gtk-auto-mnemonics setting
  • Keyboard accelerators – The Super, Meta and Hyper modifiers are working more reliably
  • GDK – There is a new function to get the ‘primary’ monitor in multi-monitor setups: gdk_screen_get_primary_monitory.
  • gdk-pixbuf – Embedded color profiles in png and tiff images can be stored and retrieved. Support for the QTIF image format has been added
  • Win32 – XP themes have been disabled since they don’t work
  • OS X – GTK+ uses standard Mac keyboard shortcuts (Cmd-X/Cmd-C instead of Ctrl-X/Ctrl-C, etc). The handling of multi-monitor setups has been greatly improved
  • Introspection support – Introspection data is now included in GTK+ itself. As a consequence, a dependency on gobject-introspection has been added
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GLib 2.24.0 released

GLib 2.22 is a stable release adding an incremental improvement in functionality over GLib 2.20 while maintaining binary and source compatibility. Major changes include:

  • The requirements for g_thread_init() have been relaxed slightly, it can be called multiple times, and does not have to be the first call. GObject now links to GThread and threads are enabled automatically when g_type_init() is called. Thread-safety issuesvwith boxed types in GObject have been fixed. The -pthread flag has been added to all gmodule .pc files, because it is not generally permissible to load modules that are linked against libpthread if the program has not been compiled with threading support.
  • GType now has a G_DEFINE_INTERFACE convenience macro
  • GIO supports lazy loading of GIO modules, and there is a new gio-querymodule utility that goes along with this. Packagers will need to adapt to this.
  • GIO uses splice(2) to transfer data between file descriptors without extraneous copies.
  • The GVariant variant datatype has been added.
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GTK+ 2.18 stable release

GTK+ 2.18 adds new functionality while maintaining source and binary compatibility with GTK+ 2.16. Highlights of new features and improvements in GTK+ 2.18 are:

GtkInfoBar
A new widget to show a transient ‘message area’ inside a content pane. The API is similar to GtkDialog and supports theming for different message types (warnings, errors, etc)

GtkBuilder

  • Scale marks can be specified in builder markup
  • GtkAssistant action widgets can be added in builder markup

GtkLabel
GtkLabel can show embedded URLs, much like SexyUrlLabe

GtkEntry
GtkEntry has been refactored to follow the model-view pattern, with GtkEntryBuffer as model. One intended use case for this is to support ‘secure memory’ for password entries

File chooser

  • Backup files are hidden by default
  • GTK+ remembers the sorting state of the file list
  • File sizes are shown by default
  • The ‘Create Folder’ button can be disabled with the the ::create-folders property

Printing support

  • GTK+ supports authentication against CUPS servers
  • A backend for the PAPI printing system has been added
  • The file and lpr backends can print multiple pages per sheet
  • The file backend can produce svg files
  • GTK+ supports printing an application-defined ‘selection’ in addition to the usual page ranges
  • The print dialog can optinally include the page setup controls, avoiding the need for a separate page setup dialog in many situations

Theming support

  • The bullet character used in invisible entries can be set by themes with the ::invisible-char style property
  • The file chooser can show different icons for xdg user dirs. The icon names are folder-documents, folder-download, folder-music, folder-pictures, folder-publicshare, folder-templates and folder-video
  • The GtkInfoBar uses symbolic colors for theming its background color depending on the message type. The color names are info_fg_color, info_bg_color, warning_fg_color”, warning_bg_color, etc.

GDK changes
GDK has been rewritten to use ‘client-side windows’. This means that GDK maintains its own window hierarchy and only uses X windows where it is necessary or explicitly requested. Some of the benefits of this change are

  • Reduced flicker
  • The ability to do transformed and animated rendering of widgets
  • Easier embedding of GTK+ widgets, e.g. into Clutter scene graphs
  • See gdk-demo for some simple examples of client-side windows in action. See the documentation for information about possible problems when moving to client-side windows.

For more details and lists of fixed bugs, see the
announcements for the 2.17.x development releases: 2.17.0, 2.17.1, 2.17.2, 2.17.3, 2.17.4, 2.17.5, 2.17.6, 2.17.8, 2.17.9, 2.17.10, 2.17.11

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GLib 2.22 Stable Release

GLib 2.22 is a stable release adding an incremental improvement in functionality over GLib 2.20 while maintaining binary and source compatibility.

Major new features include:

  • GArray, GPtrArray, GByteArray, GTree and GMappedFile can be reference counted.
  • GLib can be forced to reload the XDG user directory mapping.
  • The GLib mainloop supports per-thread default contexts.
  • GIO now provides types and methods for IP addresses and UNIX domain socket addresses.
  • GResolver provides asynchronous and cancellable APIs for resolving hostnames, reverse lookup of IP addresses and resolving SRV records.
  • Support for network IO has been added to GIO, including low-level socket API and high-level API for network connections and services.
  • GIOStream and its subclasses have gained support for read-write access.
  • GIO supports starting and stopping of drives, which can be used in connection with external hard disk enclosures, disk arrays, iSCSI devices, etc.
  • GIO supports user interaction during unmount and eject operations.
  • GIO can store and retrieve per-file metadata.

For more details and lists of fixed bugs, see the announcements of the 2.21.x development releases: 2.21.0, 2.21.1, 2.21.2, 2.21.3, 2.21.4, 2.21.5 and 2.21.6

GTK+ 2.17.8 unstable release

This is a development release leading up to GTK+ 2.18.

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.17.7

  • Client-side windows
    • – various fixes to expose handlings
    • fix memory leaks
  • Minor API additions

    • New setter as part of the GSEAL effort: gtk_widget_set_allocation

11 bugs fixed in this release!

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GTK 2.17.6 unstable release

This is a development release leading up to GTK+ 2.18.

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.17.5

  • Client-side windows:
    • Several optimizations, such as client-side tracking of viewable windows
    • Clipping for drawing pixbufs on windows has been fixed
    • Rendering to large subwindows has been fixed
  • Changes that are relevant for translators:
    • Markup has been removed from several strings

12 bugs fixed in this release!

See the original announcement for more info and downloads.

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GTK+ 2.16.5 stable release

This is a bug fix release in the stable 2.16 series.

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.16.4

  • Fix a side-effect introduced by the fix for bug 586330 that caused all stock buttons to loose their mnemonics.

4 bugs fixed in this release!

See the original announcement for more info and downloads.

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GTK+ 2.17.5 unstable release

This is a development release leading up to GTK+ 2.18.

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.17.4

  • Client-side windows: Quite a few fixes have happened for the win32 and directfb backends
  • GSEAL: Accessors have been added for sealed members in GtkCellRenderer and GtkWidget
  • Changes that are relevant for distributors: The jpeg2000 pixbuf loader is now optional. Pass –with-libjasper to configure to build it

13 bugs fixed in this release!

See the original announcement for more info and downloads.

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