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[gef-dev] GEF 3.1RC3, GEF Release Review, and a note about advanced graphics usage


Hello, GEF stakeholders.  A few announcements for today.

First of all, GEF 3.1RC3 is out.  From here on out, we'll only be fixing critical bugs.  GEF 3.1 is on schedule to come out at the end of this week.

The GEF Release Review is scheduled for this Thursday (23rd June) at 1500 UTC (11 am EDT).  Please visit http://www.eclipse.org/org/processes/index.html for the whats and whys.  You can access the conference call for this review at the following numbers:
613.287.8000 OR 866.362.7064
passcode: 874551#


We know there's quite a bit of interest in the community about making use of some of the new, advanced graphics features added to SWT (anti-aliasing and such).  We thought it appropriate to let you know of some of the implications we've discovered of using the advanced features.  Usage of advanced graphics requires the presence of GDI+ on Windows, Cairo on Linux, etc.  SWT has now started including these libraries in their plugins, althought there are some problems with it on Linux which should be fixed in the final release (https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=90926).  Performance of non-advanced features usually takes a hit when turning advanced features on (in some cases, as much as 5-8 times).  We've also observed rendering differences (for instance, as shown here: https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=95410 ) when advanced graphics is turned on.  Mirroring of the workbench on Windows doesn't work well with GDI+ either.  We encourage you all to consider all aspects before making the move to the advanced functionality and to test and profile your plug-ins thoroughly afterwards.

Pratik Shah
Graphical Editing Framework (GEF)
http://www.eclipse.org/gef
Ph: (919) 254-5043
Fx: (919) 254-8169