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
613.287.8000 OR 866.362.7064
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.