[ANNOUNCE] Sucrose 0.83.4 Development Release

Simon Schampijer simon at schampijer.de
Wed Jan 21 13:28:28 EST 2009

Dear Sugar Community,

Since, this date is Feature, API and String freeze everyone was busy 
getting their features in.

 From a user point of view we want to highlight the following:

=== Naming alert on journal entry creation ===
The journal's search and browsing capabilities are less useful if all 
entries are named the same regardless of their actual content or
meaning to the user. That is why an alert has been added that encourage 
the user to set the title and other properties, like available in the 
journal detail view, of a newly created journal entry. This alert is 
only shown on the creation of a new journal entry, not on resume.

=== Display recent activities in the home view ===
In order to make easier to continue past work, the home view will 
display recent entries in the activity palettes.

You can decide if you want the activity icons to represent the last 
journal entry with a new setting in the favourites view palette:

=== Journal ===
Tomeu Vizoso has been doing a wonderful work of bringing the journal 
implementation closer to it's design.The Object chooser can now be 
filtered by data type.

A favourite filter has been added to the journal toolbar to give a 
better way of marking entries as 'important'. More regression fixes went 
into the support of removable devices after moving from maintaining an 
index file on the device to the use of POSIX calls.

=== New ColorToolButton Widget ===
Benjamin Berg added a new ColorToolButton widget. It is already in use 
in the Write activity to select a colour for the text.

=== Control Panel===
The 'About my XO' section has been renamed to 'About my Computer' to 
reflect the use of Sugar on non-XO hardware. Morgan Collett added the 
possibility to change the jabber server without restarting Sugar.

=== Autoconnect to Access Point ===
NetworkManager does autoconnect on Sugar startup to the last Access 
Point you were connected successfully to.

=== Logout Option ===
Sayamindu Dasgupta added a logout option to the xomenu. Eben Eliason 
added the accessibility of the xomenu to the groups and mesh view and to 
the friends tray in the frame.

=== New Logic for the devices positions ===
The logic to position the frame devices has been reworked. Plug in your 
devices and try it out.
  [500 external devices eg. USB drive]
  [400 3rd party devices eg. speech]
  [300 transient connection devices eg. AP]
  [200 transient devices eg. camera]
  [100 static devices eg. battery]

=== Table of Content Support in Read  ===
The Read activity now shows the Table of Content for PDF files which 
support this feature. This eases navigation of large PDF files considerably.

=== Acknowledgment ===
A big thanks goes to all the translators, that are working so hard to 
make Sugar a terrific localized environment and the infrastructure team 
that provides our members with tools and services to make their live easier.

Thanks everyone for your great contributions!

You can find more details and screenshots at
[1] http://sugarlabs.org/go/DevelopmentTeam/Release/Releases/Sucrose/0.83.4

The Sucrose Release Schedule can be found here
[2] http://sugarlabs.org/go/DevelopmentTeam/Release/Roadmap#Schedule

In behalf of the sugar community,
    Your Release Team


== Glucose news ==

=== sugar-toolkit ===
* separate debug settings from xsession {{Bug|163}}
* show an alert on activity close for suggesting the user to set 
properties of the entry {{Bug|215}}
* add a colorpicker to Sugar, only the ColorToolButton is public for now
* move the palette to new style gobject properties
* {{OlpcBug|3060}} Add the possibility of filtering the object chooser 
by data type
* fix uninstallling of activities that use symlinks {{Bug|171}}
* remove the hacks for asking the X server for screenshots and use 
gtk.Widget.get_snapshot() instead

=== sugar ===
* make the journal entries in the favorites palette resumable
* simplify the constants used to identify favorite layouts
* separate debug settings from xsession {{Bug|163}}
* add logout option {{Bug|207}} to xomenu (sayamindu, icon by eben)
* change jabber server without sugar restart {{Bug|142}}
* About my XO -> About my Computer
* {{Bug|196}} Fix setting the timezone in debian
* autoconnect to AP that we connected to last {{Bug|8}}
* add a favorites mode setting for deciding if the favorites view 
resumes by default or not
* resume by default the last activity from the favorites view
* implement filtering by file type for removable devices
* {{Bug|132}} Filter by timestamp, not by mtime
* add support for text queries on removable devices
* dont abort if we cannot read a file from a removable device
* add a favorite filter to the journal toolbar
* sanitize the file name when we copy to removable devices
* {{Bug|36}} Refresh the detailed view when the entry changes
* {{Bug|38}} Refresh full metadata when editing so we dont lose properties
* Focus Search is not exposed via dbus anymore {{Bug|89}}
* {{Bug|131}} 'open with' does not work for clipboard item
* {{Bug|165}} Install bundles when they get into the journal
* add Resume item to the file transfer palette
* {{Bug|126}} Fix erase button in the journal
* following eben's spec for the device positions

=== sugar-base ===
* Don't print logs to tty instead of shell.log in the emulator
* Trivial port to GIO instead of GnomeVFS

=== sugar-presence-service ===
* {{Bug|142}} Restart a server-based collaboration session / switch 
servers on the fly

=== sugar-datastore ===
* {{Bug|181}} Replace deprecated os.popen by subprocess
* {{Bug|140}} Crash when joining a shared Read

=== sugar-artwork ===
* add activity-journal icon to artwork
* add system-logout icon (part of {{Bug|207}})
* add everything needed for the colorpicker. That is a small icon and a 
bit in the gtkrc.
* fix triangular arrows by looking at the parent_bg_color option
* add icons for object transfers

=== etoys ===
* offer full authoring-tools menu to all users
* make Anthy based Japanese input work
* add About flap on start screen
* enable screen scaling a bit more eagerly
* include icons for mimetypes

== Fructose news ==

=== calculate ===
* Support 'real' scientific notation {{OlpcBug|4250}}
* Add switching between exponential/scientific notation
* Allow changing of number of displayed digits
* Change cursor on equations to Hand {{OlpcBug|6612}}
* Fix fall-through of unhandled CTRL keys (eg CTRL+Q)
* Add recursion detection
* Fixed error-handling bug

=== read ===
* {{OlpcBug|7343}} Enable a horizontal scroll bar
* {{OlpcBug|2837}} Implement TOC navigation in Read (sayamindu)
* {{Bug|145}} Prevent object chooser appearing when joining a shared session

=== browse ===
* use cjson instead of json (nirbheek)
* new translations

=== chat ===
* use cjson instead of simple-json (nirbheek)
* Updated translations: he, en_US, sv

=== write ===
* Make use of the ColorToolButton that benzea landed in sugar-toolkit
* {{OlpcBug|3060}} Filter object chooser so it shows only images
* {{OlpcBug|8972}} Save to OpenDocument if we cannot export in the 
original format

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