According to our release schedule, KDE SC 4.10.0 will be available to the public in early February 2013. Following Kate in KDE 4.7, Kate in KDE 4.8 and Kate in KDE 4.9, this blog post highlights what’s new in Kate in KDE 4.10.
- Kate Part got a unified notification system. It’s used in several places already, for instance for remote file loading, data recovery and Search & Replace information.
- Kate Part can now be configured to show a minimap of the document instead of a scrollbar. The minimap shows text in a miniature view and is useful for fast text navigation in the document. While the feature itself is stable, it may be changed and should be considered experimental. Feedback is welcome on our mailing list.
- Kate Part got several predefined color schemes. Feel free to contact us with improvements.
- Kate Part shows the current line while scrolling.
- Kate got an integrated Quick Open feature (ctrl+alt+o) for fast file navigation.
News in the Plugins World
- Kate’s Pate plugin now provides several new plugins by default, with Python 3 support.
- Kate gained a new and very powerful Project plugin with ctags code completion. It is tightly integrated with the Search & Replace plugin as well as the GDB Plugin and the Quick Open feature.
- Kate Search & Replace plugin gained find-as-you-type support.
- Kate Part’s remove trailing spaces feature is improved.
- Kate Part’s scripting API gained several new features (e.g. zen coding script). The API now is more fine grained, e.g. you now need to “require(“cursor.js”);” in order to have the Cursor API.
- a lot of other little improvements, see our bug tracker for a full list.
Most of the following work was done during the yearly KDE conference and especially the joint Kate/KDevelop meeting this October in Vienna. A massive bug database cleanup was performed mainly by Christoph, so we closed several hundreds of bug reports, where ~280 are really fixed. So we are down to a total of 400 reports (only 70 of these 400 reports are bugs), where we initially had > 800 open issues. This also is reflected in the Kate bug charts:
Thanks to all contributors to make yet another release rock! :-) And as always: We are happy for every contribution, so check out the Kate sources and send us patches! We hope you enjoy using Kate as much as we enjoy its development :-)