In the past, KTextEditor notified the user about externally modified files with a modal dialog. Many users were annoyed by this behavior.
Starting with KDE Frameworks 5.27, KTextEditor will show an embedded widget for external changes, see:
The KTextEditor Framework just got a new features for the next KDE Frameworks 5.24 release: A Text Preview on the vertical scrollbar.
If enabled in the options, the KTextEditor now shows a preview of the text when the mouse hovers over the scrollbar. The feature is available both when the minimap is used and also when the standard scrollbar is used. The text preview is only visible when vertical scrolling is possible.
This feature is enabled by default, and is also automatically available in Kile and KDevelop, so we hope this is useful to you!
For developers, to ensure this feature is off, the ConfigInterface of the View can be used through the config key “scrollbar-preview” of type bool.
And in addition to the preview in the scrollbar, it is now also possible to have a preview for folded code: Hovering over folded code pops up a preview of the hidden lines. When clicked, the code folding opens.
These features got added during the KDE Randa sprint, where around 40 KDE developers focus on improving KDE software and bringing KDE software to other platforms such as Windows and Mac OS. You can support us by donating through the following banner: 🙂
With the next Applications 16.08 release, Kate5’s tabs will be movable with the mouse. This was a feature request for quite some time, which is now fixed.For the record, the animated gif was created with the following two commands:
ffmpeg -f alsa -f x11grab -r 30 -s 680x385 -i :0.0+0,0 -threads 0 output%04d.png
convert -delay 1/30 -loop 0 -layers OptimizeFrame -size 680x385 -fuzz 2% output*.png output.gif
Kate also supports a minimap of the text contents instead of a classical scrollbar. To enable it, just go to
Here at the Randa meeting, we just invested some time to bring this minimap more in line with the Breeze style. You can see the difference here: Note the scrollbar slider frame, the new version (right) is more distinct and in line with the rounded corners of the Breeze style.
Old Scrollbar Slider
New Scrollbar Slider