Here it goes, Kate5 running on Windows:This is an early version of Kate5 on Windows. It runs just fine but has some glitches, such as the
white lines between selected text lines, or wrong margins in the search&replace bar, or showing a ‘+1’ in the top right corner, although all documents are visible.
Update: After installing oxygen-icons and switching the font to Consolas (what Visual Studio uses), the glitches above are gone. Here is an updated screenshot:
So essentially it works, and if all goes well, we hope to provide a good text editor experience with Kate5 on Windows in the next year(s). To this end, we are currently discussing having a joint Kate/KDevelop/Windows developer sprint early next year.
You can support this also by donating to the End of Year 2014 fundraiser. Thanks!
Since some weeks, the Kate homepage features a way to support Kate and KDE by donating money to the KDE e.V., see this screenshot:
The reason for showing a donation pane might not be obvious, since the KDE project is open source and mostly developed by lots of contributors in their free time. So why do we need money?
The KDE project, and thus also the Kate project, highly depends on getting financial support. For instance, our IT infrastructure running the KDE websites and all sorts of services such as mailing lists or hosting KDE’s source code along with the version control systems rely on it. All these services need money. And here is where the KDE e.V., KDE’s non-profit organization comes into play. KDE e.V.’s purpose is the promotion and distribution of free desktop software in terms of free software, and KDE in particular, to promote the free exchange of knowledge and equality of opportunity in accessing software as well as education, science and research.
For instance, the KDE e.V. supports developers through travel reimbursement, such that contributors that could otherwise not attend developer meetings are still able to take part. These developer meetings have proven to be immensely useful to the success of KDE, and typically a developer sprint moves a project forward by magnitues, as you can see in the list of past developer meetings. Next to that, there is also the annual KDE conference where all KDE contributors and users are invited to discuss and shape the future of KDE. Next to other events, KDE is usually also present at fairs such as the CeBit or LinuxTag. There, we also need material and support to make a good presentation of KDE. Another significant job of KDE e.V. is to support KDE legally. For instance, the KDE e.V. is maintaining an agreement with the owners of Qt in terms of the KDE Free Qt Foundation, which potentially is also of high interest for companies using Qt.
Several days ago we also started the KDE End of Year 2014 Fundraiser, through which we hope to get a significant amount of money that we can plan with in the next year.
Please, if you use KDE at home or in your company, please make a donation. And if you are a company, please consider being generous! Your support is much more needed and appreciated than you might think! Thanks you!
Since KDE SC 4.10, Kate ships with the Projects plugin. This plugin provides an automatically generated structured list of files belonging to a project. Currently, in Kate 5, the Projects plugin looks like this:
What’s new in the Project plugin in Kate 5 since some weeks is an auto-loading feature. In 4.x times you needed to create a .kateproject file that was then read by the Projects plugin to populate the listview. This still works in Kate 5, of course. But if a .kateproject file does not exists, you can now still read the file list from the version control system. To this end, auto-loading for the respective version control system needs to be enabled in the settings (enabled by default):
We hope this is useful to you 🙂
The yearly KDE conference Akademy just ended, so it’s time to look at what changed in the holy Kate in the Frameworks 5 land.
- silent reload of document: Switching a git branch, Kate always pops up a dialog asking whether to reload the document. With this patch, if the document is version controlled by git, the git hash of the file computed and then it’s checked whether the file exists in git. If so, the file is reloaded without asking you. This should be very handy for developers using git! Thanks to Sven Brauch for this idea!
- new highlighting unit testing infrastructure
- several new syntax highlighting files
- cursor down in the last line in the document moves the cursor to the end of the line, same for the cursor up behavior, after just 8 years a bugzilla wish becomes true 😉
- properly load/save the search & replace history
- fix kateversion tags in all our >200 highlighting files, thanks to Martin Walch
- as always: lots of improvements to the vi input mode
- use native dialogs on all platforms, including OS X, Windows
- split view: action to toggle splitter orientation
- the toolbar is by default turned off (see screenshot), resulting in a very cleaned up interface. You can turn it on in the Settings menu.
- new document switcher plugin (see screenshot) through Ctrl+Tab, providing quick access to the most recently used documents (similar to Alt+Tab in kwin), based on KDevelops code
- improvements to the tab bar
- revive, cleanup and improve the text snippet plugin by Sven Brauch
- projects plugin: autoload project even if no .kateproject is found (configurable to not clash with the auto-generated cmake .kateproject file), implemented by Michal Humpula
- the Plasma 5 applet to start a Kate session is back, thanks to the work of Josef Wenninger
A big thanks to the organizers of this year’s Akademy, and a big thanks to all our sponsors and supporting members. The location was amazing and the venue allowed us all to have a very productive week! Looking forward to next year! 🙂