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
Much more work is going on at the Randa spring currently held in Switzerland. Would be nice if you support us 😉
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
This change will be in the KDE Frameworks 5.24 release. If you want to support the KDE Randa developer meeting, please click on the banner 🙂
Right now, around 40 developers are working together on bringing KDE to other platforms in Randa (Switzerland) for an entire week.
So far, I just fixed some bugs, e.g.:
- Kate: Correctly restore view config of all split views (commit, bug, review)
- Kate: Sort Kate Session Menu alphabetically (commit, bug, review)
- Kate: Avoid hidden view spaces on start (commit, bug, review)
- Kate, KDevelop: Tab Switcher Plugin: Make sure the height fits all items (commit, bug)
Much more work is going on, especially also with bringing Kate to Mac OS, or making it work better on Windows. For instance, thanks to Kåre and David, renaming documents already works now, and soon the filesystem browser plugin will be available in the next Kate on Windows release 🙂
If you want to support us, please donate to help us keeping up these developer meetings.