RELEASE LiveCode 6.5

Benjamin Beaumont ben at
Thu Nov 28 05:44:53 EST 2013

Hi All,

Thanks for the warm messages.

For those of you encountering issues can I encourage your to get bug
reports to us. The new maintenance cycle structure is designed so that we
can continue to work on a release long after the initial version and bring
refinements and improvements. Over the next week are so you can expect a
RC1 of 6.5.1 through which we'll be bringing fixes to bugs that people
report against yesterdays release.

As a motivation let me encourage you by explaining the work we've done this
- In LiveCode 6.5 we completely re-implemented the entire graphics layer as
part of our work towards supporting a raft of new features such as theme
drawing, custom controls, replaced video, browser.. in fact, most of the
roadmap ahead required a modern 2D drawing API.
- In LiveCode 7.0 which we've been working on for 9 months, we're
refactoring nearly every line of code in the engine to create a smaller
core platform with a much cleaner structure allowing for quicker extension
of the language. The result will provide all of us a team team and the
community as a whole with a more robust platform that can more easily be
extended. 2014 will be an exciting year as we are able to add more features
to the platform and so are community members.

There is a catch though. Big changes introduce a lot of bugs. We have an
automated system that we use to test our new engines at an API level.
However, because this is a development language, interactions are hugely
varied and complicated, which is sometimes beyond automated testing. This
is where we rely on you as our community to test stacks and feedback to us.
It's something we don't take for granted. We are hugely thankful to have a
community that cares about the product and it's only with your support that
we can make LiveCode a true success.

So, we encourage anyone who is interested and especially those in the
community who rely on the technology to test and feedback. In particular as
the RC stage. At this point we are saying that we deem the release to be
feature complete and are now just refining it for release.

Thanks again for your warm encouragements and support!



On 28 November 2013 04:57, J. Landman Gay <jacque at> wrote:

> On 11/27/13 6:31 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>  We all get busy, and it's been hard to focus on testing with so much
>> work to do.
>> But over time I've learned that if I don't test my apps with the current
>> test build, I'm likely to have to skip a version if I find anything.
> That's been my problem too lately. They did warn us that 6.5 was a major
> overhaul and we should test our stacks with it (and work on copies) because
> in particular the graphics engine was changed. I wanted to help but I've
> just been too busy to do much. Since I couldn't provide any feedback, I
> figure I can't complain if my pet glitch doesn't work.
> --
> Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
> HyperActive Software           |
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