[ANN] Release 9.0.0 DP-11

J. Landman Gay jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Fri Dec 22 10:47:05 EST 2017

Amazing, fabulous! There's something for everyone in there and this really 
is a marvelous gift. Thank you so much team, you're the best.

An Android toast to you all!

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com

On December 22, 2017 8:33:43 AM panagiotis merakos via use-livecode 
<use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:

> Dear list members,
> We are pleased to announce the release of LiveCode 9.0.0 DP-11.
> Developer Preview Release
> =========================
> Warning: this is not a stable release.  Please ensure that you back up your
> stacks before testing them.
> Getting the Release
> ===================
> You can get the release at https://downloads.livecode.com/livecode/ or via
> the automatic updater.
> Release Contents
> ================
> LiveCode 9.0.0 DP-11 comes with more than 40 bugfixes. Moreover, more than
> 90 bugfixes that were fixed in LiveCode 8.1.x and 8.2.x, are now merged
> into LiveCode 9.0.0 DP-11.
> In addition, LiveCode 9.0.0 DP-11 includes several amazing new features:
> - Great progress on Obj-C FFI: support for dynamic instance binding,
> dynamic property binding and delegate support is added. With LCB, you can
> easily wrap an API of your choice and use it from LiveCode Script. For
> example, see the code in http://quality.livecode.com/show_bug.cgi?id=20733,
> which wraps NSUserNotification, used to send a notification.
> - Target folder variant of the detailed files and the detailed folders: The
> files() and folders() function now have a second optional argument,
> allowing “detailed” to be specified.
> - Image Object SVG support: Include high quality SVG images at a very small
> cost on the standalone size
> - HTML5 windowing: This allows tooltips, dialogs, and pop-up menus to work
> within the HTML5 engine. This also allows multiple stacks to be opened on
> the HTML5 page.
> - Windows cameraControl enhancements: Support to the windows camera control
> for exposure, focus and white balance mode properties has been added.
> - Data Grid 2 visual / interactive elements: datagrid edit mode swipe
> actions / drag reordering
> - New LCB syntax: added support for "the architecture", "trigger all" and
> access to system error
> - Android AAR support: Add support for AAR files as extension dependencies
> - Android manifest merging: An android manifest merging mechanism has been
> added to the android standalone builder. This enables manifests to be
> included in extension jvm-android code folders which are then merged into
> the main
> manifest at build time.
> - Android Toast Notification Library
> - Extension code library support: Extensions can now include compiled
> libraries on which they depend.
> - New Native Map Widget for Android, iOS and Mac 64 bit (Indy+)
> - New Signature Widget for all platforms (Indy+)
> - New SecureKey Library for Android, iOS and Mac (Business): The SecureKey
> library provides a way to encrypt data with a private key which is held
> securely on the device and tied to the application owning it.
> - New Media Foundation External (Business): A new external has been
> implemented to allow transcoding and basic editing of videos on Windows.
> The external supports Windows 8.1+.
> - Browser Widget now works again in 64 bit Linux
> - Browser Widget now works in 32 bit Linux as well :)
> Last, but not least, LC 9.0.0 DP-11 includes a new version of our prebuilt
> OpenSSL library, new versions of tsNet and mergExt* externals, as well as
> support for the latest version of Xcode (9.2).
> For more details on this release, read Ali's exciting blogpost:
> https://livecode.com/livecode-9-the-final-preview/
> Important Note: The shortcuts for Autocomplete have changed, since they
> were conflicting with existing shortcuts in some platforms. So, now:
> - The F1 key (or Fn+F1 in some keyboards) is now used for presenting
> autocomplete when the user has the live autocomplete preference off. If the
> completions pane is already presented, the F1 key will launch the
> dictionary if the chosen completion is documented.
> - The tab key is now used to apply the completion, or to move to the next
> placeholder.
> Known issues
> ================
> - The Browser widget's native layer is not shown in some Linux distros with
> Cinnamon window manager.
> - DataGrid swipe (and drag-reorder) actions seem to interfere with the
> scroller on Android, requiring an additional swipe (and drag-reorder)
> action to make it work. This will be fixed in next release.
> - You might not be able to run HTML5 standalones locally using the most
> recent version of Safari or Chrome (Firefox is OK). This is due to those
> browsers now prohibiting cross-origin-requests. To test out standalones
> locally using these browser, we suggest using a local HTTP server as
> described in the HTML5 deployment guide. However, this will not be a
> problem if you use the new HTML5 deployment library, which does this for
> you: You just have to choose one of the installed browsers (click on the
> "Development -> Test Target" menu item), and then click on the "Test"
> button.
> - Although the Mac MapKit API is supported from OS X 10.9 onwards, Apple
> restricts use of the API on 10.9 and 10.10 to apps which are distributed
> from the Mac AppStore with an appropriate entitlement. Due to this, general
> use of the Map widget only supports OS X 10.11 onwards.
> - Setting the text of an image to a SVG file *dynamically* in a
> *standalone* does not work on Windows. Probably a path-related issue, which
> will be fixed in the next release. It does work in the IDE, as well as in
> standalones for the other desktop platforms.
> - In the release notes, the SecureKey library, as well as the Script
> Profiler library, are in the section "LiveCode Indy Extension changes".
> This is incorrect, as these features are only available in the Business
> edition.
> The full release notes are available from:
> http://downloads.livecode.com/livecode/9_0_0/LiveCodeNotes-9_0_0_dp_11.pdf
> Feedback
> ========
> Please report any bugs encountered on our BugZilla at
> http://quality.livecode.com/
> We have a forum available for discussing LiveCode Builder at
> http://forums.livecode.com/viewforum.php?f=93
> Have fun!
> The LiveCode Team
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