After too much time, we finally have a nice, good-looking icon :)
I would like to thank all the people that gave help for this new icon: their ideas, suggestions and improvements have been extremely valuable.
Now, some pictures about the evolution of the logo:
This was the first icon (2010). Please don’t say a word.
Luckily, the first icon has not been around for long. This was the second icon for Notepadqq.
The third version has some improvements (made with Federico), but maintains the same style. The paper has been enlarged, a corner has been folded, and the pencil is now shorter.
And finally we have the current version. The style has been completely revisited thanks to the help of Sara, Diego and Federico.
And this is an early draft of the new icon (by Sara). Enjoy!
Support for extensions is finally ready!
You can already find a preliminary API reference and a tutorial on how to write an extension.
But remember: It’s still an alpha feature! A lot of methods are missing in the API, so suggestions about methods you need are welcome (here).
The focus of the next Notepadqq version has been the “Search In Files” feature. Here are some screenshots from the development version:
The main window after searching in files. The “Find result” area is detachable, or can be docked to any side of the window.
Since Notepaddqq 0.39.0, there have been some noticeable things we’ve been working on.
Language hints have been introduced: you can now hit Ctrl + Space to open a contextual menu with suggestions from your current code and your current language:
And if you’re editing a plain text file, you can still get suggestions for all the words contained within the document.
But the main focus of this release was on proper single-instance behavior. When you right-click a file in your file manager, and you choose to open it with Notepadqq, it will be attached to the last used window, if it exists.
In addition, a lot of improvements were made to the Debian package. For example, on some distributions Qt can’t detect the correct system gtk style. On those distributions, you can force Qt to use gtk by installing the new notepadqq-gtk package.
This is a video showing some basic features of Notepadqq 0.30.3 (you can get it from the ppa).
As you can see, the performance of this build is comparable to that of the qscintilla version. But there’s still room for improvements.
Right now, Notepadqq is using CodeMirror 4.5. QtWebView is behaving well, and the switch to QtWebEngine could at least be delayed. We’ll see as soon as Qt 5.4 comes out.
A prebuilt Notepadqq package (experimental codemirror version) is available at https://sourceforge.net/projects/notepadqq/files/
I’ve just pushed a new branch on GitHub: https://github.com/notepadqq/notepadqq/tree/codemirror. It’s an experimental notepadqq build based on CodeMirror instead of QScintilla. CodeMirror is an highly active project, and it could be a good thing to use something like that as our engine.
If we’ll be able to maintain high code performance and a seamless integration of CodeMirror with the C++ part, it isn’t excluded that CodeMirror could become the primary engine of notepadqq. Almost nothing should change from a user perspective, except a whole bunch of new features.
A screenshot of the experimental build, as it looks right now.
Notepadqq needs developers. You may have noticed that the development is going veeery slooow: this is because I can’t do it alone anymore.
Getting started is really easy. All the development stuff is centralized github, the code is Qt (C++) and everything is straightforward.
You can code new features, translate, fix small bugs, fix huge bugs, write docs, and a lot of things. If you’re interested please let me know in the comments, and I will write some new articles explaining how to get started step by step.