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ANN: ViewIt 0.6
ANN: ViewIt 0.6
Wed, 24 Sep 2003 18:58:16 +0200 (CEST)
I have just uploaded a new version of ViewIt (0.6). The most important
(IMHO) new features are: Searching, Document Outline and a first alpha
version of a PDFImageRep. For a full list see below. The screenshots on
the ViewIt homepage have been updated been as well as the feature list.
Download ViewIt 0.6 from the ViewIt homepage:
(direct download: http://mac.wms-network.de/gnustep/viewit/ViewIt-0.6.tar.gz)
I hope you like the new release. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
New features since version 0.5:
* Searching in PDF Documents. To search for a text fragment choose
'Find Panel' from the Find Menu (or press Command-f). To find the
next occurence press Find Next in this panel or Command-g. Currently
only forward searching is supported. When the end of the document is
reached the search is continued at the beginning.
* Outline for PDF Documents. If a PDF provides an outline (index) this
outline can be displayed and used for navigation by selecting 'Document
Outline' from the Display menu. Double-clicking an item will take you to
the corresponding page.
* Papersizes Panel. The page layout parameters can now be accessed via
a (very simple) page layout panel. This panel is available through
the Format menu. Fabien Vallon is currently working on a better panel
with more features (like choosing the display unit). When it is finished
i will intergrate it in ViewIt.
* Hide/show toolbar. The toolbar visibility can be toggled by choosing
'Toggle Toolbar Visibility' from the Display menu or by pressing
Command-t. New windows will show the toolbar by default. If you want
to change this, you can set the default value ToolbarVisible to NO
(defaults write ViewIt ToolbarVisible NO). Maybe i will integrate
this in the preferences panel.
* Simple Bookmarking. A new simple bookmark mechanism allows you to
keep track of where you are (or where you have been before). You can
mark the current position in a document by choosing 'set Bookmark' from
the Display menu (or by pressing Command+B). To jump back to the last
bookmark choose 'go to last Bookmark' from the Display menu or press
Command+j. I use this feature when reading a document and i want
to read something that is 'two pages' before my current position
without loosing this position.
* Keyboard Navigation. The display area can be scrolled by using the
Arrow and PageUp/Down keys. When the end of a page is reached, pressing
PageDown will show the top of the next page. Vice versa, pressing
PageUp at the top of a page will show the end of the previous page.
* Display Menu. All functions that are accessible via the toolbar (plus
a few other) are available through the new Display menu. Most of them
have Keyboard shortcuts assigned.
* Last but not least: a first alpha version of a PDFImageRep. This can
be used instead of Ghostscript to render PDF Content. To make ViewIt
using PDFImageRep instead of Ghostscript, you have to activate the
corresponding setting in the Preferences/Experimental Tab. However,
do not expect too much. Nearly everything needs to be improved: fonts,
text encoding, speed, .... Note that images are currently not displayed.
My current biggest problem is to use embedded fonts but i will (try to)
discuss this in a separate thread.
Note that the Pagelayout panel is currently only available when
ghostscript is used.
For a complete list of changes have a look at the CHANGES file in the
I will now concentrate on continuing PDFImageRep (and some other things
like Postscript support for ViewIt). Once it is finished think i will
release it as a separate library or bundle.
Stefan Kleine Stegemann
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