GTK+: GTK+ 2.18 stable release

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http://blogs.gnome.org – GTK+ 2.18 adds new functionality while maintaining source and binary compatibility with GTK+ 2.16. Highlights of new features and improvements in GTK+ 2.18 are: GtkInfoBar A new widget to show a transient ‘message area’ inside a content pane. The API is similar to GtkDialog and supports theming for different message types (warnings, errors, etc) GtkBuilder Scale marks can be specified in builder markup GtkAssistant action widgets can be added in builder markup GtkLabel GtkLabel can show embedded URLs, much like SexyUrlLabe GtkEntry GtkEntry has been refactored to follow the model-view pattern, with GtkEntryBuffer as model. One intended use case for this is to support ’secure memory’ for password entries File chooser Backup files are hidden by default GTK+ remembers the sorting state of the file list File sizes are shown by default The ‘Create Folder’ button can be disabled with the the ::create-folders property Printing support GTK+ supports authentication against CUPS servers A backend for the PAPI printing system has been added The file and lpr backends can print multiple pages per sheet The file backend can produce svg files GTK+ supports printing an application-defined ’selection’ in addition to the usual page ranges The print dialog can optinally include the page setup controls, avoiding the need for a separate page setup dialog in many situations Theming support The bullet character used in invisible entries can be set by themes with the ::invisible-char style property The file chooser can show different icons for xdg user dirs. The icon names are folder-documents, folder-download, folder-music, folder-pictures, folder-publicshare, folder-templates and folder-video The GtkInfoBar uses symbolic colors for theming its background color depending on the message type. The color names are info_fg_color, info_bg_color, warning_fg_color”, warning_bg_color, etc. GDK changes GDK has been rewritten to use ‘client-side windows’. This means that GDK maintains its own window hierarchy and only uses X windows where it is necessary or explicitly requested. Some of the benefits of this change are Reduced flicker The ability to do transformed and animated rendering of widgets Easier embedding of GTK+ widgets, e.g. into Clutter scene graphs See gdk-demo for some simple examples of client-side windows in action. See the documentation for information about possible problems when moving to client-side windows. For more details and lists of fixed bugs, see the announcements for the 2.17.x development releases: 2.17.0, 2.17.1, 2.17.2, 2.17.3, 2.17.4, 2.17.5, 2.17.6, 2.17.8, 2.17.9, 2.17.10, 2.17.11 (Software)