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= Drafts of upcoming News articles =
 
= Drafts of upcoming News articles =
  
=== RKWard 0.6.4 - Usability improvements, fixes, and preparation for porting to KDE frameworks version 5 ===
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=== RKWard 0.6.5 - Much improved preview functionality, and more ===
''20 December 2015''
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''02 April 2016''
  
Shortly before the end of the year, a new version of RKWard is available for [[Download_RKWard|download]]. While the list of changes looks relatively short this time, beyond the usual fixes, with the help of usability expert Jan Dittrich, we have addressed some long standing potential for confusion in several important parts of RKWard's user interface.
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Today, we are pleased to announce that again, a new version of RKWard is available for [[Download_RKWard|download]]. This new release fixes some compilation problems with the upcoming R 3.3.0. However, it is much more than a "hot fix" release. The most notable area of improvements have been previews: In addition to the time-tested plot previews, many RKWard plugins now provide previews of imported data, or results. Also, we have once again fixed various usability issues in this, and other areas (details below).
  
Among the changes that do not quite show in our ChangeLog, we continue receiving more and more translations from the [http://l10n.kde.org KDE language teams]. Also we are working to finish our move to KDE.org. Importantly, we now track new issues on the KDE bugtracking system (see [[Bugs]])). A [https://files.kde.org/rkward/R/pckg/rkwarddev/NEWS.html lot of work] went into the [https://github.com/rkward-community/rkwarddev rkwarddev package] to make the plugin generating code much more intuitive. In particular, see the [http://api.kde.org/doc/rkwardplugins/rkdev_example.html#rkdev_jscode documentation on the new ''js()'' function].
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Meanwhile work continues on porting RKWard to version 5 ("frameworks") of the KDE libraries. The curious will find some first experimental binaries on our [[Release Schedule]] page.
 
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Finally, already looking ahead to forthcoming releases, we are making [https://mail.kde.org/pipermail/rkward-devel/2015-November/004338.html good progress] on porting RKWard to the more modular, more modern version 5 of the KDE libraries (aka KF5).
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As usual, please don't be shy of [[Contact|contacting]] us with your feedback, suggestions, and contributions!
 
As usual, please don't be shy of [[Contact|contacting]] us with your feedback, suggestions, and contributions!
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====The changes in detail:====
 
====The changes in detail:====
 
* New features and improvements
 
* New features and improvements
** Plugins check for correct object type, in more places, but allow to proceed with questionable object selections
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** Add option to override CSS file used for the output window
** Switch to bugs.kde.org as primary issue tracker
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** Added context menu option to search for information on current symbol online
** Workspace browser gains functionality to search / filter objects by name, making it easy to find objects, quickly
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** Provide better status feedback when searching / filtering among installable packages
** Separate globalenv() and other environments in the search path more clearly in workspace browser
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** Add access to basic menu items for docked previews
** Complete rework of <optionset> UI for better usability
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** Move preview controls to the button-column of dialogs
** Some usability refinements to "Import CSV" plugin
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** Add preview to Sort data-, Subset data, and Recode categorical data-plugins
** Disabled the "Import Data"-dialog, as it was considered too confusing. The individual importers are still available from the menu, separately.
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** Add preview to Power Analysis plugin
** For multi-item varslots and valueslots, use separate buttons for adding / removing items
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** Add support for adding "htmlwidget"- and "gvis"-class objects to the output window via rk.print()
** Don't show (useless) index number in mutli-value varslots and valueslots
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** Add plugins for importing Excel files (.xls and .xlsx, Perl- and Java-based)
** Make the option to disable / enable editing more visible (in the data editor's toolbar)
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** Add ability to extract <matrix> values row-wise in plugins
** Add context menu to HTML viewer window, including the ability to open links in a new window
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** Add convenience JS-function "makeOption()" for use in plugins
** Remove dependency on KHTMLPart
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** Add previews for CSV, SPSS, and Stata import plugins
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** Allow previews for data, (HTML) output, and custom types of previews
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** Allow previews to be docked to the dialog window, and dock them, by default
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** Implicitly save code preview visibility and size (instead of the former explicit settings)
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** data.frame objects outside of globalenv() can be opened read-only in an editor window
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** Show a warning screen when invoking plugins from the command line (or from clicking an rkward://-link in an external application)
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** Use package type option "binary" from R 3.1.3 onwards, for automatic selection of the appropriate binary package
  
 
* Fixes
 
* Fixes
** Fixed: Plugin variable slots taking more than one object would not be highlighted in red while invalid
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** When manually adding pluginmaps, load these after, not before other pluginmaps, by default
** Fixed: RKWard package repository would be listed twice on fresh installations
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** Fixed: Wizard plugins would be too small, initially
** Fix some minor toolbar glitches
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** Fixed: Help Search was not longer working correctly with R 3.2.x
** Try harder to honor system locale settings
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** Fix compilation with R 3.3.x
** Remove obsolete "Export tabular data" plugin (superceded by "Export Table / CSV")
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** Fixed: Numerical (display) precision setting was not honored in data editor
** Do not invoke symbol name completion while in the middle (not end) of a word
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** Fix several window activation quirks in "Focus follows mouse" mode
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** File selectors in "Import XYZ" plugins now filter for standard file extensions, by default
  
 
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Latest revision as of 14:55, 30 March 2016

[edit] Drafts of upcoming News articles

[edit] RKWard 0.6.5 - Much improved preview functionality, and more

02 April 2016

Today, we are pleased to announce that again, a new version of RKWard is available for download. This new release fixes some compilation problems with the upcoming R 3.3.0. However, it is much more than a "hot fix" release. The most notable area of improvements have been previews: In addition to the time-tested plot previews, many RKWard plugins now provide previews of imported data, or results. Also, we have once again fixed various usability issues in this, and other areas (details below).

Meanwhile work continues on porting RKWard to version 5 ("frameworks") of the KDE libraries. The curious will find some first experimental binaries on our Release Schedule page.

As usual, please don't be shy of contacting us with your feedback, suggestions, and contributions!

[edit] The changes in detail:

  • New features and improvements
    • Add option to override CSS file used for the output window
    • Added context menu option to search for information on current symbol online
    • Provide better status feedback when searching / filtering among installable packages
    • Add access to basic menu items for docked previews
    • Move preview controls to the button-column of dialogs
    • Add preview to Sort data-, Subset data, and Recode categorical data-plugins
    • Add preview to Power Analysis plugin
    • Add support for adding "htmlwidget"- and "gvis"-class objects to the output window via rk.print()
    • Add plugins for importing Excel files (.xls and .xlsx, Perl- and Java-based)
    • Add ability to extract <matrix> values row-wise in plugins
    • Add convenience JS-function "makeOption()" for use in plugins
    • Add previews for CSV, SPSS, and Stata import plugins
    • Allow previews for data, (HTML) output, and custom types of previews
    • Allow previews to be docked to the dialog window, and dock them, by default
    • Implicitly save code preview visibility and size (instead of the former explicit settings)
    • data.frame objects outside of globalenv() can be opened read-only in an editor window
    • Show a warning screen when invoking plugins from the command line (or from clicking an rkward://-link in an external application)
    • Use package type option "binary" from R 3.1.3 onwards, for automatic selection of the appropriate binary package
  • Fixes
    • When manually adding pluginmaps, load these after, not before other pluginmaps, by default
    • Fixed: Wizard plugins would be too small, initially
    • Fixed: Help Search was not longer working correctly with R 3.2.x
    • Fix compilation with R 3.3.x
    • Fixed: Numerical (display) precision setting was not honored in data editor
    • Fix several window activation quirks in "Focus follows mouse" mode
    • File selectors in "Import XYZ" plugins now filter for standard file extensions, by default

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