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Plover 4.0.0.dev12

Plover is going through a huge overhaul to make for a better experience for our users, and developers, too.

Warning: Version 4 is a major change and the configuration file it creates is not compatible with Plover 3 or earlier. Please backup your plover.cfg

Installation Guide

Read the Installation Guide to see which file you need to download.

Features

User Interface

  • Show detailed information about each available serial port in the machine configuration dialog. (#1510)
  • Add support for styling the Qt GUI: automatically load and apply a custom stylesheet from plover.qss (in the configuration directory) when present. (#1514)
  • Capture and log Qt messages. (#1534)
  • Change the paper tape / suggestions widget selection mode to "extended" (allow selecting multiple items, support shift/control), and allow copying the current selection to clipboard using the standard copy shortcut. (#1539)

Linux

  • Use /dev/serial/by-id/xxxx links for each available serial port in the machine configuration dialog. (#1510)

Bugfixes

Core

  • Fix possible exception when calling Engine.clear_translator_state(undo=True). (#1547)

User Interface

  • Fix "add translation" dialog "Ok" button not being enabled when the strokes field is automatically populated from the latest untranslate. (#1527)
  • Fix {PLOVER:ADD_TRANSLATION} implementation when using the headless GUI (-g none). (#1546)

Linux

  • Fix fallback to Qt if the D-Bus log handler cannot be initialized. (#1545)

Windows

  • Fix some key combinations being sent incorrectly. (#1274)

API

Breaking Changes

  • Drop support for Python 3.6. (#1538)

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Plover 4.0.0.dev12

Plover is going through a huge overhaul to make for a better experience for our users, and developers, too.

Warning: Version 4 is a major change and the configuration file it creates is not compatible with Plover 3 or earlier. Please backup your plover.cfg

Installation Guide

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Features

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Bugfixes

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API

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v4.0.0.dev11

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Plover 4.0.0.dev11

Plover is going through a huge overhaul to make for a better experience for our users, and developers, too.

Warning: Version 4 is a major change and the configuration file it creates is not compatible with Plover 3 or earlier. Please backup your plover.cfg

Installation Guide

Read the Installation Guide to see which file you need to download.

Features

Core

  • Switch to plover_stroke for better steno handling: faster and stricter. (#1362, #1417, #1452)
  • New faster and improved RTF/CRE parser. (#1364, #1365)
  • Correctly handle formatting currency with thousands separator(s): 23,000.15{:retro_currency:$c} => $23,000.15. (#1391)
  • Improve “English stenotype” system compatibility with RTF/CRE spec: support arbitrary placement of the number sign when parsing steno (e.g. 18#, #18, and 1#8 are all valid and equivalent). (#1491)
  • Improve translation stage: cut down on unnecessary / duplicate dictionary lookups. (#1513)

User Interface

  • Improve accessibility:
    • Disable tab-key navigation in tables, so focusing a table does not lock global tab-key navigation to it.
    • Remove some container widgets, tweak focus rules to avoid extra unnecessary steps when using tab-key navigation (like selecting the dictionaries widget outer frame).
    • In form layouts, link each widget to its label (like each option in the configuration dialog).
    • Set the accessible name / description of focusable widgets.
    • Use lists for the dictionaries widget, suggestions widget, and the paper tape. (#1308, #1332, #1434, #1451)
  • Show a message when hiding to tray. (#1333)
  • Improved steno handling:
    • validate inputs in the "add translation" dialog and dictionary editor
    • sort on steno order in the dictionary editor, and signal invalid steno entries (#1362, #1501)

Linux

  • Improve D-Bus logger implementation. (#1496)
  • Add WM_CLASS property to windows (WM_CLASS(STRING) = "plover", "Plover"). (#1498)

Bugfixes

Core

  • New reworked RTF/CRE support:
    • correctly handle multi-lines mappings
    • detect syntax errors (with recovery)
    • use \n\n for new paragraphs (instead of non-undoable {#Return}{#Returns})
    • similarly, use \t and \n for \tab and \line
    • correctly escape {}\ on save
    • use custom ignored groups for Plover macros and metas
    • use groups to improve round-tripping affixes (so there's no ambiguity when parsing back, e.g. {^in^}fix -> {\cxds in \cxds}fix instead of \cxds in\cxds fix) (#1364, #1365)
  • Fixed a memory leak on reloading externally modified dictionaries. (#1375)
  • Do not discard existing filters on dictionaries reload. (#1388)
  • Fix engine's running state: make sure the translator' state is empty when enabling output for the first time. (#1504)
  • Fix exit handlers not getting always executed. (#1507)
  • Fix StenoDictionaryCollection.longest_key implementation: ignore disabled dictionaries! (#1512)

Dictionaries

  • Fix KHR*PB stroke to not be misinterpreted as a command. (#1463)

User Interface

  • Speedup dictionary editor startup (avoid duplicate sort). (#1351)
  • Updated Spanish translation. (#1420)
  • Updated French translation. (#1422)
  • Speedup suggestions widget implementation: should noticeably improve performance when there's a large scrollback. (#1481)

Windows

  • Drop launch option from installer's final page: avoid possible issues (e.g. permission errors with the controller's pipe) because Plover was run as admin. (#1495)
  • Fix notifications behavior: no persistent duplicated icons (one for each notification). (#1507, #1508)

API

Breaking Changes

  • The custom test command implementation provided by plover_build_utils.setup.Test has been removed:
    • support for it on setuptools' side has been deprecated since version 41.5.0
    • the custom handling of arguments conflicts with the use of some pytest options (e.g. -m MARKEXPR)
    • the workaround for pytest cache handling is not necessary anymore (#1332)
  • The steno helpers (Stroke class, normalize_stroke, …) now raise a ValueError exception in case of invalid steno. (#1362, #1501)
  • The support for StenoDictionary and StenoDictionaryCollection longest key callbacks is gone, use the longest_key properties instead. (#1375)

v4.0.0.dev10

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Plover 4.0.0.dev10

Plover is going through a huge overhaul to make for a better experience for our users, and developers, too.

Warning: Version 4 is a major change and the configuration file it creates is not compatible with Plover 3 or earlier. Please backup your plover.cfg

Installation Guide

Read the Installation Guide to see which file you need to download.

Features

Core

  • Change behavior when launching Plover and an existing instance is already running: send a focus command to the existing instance (to show, raise, and focus the main window). Additionally, a new plover_send_command executable/script can be used to send other commands. (#1284)
  • Add FreeBSD/OpenBSD support. (#1306)

Linux

  • The oldest Ubuntu LTS release supported by the AppImage is now Ubuntu Bionic (18.04). (#1329)

Bugfixes

Core

  • Fix 2 corner cases when handling dictionaries:
    • If the class implementation is marked as read-only, then loading from a writable file should still result in a read-only dictionary.
    • Don't allow clear on a read-only dictionary. (#1302)
  • Don't try to start missing extensions. (#1313)

User Interface

  • Correctly restore a window if it was minimized: fix the focus command, and activating a tool window. (#1314)

API

Breaking Changes

  • The Engine constructor now takes an additional parameter: the controller. (#1284)

New

  • Add some new helpers to plover_build_utils.testing:
    • dictionary_test: torture tests for dictionary implementations.
    • make_dict: create a temporary dictionary.
    • parametrize: parametrize helper for tracking test data source line numbers. (#1302)

v4.0.0.dev9

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Plover 4.0.0.dev9

Plover is going through a huge overhaul to make for a better experience for our users, and developers, too.

Warning: Version 4 is a major change and the configuration file it creates is not compatible with Plover 3 or earlier. Please backup your plover.cfg

Installation Guide

Read the Installation Guide to see which file you need to download.

Features

Core

  • A new SET_CONFIG command can be used to change the configuration with a stroke, e.g.:
    "O*EP": "{PLOVER:SET_CONFIG:'translation_frame_opacity':100}",
    "TR*PB": "{PLOVER:SET_CONFIG:'translation_frame_opacity':0}",
    to change the opacity of the "Add Translation" dialog on the fly. (#989)
  • Speed up loading dictionaries. (#1022)
  • Be more restrictive with macro names: only accept valid identifier, so for example == is not handled like a macro anymore. (#1025)
  • Ignore case when processing builtin commands / metas. (#1069)
  • Add user friendly names for built-in metas, e.g.: {:retro_case:cap_first_word}, {:retro_currency:$c}, {:attach:attach^}, etc... (#1069)
  • Improve orthography rules. (#1092, #1212)
  • The configuration is now automatically saved on change, rather than on exit. (#1123)
  • Add prefix strokes (syntax /STROKE) that will only translate if they are at the beginning of a word. Word endings can be specified with {:word_end} or {$}. (#1157)
  • Add support for conditional formatting (based on the text following a translation): {=REGEXP/TRANSLATION_IF_FOLLOWING_TEXT_MATCH/TRANSLATION_IF_NOT} or {:if_next_matches:REGEXP/TRANSLATION_IF_FOLLOWING_TEXT_MATCH/TRANSLATION_IF_NOT}. (#1158)

User Interface

  • Add menu entry for opening the configuration directory ("File" => "Open config folder"). (#981)
  • Automatically focus the input field and pre-select the previous input when the lookup window is activated. (#1009)
  • Improve the configuration dialog for serial machines: automatically scan available ports and default to the first one. (#1036)
  • The "Add translation" stroke lookup now returns entries for all enabled dictionaries and is debounced to improve performance. (#1084)
  • Added translation into Spanish. (#1165)
  • A new command, {PLOVER:SUGGESTIONS}, is available to open the suggestions window with a steno stroke. (#1184)
  • Add support for saving dictionaries:
    • save a copy of each selected dictionary
    • merge the selected dictionaries into a new one
    • both operations support converting to another format (#1244)
  • Added translation into Dutch. (#1264)
  • Added Italian translation. (#1268)

Linux

  • The distribution Python is now built with optimization. (#1068)
  • Expand the list of supported key names in key combos to include non-US specific keys (like ISO_Level3_Shift). (#1082)
  • The default configuration directory on Linux is now ~/.config/plover (~/.local/share/plover is still supported for backward compatibility). (#1123)

macOS

  • The minimum version supported by the macOS bundle is now 10.13 (High Sierra). (#1156)

Windows

  • The distribution is now 64bits. (#1023)

Bugfixes

Core

  • Fix retrospective insert space macro when the previous translation involved suffix keys. (#995)
  • Fix updating a dictionary mapping: ensure reverse lookups data stays consistent. (#1022)
  • Fix keymap validation: properly fallback to default keymap when invalid. (#1065)
  • Fix lookups by translation: do not ignore lower priority dictionaries when a match is found in a higher priority one. (#1066)
  • Fix wordlist support for system plugins: try loading from the system dictionaries root (and not Plover assets directory). (#1116)
  • Configuration save operations are now atomic. (#1123)
  • Fix forced lowercasing of all engine command arguments. (#1139)
  • Fix implicit hyphen handling with numbers only strokes on some theories (e.g. Melani). (#1159)
  • Fix unbounded memory use in the lookup functions used by the Suggestions window. (#1188)

Dictionaries

  • Fix a number of invalid entries in the main dictionary. (#1038)
  • Tweak orthographic rules so "reduce/{^ability}" result in "reducibility" instead of "reducability". (#1096)

User Interface

  • Fix a possible crash on close when opening a read-only dictionary in the editor. (#897)
  • Fix possible crash when changing machine parameters in the configuration dialog. (#1041)
  • Fix internationalization of machine types in the configuration dialog. (#1061)
  • Fix tools shortcuts. (#1062)
  • Fix crashes due to GUI exceptions reaching the event loop. (#1135)
  • Fix an exception caused by an incorrect assertion that would prevent enabling and disabling extension plugins if they weren't on the first row. (#1171)
  • Fix changes to the list of enabled extension plugins not being saved to the configuration file. (#1230)
  • Fix missing translations. (#1248)

Linux

  • Fix output capitalization issue. (#1153)
  • Fix a race condition that may freeze Plover while toggling with keyboard input machine. (#1163)

macOS

  • Fix an issue where permissions had to be granted to "env" on macOS Catalina 10.15. (#1152)
  • Mac notifications no longer have "Plover" as their title. (#1271)

Windows

  • Fix Unicode characters output. (#991)
  • Fix installer's icon. (#1027)

API

Breaking Changes

  • StenoDictionaryCollection.casereverse_lookup now returns a set (instead of a list). (#1066)
  • The API for providing i18n support as been changed: see doc/i18n.md for more information. (#1258)

New

  • plover_build_utils.setup now provides a new babel_options helper for configuring Babel for i18n support. (#1258)

weekly-v4.0.0.dev8+66.g685bd33

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Plover weekly-v4.0.0.dev8+66.g685bd33

Plover is going through a huge overhaul to make for a better experience for our users, and developers, too.

Warning: Version 4 is a major change and the configuration file it creates is not compatible with Plover 3 or earlier. Please backup your plover.cfg

Changes

  • Windows: fix C++ Redistributable DLL error (#957)
  • Windows: fix emoji output (#942)
  • Mac: fix portable mode (#932)
  • Main Dictionary updates:
    1. use AOE instead of E for prefix "e" (#951)
    2. update from issue 400 (#960)
  • Fix issues when output is set to "Spaces After" (#965)
  • Tooltips added for dictionary status icons (#962)

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Plover v4.0.0.dev8+8.ge062cda6

Plover is going through a huge overhaul to make for a better experience for our users, and developers, too.

Warning: Version 4 is a major change and the configuration file it creates is not compatible with Plover 3 or earlier. Please backup your plover.cfg

Changes

  • disable serial flow control settings when not applicable (this was known to cause weird issues when changed from default)
  • the paper tape now has improved support for non-Latin keys
  • the log files encoding is now always set to UTF-8 (so Unicode in translations is properly handled)
  • configuration changes by plugins are now fully validated before being applied
  • improve support for installing plugins from source
  • when running from a distribution, Plover can be started with --no-user-plugins to disable user plugins: the distribution default embedded plugins will still be available, so the plugins manager can be used to update/remove a problematic plugin
  • [Linux] fix crash when using a Microsoft keyboard
  • [Linux] fix crash when the window manager does not support the NETWM protocol (with commands like {PLOVER:ADD_TRANSLATION})

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Plover v4.0.0.dev6+5.ga5641165

This is a patch-fix for weekly-v4.0.0.dev6, as that release's Suggestions tool caused Plover to crash

Plover is going through a huge overhaul to make for a better experience for our users, and developers, too.

Warning: Version 4 is a major change and the configuration file it creates is not compatible with Plover 3 or earlier. Please backup your plover.cfg


Features

  • New plugin types:
    • Macros

      Macros will allow for custom functionality at the stroke level. Existing features such as repeat last stroke, toggle asterisk, and asterisk (undo) have been reimplemented as macros.

      With this release, you can map other chords to "undo" by using the translation =undo.

      You can still use the old syntax for macros, but there are new, easier-to-recall versions available:

      • {*}: =retrospective_toggle_asterisk
      • {*!}: =retrospective_delete_space
      • {*?}: =retrospective_insert_space
      • {*+}: =repeat_last_stroke
    • Metas

      Metas are plugins that affect output -- you've used them in the form of delete space, capitalize next word, etc.

      With custom metas we could potentially introduce plugins for audio-file timestamp output, asterisk-undoable pasting, spelling-correction, text case transformation, and so much more.

Fixes

  • Fix trailing space issue in spaces-after; #851
  • Fix display of \n and \t in the Add Translation dialog; #854
  • Improve stability of Gemini PR protocol; #846
  • Improve stability of ProCAT protocol; #601
  • Reduce CPU usage of Passport protocol
  • Fix several formatting issues especially related to retrospective uppercasing and capitalization; #836, #837

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Plover v4.0.0.dev6

Release contained a bug which caused the suggestions tool to crash Plover. This release has been reissued as Plover v4.0.0.dev6+5.ga5641165

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Plover v4.0.0.dev5+23.g773ba288

Plover is going through a huge overhaul to make for a better experience for our users, and developers, too.

Warning: Version 4 is a major change and the configuration file it creates is not compatible with Plover 3 or earlier. Please backup your plover.cfg


Last week we introduced the first weekly with the plugins manager, a tool built into Plover that lets you get new features and widgets for Plover.

Thanks to our users, we were able to find and fix a bunch of bugs.

Fixes

  • fix crash when Add Translation dialog would try to write to an errored dictionary
  • automatically set QT tool window names
  • fix a crash when the plugins manager was opened without an internet connection
  • Windows: fix possible crash caused by a dll
  • Mac: prevent Plover from hanging when quitting

Installation Guide

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