Here are some of the more noteworthy things available in milestone build M3 (November 1, 2013) which is now available for download.
|GTK+ 3 used by default||
SWT and Eclipse will now use the GTK+ 3 libraries by default on all Linux/Unix platforms,
whenever GTK+ 3 is installed and available. Previously SWT defaulted to using GTK+ 2.
The GTK+ 3 port of SWT is still early access and you can force Eclipse to use the more stable GTK+2 port by setting the environment variable SWT_GTK3 to 0, if needed. (For example: export SWT_GTK3=0)
|Added new API in StyledText to get text selection state||
|Filter conflicting projects during import||
When importing existing projects, you can now filter out any
conflicting projects (projects that are already present in your workspace).
|Updated to Batik 1.7||The Platform now includes a newer version of Apache Batik, version 1.7.0. This new version is being used for CSS parsing in the declarative styling engine, and is notably faster than the previous version.|
|Annotation support in API Tools||
API Tools now provides support for using annotations to describe your API usage. Prior to the new annotation support you would have, for example,
To make the transition from Javadoc tags to the new annotation support, API Tools provides a conversion wizard that is found
using the Plug-in Tools > Convert API Tools Javadoc tags... command for a selected project. The wizard can convert all existing Javadoc tags to their annotation
equivalent, update the
|Updated target platform state in the status bar||In 4.4 M2 you could add the target platform indicator to the status bar allowing easy access to the preferences to customize it. Now this indicator has been updated to show problems with the target platform (if any). The state of the target platform is immediately apparent based on its icon / decoration and any problems are added to the tooltip.|
|Equinox OSGi framework update||
The Equinox Framework implementation has been updated to implement the latest
API available for the upcoming OSGi R6 Core Framework specification
(to be finalized in March 2014). See
Equinox M2 News
for the complete list. The following had some additional functionality added since M2:
|Equinox Regions update||The Equinox Regions has added a new namespace for sharing bundle lifecycle operations between regions. In previous versions of Equinox regions the only way to share bundle lifecycle operations across different regions was to share complete bundles which also shared all capabilities provided by the bundle. Now it is possible to use the org.eclipse.equinox.allow.bundle.lifecycle namespace to share only the bundle lifecycle operations between different regions. (see bug 418224)|
The above features are just the ones that are new since the previous milestone build. Summaries for earlier Luna milestone builds: