After three months of development work and only one day behind the set schedule
we are proud to announce the release of version 1.9 of EFL, Elementary, Evas
Generic Loaders and Emotion Generic Players.
Even if we had only three months a lot has happened during the 1.9 release cycle.
We only cover some highlights here for the full list please look at the NEWS files
if you are interested in the details. As usual we have been working on fixing bugs,
optimizing our code for speed and memory footprint and adding new features.
Below we describe just some highlights and by no means provide a full list.
New accessibility features based on AT-SPI2 interfaces enabling Elementary support for AT-SPI clients (e.g. Orca Screen Reader).
AT-SPI support currently includes:
- registering an application,
- building an application's widget tree,
- implementations for the Accessible and Component AT-SPI interfaces.
For AT-SPI2 specification see
The Evas filters are a combination of filters used to apply specific effects to an
Evas Object. For the moment, these effects are specific to the Text Objects.
The filters can be applied to an object using a simple script language
specifically designed for these effects. Commands of these script language
include blend, blur, grow, displace, transform and more.
A long due port from the GStreamer 0.10 API to 1.0 has happened in our
emotion library. This port implements some missing features, clean up
code a bit and fix some bugs on the way. Some highlighted changes:
- Use GstVideoInfo to store the format details inside the sink
- Add support for pixel-aspect-ratio
- Store video format information in GstVideoInfo for the different video streams
- Use GstAudioInfo to store the audio format information
- Implement initial support for GstNavigation interface
- Implement setting of audio/video channel
A lot development time was spent on optimizing the evas text handling.
Speed as well as memory improvements combined with many bug fixes to
make the code more correct and handle corner cases. We also added
support for 4bit and rel 4 bit compressed font glyphs as well as the long awaited
font fallback for eet/edje and non-fontconfig queried fonts, fixing international
text in Terminology.
Ecore_x gained support for the XPresent extension of X.org.
The upcoming Enlightenment 0.19 release will make first use of this.
Another area with a lot of ongoing work was edje edit. From API additions
over bug fixes and general improvements a lot was done here. Edje edit
can be seen as some foundation work for graphical edc/edj editors. It is
needed to access and change the theme files. We hope to build upon that
to provide better tooling for efl development later.
During this release cycle efl received 783 commits with 598 files
changed, 33338 line insertions and 11352 line deletions.
During this release cycle elementary received 576 commits with
637 files changed 29482 line insertions and 13469 line deletions.
- Emotion in efl now needs GStreamer 1.x (Evas generic loaders still need Gstreamer 0.10 - sorry for this we hope to fix that at some point)
- EFL now needs luajit by default. If you want to stay with lua 5.1 or 5.2 you can use --enable-lua-old during configure.
If you have an existing EFL or Elementary install, you may wish to delete its header files and libraries before compiling and installing to avoid possible conflicts during compilation. If you are compiling the above, please compile them in the following order:
Please refer to the respective README files in each release for a full list of dependencies, explanations on configure flags and other relevant information (Just scroll down to see the README already displayed nicely).
Emotion Generic Players
Evas Generic Loaders
Recommended dependencies are for all of the above are:
gstreamer (1.x) (ensure you have all the gstreamer codecs you need/want. Evas generic loaders still need gstreamer 0.10)
luajit (optional lua 5.1 or 5.2)
libxi (2.2 or newer)
libgl (opengl/glx or opengl-es2/egl)
util-linux (limbount + libblkid)
systemd / libudev
It is suggested you add the following options when building EFL to get a better experience:
On linux to get framebuffer support you may want to also do:
If you want wayland support also add:
At runtime if you want thumbnailing for DOC/PPT/XLS etc. files also provide: