Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Jan 2007 16:50 UTC, submitted by an Anonymous Reader
KDE KDevelop 3.4 has been released, bringing many new features to KDE's Integrated Development Environment. The first major release in over a year closes more than 500 bugs. There is an impressive list of additional features including improved Qt 4 support, new debugging abilities, more attractive default user interface layout, and improvements for C++, Ruby, and PHP support. The developers have put together a slideshow to showcase the new features.
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Was it a slide show?
by villagerman on Sun 28th Jan 2007 18:46 UTC
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Why wasn't it referred to as a PDF file outlining the features? What came into my mind on mention of a slide show, was a PowerPoint or's Impress presentation!

That aside, while I agree that many bugs were quashed and new features introduced, Kdevelop by default, has terrible fonts! These fonts are blurry and not clear/crisp as one would expect of a new product in this day and age.

When shall we have these fonts "fixed" without Microsoft's help?

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RE: Was it a slide show?
by dylansmrjones on Sun 28th Jan 2007 18:55 in reply to "Was it a slide show?"
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1) Use URW++ or Nimbus fonts.
2) Use a version of FreeType2 with BCI enabled.

Problem solved.

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RE: Was it a slide show?
by Doc Pain on Sun 28th Jan 2007 20:15 in reply to "Was it a slide show?"
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"Why wasn't it referred to as a PDF file outlining the features? What came into my mind on mention of a slide show, was a PowerPoint or's Impress presentation! "

The term "slide show" refers to a certain form of a presentation. It does not refer to a special media, file format or output device. The classical slide show uses foils / slides, printed with a laser printer or done by hand, that are projected onto a wall (or something similar) using a overhead / daylight projector ("Polylux"). It's not a video or sound file. It does not to refer to a special file type created by and only viewable with the proper application.

The use of a PDF file is a relative good way to share a slide show via Internet. PDF is available nearly everywhere, not like the proprietary MICROS~1 "PowerPoint" formats. Surely something like OpenOffice Impress was used to create the slides, but they were exported to PDF in order to make the content availabe for many platforms without the need of installing huge office software packages. A good idea in my opinion.

A slide show as you might prefer it can easily be done with

% xpdf -fullscreen showcase.pdf

after downloading the file from the location given in the article's description.

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RE[2]: Was it a slide show?
by dumbkiwi on Mon 29th Jan 2007 04:06 in reply to "RE: Was it a slide show?"
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kpdf also has an option to display a pdf as a slideshow. Click on the "View" menu, and there is an option to show it as a presentation.

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RE: Was it a slide show?
by Ponto on Sun 28th Jan 2007 22:28 in reply to "Was it a slide show?"
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Most slideshows I see are PDFs. I would say this is the standard for most mathematical talks. Might be related to the fact that latex produces PDF slideshows.

The fonts are not the default fonts. This are the fonts that the creator of the document uses. If the fonts are not clear/crisp it might be the case because you run your display with a different resolution (dots per inch) and are looking at a screenshot.

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RE: Was it a slide show?
by robertknight on Sun 28th Jan 2007 23:08 in reply to "Was it a slide show?"
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I very much doubt that KDevelop itself is choosing which fonts are used and how they are rendered. It will use the system-wide KDE settings for font rendering.

You may have tried the tips below before, but if not:

The DejaVu font used by default in the interface in Kubuntu is used for almost everything and isn't as well suited to user interface controls as the Tahoma font in Windows XP or Segoe UI in Vista. XP and especially Vista has excellent typography because Microsoft invested a lot of time and effort into getting it right. However, it is possible to get clear, readable text in a modern Linux distribution using only the tools that come in the box (ie. no microsoft fonts or rebuilding freetype). The evidence is currently staring back at me. When will this be made as easy as it is in Vista? I can't answer that question.

So, how can you get better font rendering in KDE?

Adjusting the font-rendering options in the KDE Control Panel (or "System Settings" for Kubuntu users) may help.
Go to the KDE Control Panel -> Appearance -> Fonts

Ensure that the "Use anti-aliasing" is checked. Click the "Configure..." button next to it. Tick the "Use sub-pixel hinting" box, and set the hinting style to full.
The colour-arrangement box (which by default has the caption "RGB" with three vertical bars) is important to get right for this to work. The default option is correct for most monitors, so try that for now and click the "Apply" button. Then start a new KDE application (such as KDevelop - but make sure there are no instances of the same program already running), and see if any difference is notable. If the characters have weird fringes of colour around them, try the other options in the colour-arrangement box.

As a last resort you can also experiment with the DPI box.

I hope this is of some use.

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RE[2]: Was it a slide show?
by MamiyaOtaru on Sun 28th Jan 2007 23:52 in reply to "RE: Was it a slide show?"
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Subpixel hinting is nice, but it should be noted that if one is using nVidia's proprietary drivers, subpixel hinting in KDE seems to bring massive performance penalties. Any combo of greyscale hinting, non-nVidia card or non Qt toolkit is not as bad *weird*

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