Allegro 6.1: Common Graphics/IDE

New Features:

  • A new Profile Control dialog offers more complete interactive control over the profiler.
  • New menu commands allow macroexpanding every macro call in a form rather than just top-level calls.
  • The arrow keys may be used to move and resize widgets on forms by exactly one or ten pixels for more accurate widget placement.
  • A new restart may be selected to edit a file at the point where an error occurs during compilation.
  • IDE preferences may be saved separately for different users.
  • Different background colors may be used in the Trace Dialog for different processes or blocks of code.
  • The Trace Dialog dialog contents may be saved to a file as indented text.
  • Improvements to projects:
    • adding a file to a project displays a dialog that explains the differnet types of files that may be added,
    • a project may be assigned arbitrary distributed files to be gathered by Build Project Distribution,
    • It is more straightforward to specify a custom package for project code, and
    • command-line arguments may be specified to be built into the standalone executable for a project.
  • Build Project Distribution offers to re-use the most recently used distribution directory. Compilation warnings from multiple project files are combined into a single dialog, which may be disabled entirely.
  • Over 100 other fixes and small enhancements to CG and the IDE.

New Common Graphics Capabilities:

  • There is a new flood-fill function for arbitrary areas, and a new draw-arrowhead function for drawing arrowheads at any angle. Icons may be properly created programmatically rather than loaded from an icon file.
  • Animations may be played in a particular existing window. Mouse wheel events may be handled arbitrarily. Tab-controls may be nested (including on forms).
  • More intuitive grid-widget interactive sorting behavior is built in.
  • There are new Common Graphics examples in the Navigator dialog.

Improved IDE Features:

  • More useful IDE multithreading. IDE dialogs may now be used while user code is busy running.
  • Faster IDE: activities that involve many Windows API calls (such as smooth scrolling), are up to a few times faster in Windows 2000, now that we have addressed the Windows 2000 behavior of checking for process switches on every Windows API call.
  • Certain other relatively intensive IDE activities (such as reindenting forms in the editor) are significantly faster in all versions of Windows due to enahncing some internal process-wait wait functions to use process gates.
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