[texworks] Call for Help: Testing

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 22:29:39 CET 2021

Dear TeXworks users,

a new minor release (0.6.6) is around the corner, which will hopefully
make it into TeXLive 2021. To get ready for that, I ask you to test the
latest version of TeXworks. It is available at the following (new!)
Windows: https://texworks.jfrog.io/artifactory/windows-latest/
Mac OS X: https://texworks.jfrog.io/artifactory/macos-latest/
Ubuntu: https://launchpad.net/~texworks/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
Source code: https://github.com/TeXworks/texworks

The Windows and Mac builds come with the latest versions of libraries
(Qt, poppler, etc.). On the TeXworks side of things, the most noteworthy
changes to check are:
* Support for macOS 11 Big Sur
* Support for HiDPI screens (including Retina screens)
* Resources (code completion files, scripts, etc.) should be
automatically migrated to a new location (now in line with standard OS
* Customizable shortcuts for typesetting tools
* Text cursor width is now configurable
* Many bug fixes
* More internal restructuring (which you can't see directly, unless they
introduced some bug ;))

Note that the latest version should be quite stable (obviously, since
we're heading towards a release), but of course there are no guarantees
(that's what this testing call is for). So if you are in the middle of a
very important project, it might be advisable to stick to whichever
version has already proven to work for you in the past.

Especially users on Windows and Mac OS X I ask to check the files
base14-fonts.pdf and poppler-data.pdf available at
https://github.com/TeXworks/texworks/tree/master/testcases to see if
they are rendered correctly (there are reference .png files there for
comparison). This request is related to the packaging of additional
files the poppler PDF engine needs to display certain things (like
non-embedded fonts or CJK characters).

As a side note, the TeXworks project is always looking for contributors.
This is by no means limited to C++ coders. For example, TeXworks is
translated to a number of languages. However, some translations (notably
Arabic and Farsi) are currently not maintained. If you want to help
update them (or translate TeXworks to an additional language), please
have a look at https://github.com/TeXworks/texworks/wiki/Translating.
Also, please don't forget to drop a note on the mailing list to avoid
having several people working side-by-side on the same language without
knowing of one another.
For some further ways of contributing to the project, have a look at

All the best,

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