Composer 4.4 beta

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01 May, 2018 12:48 PM

Over the last few weeks, I have worked on recoding a couple of core routines related to the editor text and the preview. Because these changes are to very fundamental layers of the app, I want to make sure they are tested by more than just myself.

Some of the changes:

  1. I was able to refactor some of the NSTextView code to reduce the number of places that had to be customized in order to use more of the default code from macOS. This should improve several things:
*   Spelling/Grammar checking -- the "squiggles" are now directly controlled by macOS, not by Composer, so a few edge case scenarios should no longer exist.

*   CJK text input behavior should be improved

*   A few other small behavioral tweaks
  1. The default scroll position of the preview after initially loading the document should match the initial selected text range in the text editor view.

  2. "Paste as Table" should work correctly when pasting from Excel (As I should have expected, copy/paste from Microsoft products doesn't work correctly on macOS, and this caused Composer to choke on the input.) The table clean up algorithm has also been improved to handle more edge cases.

Otherwise, this time-limited beta build should be the same as the Pro configuration of 4.3.3, with a few minor improvements to the MultiMarkdown engine itself.

Please test this version out and let me know if you find any trouble, or if it fixes a problem you previously experienced. If it tests well, I hope to release it soon for everyone.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 02 May, 2018 12:27 PM

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    A couple of people had some trouble, so this is a new build to see if that fixes their issues. (4.4b 2)

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Fletcher on 03 May, 2018 01:05 PM

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    Fix for Korean Hangul to Hanja seemed to only work at end of file, not if there was text following the replacement??

    4.4b 3 should improve this.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fletcher on 05 May, 2018 07:07 PM

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    4.4 b4 -- Includes several improvements to text engine that make some minor improvements to CJK and non-CJK input.

    NEW PRO FEATURE -- Open Folders as a single project window and preview files (including images, etc). Opens any files as new tabs in that single window. (Betas have access to Pro features so you can test it out.)

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Fletcher on 06 May, 2018 02:18 PM

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    4.4 b5 adjusts the refresh delays on the preview to maximize performance as well as reduce "jumpiness" in the preview pane.

  5. Fletcher closed this discussion on 23 May, 2018 11:21 PM.

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