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0.04.11 (SVN 1???) - February ??, 2008 - Bug fixes
* Update the website URL to instead of
* Removed the 'bootstrap' script for building.  Use autoreconf instead.
* Fixed errors and warnings detected by a pre-release version of g++
* Make ETL-config a wrapper around pkg-config. Patch by Ralf
  Corsepius <>

Synfig Core

0.61.08 (SVN 1???) - February ??, 2008 - Bug fixes
* Synfig is now translatable using gettext.  Currently only a Spanish
  translation exists.
* Build
       Removed the 'bootstrap' script for building.  Use autoreconf
       Fixed errors and warnings detected by a pre-release version of
       g++ 4.3.
* Layers
       New layer, 'Duplicate'.  This is an experimental feature, but
       seems to work quite well.  It can be used to clone the layers
       under it multiple times. ( )
        * PasteCanvas
               Prevent a "bad_alloc" error in the 'PasteCanvas' layer
               caused by the bounding boxes changing when the user
               changes parameters while rendering.
               Allow zooming furter in to nested PasteCanvas
        * Plant Layer
               New parameter "reverse" in the Plant layer allows
               plants to be rendered back-to-front.
               Fix: Use the 'width' of each blinepoint in the plant
               layer to affect the velocities.  Patch from
               Add the 'offset' parameter to the Plant layer.
               Don't let 'select all' select the green ducks of a
               plant layer.
               Do some sanity checking on Plant layer parameters.
        * Stretch
               Prevent a crash when rendering a 'Stretch' layer with
               zero x or y amount.
               Make the 'Stretch' layer's "amount" duck be relative
               to the center duck.
        * Text
               Allow multibyte characters in the Text layer. Patch by
               Niki W. Waibel.
               First step towards fixing the problem of distorted
               'Text' layers not rendering correctly at tile borders.
        * Misc
               Shade: Make the quality of the 'Shade' layer worse at
               quality 10 than it is at quality 9!
               Shape: Rename the 'Position' parameter to 'Offset' for
               all the 'Shape' layers.
               Spherize: Fix clipping for tile-based rendering in
               Spherize layer.
               Star: New parameter "regular polygon" in the 'Star'
               layer allows regular polygons to be drawn.
               Time Loop: New version 0.2 of the 'Time Loop'
               layer. It uses the same parameters as the newly added
               Time Loop ValueNode.
               Warp: Fix a problem with the 'Warp' layer where some
               tiles weren't being rendered.
* ValueNodes
       Add new type: 'Cos', to calculate cosines.
       ( )
       Add new type: 'Duplicate', only used by the Duplicate layer.
       ( )
       Add new type: 'From Integer', to convert integers to other
       types for linking to.  Currently disabled.
       ( )
       Add new type: 'Random', to generate pseudo-random values.
       ( )
       Add new type: 'Reciprocal', to calculate reciprocals.
       ( )
       Add new type: 'Reverse Tangent', to reverse the direction of
       tangents. ( )
       Add new type: 'Switch', to switch between two alternative
       values. ( )
       Add new type: 'Time Loop', to allow individual parameters to
       be time looped, like the Time Loop layer, but for individual
       parameters. ( )
       Add new type: 'aTan2', to calculate inverse tangents.
       ( )
       Extended types: 'Add' and 'Subtract' now work with gradients.
* Targets
       Fix one memory leak and one filehandle leak in target 'png'..
       Fix the ffmpeg/dv/imagemagick targets/importers on Windows.
       Improved the 'imagemagick' target so it can create a series of
       numbered images.
       Fixed the 'mng' and 'yuv420p' targets.
       Security fixes: arbitrary code execution when rendering
       specially crafted .sif files.
       Show which output target is used if it has been chosen
       automatically, not specified by the user.
* Blend Methods
       Don't accept illegal values for 'blend_method'.  Use
       'Composite' instead.
       Re-enable the 'alpha brighten' and 'alpha darken' blend
       Fix the 'straight', 'straight onto' and 'alpha brighten' blend
       methods.  Even completely transparent pixels in the top layer
       should affect the result of these blends.  Existing .sif files
       which relied on the previously broken behavior should still
       render correctly for the most part.
* Canvases
       Fix a crash that was happening if we had 2 exported canvases
       in a .sif file where the 2nd contained a pastecanvas that used
       the 1st as its canvas.  The canvases are destructed in the
       order in which they appear in the .sif file, so by the time
       the 2nd is destroyed, the pastecanvas it contains no longer
       has a valid canvas parameter.  The fix is to clear the canvas
       parameter of any pastecanvases using a canvas when the canvas
       itself is destroyed.
       Encapsulations containing imported images fail to clone
* SIF Files
       Refer the user to '' if
       we try to load a .sif file that uses a not-yet-implemented
       ValueNode type, or that tries using a ValueNode with a type
       which it doesn't yet support.
       Changed the .sif file format.  'Composite' and 'Radial
       Composite' ValueNodes used to be saved with obscure XML
       element names <c1>, <c2>, etc.  Now we use more readable names
       <point>, <width>, etc.  The old version is still accepted, and
       can still be written by selecting the old version from the
       "Save As..." dialog.  The new format will not be accepted by
       previous releases of Synfig.
       New Feature: Allow saving .sif files in formats that can be
       read by versions 0.61.07 and older.
       Add information about which valuenode types were added in
       which release.  Don't save new types in old format files.
       Fix: Prevent a crash when loading a .sif file with 'use=""' in
       Fix: Prevent studio crashing when loading a document that
       contains an unknown valuenode type from a newer version of
       synfig. Simply refuse to load the document instead.
* Misc
       Don't render feathering of circles or shapes (ie. outlines,
       regions, stars, polygons, etc), or motion blur, blur, or
       radial blur layers when the quality is 10.
       New feature: allow importing of lipsynced voice animations
       from Papagayo
       Fix: Inserting a new item into a list in animation mode caused
       unpredicatable renders before the time of
       Fix: The hex color code parser is much more forgiving now.
       Previously spaces before or after the color code would cause
       it to fail.
       Fix: Don't treat the required values of command line flags as
       flags themselves.
       Fix: Initialise the 'time_last_changed' when creating a Node.
       Previously it was being left at a random value.

Synfig Studio

0.61.08 (SVN 1???) - February ??, 2008 - Bug fixes
* Synfig Studio is now translatable using gettext.  Currently Franch
  and Spanish translations exist.
* Build
       Fixed errors and warnings detected by a pre-release version
       of g++ 4.3.
       Fixes to allow sigc++ 2.1 and newer to be used.
       Removed the 'bootstrap' script for building.  Use autoreconf
* Settings
       Added the option to run everything in the same thread.  It
       doesn't work very well, and seems to cause more problems than
       it solves.
       Default 'end time' for new canvases to 5s instead of 0.
       That's one less thing a new user then needs to edit to start
       making his first animation.  Also, don't show the intimidating
       canvas properties dialog when a new composition is created,
       just use the defaults.  Set environment variable
       change locally.
       If no documents are specified to be loaded on the command line
       at start-up, create a new empty document so the novice user
       can get started straight away.  If environment variable
       create a blank document on startup, even if no documents were
       specified on the command line.  I'll add proper configuration
       items within the gui for this and other recent changes soon.
       Add a setting in the gui for the auto-backup interval.
* Draw Tool
       Fixed the 'fill last stroke' button in the drawing tool.
       Rearrange the drawing tool options a little.  Instead of
       'region only' have checkboxes for 'region' and 'fill', like in
       the bline tool, so now it's possible to draw regions and
       outlines together.
       Fix: When drawing an outline and a region at the same time,
       put the outline just on top of the region.
       Fix: Always leave only the newly created layers
* About
       Fix: Change the about dialog to a splash screen and implement
       a new about dialog based on Gtk::AboutDialog. Still need to
       connect it up to though.
       Fix: Show the correct SVN revision id in the about
* Linking
       When linking simple values, use the value from the topmost layer.
       Attempting to link a duck from the Children panel with other ducks
       was causing an error.  Now it isn't.
* Quality
       Change the default quality to 8.  It makes shade layers render
       better without much impact on speed.
       Label the preview qualities "best" and "fastest" because it's
       not clear that higher numbers mean lower qualities.
* Files
       When doing a 'Save As', default to saving in the same
       directory that the file was loaded from, if any.
       Remember separate default directories for opening and writing
       each of animations, images, sketches, rendered output, and
* BLine Tool
      Allow the bline tool to draw plants as well as outlines,
      regions, and curvegradients.
      When the bline tool is creating new layers, arrange the new
      layers in the order: Outline - Region - Plant - Gradient, so
      that each layer is at least somewhat visible.  Rename the
      "*layer_bline*" variables to "*layer_outline*" since they
      represent outlines specifically.
* Waypoints
       Fix ugly waypoint drawing by rounding to integer values
       symmetrically.  The improvement can be seen in
       waypoint-symmetry.png .
       Improve the waypoint context menus.  Now it's possible to
       delete and duplicate complete trees of waypoints at once.  The
       'change interp' functionality has been extended too, so now
       it's possible to set the interpolation type for the whole
       waypoint from the context menu as well as just the side that
       was clicked on, and it's possible for single waypoints as
       Fix a crash when editing a waypoint with a non-static value.
       Attach the "(Non-static value)" label into the waypoint
       Experimental: "export SYNFIG_SHOW_CANVAS_PARAM_WAYPOINTS=1" to
       see canvas parameter waypoints, not canvas content waypoints
       in PasteCanvas layers.  Doesn't work too well - dragging the
       waypoints doesn't work, for instance.
       When a PasteCanvas' "time offset" parameter shifts the timing
       of its sub-canvas, the waypoints of that subcanvas are now
       displayed shifted accordingly.
* Time
       Allow manual editing of the current time in the workarea
       Don't expand time fields to their full format (eg. "1s" -> "0h
       0m 1s 0f") when they get keyboard focus.  export
       SYNFIG_SHOW_FULL_TIME_ON_FOCUS=1 will restore the old
       Make sure the time entry box shows the correct time - rounded
       to an integer number of frames.
       Improve the range of different scales used on the timeslider.
       Previously 3 fps animations were having the timeslider
       labelled "0.75f, 1.5f, ..." rather than "1f, 2f, ...".
       Subdivide the space between labels on the timeslider sensibly.
       Don't divide a 5 second gap into 4 parts of 1.25 seconds each,
       for instance.
       Set minimum and maximum zoom levels for the timescroller.
       Allow the use of horizontal scrolling to adjust the current
       time in timeslider widgets.
       Improve the algorithm for determining the number of tick marks
       to put between pairs of labels in the timeslider widgets.
       It's better to divide 5 minutes into 5 tics of 1 minute each
       than 6 ticks of 50 seconds each, for example.
       Added a new icon for values of type "Time", thanks to
* Windows
       Rename "Dialogs" to "Panels" for the dockable windows.
       My panels were drifting one or two pixels each time I started
       studio.  This seems to be window-manager dependent.  I've
       added environment variables to allow adjusting the drift to
       SYNFIG_WINDOW_POSITION_Y_OFFSET.  Setting them both to 1 stops
       the drift for me in xfwm4.
       Remember the position and size of the color and gradient
       dialogs even if they're not displayed when studio exits.
       Applied patch from IL'dar AKHmetgaleev aka AkhIL to allow
       different pixel sizes in the workarea window.  control-'(' and
       control-')' make the pixels bigger and smller.
       Fix: If the window positions and sizes seem to be corrupted, give
       them sensible values to prevent them being created
        * Console Window
               Show a very simple message in the console on start-up so as
               not to scare people when they see an empty terminal window
               'doing nothing'.
               Show a similar message in the console on start-up if
               Studio is already running, to let the user know what
               is happening.
        * Toolbox Window
               Allow adjustment of the default brush size using
               horizontal scrolling over the preview graphic.
               With the re-enabling of 'Alpha Brighten', the toolbox
               has become a little wider.  Some foreign translations
               of the blend method could also push it wider.  And
               since we have 15 tool icons by default, I've made the
               toolbox 5 icons wide instead of 4, and rearranged them
               slightly.  The top row is now all for "moving ducks",
               the middle row for "drawing stuff", and the bottom row
               is more drawing on the left and looking at stuff
               (eyedrop, zoom) on the right.
        * Workarea Window
               Added environment variable SYNFIG_DISABLE_TILE_RENDER
               which when set will prevent the tile renderer from
               being used.
               If environment variable "SYNFIG_SHOW_TILE_OUTLINES" is
               defined, draw red outlines around tiles as they are
               rendered.  For debugging purposes.
               Indicate that a canvas is unsaved by putting a '*' in
               front of its name.
               The popup caret menu was disabled for some tools.  New
               environment variable
               SYNFIG_ENABLE_POPUP_MENU_IN_ALL_TOOLS re-enables the
               popup menu when set.  Should this be the default?
               Comments please to the bug report.
               Fix: Studio was crashing sometimes when closing a
               Fix: Studio occasionally renders the tiles in the
               wrong places.  This was happening when the canvas was
               one pixel greater than an integer number of tiles
               wide, and low-resolution rendering (the default) was
               Don't hide and reshow the workarea window when the
               user clicks the 'X' button to close it.
               Add checkboxes to the toggleable entries in the view
               Add 'new', 'open' and 'quit' to the caret>file menu.
               Change the default 'toggle onion skin' keyboard
               shortcut from control-o (which is the stock binding
               for 'open') to alt-o.
        * Preview Window
                Fix: Crash closing preview window before using
        * Canvas Properties Dialog
               New environment variable:
               set, don't pop up the canvas properties dialog when
               creating a new document.
               Fix a problem with the canvas properties dialog.  It
               wasn't possible to edit both the 'name' and the
               renddesc parameters at the same time before.
               By default, set "use current frame" in the render
               dialog to off.  When "use current frame" is on,
               disable the Time tab's frame.
               Disable the 'Time' tab when "use current frame" is
               Don't allow the user to set the 'ID' of exported
               canvases to be empty.
        * Layers Panel
               Allow the layer panel to be sorted by layer name.
               Resize the layer name column to fit the layer names.
               Rename the "Layer" column to "Name".
        * Groups Panel
               Allow layers to be removed from groups without the
               user having to type the name of the group they are in.
        * Params Panel
               Added a 'Type' column to the parameter dialog so it's
               possible to tell an 'Add' from a 'Subtract' convert
               for example.
        * Children Panel
               Renaming exported ValueNodes no longer causes a
        * History Panel
               The entries that appear in the History panel are now
               more explicit; they mostly now give details of the
               operation rather than just a generic fixed string,
               making it easier to navigate through the history.  For
               example "Remove Layer 'left leg'" will show up rather
               than just "Remove Layer".
               When the user types in the History dialog, search for
               any text in the 'name' column that matches the text.
               Previously it was only searching for names matching at
               the beginning.
* Targets
       Fix the 'auto' render target selection, so it automatically
       choses the target type each time based on the filename.
       Added new target 'magick++' for rendering multiple images to a
       single file using Magick++.
* Ducks
       Always draw 'real' ducks on the right hand side of the circle
       they define.  Previously, canvases with a negative horizontal
       pixel width were drawing it on the left.
       Add an option to restrict 'radius' ducks to the top right
       corner of the plane.  This allows us to easily set their value
       to zero by dragging down and left.  Thanks to Zelgadis on IRC
       for the suggestion.  See "Toolbox > File > Setup > Misc >
       Restrict Real-Valued Ducks...".
       Show the size of circles as they are drawn using the draw
       Give slight priority to radius ducks.  That way, it's possible
       to select the radius duck for a circle with radius zero.
       Previously the position duck would usually be selected
* Misc
       New feature: Angles are not wrapped modulo 360 degrees.  It's
       possible to animate from 0 to 361 degrees and see a full
       rotation, rather than seeing it shortcutting as it was
       previously.  It's also now possible to drag angle ducks around
       their origin multiple times and have the rotations
       Fix: Exported canvases weren't being deleted on shutdown, due
       to a handle never being released.
       Fix: Use the 'C' locale when loading and saving
       sketches.  Not doing so was causing load/save failures in
       Spanish locales.

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