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cworth at freedesktop.org
Fri Feb 19 17:58:37 PST 2010
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Author: Carl Worth <cworth at cworth.org>
Date: Fri Feb 19 17:58:00 2010 -0800
Add news item for 1.9.6.
A stable release and unstable snapshot in the same day.
I deserve a restful weekend I think.
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+[[!meta title="cairo 1.9.6 snapshot available"]]
+ From: Carl Worth <cworth at cworth.org>
+ Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:56:14 -0800
+ To: cairo-announce at cairographics.org
+ Subject: cairo snapshot 1.9.6 now available
+ A new cairo snapshot 1.9.6 is now available from:
+ which can be verified with:
+ 0e204b2c4f062dc65c1b854d4b1ccf360f3cb255 cairo-1.9.6.tar.gz
+ (signed by Carl Worth)
+ Additionally, a git clone of the source tree:
+ git clone git://git.cairographics.org/git/cairo
+ will include a signed 1.9.6 tag which points to a commit named:
+ which can be verified with:
+ git verify-tag 1.9.6
+ and can be checked out with a command such as:
+ git checkout -b build 1.9.6
+ We're happy to share this snapshot of recent cairo development. We
+ apologize that it has been so long since the last snapshot, (snapshot
+ 1.9.4 was 4 months ago), but we are optimistic that we can finish up
+ cairo 1.10 in the next month or so. Our goal going forward is to have
+ major cairo releases on a time-based schedule with releases at the end
+ of every March and September (or so).
+ This 1.9.6 snapshot is really exactly that---it's a snapshot of current
+ development. There hasn't been as much testing through the test suite as
+ we would normally do for a cairo release. But that's what we'll be doing
+ From now until cairo 1.10. We also hope that many of you will also test
+ this snapshot with your cairo applications and report back to us.
+ One of the most exciting things in the 1.9.6 snapshot is the cairo-gl
+ backend with dramatic improvements compared to cairo-gl in any previous
+ snapshots, (it's now using shaders to accelerate many operations). See
+ Eric's post here for some performance numbers:
+ and please join me in thanking Eric and T. Zachary Laine (a welcome new
+ contributor!) for this work.
+ As usual, Chris Wilson has put in a remarkable amount of effort as
+ reflected in this snapshot. I give him my heartfelt thanks for keeping
+ cairo so vibrant while I have not been able to give it much personal
+ attention lately.
+ This snapshot also includes the cairo-drm backend worked on by Chris
+ Wilson and Kristian HÃ¸gsber. This is another interesting experimental
+ backend which currently outperforms cairo-gl in several benchmarks, (and
+ sets the bar for cairo-gl to reach). This direct-rendering backend only
+ support Intel graphics chipsets in the i915 and i965 families.
+ I've written a quick summary of other improvements in 1.9.6 below. I've
+ certainly missed many interesting things that have been done. If you are
+ aware of interesting work that I neglected, please let me know so that
+ we can get that work mentioned for the 1.10 release notes. (Best would
+ be a patch to the NEWS file adding the information).
+ I hope that everyone will have lots of fun with cairo!
+ API additions
+ Add cairo_device_t
+ The device is a generic method for accessing the underlying interface
+ with the native graphics subsystem, typically the X connection or
+ perhaps the GL context. By exposing a cairo_device_t on a surface and
+ its various methods we enable finer control over interoperability with
+ external interactions of the device by applications. The use case in
+ mind is, for example, a multi-threaded gstreamer which needs to serialise
+ its own direct access to the device along with Cairo's across many
+ Secondly, the cairo_device_t is a unifying API for the mismash of
+ backend specific methods for controlling creation of surfaces with
+ explicit devices and a convenient hook for debugging and introspection.
+ The principal components of the API are the memory management of:
+ cairo_device_finish() and
+ along with a pair of routines for serialising interaction:
+ cairo_device_acquire() and
+ and a method to flush any outstanding accesses:
+ The device for a particular surface may be retrieved using:
+ The device returned is owned by the surface.
+ API changes (to API new in the cairo 1.9.x series)
+ These are the replacement names for the functions previously named
+ cairo_meta_surface_create and cairo_meta_surface_ink_extents.
+ This interface is now changed such that the MIME data will be
+ detached if the surface is modified at all. This guarantees that
+ the MIME data will not become out of synch due to surface
+ modifications, and also means that for the MIME data to be useful,
+ it must be set after all modifications to the surface are
+ API removal (of experiment API)
+ The cairo-glitz backend is removed entirely, (in favor of the new
+ cairo-gl backend). See below for more on cairo-gl.
+ Generic fixes
+ Many improvements for drawing of dashed strokes
+ Fix incorrect handling of negative offset
+ Faster computation of first dash (avoids near-infinite looping)
+ Approximate extremely fine dash patterns with appropriate alpha value
+ Optimize spans-based renderers for repeated rows, (such as in a rounded rectangle)
+ Backend-specific improvements
+ This is a new, direct-rendering backend that supports Intel graphics
+ chipsets in the i915 and i965 families. It's still experimental and
+ will likely remain that way for a while. It's already got extremely
+ good performance on the hardware it supports, so if nothing else
+ provides a working proof and performance target for the cairo-gl
+ work for Intel graphics.
+ Start using GLSL to accelerate many operations. Many thanks to Eric
+ Anholt and T. Zachary Laine for this work. For the first time, we
+ have what looks like what will be a very compelling OpenGL-based
+ backend for cairo (in terms of both quality and performance).
+ See this writeup from Eric for more details on recent progress of
+ cairo-gl (which he presented at FOSDEM 2010):
+ The image backend is made dramatically faster (3-5 times faster for
+ benchmarks consisting primarily of glyph rendering).
+ cairo-quartz fixes:
+ Many fixes from Robert O'Callahan and Andrea Canciani including:
+ Fixed gradient pattern painting
+ Improved A8 image handling
+ Fixes for "unbounded" and other compositing operators
+ cairo-pdf fixes:
+ Improvements to embedding of JPEG and JPEG2000 data.
+ cairo-ps fixes:
+ Fix printing of rotated user fonts.
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