This is the first release candidate for the final release of novelWriter 1.0.
Since the fifth beta release about four weeks ago, not much has been changed in novelWriter. A few minor tweaks have been made to the GUI. A number of features and tools are now automatically switched off when there is no project or document open for those features to act upon. No serious bugs have been reported or encountered, and I feel it’s time to move on to the release candidates. Most of the minor changes should not be noticeable to most users. However, there are a couple of noticeable changes.
The “Typewriter Mode” of the editor has been improved. Essentially, this feature is a sort of smart scroll. It tries to keep the cursor stationary in the vertical direction, and will try to scroll the document up when the cursor skips to a new line while typing (or down in case of backspace). This is similar to the way a typewriter scrolls the paper when hitting the return key. It improves the writing experience as the current active line will stay at the same eye height level on the screen.
Previously, the feature would lock the cursor to a given vertical position defined by the user. Now, instead, the cursor will remain stationary in the vertical direction at any position the user sets it to by mouse click or keyboard navigation. The user can define a minimum distance from the top where this feature is activated. It makes it more flexible. The feature can be controlled from the main Preferences.
Switching Syntax Theme
It is now possible to switch syntax highlighting theme without restarting novelWriter. Previously, changing the theme would only half-way update the document, header and footer background and text colour. The new settings would not be applied until the application was shut down and started again. This makes it a bit tedious to look through themes to find the one you want. This issue has now been resolved.
Switching main GUI theme still requires a restart.
The full changelog for this release is available here.