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Release notes and updated lists of know issues for LyX compared to the previous stable version.
Note that the corresponding notes for unstable releases (alpha, beta and release candidates) are found on the page Devel.release notes.
Current stable version
Included from LyXVCS:lyxgit/RELEASE-NOTES?rev=2.1.0
This file lists interface changes that might affect users in 2.1.0, some
known problems in LyX 2.1.0 and some things you have to take into account
when upgrading from earlier versions to a version of the 2.1.x series.
- There have been changes to some often used menu items.
The following menu items moved from View to Document:
* View (Default format)
* View (Other formats)
* Update (Default format)
* Update (Other formats)
The following menu item moved from Document to View:
* Outline -> Outline Pane
- Whenever the user closes a (tabbed) view on a document, either by
clicking on the tab close button, or by using the File->Close menu,
LyX now closes exclusively that specific view. If there are other
views showing the same document, they are not closed. When the user
closes the last view, LyX can be configured for either closing the
document, or keeping it in memory as a hidden document (that can be
shown again through the View->Hidden-> submenu).
A new configurable preference option has been added, allowing for
- There have been some changes to the LyX command line. The following
new options have been added:
--export-to (-E )
Allows one to perform a batch export of the LyX file that is
opened to the specified destination file and format
. For example, to create a PDF of a LyX document,
you can run:
lyx --export-to pdf /path/to/dest.pdf /path/to/source.lyx
See the manual page for details.
This functionality is also available via a new menu voice
Export->Export As..., that pops up a dialog allowing one to
choose the export format, as well as the destination pathname.
Also, it is available via the mini-buffer (or the -x switch)
through a proper new LFUN (see below).
- The Advanced Find and Replace feature now supports cancel of a
long search operation by hitting the ESC key.
- The format pdf aka "PDF (ps2pdf)" was split in two formats: pdf aka
"PDF (ps2pdf)" and pdf6 aka "PDF (graphics)". pdf6 is used for PDF
files included as graphics. Custom external templates and converters
might need to be adjusted. The format split was needed since otherwise
an odt->pdf converter which is intended for included graphics only
did interfere with document export via ps2pdf.
- The support for ArmTeX (a special typesetting engine for Armenian)
was removed. Writing text in Armenian is now possible in a native
way using XeTeX.
The following pref variables were added in 2.1:
- \\close_buffer_with_last_view [yes|no|ask]
When the user closes the last view on a document, close the
document as well ("yes"), or hide the document ("no"), or ask
the user ("ask").
Defines the minimal length of a word to be added to the list of
words for text completion.
Defines the default length unit: 2 for centimers, 6 for inches.
Defines the default output format for documents with non-tex
fonts (OpenType fonts).
Controls whether the statusbar is shown in fullscreen mode.
Defines the prefix for the TEXINPUTS environment variable. A
single '.' in the paths will get replaced with the current
document dir and also non-absolute paths will be prefixed with
The default semantics of TEXINPUTS apply, such that, for example,
if a path is terminated with a double slash, all subdirectories
will also be searched by both the TeX engine and ancillary programs
such as dvi previewers or dvips.
(see also commit 1717ef20)
See Caveats section below.
If set to true, LyX tries to use the theme icons as defined by
The following pref variables were changed in 2.1:
- \\mac_like_word_movement -> \\mac_like_cursor_movement
When this option is set, the cursor is now moved to the end of
the current paragraph on paragraph-down. The pref variable was
renamed to better reflect this new behaviour.
The following pref variables are obsoleted in 2.1:
- \\default_language and \\default_papersize
To set the default language and paper size for new documents, use
the "Save As Document Defaults" button in Document > Settings.
The following new LyX functions have been introduced:
Inserts an IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) inset.
Inserts special IPA macros into the document. can be
one of 'tone-falling', 'tone-rising', 'tone-high-rising',
'tone-low-rising', 'tone-high-rising-falling', 'deco bottomtiebar',
Toggles continuous spell-checking.
Renames or copies a file under version control.
Applies to all non-hidden buffers.
Splits the current environment with a Separator.
Activates or deactivates a branch in a master document from within
a child (as opposed to the existing branch-[de]activate, which
toggle the branch in the document itself).
Equivalent to the new -export-to command-line switch (see above).
Paste the clipboard contents as simple unformatted text.
This is also available through a new menu voice within the
[Edit]->[Paste Special...] sub-menu.
Close the current document view only, if there are no more views
on the document, either close or hide it (see the new preference
The following LyX functions have been changed:
- close-tab-group was renamed to tab-group-close.
- split-view was renamed to view-split.
- break-paragraph was renamed to paragraph-break.
- copy-label-as-reference was renamed to label-copy-as-reference.
The following LyX key bindings have been changed:
- The binding "C-w" was moved from "buffer-close" to "view-close"
(only in cua.bind).
- sciword.bind was changed significantly (see #8364). The most important
change is that "math-delim" commands now work under Windows.
The following LyX documents have been moved:
- All thesis template files and the svmult and svmono template files have been
moved to the examples folder.
The following metadata files have been added to the tarball:
- Linux desktop file specification and scalable icon has been
included in the tarball.
- AppData file (appdata.xml). It will not be installed by default and
distribution maintainers need to handle this file themselves.
Changes with respect to external programs and libraries:
- LyX now links against libmagic (http://www.darwinsys.com/file/(approve sites)) if it is
available at compile time. This improves the file format detection of
included graphics and other files. The old builtin format detection code
is used if libmagic is not available.
- LyX no longer uses gettext for handling the translation files. This
especially is an advantage on Windows, where translating strings is faster.
- LyX is not yet supposed to work with Qt5. It is advised to compile and
run LyX against Qt 4.8.x. On Windows, Qt 4.8.5 suffers from a bug that
breaks the use of shortcuts, so on Windows Qt 4.8.4 is advised.
Known issues in version 2.1.0
- LyX needs to be run under Python 2 and will not work properly on systems
where Python 3 is the default binary. See bug #7030 to know how to fix
this properly, since simple sheebang conversion in *.py files will not
Caveats when upgrading from earlier versions to 2.1.x
- In order to improve reported scrolling slowness, we changed the way
screen painting is done. This, however, can slow down the performance
on remote X connections and we provide the \\use_qimage preference
variable, which brings back the old way of painting (when set to false).
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