LiClipse provides a new experience for Eclipse users.
With it, users get out of the box:
- Improved theming support based on Eclipse 4 improvements
- A fast editor supporting many languages builtin
- A simple way to add support for a new language
- Usability improvements for all Eclipse editors
- Bundling of many useful plugins in a single package
- Native installers
Theming support based on Eclipse 4 improvements
Bundling of the Eclipse Color Theme plugin helps in keeping colors consistent among all editors,
and LiClipse applies the color theme chosen to other parts of the IDE,
allowing for dark themes that are kind to your eyes.
Release Hightlights for LiClipse 0.9.7
- EGit is properly themed
- Kivy Language is now supported
- Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab are bound by default to next/previous editor
- Quick Access (in main toolbar) is now properly themed
- Compare editors from LiClipse provide syntax highlighting when diffing
- Improved code-completion in xml editor to create a new tag from word next to cursor
- Added editor icons for more editors
- Adding some templates to java language editor
- Mark occurrences is now provided (text based)
- Shift+Alt+O may be used to toggle mark occurrences
- Improved default theme a bit
- The theme is reapplied when LiClipse starts to deal with changes on existing themes (may be turned off in the color theme preferences page)
- It's possible to specify a color for the editor current line background and another color for other widgets (tree, table) current line background
LiClipse supports many languages out of the box:
- Dart (new on 0.9.0)
- Django Templates
- Java (new on 0.9.5)
- Mako Templates (new on 0.9.0)
- Kivy Language (new on 0.9.7)
- RST (ReStructured Text)
All those languages feature syntax highlighting, template completion,
outline, select/deselect scope, comment/uncomment, auto-indent, linked edition,
multi-edition, mark occurrences, among others.
As a note, some editors have improved support:
The HTML editor has advanced context-based code-completion.
Usability improvements for all Eclipse editors
At this point, the major improvement is multi-edition supporting all editors
(such as PyDev, JDT, etc).
See: Multi-Edition Video for details
Besides the multi-edition (which can be triggered in a Ctrl+K search or with the mouse with
Ctrl+Alt+Mouse Click), the rectangular edit is also improved to be triggered with
Alt+Click (and stopped with escape).
Bundling of other useful plugins
Eclipse has a myriad of useful plugins, and LiClipse bundles some which are considered to be useful
regardless of which language you're dealing with: Workspace Mechanic, Eclipse Color Theme, StartExplorer, AnyEdit and PyDev
(note that PyDev does not follow the rule of being useful for everyone as the other plugins,
but LiClipse itself reuses parts of the PyDev codebase).