Eclipse on Vista
|The win32 version of Eclipse now runs beautifully on Windows Vista. SWT now exploits native features of the Vista platform, such as native double-buffering to make painting in double-buffered canvases twice as fast.
New Eclipse WPF port
Eclipse is now available on Windows Presentation
Foundation (WPF), a new window system that comes pre-installed on Microsoft Windows Vista.
|To quickly access UI elements such as views,
commands, preference pages, and others, use the new Quick Access dialog,
available under Window > Navigation and bound to Ctrl+3 by
default. Start typing in the filter field to see matches. For example,
to open the console view, type Ctrl+3 followed by "con". One
of the first matches will be to open the console view. You can use the
arrow keys to select a different match for a given filter string. Press
Enter to select the highlighted entry. This will execute the command, or
open the view, perspective, or wizard etc.
Your previous choices will be remembered and shown the next time the dialog opens. If you enter the same filter string again, the entry you picked last time will be selected automatically.
Using the initials of the words you are trying to find, you can narrow down your choices using very few letters.
Undo support for resource operations
|Undo and redo are now available for most resource
changes. When you manipulate projects, folders, or files, you now have
the ability to undo and redo the changes you have made. This includes resource
creation, deletion, move, copy, and rename. Use the Edit menu
from the Navigator view to undo the operation. Note that operations from
other views (such as the Java Package Explorer or Project Explorer) may not support undo.
Undo support for task and bookmark operations
|Undo is now available for many task and bookmark operations. When you create, update, add, or delete a task or bookmark, you now have the ability to undo that change. Use the Edit menu from the Navigator, Package Explorer, Tasks, or Bookmarks views to undo the operation.
A new look
|Eclipse has a new default presentation. Some of the key features
of this presentation are:
You can reinstate the old presentation via the General > Appearance preference page.
Improved workspace switching
When you switch workspaces you can now transfer some of your current settings with you. The most recently used workspaces now appear on the file menu under the Switch Workspace item for quick access.
Improved resource selection dialog
|The resource selection dialog (Navigate > Open Resource)
now allows you to filter based on working set, and supports camel-case search.
For example, searching with the string "TIMF" will match a file called "ThisIsMyFile".
The dialog also now shows the history of recently opened items, and allows multi-selection to open several resources at once.
All plug-ins are now signed
|All plug-ins in Eclipse project builds are now signed using a cryptographic signature provided by the Eclipse Foundation. This allows you to authenticate that the content you receive from the download server matches the content on eclipse.org. Eclipse update manager will also authenticate the signatures on these plug-ins when they are provided from an update site. You can see information about plug-in signatures under Help > About Eclipse > Plug-in Details
Working set usability improvements
|You can now add and remove selected elements to and from working sets in your workspace. This functionality is found in the Edit menu as well as in the toolbar. You can also create a new working set directly from the Add to working set toolbar dropdown. To access this functionality, you may need to add the Working Set Manipulation command group to your perspective via Window > Customize Perspective.
Hiding the window toolbar
|You can now hide the window toolbar by clicking Hide Toolbar in the context menu of the toolbar. You can restore the toolbar by clicking Window > Show Toolbar
Working sets for the Project Explorer
The Project Explorer can now group and filter elements by working set. You can display working sets as top-level groupings or aggregated into a flat list. The window working sets can also be selected and grouped or aggregated based on a preference.
Patch wizard improvements
|The Apply Patch wizard now allows you to preview the patch changes against the contents of the local workspace. When applying CVS patches, you can also now manually apply unmatched patch segments to the local file. No more digging through *.rej files!
Compare editor improvements
|The compare editor has a number of significant improvements:
Compare Structure in Outline view
|You can now view the structure pane of a compare editor in the Outline view. To enable this, go to the General > Compare/Patch preference page and check Show structure compare in Outline view when possible. Selecting structure elements in the Outline view will scroll the content pane in the Compare editor to reveal the change in the selected element.
Long resource paths on Windows
|Where the underlying file system allows it, you can now create resources with
paths longer than 260 characters on Windows. This requires a Java 1.5 VM or greater.
Open files with other editors
|You can now open files with editors that are not registered for the specific file extension. Right-click on your file and select Open With > Other. You will be presented with a list of editors to choose from.
|UI forms have many visual and functional enhancements, including rendering and layout of the heading area, with drop-down menu, drag and drop, and shared-header support. Form validation now supports multiple messages, and shows which field the error occurred in.
Platform level proxy and SSH2 settings
|A new General > Network Connections preference
page has been added for managing proxy settings.
In addition, the JSch SSH2 client used by the Eclipse CVS client has been pushed down to the Eclipse Platform so that it can be used by other clients as well. Use the new General > Network Connections > SSH2 preference page to configure it.
Keys preference page improvements
|The Keys preference page displays your key bindings
and can optionally display all available commands that can be bound to
keys. Customized key bindings are marked by the "delta"
the User column.
You can now:
Editor area drag and drop
Dragging external files (i.e., from the Windows file explorer) on to the editor area of a workbench window has the same effect as Open File. Also, you can now drag an editor between workbench windows associated with the same workspace.
Properties view make over
The Properties view has adapted to the new look and feel of UI forms. Visual enhancements include new title bar layout, colors and gradient, and new tab design and colors.
Console launcher for Windows
|There is now a second launcher "eclipsec.exe" on Windows that behaves as expected for a console application. This allows piping the output from Eclipse, sending the Ctrl+Break signal to the VM to generate a stack dump, and better behavior in general for the standard -console, -consoleLog and -debug options.
Improved detection of Mozilla plug-ins
|Users of Mozilla-based browsers can now augment
the default set of Mozilla plug-in paths that are searched by defining
MOZ_PLUGIN_PATH. For example:
Easier help navigation
|The help window now has a Home button in the navigation
toolbar, which brings you back to the initial home page. You can also find your
way home by following the bread crumbs at the top of each document. These links
allow for easier navigation and provide more information about the context of the
document being viewed.
Help search term highlighting
|If you open a help document as a result of a
search, a new toggle button will appear in the toolbar allowing you to toggle
the search term highlighting on and off, making the document easier to read.
Categorized help search
|You can now categorize help search hits by book
in the help window via the new toolbar toggle button. Similarly, you can
also toggle the search descriptions.
Print multiple help topics
|You can now print multiple topics in the help window with a single action. The new print drop-down button above the table of contents allows you to print a complete topic sub-tree at any level, and will automatically generate a table of contents in the printed document.
Cheat sheet improvements
|You can open a cheat sheet from the Web by specifying its URL in the open cheat sheet dialog.
Sub steps in a cheat sheet are now clearly separated using horizontal lines. Sub steps can now be previewed. The background colors in the cheat sheet view have been adjusted to make the active step stand out more.
Spell checking in text editors
|Spell checking is now available in text editors and an American and a British English dictionary are part of the SDK:
Spell checking is now enabled per default. If you're already a spelling whiz, you can disable this feature with the new Disable Spell Checking quick assist.
Show invisible whitespace characters
|It is now possible to see the invisible whitespace characters in textual editors:
This feature can either be controlled via General > Editors > Text Editors > Show whitespace characters preference, or via the  tool bar button when the Editor Presentation action set is enabled.
Text drag and drop in text editors
|You can now drag and drop text to and from text editors:
You can control this via General > Editors > Text Editors > Enable drag and drop of text preference.
Scroll by pages using Ctrl + mouse wheel
|The mouse wheel scrolls the content of a textual editor by pages while the Ctrl key is pressed.
Select by word or line using the mouse
|Double-click and drag now grows or shrinks the selection by a word at a time. Triple click will select a whole line, and those with nimble fingers can triple-click and drag to grow or shrink the selection by a line at a time.
|Pressing Home and End keys now ignores whitespace at the start and end of a line. Pressing the key a second time goes to the real start and end. Pressing the key again toggles between the two start/end positions.
Home/End inside a linked area jumps to the beginning or end of the linked area, e.g. when filling in a template.
This feature can be controlled via General > Editors > Text Editors > Smart caret positioning at line start and end preference.
More team annotation options
|Team annotations in text editor ruler can now be configured in a number
of ways: you can select from three different coloring schemes and choose
whether author and revision information should be displayed as text in addition
to the coloring. The following screen shot shows the revision numbers, background
colored by author, and additional information in the hover and it also emphasizes
the changes belonging to the same revision. This is achieved by clicking on a revision in the live annotate ruler. A second click removes the stickiness again.
Below we see the author names, with background colored by date. These options are configurable via the ruler context menu (Ctrl+F10):
|A new command has been added that allows recentering the line that contains the caret. By default, this command is only bound to a key binding (Ctrl+L) when using the Emacs scheme. To bind it in the Default scheme, simply assign a key sequence to the Recenter command which can be found in the Text Editing category.
Joining lines in text editors
|You can now use the new command Ctrl+Alt+J in a text editor to join lines.
Convert tabs to spaces
|Text editors now allow you to convert tabs to spaces when typing.
This feature can be enabled via General > Editors > Text Editors > Insert spaces for tabs preference.
More flexible templates
|The syntax for templates has evolved to allow
typed and parameterized template variables. This allows the same variable
type to be used multiple times in the same template. As an example, consider
the following template for generating a doubly nested for loop:
Import CVS projects directly into working sets
|You can now assign CVS projects to a working
set during import. This is available from both the CVS Repository
View (via Check Out As) and through the CVS Import Wizard.
Export working sets as part of team project set
|The export wizard can now persist active working sets as part of a Team Project set.
History view search
|The History view has a new search field that allows you to filter the history
based on text in the author, comment, revision, and tags. The field is not visible by
default but can be enabled from the view menu.
History view now has view history
|The History view now allows you to navigate
back to previously viewed elements.
Spell check in Commit dialog
|The Commit dialog now uses the Eclipse spell checker to highlight spelling errors in commit messages.
Flat presentation in model-based synchronizations
|A flat presentation has been added to model-based synchronizations. For CVS, model-based synchronizations are the default.
Launch selection vs. launch last
Running and debugging applications has been simplified to run or debug the selected file or active editor. Use the Launch the selected resource or active editor preference to enable this behavior on the Run/Debug > Launching preference page. When the selected resource (or active editor) is not executable, you can opt to launch the associated project or launch the previously launched application.
Pressing the Run or Debug toolbar button will launch the selected resource (as will the Run or Debug action in the top level Run menu). When a launch configuration does not exist for a file and there is only one way to launch it, the file will simply be launched in the mode you selected. When there is more than one way to launch a file you will be prompted to select how to run or debug the application. For example, when running a JUnit test you can run as a Java application or JUnit test. A launch configuration will be created and an entry will be added to the launch history for the application.
When the same file is launched again, the most recent configuration
in the launch history associated with that file is re-launched.
A new properties page has been added to manage launch configurations associated with a resource. For example, selecting the Run/Debug Settings property page for a project will display all launch configurations associated with that project. Configurations can be created, deleted, and edited from this page.
Automatically showing console
Toggle buttons have been added to the console toolbar controlling when the console is automatically displayed. The buttons provide quick access to the workspace preferences to show the console when output is written to standard out or standard error (also available from the Run/Debug > Console preference page).