[NTG-context] ConTeXt 2006.06.09 released

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Sun Jun 18 10:43:13 CEST 2006

Thomas A. Schmitz wrote:
> OK, since everybody else seems to know, I'm not afraid to  confess  
> I'm stupid: what are the new features in pdftex 1.40 that the new  
> beta now supports? I've been running 1.40 beta for a couple of months  
> now and would just be curious.

The most important thing is that pdftex and pdfetex are now the
same executable that calls itself 'pdftex'; this needs special
support because some of the web2c variables and locations have

But that is strictly ConTeXt internal. To answer the rest
of the question, here is some information from the NEWS file
(Martin will give a talk at eurotex'06 about the new stuff).

   - 386 grow obj_tab and dest_names arrays dynamically
   - 416 new primitive pdflastlink
   - 427 Character positioning patch
   - 432 Rules in a PDF qQ group
   - 434 Remove queued map item handling
   - 438 \pdfsavepos in DVI mode
   - 443 512 zeros in Type1 fonts not copied anymore
   - 447 Don't write /Encoding for non-reencoded fonts
   - 453 Object Streams for PDF-1.5
   - take PK resolution from "pk_dpi" parameter in  texmf.cnf,
     if it has not been set by the format file or by the user
   - write out PDF statistics later to make them correct
   - has a large patch from Thanh
   - remove generated pdf in case of fatal error
   - .indent.pro for indent
   - many small fixes to remove warnings from -Wall
   - add some GCC extensions and use *nprintf instead of *printf
     where possible
   - fixed a unicode bug in ttf2afm
   - 466 \primitive and \ifprimitive
   - 467 \ifinedef
   - pdfTeX now sets /ModDate and /Trapped by default (the values can be
     overridden with /pdfinfo)
   - pdfTeX is now pdfeTeX, i.e. there is no way to make a binary without
     eTeX support. Also the sources of TeX, eTeX and pdfTeX have been
     merged into one file pdfetex.web
   - strip trailing zeros in fractions of reals written
   - 473 \ifabsnum and \ifabsdim
   - the manual has been updated a bit and is again included

Cheers, Taco

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