Announcing wxWidgets 3.2.0 release

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Vadim Zeitlin

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July 07, 2022 -- The wxWidgets team is pleased to announce a new
major release of our open source framework for the development of native
cross-platform applications in C++.

wxWidgets 3.2.0 is the first release in the new 3.2.x series and is
now available from

https://www.wxwidgets.org/downloads/

and

https://github.com/wxWidgets/wxWidgets/releases/v3.2.0

Compared to the almost 9-year old stable 3.0.x series, this version brings
too many improvements and even more bug fixes to list all of them here,
please see the change log

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wxWidgets/wxWidgets/v3.2.0/docs/changes.txt

for the incomplete list of the most important ones, but here is the
maximally condensed summary of the changes compared to 3.0:

- Build system improvements: support for new compilers (up to MSVS 2022,
g++ 12, clang 14) with an even simpler way of using wxWidgets from
MSVS, with wxwidgets.props file, as well as an entirely new CMake build
system.
- Support for native dark mode under macOS 10.14 and later, support for
ARM hardware and macOS versions up to 13.
- High DPI support with the new, but almost perfectly backwards-
compatible, API based on wxBitmapBundle, including per-monitor DPI and
dynamic DPI changes.
- New features: HTTPS and HTTP/2 support with wxWebRequest and friends;
support for freezing rows/columns in wxGrid; mouse gesture events
(GSoC 2017 project); non-integer font sizes and arbitrary font weights
in wxFont; fractional pen widths in wxGraphicsContext; arbitrary label
windows in wxStaticBox; markup in wxDataViewCtrl items text; support
for ZIP 64 files; LZMA compression; much improved accessibility
support under MSW; new Edge-based wxWebView implementation; support for
using native spell-checking in wxTextCtrl; new PCRE-based wxRegEx.
- New classes: wxActivityIndicator, wxAddRemoveCtrl, wxAppProgressIndicator,
wxBitmapBundle, wxNativeWindow, wxPersistentComboBox,
wxPowerResourceBlocker, wxSecretStore, wxTempFFile, wxUILocale and many new
features in the existing classes.
- New XRC handlers for all the new and some of the existing classes.
- Significant improvements to: wxBusyInfo, wxDataViewCtrl, wxDirDialog, wxGrid,
wxNotificationMessage, wxSpinCtrl, wxStaticBox, wxStyledTextCtrl,
wxUIActionSimulator.
- Improvements to compile-time safety with the possibility to disable dangerous
implicit conversions between wxString and "char*" strings.
- Latest versions of all bundled 3rd party libraries, including all the
security fixes and support for WebKit 2 and GStreamer 1.7 under Unix.
- Better, even if still perfectible, Wayland support in wxGTK.
- Revamped OpenGL support better suited to modern OpenGL (3.2+).
- Further C++11 and later support improvements, wxWidgets can be built using
C++20 compilers.
- New experimental wxQt port.
- Many, many bug fixes.


This release is the start of a new "stable" release series, meaning that
it provides an ABI stability guarantee and that applications using it
will keep working even without recompiling with any of the subsequent
3.2.x releases.

In spite of a huge number of changes, this release remains almost fully
API-compatible with the previous 3.0.x releases and 3.1.7 and updating
the existing applications to use it should be straightforward. But please
do read the (relatively short) section listing the incompatible changes in
the beginning of the change log file

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wxWidgets/wxWidgets/v3.2.0/docs/changes.txt

if you're upgrading from a previous wxWidgets version.

We hope that you will enjoy using the new release!

Vadim Zeitlin, on behalf of wxWidgets development team.
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