wiki:release-notes/1.3

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BarnOwl 1.3 release notes

The BarnOwl Developers are pleased to announce the release of BarnOwl
version 1.3.

It has been installed in the Athena locker, and you can download it
from the website [1] or get the source from Github [2]. The full
Changelog is available online [3], but there are a couple of features
I am particularly happy to announce:

 * BarnOwl now supports tab-completion! This includes command names
   themselves, as well as the arguments to most common client, zephyr,
   IRC, and Jabber commands.

   Currently Zephyr only completes using classes and users it has seen
   messages to/from, so it will take a little while to "spin up" in a
   new BarnOwl. We plan to add reading of Zephyr subscriptions and
   .anyone files soon.

   Please let us know at <barnowl-dev@mit.edu> if there are other
   commands you would like to see completion implemented for.

   Thanks to new developer David Benjamin <davidben@mit.edu> for
   writing code to complete many of the barnowl-control commands,
   including completing filter expressions in :filter and :view -d.

 * The editwin code has been almost completely rewritten. In addition
   to be much cleaner, the new code fixes several small but annoying
   bugs, and implements C-y to yank the result of the last C-k or C-w.

[1] http://barnowl.mit.edu/wiki/Download/
[2] http://github.com/nelhage/barnowl/
[3] http://github.com/nelhage/barnowl/blob/barnowl-1.3/ChangeLog

In addition, there are were new features in 1.2, which I failed to
send an announcement about, that are worth mentioning:

 * BarnOwl now supports personal messages to arbitrary instances
   better, e.g. 'zwrite nelhage -i barnowl', in both display and in
   the UI for interacting with them. In addition, BarnOwl now
   subscribes you to <message,*,%me> by default so that you can
   receive these messages.

   We encourage you to try this feature out and let us know if you
   find useful, and how it could be improved.

   Thanks to new developer Alex Dehnert <adehnert@mit.edu> for taking
   charge on the planning and almost all of the implementation of this
   feature.

 * BarnOwl now handles ^C specially and allows it to interrupt some
   long-running operations. In particular, searching a long message
   list, which can take quite a while, can now be aborted using ^C.

 * The message list now supports a "mark" and in addition to the
   current point. You can save where you are with Control-Space, move
   somewhere else, and then go back with Control-x Control-x.

   Great for bouncing back and forth between catching up on a backlog
   of old messages, and reading what's happening now.

Thank you as always for using BarnOwl, and please let us know at
<barnowl-dev@mit.edu> or on Zephyr on -c barnowl if you have any
comments, feedback, bug reports, or feature requests.

- Nelson Elhage
for the BarnOwl developers