I still use 2012r2.1 almost daily ...
@Tim J I still use 2012r2.1 almost daily ...
No offense, it's still a great release and blazing fast compared to later releases. I just posted off-topic while trying to find MBS plug-ins from 2015 and license-keys.
One thing really missed is how "earlier" (like 2015-ish) version could remember which tabs are source and which tabs are design. Really annoying these days.
I keep my working versions on both an LTO-5 tape and on 32GB USB flash drives. I keep 2007r1, 2011r3, 2012r2.1, 2013r3.3, and 2016r3 in ready states for all three platforms. I don't need 2007r1 or 2011r3 any more (those were for specific console helpers), but I use 12r2.1, 13r3.3, and 16r3 to maintain our apps.
I have reinstalled RB 2012 1.2 on my machine for occasional tests, but I should say I have embraced Xojo from 2013R1, and never looked backed since.
I know some here hate the new IDE and regret the RB one, so please don't that as a personal offense, but I find the XCode style UI is superior to the old fashion, cramped old IDE. Besides, in 6 years of so, there have been so many improvements : 64 bits and HiDPI for Mac and Windows, and now flickerless Windows.
Why would I update to 2018r1 ?
Pros: (there may be more.. depends what your projects do)
It should flicker less.
You could implement hiDPI using Xojo's methodology
Cons: (There may be more.. etc)
Your apps will be much larger.
Direct2D introduced some drawing issues.. unsure how fixed they are.
@Michel B I find the XCode style UI is superior to the old fashion, cramped old IDE.
"Cramped"? The RS IDE left far more code editor space. The new inspector wastes tons of space displaying information (method signatures, for example) in a vertical strip that was much better displayed horizontally. Likewise the bottom pane is always encroaching on the editor, and the top toolbar takes much more space than it needs to. I spend half my time closing and opening these things so I can see my code; in RS I can leave the window config alone most of the time. The way the navigator works is completely unintuitive - I'm always looking for my stuff and ending up with duplicated tabs. Apart from all that, the Xojo IDE is fine.
Julia, I am not trying to convince you. I started to use RB back in 2001, so I know the older IDE very well. RB was probably conceived for screens 800x600 or something like that, so the project and library are far too small for my old eyes.
I do not use one of the minuscule screens common today on laptops, so what you describe is not an issue with Xojo with 1920x1080 screens.
The biggest drawback for both the Xojo IDE and the XCode IDE is the fact that you cannot change the font of the Navigator/Inspector panes. You can change the Code Editor font/size, but nothing else..
so as Michel says
@Michel B the project and library are far too small for my old eyes.
@Dave S The biggest drawback for both the Xojo IDE and the XCode IDE is the fact that you cannot change the font of the Navigator/Inspector panes. You can change the Code Editor font/size, but nothing else..
so as Michel says
You’ve been able to choose to display a larger font in the navigator for at least a year.
@Jason P Don’t forget that, as of macOS 10.13.4, you & you’re users are going to get warnings from the OS about 32 bit applications.
Only the first time that the app is run. My users can live with that given an app that doesn't crash due to Apple's Cocoa CoreWahtzit library bugs.