New this build: a new default UI theme as well as several new available themes, as we upgraded our UI library, and improved support for high-DPI displays!
We had previously been using the UI library that ships with Visual Studio. However we were surprised to find it was way out of date - last updated in 2007! We've gone directly to the vendor and gotten the latest, greatest, 2013 edition of the UI library. It comes with several new themes including new Office 2010 and Office 2013 themes, as well as Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2012 themes. These themes bring a much more modern appearance to the editor, and we've chosen Office 2010 Silver as a fresh new default. The image below shows the old Windows 7 style (above) with the new default Office 2010 Silver theme (below):
For backwards compatibility, the first time you open r148 it will set your theme to the new Office 2010 Silver style. However if you prefer you can change it to something else via the View ribbon tab. The old 'Windows 7' style is still available, but is now called Scenic.
The new UI library provides us with lots more options in terms of features, as well as six years of bug fixes. If you've ever had any minor suggestions for the UI, now would be a good time to raise them again. However despite our testing, it's possible there were backwards-incompatible changes that we missed. Some new things may actually be broken or slightly different. Let us know if you find anything you think is a problem.
Improved high-DPI support
High-DPI displays (DPI standing for Dots Per Inch) - also known as "retina" displays - are becoming widespread. These first appeared on iPhones and iPads, and until now our support for high-DPI was limited to these devices. This build broadens support for any device with a high-DPI display, including modern Android phones and tablets, Tizen and Blackberry 10 devices, and Amazon tablets. Graphics can render at considerably better quality with high-DPI support, and especially text which can appear much crisper and more readable.
Since high-DPI displays have many more pixels, using this mode can reduce performance since there is more rendering work for the GPU. So we've kept it as an option, but renamed from "Use iOS retina display" to "Use high-DPI display". It's on by default and we highly recommend using it whenever possible, but in some cases you may need to turn it off for performance to be acceptable.