After an extremely short release cycle, we're proud to present OpenLP 2.4.
Some folks might be wondering why we're releasing a new version after such a short amount of time. Others might be looking at the new features, and wondering why there's almost nothing there. The reality is that we were forced to upgrade some of the libraries we use sooner than we had anticipated.
Some of the Linux distributions removed one of the components of the GUI library we are using (Qt), and in order to continue using that component we had to upgrade the GUI library. When the component was removed from those Linux distributions, OpenLP was also removed. So in order to make sure OpenLP is in the next version of Ubuntu, we had to move fast.
Moving so quickly also meant that some of the issues we discovered while upgrading to the latest Qt version could not be solved within the limited timeframe. These issues are only seen on Windows and Mac OS X and relate to the use of transparent themes, and cause the presentation display not to update correctly. We have also spotted some issues with the webkit player, which is used for live backgrounds, and again is only seen on Windows and Mac OS X. If you need to use these features, we recommend skipping OpenLP 2.4 and waiting for OpenLP 2.6.
As with any upgrade, make sure you backup your data before upgrading to OpenLP 2.4. This way you can always revert to the previous version of OpenLP without losing your data should you be negatively affected by these issues. You can follow the instructions in our manual on how to backup your data.
Bugs we've fixed in OpenLP 2.4
#1544263: Tools -> Song Usage Tracking -> Toggle Tracking doesn't work
#1531319: The presentation display isn't updated on windows
#1404669: KDE Plasma 5 is breaking the look of OpenLP
#1532169: Expanding or Collapsing a Song in ServiceManager raises an Exception
#1532938: Presenting with PowerPoint or Impress triggers traceback
#1533081: Importing Song DB fails
#1534306: Empty song-titles causes tracebacks on update from 2.0 to 2.2
#1535332: Startup display on second monitor hides items send live
#1536411: Verse order textbox jumps to end
#1490508: Powerpoint / object has no attribute 'slidenumber'
#1533280: Songs with linked audio cause traceback
#1537212: Song book number input box - not clearing and unexpected 'Enter' action
#1066323: Add song to multiple song books
#1533246: No Shortcuts work in 2.3.2
#1490184: '?' help buttons not working
#1510572: Double verses at end of song shows as 1 on stageview
#1531872: Fix projector test temp db file
#1530340: Ctrl-F should select all text in the search field
#1530354: Allow entering verse order in lowercase
#1420276: Remove old upgrade code
#1507385: VLC not available after upgrade to 2.2
#913508: cannot delete a theme if it is assigned to a song
#1516171: Alert with line break from remote makes desktop report a bug
#1168778: Search as you type setting in wrong settings tab
#1281100: Unable to distinguish between songs with the same title
#1413217: optparse deprecated
#1439304: Print service change font size
#1487014: Image disappearing from images list
#1390699: Better wording for "Plugin List"
#1390706: Improve File menu
New features we've added in OpenLP 2.4
All over the world
With every release, we hear of more and more people from all over the world who are using OpenLP in their churches. We love hearing from you, so please drop us a line (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, e-mail, or just comment below) and tell us where you're from and how OpenLP is helping your church worship the Lord better.
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Romans 10:18 KJV
[ Image Credit: The world by Dave C ]