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Toolbox App 1.17 is Out: Quality Improvements Arrive with a New Build Completely Rewritten in Kotlin

TL;DR Focusing on the quality of the Toolbox App, we have completely rewritten it in Kotlin. We’ve introduced a new Settings page, updated system requirements, and fixed dozens of bugs.

Toolbox App 1.17 Released

In this update, we’ve focused on bug fixes and on the overall quality of the Toolbox App.

The story

The Toolbox App began as a Hackathon project, though it had a different name. The state of the technology was very different at the time, however. Java was still in version 8, and Kotlin had not been released yet. We decided to try something new, so we implemented the core of the application in C++, and for the UI we used React with our own Ring UI library. This latter part has stayed with us through all these years and has proved itself to be successful. The elegant and polished interface is not only pleasing for the eyes, but it is also easy to develop and allows us to effortlessly present rich content in the “What’s new” notes for our products.

On the other hand, the core written in C++ is different. C++ is a powerful language (sometimes too powerful for our use case), and it often requires a “gloves-on” approach. Every time we switched to it from other projects that used Kotlin, we weren’t as productive as we had been before. It was also impossible to share code between the IntelliJ Platform and the Toolbox App, which would have benefitted both parties. The tool landscape has also changed. With the arrival of modular JDK, it is now possible to bundle a very small runtime with the app or even compile it to native code with Kotlin/Native.

With all this in mind, we made a decision last year to rewrite the core of the Toolbox App in Kotlin, and we are now happy to present the result. In this first iteration, we deliberately made as few changes as possible and stayed close to the original codebase, except, of course, for some third-party dependencies that we needed to replace with their JVM counterparts. Luckily there is no lack of high-quality Java libraries out there. You can easily find one for every purpose.

We didn’t want to repeat the same mistakes though, so when we needed to rewrite something from scratch, we fixed some bugs in the relevant components, as well. Below is a brief overview of the changes we’ve made.

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Bug fixes

Depending on your preferred operating system, we’ve reimplemented the system tray icon (on Windows), menu bar icon (on macOS), and appindicator (on Linux). It now correctly appears in most cases and is no longer blurred on HiDPI screens. Improved screen detection also fixes a number of issues with incorrect application scaling. Many performance issues have been resolved, as well.

On Linux, JetBrains Account credentials are now stored correctly and the app handles SSL certificates better.

You can find the full list of resolved issues here.

Proxy servers

Previously, the Toolbox App always used the system proxy if it was set. It wasn’t possible to change the proxy address or to turn it off. There is now a dedicated page in Settings for setting up a custom proxy server and enabling and disabling it when necessary.

Proxy Settings

Settings

Speaking of settings, we’re happy to introduce the revamped Settings page. We’ve regrouped all options and made the most important categories available at a glance.

Toolbox App 1.17 Settings

System requirements

As we’ve previously announced, we are dropping support for 32-bit Windows. We are also updating the minimum supported OS versions to Windows 8 or newer and macOS 10.13 or newer. This change brings our system requirements into alignment with those of all the JetBrains IDEs which will not run on older OS versions. For Linux, we generally support only the latest regular and LTS releases.

Even though there might be not so many visible changes in the application, this update builds a solid foundation for future improvements. We are already working on some of the suggestions you shared with us on New Year’s Eve.

Thank you for your collaboration and your helpful feedback! We are listening!

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Stay home, stay healthy, and stay tuned!
The Toolbox App team

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JetBrains Toolbox 2020.1 is Available: Update Your Tools

The time has come to update your tools and start using their new features. All the JetBrains IDEs are now polished and new, ready for you to create something great.

Take a look at this short summary of what you can find in the new versions of the JetBrains IDEs.
We would also like to remind you that the easiest way to update your tools is via the Toolbox App.

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IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEA 2020.1 adds support for Java 14 and new features for a number of frameworks, upgrades the debugger with dataflow analysis assistance, adds a new LightEdit mode, and downloads and configures the JDK for you. You will also discover new in-place Rename and Change Signature refactorings, in-editor rendering of Javadocs, lots of VCS improvements, and so much more.
WebStorm

WebStorm 2020.1 comes with a more polished look and feel, out-of-the-box support for Vuex and Vue Composition API, an option for running Prettier on save, and some improvements for JavaScript and TypeScript.

Rider

Rider 2020.1 features the new .NET Core edition and Xamarin Hot Reload. Profiling is now easier with a brand new feature called Dynamic Program Analysis. The editor’s severity can now be configured with one click, and Unity developers benefit from lots of major updates and fixes.
PhpStorm

PhpStorm 2020.1 provides out-of-the-box support for composer.json, PHP type inference improvements, support for code coverage with PCOV and PHPDBG, PHPUnit toolbox, the Grazie grammar checker, and many other improvements.
GoLand

GoLand 2020.1 includes a variety of upgrades for Go Modules support, code-editing features that require little to no interaction from the user, an expanded code completion family, and more!
PyCharm

PyCharm 2020.1brings a lot of things that make development easier, like interactive rebasing, smart debugging, and more. It is now possible to turn the commit dialog into a tool window that’s open next to your code. In the debugger, what used to be Smart Step Into has become even smarter yet and is now the default Step Into.
CLion

CLion 2020.1 brings dozens of improvements across many IDE features. This includes CUDA support, formatter and refactoring enhancements, deeper integration with Clang-based tools, and new options in Run/Debug configurations. For Windows developers the new version comes with support for the Clang-cl compiler, while for Embedded projects CLion adds IAR compiler support and an experimental PlatformIO plugin.
RubyMine

RubyMine 2020.1 improves navigation between Rails entities and adds smarter code assistance. Setting up run configurations, SSH, and Docker are now more convenient. The new LightEdit mode allows you to quickly edit files without loading a project. This update also includes improvements for version control, the terminal, JS, and database tools.
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AppCode 2020.1 brings completion during indexing, faster code assistance in pure Swift and mixed projects, the generation of documentation comments, new inspections and intentions, the Type Hierarchy view for Swift, and new sorting modes for the Swift Structure view.
ReSharper

ReSharper Ultimate 2020.1 offers support for more C# 8.0 and C++20 features, Dataflow Analysis for integer values, and some performance modifications under ReSharper’s hood. Also, ReSharper C++ includes better code completion, new inspections with quick-fixes, and initial HLSL support.
ReSharperC++

ReSharper C++ 2020.1 includes more support for C++20 features, better code completion, and new inspections with quick-fixes. For game developers, this release better aligns with Unreal Engine 4 guidelines and introduces initial HLSL support.
DataGrip

DataGrip 2020.1 makes it possible to run configurations and export to Excel. It also includes results in the editor, geo viewer, and more!

In the meantime, all the product teams have started working on the newest features and upcoming EAPs for the 2020.2 release. Stay tuned to the dedicated product blogs for news about their progress. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.

Stay home, stay healthy, have fun!
The JetBrains team

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The JetBrains Toolbox browser extension now works on self-hosted GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket instances

We’ve updated the JetBrains Toolbox browser extension for Chrome and Firefox. It can now clone and open files from private instances in JetBrains IDEs, whether you use corporate repositories at GitHub Enterprise or self-hosted GitLab or Bitbucket instances.

Install the extension

Please keep in mind that to start using this extension with private instances, you first need to enable it on your custom domain. Follow the steps below:

  1. Install the extension if you haven’t yet done so.
  2. Right-click the Toolbox extension icon on the browser toolbar to open its preferences.
  3. Tick “Enable on this domain” to enable the extension on the current webpage.

Toolbox extension at GitHub Enterprise

Now the Toolbox extension should work on your self-hosted instances, giving you access to the functionality that was previously available for open-source repository hosting services:

  • Clone projects from the main GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket repositories, and open them in available JetBrains IDEs.
  • Navigate from a highlighted line of code in a previously cloned GitHub project to that line in your IDE.

Read more about the main features of the Toolbox extension in this blogpost.

Stay home, stay healthy, stay productive!
The JetBrains Toolbox team

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