Numerous new features have already landed in Raring Ringtail, including fancy animations for Previews, error-tolerant libcolumbus library, new icons for lenses and Ubuntu logo, refined and enriched window-management behavior, etc.
Yet, it seems that high-performance is a current development effort in Ubuntu 13.04, performance enriched in the newly-released Unity 7 (via the regular updates).
The newly-landed Unity version brings faster Unity Previews animations, delivering smoother animations, gain borrowed while in fullscreen mode, too (and in high-resolution screens).
Right-clicking on a Dash item (in regular and/or fullscreen mode), pushes the right-clicked item into its preview with a more fluid, pleasant-to-the-eye animation.
Moreover, numerous internal Unity processes have been significantly improved, optimization bringing reductions for:
- UnityScreen::nuxEpilogue: -38.3%
- IconRenderer::RenderElement: -5.8%
- Launcher::DrawContent: -58.6%
- panel::Controller::GetTrayXids: -100%
- UnityScreen::nuxDamageCompiz: -70%
- IconRenderer::PreprocessIcons: -74.3%
- UnityScreen::nuxPrologue: -36.9%
- IconRenderer::UpdateIconTransform: -87.7%
- UnityScreen::paintPanelShadow: -64.3%
- dash::LensView::OnResultAdded: -84.6%
- IconTexture::GetTransform: -89.4%
Weeks ago, the developers landed by default libcolumbus, versatile error-tolerant library that on-the-fly matches faulty-typed words with correct words (such as, matching
nautilus directly in the Dash).
The latest Unity comes with a refined libcolumbus version, adding certain minor-yet-relevant improvements (especially in the Unity Applications lens), thus more accurately matching typed words, as well as removing word-matching actions for irrelevant words/characters.
The mentioned optimizations are an interesting addition to Raring's Unity, introducing subtle-yet-handy enhancements.