IntelliJ IDEA 2022.2 EAP Is Open!
We’re announcing the next Early Access Program and we invite you to take part in testing and validating new features that are expected to be included in the IntelliJ IDEA 2022.2 release.
The first IntelliJ IDEA 2022.2 EAP build brings a number of useful improvements to various parts of the product along with moving the IDE to JBR 17, which will boost IDE performance.
You can download the EAP build from our website, get it from the free Toolbox App, or use snaps if you are using Ubuntu.
Let’s take a closer look at the updates included in this first EAP build.
Merge All Project Windows action on macOS
For macOS users, we’ve introduced the ability to merge all opened project windows into one, turning them into tabs. This action is available from the Window menu.
New Description field for mnemonic bookmarks
We’ve integrated a Description field into the Add Mnemonic Bookmark dialog so that you can add an optional description to your bookmark right away.
Font size indicator on zooming
When you zoom your code in or out within the editor, you can now see an indicator that shows the current font size and the option to revert it back to default.
Cloning repository progress bar on the Welcome screen
We’ve updated the way the Cloning repository progress appears on the IDE’s Welcome screen. The progress bar is now shown right in the Projects list, which makes it clearer and easier to use.
New setting to disable automatic block comment closure
You can now disable automatic block comment closure when hitting the Enter key. To do so, go to Settings / Preferences | Editor | Smart Keys and uncheck the Close block comment checkbox in the Enter section.
Code Completion Settings available from the code completion popup
You can now access Code Completion Settings and configure your preferences right from the three vertical dots menu button in the code completion popup.
With the IntelliJ IDEA 2022.2 EAP we are moving from JetBrains Runtime 11 (JBR11) to JetBrains Runtime 17 (JBR17). Starting with this build, all IntelliJ IDEA 2022.2 updates will come with JBR17. This will have the following effects:
- A significant performance improvement allowing faster and smoother IDE operation.
- Better security, as JBR17 is based on the latest OpenJDK LTS.
- Better rendering performance on macOS, as JetBrains Runtime 17 leverages Metal API.
- Increased accessibility on macOS, as JBR17 features integration with VoiceOver screen reader.
- Usage of Vector API designed to express vector computations that compile at runtime to vector instructions on supported CPU architectures, thus achieving performance superior to equivalent scalar computations.
These are the main updates for week one. For more details, check out the release notes. Please test the new features and provide us with your feedback in the comment section below, on Twitter, or using our issue tracker.
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