cairo 1.1.4 snapshot available
From: Carl Worth <>
Date: 3 May 2006
Subject: cairo snapshot 1.1.4 now available

A new cairo snapshot 1.1.4 is now available from:

    which can be verified with:
        b79306cff7db38227a95929810ad829ed46124f8  cairo-1.1.4.tar.gz
        (signed by Carl Worth)

  Additionally, a git clone of the source tree:

    git clone git://

    will include a signed 1.1.4 tag which points to a commit named:

    which can be verified with:
    git verify-tag 1.1.4

    and can be checked out with a command such as:
    git checkout -b build 1.1.4

This is the second in a series of snapshots working toward the
upcoming 1.2 release of cairo. For a list of items still needing work
on the cairo 1.2 roadmap, please see:

In particular, note that it is still planned for the PDF backend to
get page-resizing support before 1.2, (as PostScript receives here
with the 1.1.4 snapshot).

This snapshot is backwards-compatible with the 1.0 series---it makes a
few API additions but does not remove any API. See a few paragraphs
below for details on what's new in 1.1.4.


What's new in 1.1.4 compared to 1.1.2
PostScript backend: new printing-oriented API
We anticipate that with cairo 1.2, toolkits will begin to use cairo
for printing on systems that use PostScript as the spool format. To
support this use case, we have added 4 new function calls that are
specific to the PostScript backend:


These functions allow variation of the page size/orientation from one
page to the next in the PostScript output. They also allow the toolkit
to provide per-document and per-page printer control options in a
device-independent way, (for example, by using PPD options and
emitting them as DSC comments into the PostScript output). This should
allow toolkits to provide very fine-grained control of many options
available in printers, (media size, media type, tray selection, etc.).

SVG backend: builds by default, version control
The SVG backend continues to see major improvements. It is expected
that the SVG backend will be a supported backend in the 1.2
release. This backend will now be built by default if its dependencies
(freetype and libxml2) are met.

Additionally, the SVG backend now has flexibility with regard to what
version of SVG it targets. It will target SVG 1.1 by default, which
will require image fallbacks for some of the "fancier" cairo
compositing operators. Or with the following new function calls:


it can be made to target SVG 1.2 in which there is native support for
these compositing operators.

Bug fixes
At least the following bugs have been fixed since the 1.1.2 snapshot:

crash at XRenderAddGlyphs

Can't build cairo-1.1.2 on opensolaris due to " void function cannot return value"

Missing out-of-memory check at gfx/cairo/cairo/src/cairo-atsui-font.c:185

A couple of memory leaks.