The main topics for 0.18.0 release of Graphiti is fixing bugs.
Graphiti is part of the 2021.06 Eclipse release train since M2. Eclipse will contain the Graphiti framework, examples, tools and tests. Graphiti has joined the release train for the first time with Eclipse Indigo.
The project leadership certifies that the APIs in this release are "Eclipse Quality".
Graphiti’s architecture is solid and basically unchanged since the basis of the framework was already productive within SAP SE for several years. There were no changes from architecture point of view in the 0.18.0 timeframe.
Some parts of the framework coding needing some rework (e.g. in the rendering area) which could not be addressed within this release and will be targeted for one of the next releases.
Graphiti will stay in the incubation mode. The reason for this is that there are too many open questions with respect to supporing e4 RCP applications and the GEF framework.
The currently used GEF 3.x rendering appears to work fine but has several shortcommings/issues with rendering, e.g. off-by-one-issues. Fixing them would mean to invest massive effort within the Graphiti framework.
GEF 4/5 or JavaFX offer themselves as alternative new rendering engines with much more future potential, but switching Graphiti to one of them also requires huge effort first in investigating these alternatives and second in writing a completely new UI layer for one of the frameworks.
The second alternative appears much more promising and seems to be the way to go. Unfortunatly, for both things there is currently no capacity in the available development resources. Unless there is much more engagement in framework development for Graphiti we can only stick to the current GEF 3.x based rendering engine and live with the limitations.
Leaving incubation should happen only after the new rendering engine is in place, because that change will require massive API changes throughout the complete framework.
There are no known vulnerabilities within Graphiti.
User documentation is available as part of the Graphiti SDK/SDK+ installation from the update site
A large part of this documentation consists of a tutorial that introduces users step by step to the most common features of Graphiti
The tutorial and documentation have been updated to reflect the changes done within the framework
Further examples are part of the Graphiti tests and can be synced from Git