Among the Electron-specific API changes:
- Provided the ability to check spelling in input forms using the built-in Chrome spellchecker;
- Disabled rendering to the buffer (Offscreen Rendering) is disabled, because when switching to a new release of Chromium there were problems, and the subsystem was left without an accompanying one;
- New APIs added: app.getApplicationNameForProtocol (url), BrowserWindow.getMediaSourceId (), BrowserWindow.moveAbove (mediaSourceId), session.downloadURL (url), session.addWordToSpellCheckerDictionary, tray.removeBallexava () (worldId, scripts [, userGesture]).
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Unlike web applications, Electron-based programs come in the form of self-contained executable files that are not browser-bound. In this case, the developer does not need to worry about porting the application for various platforms, Electron will provide the ability to build for all systems supported in Chromium. Electron also provides tools for organizing the automatic delivery and installation of updates (updates can be delivered either from a separate server or directly from GitHub).
Among the programs built on the basis of the Electron platform, one can mention the Atom editor, the Nylas email client, the tools for working with Git GitKraken, the Wagon analysis and visualization system for SQL queries, the WordPress Desktop blogging system, the WebTorrent Desktop BitTorrent client, as well as the official clients for Services like Skype, Signal, Slack, Basecamp, Twitch, Ghost, Wire, Wrike, Visual Studio Code and Discord. In total, about 850 applications are presented in the Electron software catalog. To simplify the development of new applications, a set of standard demo applications has been prepared, including code examples for solving various problems.