Brainstorming Ideas, Mapping and Modeling Software, Creative Thinking Software, Visual Thinking Software

Brainstorming Ideas, Mapping and Modeling Software, Creative Thinking Software, Visual Thinking Software

Brainstorming Ideas, Mapping and Modeling Software, Creative Thinking Software, Visual Thinking Software

 

What’s new in version 2.5 ?


Developments in version 2.5 are principly centred around resolving minor issues in Version 2.0, implementing aspects of client feedback and improving functionality in relation to Visual Concept's growing use as a knowledge capture and presentation tool.

The most significant changes that existing users need to be aware of are:

  • The presence of a link is no longer indicated by the object having a dotted border.  See 'Links' below.

  • There are two new tools.  One for scaling and one for zooming.  See 'Model Size' and 'Zooming' below.

  • A new 'Relative Paths' option for links will make it far easier for presentations and front-end interfaces to be transferred to and work from removable media or laptops. See ‘Links’ below

  • Menu’s and basic tools can now be made accessible in Presentation Mode. See ‘Presentation Mode’ below.

The following provides an itemised list of all the changes in version 2.5


Opening a model

  • When opening a model, VC no longer displays the ‘read-only’ message if the media is read-only itself (CD-ROM).
  • When closing a read-only model, saving will default to Save as…
  • When opening a locked model no message is displayed.  No saving is possible (not even Save as…).

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Shape property

  • Shapes (except arrows) can now be made transparent.
  • ‘Transparent’ check box added to shape’s property sheet.
  • Outline width can now be set to 0 in shape’s property sheet (except for arrows, and shadows).
  • When the Text or Notes property sheets are active, previously entered text is no longer selected by default and the cursor is now positioned at the end of the text string. 
  • Shadows now use a custom gradient fill for a more realistic look (except for titles).

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Background  

  • New file types supported: bmp, dib, gif, jpg, wmf, emf, ico
  • The “select picture” dialog displays all compatible image formats and accepts them all as default.
  • The background image is now saved in original format (jpeg, wmf, etc.) in the same directory as the model.  This now applies for “Save as…” as well.
  • Paper Colour is now saved and restored correctly.

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Note popup

  • Note windows do not display anything in the taskbar when popped up.
  • Notes can be attached to arrows and pop up when the cursor traverses the arrow head.

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Model size

  • The smallest size for a model has been reduced further.
  • A new function “Resize to encompass all shapes” has been added in the model menu, below “Scale down”.  Corresponding button has been added to the model toolbar.

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Links

  • The presence of a link is no longer indicated by the object having a dotted border.
  • A ”follow link" Arrow icon is now displayed at the top of a shape when the shape is linked.
  • The link (chain) cursor is displayed when hovering on the follow link icon.
  • When hovering on the follow link icon, the link is displayed in the status bar.
  • Double-clicking the follow link icon opens the linked file.  Double-clicking anywhere else in the shape opens the Properties dialog.
  • A 'Relative Path' option has been added to the advanced dialog.

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Titles & clusters

  • Free text (Title) can now be drawn vertically, flipped or reversed (270°).
  • New Title Property sheet allows text orientation.
  • Where titles are on multiple lines, the justification will be correctly displayed in function of its orientation.
  • Titles will always be correctly displayed, so the “resize” option has been taken off from the Title’s property sheet.
  • When simplified, cluster text is now displayed at a larger setting.

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Zooming

  • A new 'Zoom to view all shapes' function has been added below "Zoom to fit" in the zoom menu.  The corresponding button is, by default, situated to the right of the "Zoom to fit" button in the zoom toolbar.

 

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Toolbar Icons

  • The 'Zoom to fit' icon has been changed.
  • The new 'Zoom to view all shapes' tool has adopted the 'Zoom to fit' icon.
  • The 'Apply style to selection' icon has been changed to follow the Office 2000 convention.
  • The 'Link to web' tool has been changed to follow the Office 2000 convention.

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Presentation Mode 

  • Menu’s and basic tools can now be made accessible in Full Screen Mode.

  • The Menu’s appear in full screen mode when the cursor is pointed off the top of the screen.

  • A new option has been added to the View menu, enabling you to select or de-select Full Screen With Tools.

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