We are still working on the Christmas release (which will be tagged 1.5.0) but we felt that the current internal version 1.4.9 was stable enough to be released as a new BETA version. Download version 1.4.9 here and please report problems by placing a comment in this blog or send mail to bugs [at] creativedocs.net.
Here are a few highlights for this release:
New shaper tool, which can be used to modifiy the shape of a polyline or Bézier curve. Simply drag a curve to change its shape, or move a secondary point of a curve and hold down CTRL key to see smart constraints:
The ribbon has been much improved. It contains all commands organised in logically grouped tags and provides immediate access to the preferred commands in a small toolbar, the Quick Commands Toolbar:
A minibar pops up with (hopefully) the most useful commands in a given context. Here is what it looks like:
The commands shown in a minibar are tool-related. In left example, the selection tool was active, whereas in the other examples, the shaper tool was used.
The text object has been rewritten from scratch. Explore it: the commands to change most day-to-day properties are in the ribbon; the pannels on the right give access to the detailed properties.
The text has also an associted minibar which is displayed when the mouse button is released after a selection:
Warning: in this version, you can no longer edit texts created in the previous releases. This is a breaking change!