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!
Thank you Iain for your feed-back. The text to curve conversion is temporarily unavailable; sorry for that. It won't make it into 1.5.0, but it will, hopefully, be back in early January 2006.
Could you please elaborate on your feature request. I'm do not understand what you mean. Could you perhaps provide me an image showing what you would expect to get? You can send it to me privately to Pierre dot Arnaud, at opac dot ch.