GUI Design Studio 3.2 Released

February 27th, 2009

GUI Design Studio version 3.2 is now available for download. This is a maintenance release with a few important changes.

For customers using any prior version of GUI Design Studio, simply install the new version and your existing licenses will continue to work.

(1) Project Options

The most visible change is the introduction of new Project Options (from the “Project” menu). These allow you to:

  1. Enter descriptive notes for the project as a whole.
  2. Specify Visual Style options for viewing/editing and simulation that override the Preference settings and force the Viewer to use them. This is important for controlling the way your designs are presented in the Viewer.
  3. Change Simulator background colours, text and text placement.

This last set of Project Options will be welcomed by all those customers who’ve been requesting this for some time. Here’s a few examples:

Examples of different simulator backgrounds

There are a number of reasons why you might want to change the background colours and text but it’s particularly useful if you want to grab a screenshot of the running simulation. A solid white background with no text, for example, will make it much easier to use the images in other documents, on Web pages or for printing.

(2) Bug Fixes

There are a couple of bug fixes in this release. One removes the limit that was placed on the amount of data that could be pasted into a Table element from the clipboard and the other fixes some serious issues with Simulator scroll bar operations. It also improves the calculations of scroll bars, especially when simulating different screen resolutions.

(3) The Secret New Feature

This actually represents the bulk of changes in the version 3.2 release but we want to keep it under wraps for the moment. It’s a significant feature that we are continually asked about but it’s still just a seedling.

Top Secret!

Before we reveal what this feature is and make it generally available, we want to test it with specific customers that asked for it and work with them to develop it to a more useful level. From what I’ve seen it do so far, that hopefully won’t take too long.

Watch this space for further news!

 

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