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EazyDraw Version 6.3.1h June 11, 2014

Fixed bug with Quick Keys palette configuration. In some cases it was not possible to drag the actions tools at the top of the generic tools palette (knife, rotate, ) to the QuickKeys palette. This is fixed, now these tools may be added at any time with drag and drop.

Added Tool-Tip support for the Quick Keys palette. This was intended for setup only so Tool-Tip was not provided. But it seems many users keep the palette open as a ready cheat sheet, hence the need for this addition. Any tool installed as a quick key now has its Tool-Tip available on the Quick Keys palette.

Fixed possible problem using the underline button on the Attributes Bar. In some cases it would not properly turn off an underline state. This was only on the Attributes bar button, the menu commands did not have the problem. All works properly now.

Added capability for DXF to import datum points. They have no size so technically they are not supported in EazyDraw. DXF data input now accepts these POINTS and adds them to the drawing as small circles (2 Points diameter).

Added capability for DXF to import layers with duplicate names. Previously a DXF file with 2 layers with the same name would cause EazyDraw to hang. It is not clear if this is an allowed configuration for a DXF file. Now EazyDraw checks for duplicate layer names, if found the names are modified (with number) to be unique. These files now read properly into EazyDraw.

Fixed problem with Layer Color Modification, when the layer contained a non-pdf image and when this image had resolution other than 72 Dots Per Inch. The image would scale to 72 DPI, and thus display larger or smaller when Color Modification was in use. This is now fixed. The image appears the same size, with only the color modification change.

Added the capability to change only one component of Hue, Saturation, or Brightness Color for a color change applied to several graphics. This now behaves the same as RGB or CMYK, where one component change will apply over several graphics, changing only the one color component in each target color and not making all the target colors the same. This is not a perfect solution. The HSB system color picker is not consistent with respect to its conversions between RGB and HSB. For example a HSB might be changed and set, but when you click off then back on a target graphic the HSB values will display differently. Other HSB Color Picker plug-ins were tested, none provided a proper solution, each seems to have a different class of mapping inconsistencies. A robust HSB color Picker is now on our to-do-list.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.1g May 25, 2014

Significant optimization and improvement for the User Library inspector preview images (the image for the selected item of a User Library palette). There were rare intermittent problems on Mountain Lion and Mavericks, the images would appear at low quality. This is corrected, images draw reliably with perfect clarity. Transformed and rotated content is now reliably indicated in the library image.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.1f May 23, 2014

SVG export: added the new naming support for groups. See below, the new naming worked for individual graphics, but groups were missed. Now they have a ID that corresponds to the Graphic Name for the group, if present.

Corrected a performance for the new version 6 file format for drawings that contain multiple copies of bitmap images. Multiple copies of the image were included in the saved file. Only one copy of the image is needed. This is now corrected, providing potentially smaller saved file size.

Significant optimization and improvement for the Easy Look inspector preview image (the image for the selected items in the Easy Look table). There were intermittent problems on Mountain Lion and Mavericks, the images would often fail to draw. This is corrected, images draw reliably with better clarity. The background for the image was a solid off-gray, the background now reflects the background setting for the drawing (from Page Layout). This includes the Checker-Board setting. Checker-Board is especially useful for Easy Look preview, properly reflecting transparency as individual and group graphic elements are inspected.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.1e May 23, 2014

Corrected SVG export, external linked images. In the case where no name or xLink is provided EazyDraw automatically generates unique image names. Previously an image file was created for each use in the EazyDraw drawing. This was not optimal when one image was used several times. Now linked images are checked for repeated usage. One external image file is created for each unique image. An image that is repeated in the drawing will have only one external linked file.

Further additions for SVG export, external linked images. The logic was significantly expanded. XLinks are now supported on the Easy Look inspector. Both the graphic name and the xLink (Property 2) on Easy Look are examined on export when Embedded images is not checked (when using external linked bitmap images). Upon SVG import an external link image is preserved, the xLink file path is saved with the EazyDraw content, and may be inspected/changed with Easy Look inspector. A new Overwrite control is found the Export SVG panel, uncheck this to avoid overwriting external images. If the name - xLink information indicates an image file, and there is no existing image file then a new image file is saved. The Overwrite checkbox only manages overwriting existing image files. If a graphic has a name and no xLink, then the image file is placed in the same directory as the svg export and the image file is given named from the graphic name. If an xLink is provided, the graphic name is not used. The user is responsible for providing properly constructed xLinks to existing directories. If Graphic Names are used, the user is responsible for name uniqueness, in the event of duplicate names the overwrite setting applies. Documentation is not complete for this new capability at the time of this beta release.

Corrected random problem on Text Graphic Details inspector for Characters. In some cases, after a new piece of text was entered, the three character popup menus would not refresh and did not show the character information. This is now fixed.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.1d May 20, 2014

Added feature to SVG export to support exporting a Graphic Name into the SVG ID field. If DOM IDs is set to Yes on the SVG export panel, then each graphic is exported with a unique ID, the name of a graphic is ignored. If DOM IDs is set to NO on the SVG export panel and if a graphic has a name assigned then the graphic name is exported in the SVG ID field. The name of the graphic is inspected and set on the Easy Look table.

Corrected about 10 grammar errors with use of its instead of its in the PDF manual. A full search check and correct of this proper grammar form was completed for both the PDF manual and the Help pages.

Corrected rare possible problems associated with spurious lines of nearly infinite length (greater than 10**32). If these made their way into a drawing there could be trouble with Select All and drag select. These are now handled gracefully by EazyDraw.

Corrected problem with Export PDF, Full Drawing Area, White Background, when Page Layout had a non-white background specified for the drawing. The non-white background was printed in error. Now the proper White Background is printed for this combination of settings.

Fixed problem with the Rectangle Spoke graphic. This is allowed to have a rounded corner. The corner radius parameter was not saved properly. When a drawing was re-opened this radius returned to zero. This is now fixed, the radius is saved and restored properly now.

Corrected problem with Spiral, the control handles for the Spiral. They were not drawn at the correct locations on the Spiral. This was not a problem until interactive distortion of the spiral, such as flatten of the spiral. This was introduce with EazyDraw version 6, not present in the older versions. This is correct now.

Corrected problem with Spiral, numeric entry of the Flatten Axis Angle parameter on Graphic Details inspector. The entry was not properly read as an angle. This is now correct.

Corrected problem with the Notch Circle on Technical tool palette. A small problem with two of the interactive on screen adjuster handles. The ones adjusting the width of the notch were somewhat jumpy and slightly inconsistent. They now are smooth and precisely responsive.

Corrected problem with on screen adjusting handle for Corner graphics and Exponent Math graphics. The blue adjusting handle response was inconsistent. It is now smooth and precisely responsive.

Corrected problem with Double Flat Circle, in some cases the drawing geometry was incorrect. All is correct now. This was introduced with EazyDraw version 6.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.1c April 6, 2014

Corrected very rare problem mapping color space. This happens when the color space is changed for a layer (on Layers inspector) or exporting to EPS or TIFF. It is possible to import, or perhaps to copy, a color form that would not convert. The color conversion now performs a preliminary test of each color before conversion, thereby avoiding this problem.

Corrected problem snapping to an invisible line (a line with no stroke) that was exactly horizontal or vertical. The infinitely thin aspect prevented proper snap testing. This now snaps properly.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.1b April 3, 2014

Corrected rare problem with Copy operation. If a graphic contained text but if that contained text was empty and actually did not have any text characters, then the copy operation would fail to place any content on the system Clipboard. EazyDraw has blocks to prevent a drawing from having empty text boxes, unless they are linked to a chain of text boxes that has non-zero text content. One user somehow created a drawing with this situation, so now EazyDraw has internal protection against this situation.

Corrected problem with SVG import, with the "use" element. In some cases where multiple colors were applied and inherited to the same element, there could be mistakes in the applied color. This was introduced with EazyDraw version 6 on Mavericks. This is now working correctly again.

Corrected problem with Annotation. When creating a new annotation text the full new text might not display (it was cut-off). The problem would self correct at a later time. This is now fixed. This was introduced with EazyDraw version 6 and Mavericks.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.1a March 26, 2014

Corrected the Percent text input on the Page Setup palette. The Fine Scale for the palette did not have a setting for Percent Precision, and this prevented changing the display precision for the Percent field. The input for the field was always rounded to even percentage. All is fixed now, any typed value is accepted exactly as typed and the display respects the Fine Scale Percentage Precision setting for the palette.

Improved the direction of arrows for curved paths that have very sharp curvature at the end of the path. The problem was noticed with Sine wave shapes (from the Math palette) that ended exactly at a peak or valley of the waveform. For larger values of N (the number of Bezier segments per cycle of the waveform, as defined on Graphic Details) the interval of the ending Bezier segment would be very small and the tangent was not computed to a high enough degree of accuracy. The accuracy is now improved.

Fixed issue when using double click to extend an angle constrained line to the intersection with another graphic. The line end could possibly snap to vertex, thereby ignoring the angle constraint. This is now handled correctly, the line extends to the intersection and properly ignores the possible vertex snap giving priority to the angle constraint.

Full Release.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.1 March 14, 2014

Full Release.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.0h March 6, 2014

Corrected issues relating to a few of the Stellate graphics. These issues were introduced with EazyDraw version 6 and Mavericks. Two stellates were not drawn correctly, a few had problems with interactive adjustments. All stellates have been fully tested and are now working correctly with EazyDraw version 6.

Corrected issues with Label and tick mark text. Interactive adjustment of the tick mark length was not tracking properly. This was introduced with EazyDraw 6.

Corrected Label Text to properly utilize the correct decimal delimiter for international regions. Label text was always using a decimal point. Now the Region setting in System Preferences properly determines the decimal delimiter. This was a new problem with Mavericks. It now works correctly on both Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

Improved logic relating to including and excluding Report Dimensions when forming a group. Applies to Report Dimensions, Center Dimension, and Diameter Dimensions. These were forced to be excluded from groups in some situations. All is correct now.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.0g March 1, 2014

Fixed possible crash. Related to use of Tape Tool, closing an un-edited drawing, then continuing work on another drawing. Problem not present on OS X 10.8, but found to be present on OS X 10.9, versions 10.9.1 and 10.9.2. Situation is now stable and correct for all versions of OS X.

Fixed issues entering negative values on parameter palettes. Problem introduced with 6.3.0f - it is corrected now.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.0f February 26, 2014

Fixed problem ungrouping PDF. Rare configuration of the PDF content could cause some text to render as white text on white background, instead of black text. This is parsing error is now fixed.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.0e February 24, 2014

Fixed problem using comma as decimal separator, for regions such as Italy and Germany. Several fields on parameter palettes and a few on the Graphic Details inspector were not displaying and accepting this alternate decimal delimiter. This is a new issue with Mavericks. All numeric input and display fields have now been tested and confirmed for correct operation using both decimal and comma as the decimal delimiter.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.0d February 13, 2014

Fixed possible problem with default settings for paragraph alignment and the text flow-around setting. Portions of the logic for setting and using the default setting for these parameters was faulty. All is now correct. The Paragraph Form parameter palette now defines and manages these values and their default settings in the normal fashion using the Current and Default buttons. The palette was upgraded to show Flow Around setting on the Alignment popup menu with the flow-around icon as an added visual clue in the popup menu. If you have experienced trouble with the default setting for Flow Around: after installing the upgrade go to the Paragraph palette, hold down command key, move mouse over the Default button, when you see the button change to Factory, click the button, this will clear out the troublesome setting. If the default for Text was set to Flow-Around, then SVG and DXF import and PDF ungroup could have poor results importing text, this potential problem is now handled properly.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.0c February 3, 2014

Fixed problem with the Angle Dimension control knob for clockwise and counter clockwise setting. This was broken with EazyDraw 6, it is now fixed and again works properly.

Updated and improved the tool tips on the Font Map panel. The English and other translations had many of the tool tips in Spanish. All localizations are now correct and the tool tips reflect the recent improvements and additions for Font mapping and character mapping support.

Added capability for mapping and import embedded glyph font sets in SVG drawings. There is now support for multiple font / glyph tables for fonts with the same names but different font face styles or weights. For example two embedded fonts one normal and one bold will now import correctly for both embedded and font mapped interpretation.

Further bug fixes for SVG import of Markers (Arrows).

EazyDraw Version 6.3.0b February 1, 2014

Fixed problem using trackpad gestures to rotate a fixed angle graphic (such as a rectangle or oval). EazyDraw would perform the necessary conversion to a rotatable graphic but then would repeatedly make the default bell sound. The rotation would proceed with the next gesture. Now all proceeds smoothly with no annoying bell sounds.

Several improvements for SVG import relating to text spans and white space handling with text spans.

Embedded fonts, corrected problem interpreting embedded fonts for longer strings.

Fixed several minor issues with font mapping. The Font Maps panel is now more user friendly. If an import is performed with the Font Map panel open, after the import a drop down sheet appears with information about fonts and embedded glyphs found in the SVG drawing. The drop down sheet will indicate how each was handled. In many cases where an SVG is coming from a non-Mac system it is advisable to perform a trial import, review the information, set font mapping accordingly then import again.

Added ability to define a preference for use of embedded fonts. The Font Map panel now has that parameter always enabled, if no specific font is named the checkbox applies to a persistent (across quit and relaunch of EazyDraw) preference to use embedded fonts if they are included in a SVG file. Not all SVG files have embedded fonts. Use of embedded fonts more faithfully reproduce the exact text, but the text is imported as Bezier paths and is not editable as text. The factory default is to attempt to locate an installed system font and avoid use of embedded fonts.

Fixed an issue importing SVG Markers (called Arrows in EazyDraw). The default setting for Relief or Offset was applied. This behavior was not correct, the import must always use the Offset choice. The setting may be changed after the import but SVG definitions follow the Offset method not Relief. Arrows now import correctly.

Fixed issues related to importing SVG dashed lines. Certain style arrangements would cause EazyDraw to fail to apply the line dashing. All is correct now.

Correct issues related to importing SVG ellipse arcs. A bug was introduced with EazyDraw 6 and clockwise vs counter clockwise was reversed in some cases. All is fixed now.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.0a January 20, 2014

Corrected serious problem that evolved on Mavericks. A new feature on Mavericks called Responsive Scrolling can cause large drawing overhead for drawing applications such as EazyDraw. This new feature may be helpful for simplistic applications that employ inefficient drawing algorithms. For EazyDraw the problem was only apparent for lager complex drawings, a certain level of drawing activity would trigger large drawing overhead for this new feature and cause EazyDraw to be slow and unresponsive. This seemed to be rather random, some users and certain situations would trigger the sluggishness and response issues. One drawing was observed to clear with no setting changes, then a simple reboot brought the problem back. We have this new feature completely patched out now. Performance is again now the same as it was on earlier versions of OS X. The problem was only present on Mavericks, it was present on both Retina and legacy resolution screens. No improvements for scrolling were observed for EazyDraw so we will leave this feature patched out for the foreseeable future.

Added new features related to deleting vertices (nodes) for Bezier paths. Previously there were two algorithms. The primary algorithm attempts to remove the node and still approximate the original path, by computing best match control points that follow the original path as closely as possible. This is the algorithm used by the knife, it did not change. The second method simply removed a node and associated control points, these are the two control points ahead of the node. The newly added method removes the designated node and control points on either side (if present) of the node. The new method is available on the Graphic Details inspector, the Bezier path needs to be in the normal (non-continuous) mode. The contextual menu (obtained by a Control-Click on or very near a node, when the path is selected) now presents all 3 methods for convenient short-cut access

Removed the window shade control from the Brushes panel. This panel supports full interactive resizing and should not have the window shade control. This control icon was visible and active, clicking on it caused the size of the panel to become corrupt. The corrupt state would require a quit and restart of EazyDraw. Dont experiment before updating. The update of EazyDraw should be done with the panel at full size (window shade not active).

Added a factory Hatch for Concrete. The new hatch will appear for new users (new installations). This will not appear in the menu on the Hatch panel for users that are updating. The named Hatches file in the Applications Support folder needs to be removed for this to rebuild at this time. Caution, removing the file will erase any user built and named hatches.

Corrected problem with Zoom Calibrate and the new Zoom Interactive tool when used on a custom User Tools palette. These two tools (only these two), which were recently added to the Zoom Tools palette, would not work from a custom tools palette. They now work properly on a User Tools palette. The Zoom tools were not enabling properly, on a User Tools palette, immediately after launch and immediately after switching from another App back to EazyDraw. They now properly enable.

Fixed the Dash 7 Toolbar button (found on the Customize sheet for the main drawing window toolbar). This button provides the Short Dash Pattern. The button was not working, problem introduced with EazyDraw version 6. The problem is fixed, the button works again.

Fixed problem dragging pattern colors onto the EazyDraw Pattern palettes working area. This was actually always unreliable, but became more so on Mavericks. The problem is now fixed.

Corrected problem reducing the width of a text box. If the first line of the text was a white space (a newline for example) it was not possible to interactively reduce the width of the text box. This is fixed now.

Corrected problem with the new Brush tool (the one next to the Pencil tool on the main tool palette). If the tool was used to draw a new curve on an empty drawing and if the next user action was an Undo, EazyDraw would crash. This is now fixed.

Fixed an issue with accessing EazyDraw Help. Some users were experiencing problems accessing EazyDraw Help files on Mavericks with EazyDraw version 6.

EazyDraw Version 6.3.0 December 17, 2013

No Public Beta at this time.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0x December 5, 2013

Corrected problem with Dimensions, related to change for the temporary default of dimensions, for the Color and Style of the dimension box. Parameters such as Outline and Color would not set for the temporary default (changes made when no Dimension was selected). These all now work correctly, this problem was introduced with EazyDraw 6.

Corrected problem exporting EPS with active Dimensions and potential Color Space modifications.

Improved appearance of Graphic Details inspector and Layers inspector when not using Attributes Bar. Corrected issue related to showing and hiding Rulers when the Attributes Bar not visible. There were slight appearance issues near the top of the inspectors panels, especially for small drawing window sizes.

Further corrections for the appearance of the new Layers Configuration popup at the top of the layers inspector. There have been troubles in EazyDraw 6 with this new menu moving and / or being positioned incorrectly. An earlier public beta for 6.1.0 made improvements but there were still errors for very small drawing window sizes. All is now correct, and the inspector now has improved appearance when the inspector width is increased or decreased.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0u December 1, 2013

Corrected SVG import bug, related to Bezier paths that were curved but only had two vertices and the SVG coding used a specific construct. This somewhat rare combination is now parsed correctly. The actual EazyDraw drawing would appear correct, the problem only surfaced if an immediate export to KeyNote was used.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0t December 1, 2013

More work on the DXF issue related to DXF drawings with INSERT objects that populate more than one layer, when the ENTITY layer is not the same as the defined INSERT layer.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0s November 30, 2013

Corrected issue with DXF import, related to DXF files that have layers but do not have a layer defining section. It is not clear if this is a proper DXF construct but EazyDraw now handles this situation. Now if an entity is encountered that belongs to a layer that does not exist, EazyDraw creates the layer even if it was not defined.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0r November 26, 2013

Corrected two bugs in DXF export, relating to Ovals filled with solid color.

Small corrections to the Czech localization. We owe a thanks to Zdenk Podráský for taking the time to send in corrections and suggestions.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0q November 26, 2013

Added capability to SVG export. It is now possible to select the content for export, before the only choice was Full Drawing Area. It is now possible to select Graphics Only or Selected Graphics Only.

Made several corrections to the Czech localization. We owe a thanks to Zdenk Podráský for taking the time to send in corrections and suggestions.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0p November 25, 2013

Corrected issue with auto numerate. The Annotation option was not adding new numbering annotations. If annotations were present on the graphics then auto numerate worked, but not for a new graphic with no Annotation present. This is now fixed.

Added a toolbar button for Numerate. It is found on the Customize table for the main drawing window toolbar. Numerate was also added as a Quick Keys option, access from the Add -> Other QuickKeys popup menu.

Improved vertex cloaking. Now groups with nested graphics will cloak or present uncloaked vertices respecting the settings of each group graphic. This would be the settings for cloaking before forming the group. This applies in a nested sense problem editing and change some parameters on the Hatch parameter palette. Some parameter changes would cause the hatch to clear.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0n November 22, 2013

Corrected problem editing and change some parameters on the Hatch parameter palette. Some parameter changes would cause the hatch to clear.

Corrected issue using the iconset feature for App Development setting for Page Setup. When the iconset template was first created the reference names for each icon did not show. The names returned after a save and re-open of the drawing. Now they appear properly when the template is first created.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0m November 20, 2013

Added full support for LaTexIt. Support for LatTeXIt developed several issues after LinkBack support was dropped with EazyDraw 5. Several corrections and additions are now included in the EazyDraw source code to provide bi-directional support for typesetting equations with LaTeXIt, this is now accomplished in a robust fashion consistent with Mac security requirements and independent of third party code (LinkBack). EazyDraw now internally maintains two copies (one native to EazyDraw and one native to LaTeXIt) of the LaTeX markup source text. This insures that an included equation will have the associated source code and will be editable in the future on future platforms and versions of OS X. Equations may be Copied and Pasted or Dragged and Dropped between (both directions) EazyDraw and LaTeXIt. The Services provided by LaTeXit on the Apple (via EazyDraw) Services menu are now supported. With the Services menu a typeset PDF equation may be reverted to source LaTeX markup text and LaTeX markup text may be compelled to typeset PDF in-situ with the Services menu commands. Services in both directions are allowed for equations that originate in LaTeXIt (or any other LaTeX App) or from Text on an EazyDraw drawing. Testing completed with LaTeXit version 2.5.4. .

Corrected behavior when resizing a group, when interactively decreasing the width or height to a very minimum and negative values. The Group would jitter and make small jumps at the near zero and negative heights. The jitter and jump behavior is fixed and the group will smoothly decrease to the minimum allowed height or width, if the interactive motion continues to the negative height or width the group flips and smoothly adjusts to increasing width or height.

Group Edit for a drawing was not being saved and restored when opening the drawing. The setting for new drawings and the setting for individual groups was saved and restored properly, but the Group Edit in effect for a drawing was set at the default for new drawings when opening the drawing.

Additions to the Node Edit tool. The tool now works fully with Groups. The capability was expanded to provide node editing for graphics in groups. Group Edit needs to be set to the Free state (for both the individual target Group and the Drawing). This capability is useful for intricate group size and shape editing. Specifically one editing node may be assigned for overall size of the group and other nodes for specific group graphic changes, which all interact in unison. These additions apply for Groups and Interaction Levels.

Added visual feedback when interactively editing graphics with Uniform Scale. A dashed line is shown indicating the allowed adjusting corner positions. This works with a Uniform Scale interactive graphic and the line appears when the Cmd key is used to constrain a rectangle-bounds resize action.

Improved interactive resize of images (TIFF, PNG, PDF, ). This now supports the Command key to constrain to uniform scaling. Images now accept Pin Center. And Pin Center responds to the Control key to temporarily toggle the Pin Center on or off.

Changed behavior when for insertion of a PDF image. When a PDF is opened with EazyDraw the page size, orientation and number of pages for the drawing is automatically set to match the PDF page specification. When a PDF image is inserted into an existing drawing with Copy and Paste or Drag and Drop the drawings Page Setup (size, orientation, margins, ) should remain as set (they should not take on the page settings of the PDF). EazyDraw was changing the page size on PDF insert, this is now changed back to the intended behavior. Summary: use Open to pick up the PDF page settings. Insert to keep the drawings fixed page settings.

Fixed problem with the new Node Edit tool, selecting nodes on a rotated text box. These were set and shown incorrectly at the non-rotated positions. All works properly now.

Fixed problem interactively adjusting the stretch controls for a Text Box. The adjustments were not smooth and could blow up the text. The problem was introduced with EazyDraw version 6. It was more likely to happen when adjusting smaller rotated text. All is correct again.

Corrected possible problem selecting graphics that were near a Text Bubble graphic. The Text Bubble was interfering with a favored selection over other graphics in the area of the text bubble pointer. Selection is now as expected, respecting clicks close to the text bubble outline but not responding to the full bounding box of the Text Bubble. This applied to all 4 forms of text bubbles.

Corrected issue relating to Dimensions, when performing an export of Graphics only. In rare cases, such as a dimension with Form set to Nothing and no connections (measuring nothing as well). The exported drawing would cover a large area including the graphics and the drawing origin. This problem could also cause CPU loading for large complex drawings that contained a Dimension graphic in this state.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0k November 6, 2013

Corrected problem with the arrows on dimensions. They were lost with a change on version 6.1.0h. They are back now.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0h November 4, 2013

Corrected several issues on the Advanced Duplicate function, Polar duplicate. The angle values were not properly synced to the angle format as assigned on Graphic Details. This made things rather confusing. This was introduced with EazyDraw 6. All is corrected and fully tested now.

Corrected rare problem with Dimension, related to rounding. For drawings to scale, with large number (> 10) of inches, with Dimension precision set to one decimal point, with format set to Feet and Inches. In some cases the display value of the Dimension, on the drawing, would show an extra 0.1 inches. This is now fixed.

Corrected problem with the new Node editing tool. In many cases Undo commands were not recorded. They are now recorded properly and are available in the Edit Undo menu selection.

Made an addition to the Fit Text Box command. The original behavior is not changed, the new capability applies when nothing is selected. If nothing on the drawing is selected (no selected text or any other graphic) then the command recursively analyzes all text on the drawing looking for any text that does not fit. For all text that does not fit, first the text box width is increased 75%, if this allows the text to fit, the exact fit new width is used for the text box. If text still does not fit the width is restored to the original and the height is increased as necessary to allow the text to fit.

Fixed issue introduced with version 6. If the temporary default for Arrows was set to apply arrows, then a new drawing would have arrows added to all graphics that did not have arrows when the drawing was saved. This is now fixed.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0g October 31, 2013

Corrected problem adding graphics from a User Library to a drawing. The issue related to certain interaction settings. The graphic would fail to appear in the drawing. This was introduced with EazyDraw 6. Problem is now fixed.

Corrected another issue related to making copies of graphics with active pin states. Version 6.1.0f corrected the issue with Duplicate of a graphic. The problem was present with Copy and Paste, and with drag and drop of a layer that contained pinned graphics. All of these issues are now responding correctly and conserving the pinned state.

Corrected a problem opening drawings with Arrows that were saved with an early version of EazyDraw 5. The Arrow information was not saved correctly, the drawing would open in EazyDraw 5 but the corresponding Arrow information was lost. EazyDraw 6 would crash when opening the problem drawing. Now EazyDraw 6 does not crash and handles the drawing problem in a stable fashion.

Corrected problem, new to version 6, with Dimensions using the Box format and angles between 90 and 180 degrees. These would sometimes fail to show the dimension text on the drawing when the drawing was opened or when the target graphic was resized. This is now fixed, the text loads and displays properly in all situations.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0f October 29, 2013

The asterisk was not showing on the Current button on the Page Layout palette. This happens when the Cmd key is held down to make the default setting permanent. This is now fixed.

Corrected efficiency issue (rare) with linked text. If the linked text boxes were using the flow-around text justification then an inefficient recurring loop could establish. The recursion was throttled so the responsiveness of the program did not diminish but CPU resources were wasted. This is now fixed.

Fixed a problem duplicating graphics with Pin attributes, for example a line with the Center Pinned. When duplicated the Pin attribute was not replicated. This is now fixed. The issue was introduced with EazyDraw 6.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0e October 23, 2013

Fixed potential problem with export PNG and TIFF images with white or colored background with DPI greater than 72 and not an even interval of 72 (not 144, or 288). Then it was possible to get a narrow faint bar of gray at the right or bottom edge of the image. This is fixed, no more gray lines at the edges.

Fixed problem changing Color Space using the popup menu on the Layers inspector, for languages other than English. The problem was only for the Paper layer (Paper being in the non-english language).

Added a new parameter on Gradient Fill panel, on the Transition tab. The new parameter provides user control of the Color Space for the gradient. Previously this was semi-automatic, if a CMYK color was added it may have been converted to RGB, or the gradient may have been converted to CMYK depending on the color space of other colors in the Gradient. This logic was fine in many cases but it is really necessary in some cases that we have the ability to simply set the color space. The automatic logic is still used, for example it is possible to have one Gray color and other RGB or CMYK colors in the gradient. But now we have the ability to simply specify the color space and cause all colors in the gradient to map to the desired color space.

Corrected issues setting individual parameters of Vector Hatches and Gradient Fill in groups (and nested) groups of graphics. Some parameter changes would clear any Hatch or Gradient Fill in the group. This now works properly. The issue was introduced with new technology in EazyDraw version 6.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0d October 20, 2013

Corrected an issue related to the new Quick Keys palette. Executing a Menu Command key for a menu function that was disabled would be interpreted as a Quick Key (if an action was assigned to the corresponding key). Now the action is ignored as it should be.

Corrected an issue related to Gradient Fill applied to a Join or Weld Group. Some changes to the gradient would result in loss of the gradient, it would revert to Gradient set to None.

Corrected performance issue related to text entry for larger text boxes (several paragraphs) with very large multi-layer drawings. Rapid typing would tend to lag input somewhat. This is now corrected, even the fastest typing entry should be instantaneous even on a machine of limited cpu capacity.

Changed wording on About EazyDraw for users that have not upgraded to an EazyDraw 6 license and are using an EazyDraw 5 license. The wording now indicates clearly that EazyDraw is fully operational.

Corrected occasional problem with the new export layers configuration popup menu. If the window was made very large on the screen, the popup menu (near the top of the Layers drawer) would disappear behind the Layers Table.

Corrected color reversal for Contour - gradient fill. EazyDraw version 6 released with a reversed interpretation of the color sequence, relative to earlier versions of EazyDraw. This is now corrected and colors are drawn in the proper order for the gradient, Contour Minus gradient will look the same in EazyDraw 6 as EazyDraw 5 and earlier. This related to EazyDraw 6 actual code, the problem did not depend on the version 6 file format.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0c October 16, 2013

Corrected problem with User Tool palettes re-opening on restart. They were not opening on Mountain Lion. This is now fixed, all tool palettes including User Tool palettes, built-in tool palettes, and User Library tool palettes re-open on launch if they were open on quit.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0b October 15, 2013

Corrected problem with loss of Menu Keys settings. This could happen when using a User Library custom tool palette. The conflict is now corrected.

Cleaned up issues related to the use of the User Keys editing palette. A "return" was required to ensure a name change was recored, now when the panel closes if the name is in editing state the edited value is retrieved and the name is changed. If the window is closed, this previously indicated "cancel", now there is a warning dialog with request for clarification. It was possible to open the Edit panel and then re-open the corresponding user tool palette this opened the possibility for conflicts. Now the appropriate items in the User Tools menus are disabled during editing to avoid conflict states. Now at the completion of editing a tool palette, if the tool palette was open at the start of editing it is re-opened.

Fixed a performance issue, related to locking or unlocking large numbers of graphics, with the Graphic Details inspector visible. This now happens instantaneously as it should.

Corrected possible problems with Graphic Details reporting the new content metric (near the bottom: length, area, word count, number of characters, . ), This was confusing length and character count for groups that contained both text and Bezier paths. The report is now consistent. The first graphic of the group (by painting order) determines which metric is reported (a text metric, or a geometry metric such as area) then the proper total for the full group is reported.

Fixed a very rare typesetting problem. The issue would arise for multi-paragraph text, with short last lines in a paragraph, and extra paragraph line spacing between paragraphs, and Flow-Around graphics in use and a flow around graphic near the left edge of the text box. The one line defined above would not respect the Flow-Around graphic, the line would start in the normal position. All is corrected now, all lines of the paragraph flow away from an interfering graphic on the left.

Cleaned up the Font tab for the Graphic Details Text inspector. Near the top of the display for the number of selected characters was formatted with two decimal points, the fraction display has been fixed, the formatting is now for integer. The position and text justification were not proper, this is now cleaned up for improved readability and appearance.

Cleaned up formatting for Graphic Details Image inspector. A text label was clipped and the inspection view not centered. This is corrected now for clarity and appearance.

Several menus are constructed and custom menu keys are added to the menus soon after launch completion. It was possible to launch and immediately open a menu, before the menu was synchronized and the user menu key shortcuts were overloaded. The issue was that while the menus were open EazyDraw did not have access to the menus to correct the situation and properly prepare the menus. There is now a blocking interrupt called to prepare the menus ahead of schedule if needed, so menus are now always synchronized and prepared before a first opening.

Corrected a svg parsing issue related to CSS font-face attributes. Corrected svg parsing issue related to shifted viewBox. These were encountered with SVG generated by OmniGraffle.

EazyDraw Version 6.1.0 October 10, 2013

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EazyDraw Version 5.5.0e Sept 3, 2013

Fixed problem with Key Circle graphic. Extended key geometry was not being restored on save and re-open of a drawing.

Improved Layer detection for SVG. EazyDraw notes if all top level graphics are actually groups and if all top level graphics have reasonable human understandable identifiers, it is then reasonable to expect that these are actually layers and the ID's are layer names. In these situations EazyDraw assigns these to layers with the names found. If a drawing is imported and this behavior is incorrect, use Flatten on the Layers drawer to convert to a one-layer drawing.

EazyDraw Version 5.5.0d August 28, 2013

Changed the methods when changing Line and Fill colors using the Color and Style palette. The change applies when several graphics are selected for simulteanous change of color. Previously all graphics would receive the same new color. The new method applies when only one component of the lead color is changed. If only one color component changes then all colors (that use the same color model, RGB or CMYK) will only have the individual component changed. For example only the Red component would be adjusted to the new value for all target colors, or more precisely for all target RGB colors. One obvious use of this capability is to change the Opacity of several colors without altering the actual color. This new capability will apply when using the system color picker Sliders, or WebColorPicker. If the new method is not desired, hold down Cmd key while changing the color and the new altered lead color is applied completely to all target colors.

EazyDraw Version 5.5.0b August 27, 2013

Further improvements for very small font size imported via PDF and SVG.

New control over the text box padding, the small left and right margins used by the type setter when formatting text in a text box. The new parameter is found on the Paragraph palette (access from Text main menu, Paragraph submenu. Previously this value was always a fixed 5 Points. Normally this is a good value, but if the font size is 1 or 2 Points then the 5 Point padding is too large and inconvenient. The new parameter provides user control of the text box padding. Also upon on import, if the text size is very small, a more reasonable value for padding is used, this is automatic.

Several improvements for SVG. There is now full support for the ViewBox and Aspect Ratio information. If Slice is used for an aspect ratio specification EazyDraw performs the slice in one page of a multi-page format. All other settings, both Slice and Meet are now fully supported and properly interpreted.

Several improvements for SVG import using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). The import now supports class and obtect specific specifications (for example a Class that would apply only to Lines and Rectangles). These improvements are targeted to provide full support for SVG generated by Google Crowbar. Crowbar authored SVG now seems to import very well.

EazyDraw Version 5.5.0a August 11, 2013

SVG enhancements related to import of very small font size text. Improved typesetting for tSpans typesetting across single rows of text. Improved speed for some SVG imports. NOTE: very small font sizes (less that 4 points) are essentially unworkable on OS 10.7 (Lion). Mountain Lion or Mavericks is required for these situations.

EazyDraw Version 5.5.0 August 2, 2013

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1k July 25, 2013

Corrected several issues related to custom user Menu Keys. Dynamic menu items, ones that change depending on viewing state, were not always allowing programming of custom short cut keys. This was most noticeable with Enter Full Screen, and Exit Full Screen. This issue is now resolved. The Factory short cut key for Full Screen mode changes is changed to Command-Option-F, from Command-F, this seems to be the most prevalent choice among other Apps for this command.

Fixed problem with SVG export when using a non-zero Canvas Margin. The SVG exported graphics were shifted by the canvas margin amount. They now export correctly.

Fixed a few issues with Gradients, exporting to SVG. Shade gradient fill was reversing (introduced in a recent public beta). All should be correct again.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1j July 21, 2013

Improved SVG import, one issue related to symbols and their linking ID.

Corrected issues with Connectors relating to drawings containing connectors in groups saved by earlier versions of EazyDraw. EezyDraw 5 would scramble the connections if one of these groups were moved or ungrouped. Groups with Connectors are now more robust and EazyDraw performs additional consistency checks when reading drawings that contain connectors.

Added the capability for snapping Connectors to centers of graphics. This was possible with the "Center" connector resolution setting, but that setting would exclude snapping on the graphic's other possible snap points. The new checkbox is on the Connectors palette (accessed from Tools main menu). When checked an additional snap point at target graphic's centers is enabled.

Corrected issue with Ovals (Ellipse) when they are drawn extremely asymmetric. The issue was introduced recently when the math accuracy of circles and ovals was increased to 10-12 decimal places. Now the recently increased accuracy extends from circles to an extremely stretched oval shape.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1h July 12, 2013

Improved SVG import and export in the area of gradients. There were possible direction flips and slight mis-match in appearance of the SVG image and the EazyDraw native gradient appearance. The flip errors are corrected and several other geometries now have better appearance match to SVG as viewed in browsers. These corrections improved the "round trip" quality of SVG gradients, in many cases the imported then exported gradients will exactly reproduce in an SVG viewer.

Corrected a few issues with creation tool cursors. Previously creating a graphic while editing a parameter on a parameter palette would fail to show the correct creation cursor (the Arrow tool cursor would remain). This now works properly.

Corrected possible hang situation when working with Blends, in the case where non-bezier graphics (such as text or an image) were mistakenly included in the Blend. EazyDraw now protects against this situation and simply skips drawing the non-bezier graphics, thus avoiding the hang situation.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1g June 13, 2013

Improved DXF import. Corrected hang problem when the DXF drawing might contain null text strings, these are now properly managed. Changed behavior for a seldom used text attribute that according to documentation was to specify text rotation, but in use it appears that is not the correct interpretation.

Corrected a suseptablity for dashed lines of zero dash and zero space length. This would cause different crash or simply error log reports on different versions of OS X. These are now detected, blocked and avoided (a solid line is drawn). The Dash line input panel now blocks against any dash length or space of zero size.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1f June 6, 2013

Improved logic that defines a drawing as edited and eligible for the Save command. Previously a newly opened or newly saved drawing would become Edited if the drawing was scrolled, zoomed, or a graphic selected. These initial actions now proceed without marking the drawing as edited. These actions are still included in the undo-redo recording of drawing edits, but they do not begin until and after the initial content changing action. Now a drawing may be opened and read-only viewing actions performed without advancing the last saved time of the drawing.

The Save command was disabled when another App was used and then use of EazyDraw resumed (such as clicking on the Finder, them back on an EazyDraw drawing). The Save command is now enabled at all times, even if the drawing is not in the Edited state. The logic issue here appears to be an OS X Mountain Lion (and Lion) minor problem. Apple seems to have solved the issue in Text Edit by forcing Save to be always enabled (even if the drawing is not edited), so EazyDraw has adopted the same approach. The OS X logic problem is also exhibited with a Quit and Restart of EazyDraw, when drawings are automatically restored (a System setting, General Settings). The problem of the disabled Save command was not very noticeable because any action on the drawing marked the drawing as edited and then enabled the Save command.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1e June 4, 2013

Improved DXF export. The export is now more robust with respect to degenerate lines and paths. Very small and zero length paths and curves would generated DXF elements that could crash CAD packages when reading the DXF. EazyDraw now filters these and avoids writing out the problematic lines and paths.

Improved user libraries. User library palettes now support OS X Revisions and auto save. Now the user library palettes have all the title bar features found on the main drawing window, including browsing all saved versions, reverting the library, and frequent auto saves to avoid loss of data during a system failure or OS X initiated pause. There are also improvements for the user library main menu.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1d May 19, 2013

Corrected problem on Graphic Details inspector, when inspecting a Bezier path, the X and Y end values did not respond correctly to new numerical input. They would read the correct value but values entered would always apply to the actual path start point, not the segment start point. All is correct now.

Update of Help pages graphics and a few of the help pages relating to User Libraries.

Corrected issue with the user library menu. Open user libraries were not being added to the menu. All open user libraries now appear in the 3rd section of the Library menu, as they should.

Corrected rare issue when opening user libraries. If several libraries were opened at once, sometimes one or two the the library panels would display as blank for a period of time or until the window was resized. This was rare and sometimes not obvious (the window would eventually update).

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1c April 29, 2013

Corrected re-establishing the actual connection of a Connector or Associative Dimension, when the Connector or Dimension resided on different layers. In some cases the connection was lost, the graphics, dimensions, and connectors would display correctly but a resize of the target would fail to resize the Dimension. The issue related to the parallel loading of layers using multiple CPU threads. All is correct now.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1b April 26, 2013

Corrected problem with SVG import, related to reading SVG PCB layout produced by PCBNEW from KICAD.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1a April 18, 2013

Corrected problem exporting bitmap formats when Annotation with a Shadow was in use. The Shadow did not export in all cases. This probably was introduced recently. All is working correctly again.

Corrected problem setting persistent default font and the default font attributes found on the main Font panel. Things like size and sometimes color were not saved and restored across a quit and restart of EazyDraw. The short term default changes worked properly, but not the persistent setting. This now works properly.

Corrected a very rare but problematic issue with recursive embedded Free Transform interaction level graphics. Going to Full Screen mode and returning, would in rare instances move Group graphics that contained the recursive Free Transform graphics. All is robust now.

Corrected a few other issues with Annotation Shadows concerning refreshing correctly after a change from Vector shadow to Bitmap shadow - for the Annotation Text.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.1 (App Store version 5.4.1) April 3, 2013

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0z March 13, 2013

Corrected problem if a PDF export was executed while a text box was in editing mode. The text box would show as a simple rectangle - no text in the PDF. This is now correct.

Improved User Library in the Button mode. These would always open showing the small panel to set the number of columns for the custom palette. This behavior was annoying - so now the column setting panel only shows when the custom tool button palette is resized.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0y March 12, 2013

Corrected problem for export DXF, for text distorted with a Free Transform. The export would fail, EazyDraw would not crash but there was no DXF information written. This is now corrected and the export in this situation is generated correctly.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0x March 8, 2013

Corrected problem on Graphic Details with Delta X and Delta Y inputs for a Line. New values were not computed correctly when using non-zero Margin (the canvas margin on Page Layout). There were problems if the axis directions were changed from the common default settings of plus-to-right and plus-down. All is correct now.

Corrected problem with Short Cut Menu Keys that used the Option button modifier (such as Flip Horizontal). These were being blocked by OS X, this is now fixed and in general your settings on Menu Keys for user defined short cut keys should be more robust against OS X over-ride.

Improved certain situations for DXF text import. Some situations would leave the text box too small for the the OS X typset imported text. The imported DXF drawing would have the light red squares indicating that not all text was visible (then the user would need to execute Fit Text Box command to correct). The import behavior is now more robust against this situation, display and postion of imported text should be more accurate. Text sizing is now more accurate for metric based DXF import.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0w March 5, 2013

Corrected problem with DXF export, the export would simply fail, no message. Appears to be an issue introduced in one of the recent beta version updates. It related to usage of a Gray scale color, rather than the more common RGB color specification. All is correct again.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0v March 5, 2013

Two corrections for DXF import. a) related to possible flip of an imported rectangle. b) proper handling of MTEXT font size specifications that are not a relative size specification, there appears to be two forms for this specification one absolute and one relative both are now parsed and interpreted.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0u March 4, 2013

Swedish localization added. All other localizations were tested and several updates and corrections applied.

Several improvements and enhancements for Font Mapping. These improvements apply to SVG and DXF import, and EPS and PDF ungrouping. After an import (or EPS / PDF ungroup), if the Font Map panel is open, EazyDraw will generate a report covering the Fonts used in the external drawing or graphic and the resolution to your native font. For a "new" import - run the import once and study the report, then make your choices for Font mapping (and character maps is necessary), then import again. Repeat the process until you have satisfactory import and are happy with the text appearance and typesetting.

Added capability to use embedded font glyphs for SVG import. This is managed on the Font Mapping panel. If a SVG drawing has embedded glyph information and the font name does not match to a font installed on OS X, the embedded glyphs are used. Note that in this case the text is not editable as text, each glyph is drawn as a raw bezier path. The Font Mapping panel allows user choice for use of the glyphs or mapping to an installed font. Using embedded glyphs will provide a true appearance for the drawing. Using a mapped font will provide supported text editing and OS X typesetting but exact appearance for the drawing's text will likely be altered.

Added two more character maps for SVG and PDF import. These are managed on the Font Mapping panel. The most important is a character map for Wolfram Mathematica. Wolfram designed a proprietary math font, and (for some reason??) assigned many of the math symbols to non-unicode proprietary code points. While unicode provides a range of unicodes for proprietary use, these usually apply to company specific glyphs such as the Apple logo. Wolfram assigned proprietary unicodes for standard math symbols, such as an integral symbol. These private unicodes are then exported in the SVG, where technically they are meaningless unless one used embedded glyphs, which Wolfram provides yet claims they are proprietary and then technically they cannot be used unless you own a Wolfram software package that includes their font. The solution is a character map, this allows Wolfram equations to be represented in any Font that legally available that supports math symbols. EazyDraw now has 3 character maps: Wolfram, non-unicode classic Symbol font, and non-unicode classic Wingdings font. This allows a Wollram SVG to be imported, mapping to your non-proprietary OS X font of choice for mathematic symbols. The Font map panel now has a check box to choose embedded glyphs, and a popup menu with the 3 character maps.

Updated several menu images to provide support for Retina Display. All EazyDraw menu and popup menu images now have 2x improved resolution images for optimal display on high resolution Retina systems.

Corrected error in Graphic Details read-out for a Line, with the Delta option selected. The Delta values were in error if the Page Layout for the drawing used a non-zero canvas margin. The read-out is correct now in all situations.

Corrected problem with custom tools for text justification. They were only enabling in the text edit mode. They should be enabled and available anytime text is selected. They behave properly again, and the customizable toolbar pulldown menu is enabled properly now.

Corrected a problem with automatic dimensions, for the Reverse format. The dimension value would initially report correctly, but if the target graphic was moved or resized the dimension display value would not update. All is reporting correctly now.

Added a new fail-safe capability. If EazyDraw launches with the Shift Key held down - EazyDraw will launch without opening any drawings. This is a hard-coded backstop, nothing will open. This is important now that OS X has new (with Lion and Mountain Lion) behavior to prevent loss of data. OS X frequently will automatically instruct EazyDraw to open a copy of a drawing that was present at quit, external shut down, force quit, or a crash. This means that it is possible to be trapped in a loop: a) drawing data issue leads to crash, b) EazyDraw terminate, c) EazyDraw launch, d) OS X recovers the file with data issue, repeat to -a) drawing data issue leads to crash . According to OS X documentation the Shift key at launch is supposed to break the cycle however this does not always seem to work. OS X gives a higher priority to not loosing the work in progress data and thinks the launch was successful followed by "another" crash. Hence this new absolute fail-safe mechanism. Hold down shift and you can now force a break in a crash at launch cycle. ("here are extremely rare of course :-) " .

Changed the behavior of Centered Text. Previously this form of text (inserted centered in a graphic) was forced to have Centered paragraph (text) alignment as well as the specific vertically aligned position. However, when in text editing mode one could set the paragraph text alignment (left, right, center, justified). This user setting would hold and override the default centering paragraph mode. But if the text was edited EazyDraw would ignore the user-override and return to Centered text alignment setting. Now EazyDraw defers to the user setting. Centered text alignment is still always the initial setting when a new Centered Text element is created (usually by double clicking the graphic).

Corrected issue when importing DXF, where the originating CAD - DXF was drawn in metric units and dash lines were used. The dash length and space sequences did not reelect the metric units (mm) this is now converted correctly and the overall appearance of the dash line is conserved. This was not a problem for DXF drawings based on English inch measurements.

Corrected issue when importing DXF, where the originating CAD - DXF was drawn in metric units and Associative Dimensions were used. The font size for the call out text was too small by the 1/2.54 ratio. This improvement might change Associative Dimension text size in other imports too, but they should all be more accurate now. If problems are seen in this area contact EazyDraw support and send in the DXF drawing if possible. Some of these interactions will depend on the specific originating CAD program, system, international location.

Corrected issue when importing DXF, where the originating CAD - DXF was drawn in metric units and Associative Dimensions were used. The font size for the call out text was too small by the 1/2.54 ratio. This improvement might change Associative Dimension text size in other imports too, but they should all be more accurate now. If problems are seen in this area contact EazyDraw support and send in the DXF drawing if possible. Some of these interactions will depend on the specific originating CAD program, system, international location.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0p February 19, 2013

Corrected rare but serious problem with Smooth Walls (or Ribbons). This would cause a crash on launch if a drawing contained a degenerate zero length smooth wall. It appears this could happen with a knife cut of a smooth wall. All is correct now.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0m February 12, 2013

Corrected problem introduced with public beta version g. Undo of Ungroup was not working, this is back in operation and Groups, Connectors, Dimensions interactions have been tested again. All seems correct now.

Major additions and corrections for SVG import. EazyDraw now handles the use of Clipping paths for many more exotic uses. The full SVG test suite relating to clipping paths is now imported correctly. EazyDraw now handles clipping paths that are defined integral to the drawing content. The SVG specification strongly recommends that clipping paths be defined in the DEFs section at the before the content. But: it is still valid to the letter of the specification that DEFs be defined later or at the end of the drawing and Clip Paths may be intermixed with drawing content. EazyDraw now handles all of these situations. One need for the "non-recommended" usage is SVG content produced by Wolfram Mathematica, testing for import of the "Wolfram Mathematica dialect of SVG" is in progress.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0k February 10, 2013

Corrected problem for export DXF for the shapes found on the Charting palette. In some cases, when these shapes were filled with a solid color or hatch, the filled shape (in CAD terms this would be a Solid Hatch) in the DXF file would be a filed rectangle.

Corrected possible problem for export DXF with dashed lines in drawings with one layer and few other special conditions. The DXF output appeared to be valid, but would cause AutoCadLT 2013 to crash. Some changes were made to the assignment and creation of DXF line type handles (internal names), this should insure against internal handle naming conflicts for AutoCadLT. All seems correct now and AutoCadLT does not crash when opening the DXF. This issue did not impact eDrawings, only AutoCad.

Improved speed for DXF import of large drawings that utilize non-black&white colors. If your import for very large (100,000 + graphic elements) dxf drawings is somewhat slow, please be patient a future version of EazyDraw is in testing and the time for these imports is decreased by about 1000 fold. This color reading optimization will prove a significant improvement for EazyDraw 5.

Changed the DXF export behavior for white text. Previously white text color remained white in the DXF file, it was not swapped to black as is the case for path color. These color mappings are fuzzy logic, and it seems that most users will expect this to be included in the automatic white-black color swaps. This is the new behavior.

DXF export now includes line width for curves, lines and paths. Keep in mind that a CAD program will likely not show the line width on the screen display. But now your postscript line widths from EazyDraw will be present on printing. Keep in mind that line caps and line joint style is a global drawing parameter for DXF and CAD programs (the newer versions that support this in any fashion). So you cannot export line cap and line join information via DXF, the recipient user setting for these parameters will be the values used.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0h February 3, 2013

Corrected problem the insert tool, in the case of multiple inserts into different Bezier segments of a single graphic. The insert would generate multiple copies of the original graphic. This is now correct, only one new copy of the graphic with multiple inserted vertices replaces the original.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0g January 30, 2013

Corrected problem related to Connectors and Dimensions attached to elements in a Group. The problem was that connections were lost when the Group was ungrouped. This happened if the connector was internal or external to the group. Now the connections are conserved.

Corrected problems with drawings that have spell check highlights at the time of Print or Export. There is a warning dialog for this situation. This dialog was "stuck" and could not be cleared without closing the drawing. This is now fixed.

Corrected very rare possible problem with Patterns, when using the new drawing file format (Reverse Compatible set to NO). If the drawing had multiple patterns, of the same dimension, then save and re-open would possibly use one pattern rather than the different distinct patterns on re-open. This is fixed now.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0f January 29, 2013

Corrected problem with the switch to full screen mode for drawings containing connectors or dimensions. In some cases the connections were lost and the end of the connectors left dangling. All is correct again.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0e January 27, 2013

Corrected problem with Combine -> Difference. If the subtrahend graphic was small and only extended a small from the minuend graphic, and if their shapes were curved, then the difference was executed as a join (as if the smaller shape was completely enclosed). This is now handled correctly.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0d January 25, 2013

Corrected problem on import of SVG with text that is is mirror flipped left to right. The flip was incorrectly interpreted as a rotation. This situation is now handled properly.

Corrected problem accessing the Transfer palette in Germain, Spanish, and Japanese. The menu item to access the Transfer palette was always disabled. This is now corrected.

Added customizable toolbar buttons for the Hatch and Tabs palettes.

Corrected problem with Cross Over. Saving and opening a drawing with a fixed (not automatic or percent) Cross Over could have the y position move when the saved drawing was opened. This is now correct. The saved drawing will have the correct value, the issue was a the time of open, so the update should completely fix the issue.

Corrected problem with bitmap patterns. If the host graphic was resized to a larger size, the pattern would fail to fill the full interior of the graphic. This would self correct upon a save and reload. This was recently introduced in the latest version of EazyDraw. All is correct again.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0c December 22, 2012

Corrected perimeter calculation for the new (version 5.3.0) area / perimeter value shown on Graphic Details. There was a mistake in the reading for rectangles and possibly other closed polygons. All is correct now.

Improved the file save times for the new (non-reverse-compatible) drawing format. The optimization applies to drawings with large (> 10,000) numbers of complex bezier paths, For cases that apply the save time is 100 fold improved.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0b December 8, 2012

Fixed SVG import issue related to scientific notation used with length specification. These issues relate to reading SVG generated by Wolfram Mathematica.

EazyDraw Version 5.3.0a December 3, 2012

Fixed 3 issues with SVG import.Primary addition is the support of nested TSpan elements. Corrected issue of possible incorrect scaling for symbols.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2t November 20, 2012

Optimized the Mountain Lion Pattern color patches for the case of drawings of large size as measured by the printed page. The pattern patch in these cases generates large bitmap images, this process needed optimization to provide good response times when drawing to the screen.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2s November 20, 2012

Patched another possible hang with pattern colors on Mountain Lion. This related to using the "Developer" color list. These system colors are referred to indirectly, in some cases the result being a pattern color. This possibility is now patched. We have further confirmation that this is a Mountain Lion system bug (an infinite recursion), selecting these colors can cause the same hang-crash for Numbers and Keynote.

Corrected problem opening an SVG (or DXF) drawing when no other drawings are open. The result would be a blank gray drawing window. This is now fixed.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2r November 19, 2012

Corrected problem copy from EazyDraw to another application. Text content was dropped from the image placed on the system pasteboard. The issue was introduced with one of the recent beta versions. All should be correct again.

Corrected problem SVG import of rotated text with text-anchor attribute of middle or end. Text placement was incorrect. The anchor shift was applied twice, rotated and unrotated. All is correct now.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2n November 11, 2012

New commands on Tools main menu, Combine submenu. These will trim or extend the start or end of a line, path or curve. The end is extended to the intersect point of another graphic. Trimming shortens the end to the exact intersection of a another graphic. Double Click on the start or end point (when selected) is the convenience short cut for these actions. Use the Command or Option command key modifiers to indicate Extend or Trim. A simple double click of the end of a line will extend the line, for a path or curve the Command Key is needed because Double Click in that case indicates "Close the Path". Documentation is complete, consult the Help pages for a full description.

Added command to paste "special" Tabs for a text box or selected text. This command is found on the Text main menu, Paragraph submenu. Use a normal Copy to put the Tabs information on the system pasteboard, the Paste Tabs is used to apply the Tabs formatting to a text box or selected text.

Two more additions for the new file format. These are for Text and Bitmap Images. Now text is saved as a human readable string in the EazyDraw graphic text file, and the binary equivalent Property List. All aspects of the rich text formatting are now human readable XML tagged content, this includes text style, paragraph formatting, tabs, and all other text attributes. These now human readable, and self documenting while providing smaller size and improved read write speed. Bitmap images are now (when Reverse Compatible is set to "No") saved as PNG - base64 format. This is not exactly human readable but the format is completely defined in the Open community. This provides a smaller size and a public / open representation of the images. When these changes were applied to the full 350 page EazyDraw manual, the saved file size was reduced from 90 Megabytes to 18 Megabytes. Now for many drawings the saved file size and corresponding read/write time improves by a factor of 10 - all with improved accessibility and open access.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2k October 28, 2012

Documentation fully updated.

All user interface graphics now optimized for Retina high resolution display.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2h October 16, 2012

Corrected another issue with the Mountain Lion Pattern Colors problem (read below for details). The issue related to Joined Bezier paths containing a pattern fill color (not to be confused with an EazyDraw pattern, these were handled without issue). This is now correct. It was also discovered that the pattern color issue could cause an exported PDF to be corrupt. Just to remind: these issues are only on Mountain Lion.

Further additions to user interface graphics for optimal appearance on the new Retina display. About 99 % of the user interface is now optimized for Retina high resolution. All that remains before release is final testing and artistic approval.

Further work on reducing file size. File sizes (with Reverse Compatibility set to NO) are now further reduced in size. User Library files now support the newer conventions and now they too produce significantly ( in some cases 90% smaller ) smaller files.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2g October 10, 2012

Smaller File Size: New parameter on EazyDraw Preferences. Set "File, Reverse Compatible" to "NO" to significantly reduce drawing file size. largely self documenting.

Smaller File Size Details: Major changes were made for the native EazyDraw file formats. The new Mountain Lion (began with Lion) technology increases file input and output activity a significant amount. This related to Auto Save, crash recovery and iCloud. This means that saving and opening a drawing needs to fast and efficient. EazyDraw version 5 provided several new efficiencies making better use of multiple processors and simultaneous loading of drawing information with priority on exact file information needed to present the drawing window. This release provides further input output efficiency with a significant reduction in file size. EazyDraw design criteria from the original release in 2001 has emphasized forward and reverse compatibility, indeed the first version of EazyDraw could read a current drawing and the current version of EazyDraw can seamlessly open a drawing saved by EazyDraw version zero. And the EazyDraw graphic format is text based and fully human readable. This release breaks from the reverse compatibility constraint in order to allow for smaller files sizes. There is a new parameter on the Preferences Palette, it is titled "File, Reverse Compatible". If the setting is "2001 V0" drawings are saved in the original format and are readable by all older versions of EazyDraw. If the setting is "NO", that means the drawing is saved with the new format and cannot be read by earlier versions of EazyDraw. The setting of "NO" will result in smaller file size by 50% to 90%. The EazyDraw Graphic format is still human readable, Bezier paths use SVG text based formatting so they are still readable but much more compact. EazyDraw Binary is still readable with the Property List editor. And the format is still fully self documenting, albeit a bit more complex with a re-use store of properly dictionaries.

Smaller File Size Summary: Default setting is still set to the "2001 V0" setting. Users involved with critical work should avoid the new format for a few months. New users that will not be sharing drawings may want to gain efficiency with the new "NO" choice for reverse compatibility. Users with large complex drawings will benefit by changing to the new format. In any situation it is usually advised to save archive files at the completion of a project in the most verbose format, that would be the "2001 V0" setting.

Removed Image Composition parameters for Gradient Fill. The image composition operations are no longer useful or meaningful on todays displays and images. The operations also do not render well on the new high resolution Retina display. So the parameters were removed. The full capability is still available if the graphic with the gradient is converted to an image (Tools -> Convert To submenu).

Corrected issues on Graphic Details for Polygons. The last segment (the close segment) of a polygon would not correctly accept new numerical values. When entering values the focus segment would jump and the value entered assigned to the wrong segment. All is correct now.

Further additions to user interface graphics for optimal appearance on the new Retina display. All of Attributes Bar icons are now included as High Resolution images. The user interface is about 90% complete with the Retina display artwork.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2f October 3, 2012

Revamp of a few Graphic Details fields. Bezier and Continuous Bezier Graphic Detail reports now provide more detail, more information and better accuracy (on 64 bit machines). The import of SVG and DXF content often leads to various degenerate Bezier path constructions. The graphic details report now detects and indicates all possible Bezier segment constructions. Documentation is not complete, but the new capability is robust and has been extensively tested. The new information is largely self documenting.

Graphic Details reporting for enclosed Area has been extended. The text field with associated label/button is found near the bottom of the Graphic Details. It now reports Area, Length, Bytes, Character Count, or Word Count. The metric(s) reported are contextual and reflect the properties of the selected graphic or graphics. If multiple graphics are selected, then total sum for the metric is reported. The associated label is also a button - each click will cycle through all applicable metrics for the current selection. Documentation is not complete, but all is tested and robust.

Graphic Details reporting for Arcs has been enhance. Now Arc Length, Chord Length, Median Angle, Start Angle and End Angle may be reported. Use the new popup menu to select the desired parameter. The value is reported and new numeric input is accepted (for example you may now set the arc-length, or chord (Secant) of the arc directly.

Another correction for the Mountain Lion pattern color bug. Previous patches did not protect against pattern colors for Outlines (stroke). It appears some users do apply pattern colors for outlines. The additional patch protects against this.

Full update of all toolbar button graphics. The icon graphic images now have dual representations for best appearance on high resolution (Retina) displays. This only impacts those using the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new high resolution dual images are required to fully take advantage of the Retina display's improved resolution.

All language localizations have design and layout improvements. Popup menus and and label fields on Graphic Details have been reviewed for each language, with touchup for size, position, and design / layout to properly present information and content for each supported language.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2e September 17, 2012

Fixed drawing of arrows. This was "broken" with the patch in version 5.1.2d, all is correct again.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2d September 17, 2012

Full update of all tool palette icons. The icon graphic images now have dual representations for best appearance on high resolution (Retina) displays. This only impacts those using the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new high resolution dual images are required to fully take advantage of the Retina display's improved resolution, the new tool palettes look great on the ne MacBook Pro (and: EazyDraw is very quick on the new MacBook Pro, the new multi-processor file I/O code introduced with EazyDraw 5 gains full stride on the new hardware). Note: all the images were re-mastered using only EazyDraw, EazyDraw now has full support for all tools needed by Mac (and iPhone) developers to create and implement high resolution user interface graphics and icons.

This version has another patch - correction for the Mountain Lion pattern color hang issue. The previous release prevented the hang when using Pattern (on the EazyDraw Pattern palette) but then OS X problem could still happen if any Pattern color was used (via the system color picker). There is now a second patch to draw these colors in a way that avoids the system hang.

The Brazilian language interface is now complete after review and corrections.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.2c September 5, 2012

Added support for Brazilian Portuguese language.

Added support for Apple Development for High Resolution (Retina) graphics. Apps for the iPhone, iPad and now Mac OS all require new icon source graphics. The multiple images are now packaged in an iconSet folder. The folder must contain two full sets of icon images, one set at 72 Dots Per Inch (DPI) and the other at 144 DPI. This can be a tedious job to properly assemble this full set of PNG images. EazyDraw now provide a one-click export mechanism to export the full set of images, all properly named and composed with the proper image size and resolution. This is found on the PNG export, a new option called "iconset" is found at the bottom of the export content popup menu. The iconset menu allows the selection of one layer that will specify the bounding rectangle and name for each exported png image. For convenience, on the Page Setup menu, with App Developer selected as the electronic printer, there is a "page" option for iconset. This selection will add an iconset layer to the drawing, with a bounding box of the appropriate size for each image required for an Apple Specified Iconset. When exporting a iconset the Apple defined convention that specifies the character sequence "@2x" indicates a high resolution image (144 dpi) is used to trigger the required resolution doubling. If this note is cryptic then study the Apple Developer documentation for high resolution user interface design and all should be clear. Brief initial documentation is found on the PNG export help page.

Improved DXF import with several minor corrections. Improved the error handling of corrupt dxf drawings. Several classes of corruption that would previously cause a crash now properly terminate the import and present an error message. The new error messages report the line number for the problem text, this allows the user to easily investigate and correct the problem with a text editor.

Several improvements for SVG import.

Corrected and improved PDF ungroup. In some cases filled shapes would present the shape covered with a rectangle swatch of color, the fill is now properly inserted in the color. Tiling of embedded images is improved. Ungrouping large embedded images is now much faster. an example 20 mega pixel image was taking several minutes, it now converts in a few seconds.

Corrected issues with EPS images. The EazyDraw version 5 release introduced an issue of the EPS image being flipped when inserted in a drawing. Then Ungroup EPS would shift the image in the y-direction. All is again correct, EPS images do not invert and ungroup in place with no flip or shift.

The Align To Grid indicators on the Align To Grid panel were being drawn slightly low. This problem was introduced with EazyDraw 5. Problem fixed, they draw properly again.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.1c August, 19 2012

Corrected a major problem for Mountain Lion users. Mountain Lion has a somewhat rare but severe bug displaying pattern fill colors. In certain situations Mountain Lion will hang EazyDraw while the operating system is displaying the pattern fill. If the hang occurs it may keep EazyDraw from launching, opening a drawing, or printing (depending on when this random issue triggers). This version of EazyDraw has replaced all Pattern Drawing algorithms with internal code to avoid the new system problem. It would be advised to avoid using Pattern Colors as a color choice (from the system color picker), this should be avoided in EazyDraw and other Apps on Mountain Lion. It is not necessary to use these colors with EazyDraw - apply the Pattern fill from the Pattern palette instead of applying the pattern color from the system color picker. Patterns now display in an improved fashion, they no longer are pinned to to the bottom left of the drawing window, now patterns are synced to the actual graphic. The Pattern panel has two new parameters that provide a means to tweak the display start of the pattern tiling (phase). The improvement insures that the pattern seen on a display will be the same in all respects when printed. Patterns now zoom in a normal fashion for detailed inspection, keep in mind patterns are pixel based and should be viewed at zoom 100 percent to see actual presentation or printed appearance.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.1b August, 17 2012

Added localization for Czech language support. This is a test release for this localization.

Corrected the localization for French. The Arrows palette was in Spanish, it is now correct. A few menu items were shown in English, they are now shown properly in French.

Corrected a problem exporting DXF with multiple dashed lines. This situation now exports properly.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.1a August, 7 2012

Corrected a hang situation when creating a Guides layer by dragging from a ruler onto the drawing. This issue was intro ducted with version 5.1.0, (not present in version 4 or any of the retro versions). This now working again.

Further changes for the new issue on Mountain Lion relating to improper placement of windows when launching EazyDraw. This seems to be rare, on some systems. The issue corrected with 5.1.1 was reported to extend to parameter palettes. This version has a correction for all parameter palettes. At EazyDraw launch all parameter palettes should now properly restore to their previous locations on the desktop.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.1 August, 6 2012

Full update of the PDF manual. The version 5 manual is now updated to cover the current state of the user interface including Mountain Lion look and feel. The manual is accessed from the Help menu.

Correct problem with the drag image. When dragging a graphic on screen a trail of edge artifacts was possible. This happen if Drag Image was something other than Live Graphic. In some cases the image could be flipped. The problem was possible when dragging a graphic from one drawing to another. This was introduce with version 5. All of these issues are fixed now.

Corrected Mountain Lion issue when opening an existing drawing. In some cases the drawing was not positioned at the saved location on the screen. In some cases the drawing window was positioned at the point of another tool palette, or in strange locations. This should be correct now. This was introduced with version 5.1.0 and only noticed by a few users on Mountain Lion (not seen Lion).

Corrected problem with Keynote export. The export was not produced with the right data format. This is now working properly again. This issue was introduced with the new Mountain Lion Save and Open changes for EazyDraw version 5.

Added Gray Scale color space for EPS export. Now EPS may be exported as Gray, RGB, or CMYK.

Corrected issues with DXF export when exporting complex paths that have "breaks" - Joined Bezier. A common instance of this construction are Walls, Windows and Doors. These were not exporting to DXF. The problem is now corrected. All graphics with this construction (including walls) now export properly.

EazyDraw Version 5.1.0 July, 30 2012

Chinese, Dutch Netherlands, Italian, and Norwegian

Initial release with localization for 4 new languages. This localization presents the full user interface now in 9 native languages (Chinese Simplified, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Japanese, German, Norwegian, and Spanish).

Full Mountain Lion support

The user interface for opening and saving drawings has been redesigned to conform with the latest conventions for Mountain Lion. The unpopular aspects of changes in this area for Lion have been re-worked for a clean new productive design. Save As is again supported, although changes are automatically written to the original, together with a new Move To mechanism. These improvements require the upgrade to Mountain Lion, which is advised for the best EazyDraw user experience.

The file Input-Output was completely rewritten to take better advantage of multiple processors that are now common on all Macs. Several threads are spawned to load the data, create the graphics and generate the display window in a simultaneous fashion. The full advantage of this OS X technology is seen when opening very large multi-layer drawings, EazyDraw assigns individual CPU's the task of reading and preparing individual layers while the main thread creates the drawing window.

There is now one simple standard system Open panel, for all graphic types understood by EazyDraw. You no longer need to set a particular file type. Drawings and User Libraries all open with the same panel. This approach give users access to the improvements provided by Mountain Lion, CoverFlow and QuickLook are both integrated with the system open panel.

Export is now a normal system save operation. Choose the Export format directly from the new submenu on the File main menu.

New Dual Representation TIFF export

For Mac, iPhone and iPad Developers. Export TIF now supports the new High Resolution user interface graphic and icon standards for Retina Display.

Version 4.3.0n July 25, 2012

Full Mountain Lion suport, code signed for GateKeeper on Mountain Lion.

Corrected two problems with DXF export. The two issuers related to exporting drawings with text that use non-Mac carriage returns for hard line breaks in text, and Bezier paths that are not closed-contain only one segment-but do have a fill color.

Version 4.3.0m July 9, 2012

Improved SVG. Corrected issue with ordering of Layers. Added support of embedded images encoded as Base64. Corrected bugs in Free Transform (i.e. distorted) text.

Version 4.3.0k July 6, 2012

Solved problem with SVG import related to Text with inherited Anchor property. This introduced a parsing error, and this particular error would possibly trigger a crash in the error message dialog. Both errors are now corrected. This was introduced recently.

Further improvements and additions for DXF export. Dimensions and Annotation text is now exported properly to DXF.

Version 4.3.0g June 12, 2012

Corrected issue with connectors when used in groups. The issue related to nodes with more than one connector and a normal graphic attach point. If the two connectors connected to each other instead of both connectors attaching to the third (non-connector) graphic attach point. Then when grouped and a subsequent move of the group, the two connector ends would behave erratically, sometimes pinning to their position on the drawing and some times attaching to and moving with the group. Now when a connector attaches to a node with another connector and a non-connector graphic, the non-connector graphic is favored and will be the attach target. This will correct the problem. Groups created before this fix may still have the problem (about a 50-50 chance), to correct the issue ungroup and re-attach the connectors.

Corrected issue with SVG import. The issue related to proper interpretation of super-scripts, sub-scripts and text base line offsets. These were not always parsed and processed correctly. Now all these situations are properly imported.

Corrected issues with DXF import, relating to the TEXT objects. Most DXF drawings have MTEXT, and there were several updates needed for EazyDraw's interpretation of TEXT objects. TEXT objects are now imported, positioned and sized with good accuracy.

Version 4.3.0f June 5, 2012

Corrected issue with DXF export of Corner graphics. If the corner was fully circular-elliptical and if the width and height were equal, then the corner might have been exported flipped. All is correct now for all orientations and geometry of Corner graphics.

Corrected problem with Tick mark graphics. Tick marks with larger tick lengths would not select for on-screen editing, interactive changes would be difficult or in many cases impossible. That is now fully operational again. This problem was introduced recently in version 4.

The Norwegian localization is now tested and fully operational. Please report any problems or suggestions for wording corrections.

Version 4.3.0e May 30, 2012

Update testing pass - Norwegian localization. Beta testing by Norwegian users is now acceptable, user interface is stable and fully operational in Norwegian.

Version 4.3.0d May 29, 2012

Initial test release for Norwegian localization. Operation in Norwegian intended only for those working on the project.

Added support for DXF export of graphics with Arrows. These are now exported with color and style as well as size for all forms of arrows including custom, along and transformed.

Added support for SVG export of Vector Hatches. This is now fully operational and tested.

Version 4.3.0c May 24, 2012

Corrected problem with numeric entry on Graphic Details, when using full non-abbreviated units. An entry with both feet and inches, fully spelled out, would have problems. The issue related to the use of the plurals in the entry string. Everything is correct now and the corrections make these mixed entry strings more robust so it is possible that other word combinations in English or other languages may have been corrected as well.

Corrected issue with SVG import, when using 72 per inch pixel size with SVG files that mixed implied and explicit pixel lengths (this from Canvas generated SVG with certain non-default settings for the export). The problem related to the newly introduced option for pixel size of 72 per inch or 90 per inch. In cases where the explicit units of "px" are used in the drawing, EazyDraw interpreted these at 90 per inch in all cases. This appears to be incorrect or at least inconsistent with most other viewers of SVG. So now EazyDraw also applies your choice for 72 or 90 to explicit as will as implicit pixel dimensions.

Correct issue with DXF import of an associative dimension with no Font information. The default font used was very small (less than on point). This is now correct, the current EazyDraw default font size is used.

Added the capability to interpret and import Postscript Axial and Radial Shadings when ungrouping EPS and PDF. These Shadings are sometimes the mechanism for rendering of Gradients (Linear and Spot gradients in EazyDraw terminology) in PDF and EPS. This is seems to be contained in PDF from more recent applications such as Adobe Illustrator CS5 and CS6 and recent versions of Excell. EazyDraw now interprets these and generates a corresponding EazyDraw Gradient Fill. Rendering, display, printing and export are fully operational, full editing of this gradient form with the Gradient Palette is not complete. This form is currently supported with an EazyDraw vector gradient. A new gradient form will be incorporated soon to provide full editing of gradients with 100's and 1000's of color shades

Corrected problem on Dash palette. When adding a new dash sequence interactively on the palette, using the right-most interactive dash tab. The new dash sequence was correctly added but the display on the Dash palette did not draw the new dash until completion, so the interaction was not - live. Now it is correct, you can view your new dash sequence and position it interactive with a single interactive drag action.

Corrected problem with PDF ungroup. If the PDF contained a series of images, all with the same cropping path, then only the first image was recovered. Problem is corrected now all the images are combined into one EazyDraw Crop graphic, providing the proper appearance and more convenient graphic arrangement.

Corrected problem with the popup menu for straight walls on Graphic Details. The menu for wall direction was not loaded and not operational. All is correct again. This issue was introduced with a recent release.

Corrected potential problem with DXF export, for drawings with no export Font Maps.

Corrected problem exporting DXF with colored text, if the full string was the same non white or black color, the color attribute did not get exported.

Corrected possible crash after exporting as DXF if the drawing contained a dashed line. All is correct now. It was a rare crash but chance would increase for drawings containing numerous dashed lines.

Corrected possible crash after exporting as DXF if the drawing contained a dashed line. All is correct now. It was a rare crash but chance would increase for drawings containing numerous dashed lines.

Version 4.3.0b May 6, 2012

Correct problem pasting graphic when Grid snapping is in place, in particular pasting grouped graphics with a grid reference point. It was possible that small position errors could happen. The issue would become apparent it the pasted group was then copied and pasted again. The small errors could add and begin to introduce noticeable errors. Problem was corrected and extensive testing completed. Pasted grid referenced groups and pastes of multiple related groups is now fully accurate with respect to 64 bit precision. The bottom-most graphic of the pasted graphics is used as the master grid reference, that graphic is snapped to the specified grid, then all other graphics present in the paste are positioned accurately relative to the bottom-most reference, the subsequent graphics in the paste are not snapped to the grid, this ensures their positions remain constant with respect to other graphics of the paste; of course if the subsequent graphics were "on grid" at the time of the copy then they will remain "on grid" after the paste.

Corrected problem in Auto Numerate panel. In some cases the "Key" popup value could become disabled, for a valid reason. But then the popup menu would not re-enable when other changes on the panel would indicate that is was again valid for choices. In other words the "Key" popup menu would be stuck in the disabled state. All is now correct.

Version 4.3.0a May 3, 2012

Corrected issue with Dimensions, when using the Nothing setting and there is no additional text string. The Dimension would draw an extra box at the top left of the drawing. And an export of Just Graphics would expand to include the extra box. This is now handled correctly.\

Corrected a possible hang when ungrouping PDF with Auto Combine text enabled. There have been a few corrections for this situation, this fix looks promising - it was probably the root cause. So Auto Combine text should be more reliable now. It still can increase the conversion time quite significantly especially when used for situations where there is no individual text glyphs to auto-combine, the algorithms will naturally take a long time to keep checking for something that is not there.\

Corrected a problem on copy from EazyDraw to another App, when the copied graphics contained an Cross Over and the Cross Over was in Automatic mode. The automatic Cross Overs would be missing in the pasted graphic when pasted as PDF, or a Bitmap Graphic. Now the Cross Over marks (or jumpers) will be present, with respect to all other graphics in the Copy and Paste operation. For example if the Cross Over was jumping another path, but that path is not included in the Copy, then there will not be a jumper; but if the other line is included then the jumper will be in the pasted image.\ \

Corrected issue with Graphic Details entering vertices and control point values for normal Bezier curve. Paths and Continuous Beziers did not have the problem. All is correct again. This problem seems to have enter at version 4.1 and 4.2. \

Current Release Version 4.3.0 April 30, 2012

Version 4.1.2r April 23, 2012

Major additions and improvements to Arrows. There is a new setting that provides two methods for defining the exact reference position for an Arrow. The new method provides a setting for "Relief" for drawing the arrow. With the new setting the tip of the arrow is placed exactly at the end of the defining host line, path, or curve. The host graphic ending section is then relieved from the arrow to end precisely at the base of the arrow. This provides improved placement accuracy and a clean appearance. Full documentation is complete in the Help pages, use search phrase "arrow relief".

Three new arrow shapes are provided, Bulls-Eye, Origin, Pie, and Open Pie. The new Pie shape arrow corresponds to an arrow shape used by Canvas users and required for moving their work to EazyDraw. The Bulls-Eye and Origin shape correspond to AutoCad arrows and are needed for exchange of DXF drawings with AutoCad and other traditional design packages.

Significant improvements to DXF import. This version provides full support and accurate import results for the latest AutoCad DXF version - AutoCad LT 2010 -.

Minor bug fixes for the new Vector Hatch capability.

Numerous corrections and "clean up" of all Tool Tips for all palettes and user interface elements.

Version 4.1.2p April 14, 2012

EPS import correction relating to drawings with tiled images.

Version 4.1.2n April 13, 2012

SVG import correction relating to rectangles in drawings with flipped y-axis (negative y-axis direction).

Numerous improvements and additions for DXF export. Testing continues.

Version 4.1.2m April 7, 2012

Corrected problem using Color Modification (on Layers Drawer) with PDF image. The image would flip upside-down when first imported. The issue would not present if the drawing was saved then reopened. All is now correct.

Corrected rare problem forming a new group. If the group contained more than one Free Transform graphic, and an Image that had been recently moved, then the new group might possibly position the image (or images) incorrectly. All is now correct. This problem has been present for approximately 24 months in late version 3 and all of version 4.

Several improvements for PDF ungroup.

Lion Only: Improved behaviors when importing SVG and DXF and quitting EazyDraw before saving the drawings as EazyDraw native. This situation is now handled properly.

Lion Only: Corrected possible crash when duplicating drawings using the Revert to original option. A rare crash but quite possible.

Version 4.1.2k March 30, 2012

Corrected possible problem with Ungroup PDF, when Autocombine Text is in use. In rare cases the ungroup could fail, without a crash. One use for AutoCombine text applies for PDF drawings exported from Canvas with the "Exact Character Positioning" option selected. In this case Canvas prints each character individually, this can be inconvenient. Autocombine Text attempts to reconstruct lines, sentences, and paragraphs. For best results, if possible, don't use the "Exact Character Positioning" when exporting from Canvas.

DXF Export has various corrections from testing in preparation for release.

Help documentation has a few corrections from proof reading.

Version 4.1.2h March 30, 2012

Corrected problem on Graphic Details for wall - lines, free form single segment straight walls. The numeric entry on Graphic Details was not accepted for this graphic form. This is problem that has been present since mid 2011. All is correct again.

Corrected problem introduced with this beta series. Numerous issues with resizing text via Morph or resizing in a group. This now operating correctly again.

Help documentation is now complete for the new vector Hatches, Font Mapping, DXF export and numerous other minor updates and corrections.

Version 4.1.2g March 28, 2012

Font Mapping

Font Mapping is fully implemented now. There is a new palette on the Text -> Font submenu. A new option for mapping, on import only, the older style Symbol Font (not Apple's unicode Symbol font, but the older non-unicode symbol font from the 1980's and 1990's) characters to correct unicode codes. This is needed for Canvas X import of SVG and ungrouping of PDF made by Canvas. This is primarily for Canvas users, but the issue may be seen in pdf files made in the early days of OS 9 or from Windows.

The Font Map table will record and show missing fonts after import conversions. Then you may easily add a substitute font from those available on the system and repeat the import.

Font Mapping for DXF is fully in place now. This is rather important as DXF drawings often have fonts not normally found on a Mac System. This works for both import and export, often important when exporting drawings as DXF for users on other platforms. The best strategy is to request a DXF from the other platform, perform the import, assign the Mac substitute fonts, then copy the font map table (using the utilities popup lower left of the Font palette) and paste it to the DXF export font map table.

There is a Factory provided font map designed to be used by Canvas users importing drawings that use Symbol font (normally for Greek characters used in mathematical expressions). Canvas users should select this prepared font map using the utility popup menu, lower left on the Font palette.


Several improvements to SVG import. Font mapping is now possible on both import and export. The Canvas Symbol font character mapping is now available.

Several improvements to PDF ungroup. Font mapping is now possible on both import and export. The Canvas Symbol font character mapping is now available.

Other minor improvements from testing in preparation for release. Additional documentation is now available, but documentation for new features is not complete.

Version 4.1.2f March 23, 2012

Corrected issue with Advanced Duplicate, for Polar and Linear duplication that used rotation. In a few cases the rotated graphics would present their rotation but could revert to their pre-rotation state with future editing actions, and copies to the clipboard would receive a non- or partial- rotated version of the graphic. All is correct now.

Version 4.1.2e March 22, 2012

Corrected problem Advanced Duplicate, Linear Array. Certain combinations for X offset then y offset would fail to accept the y offset value. All is correct now.

Corrected issue with Space Edges (Format -> Align and Size -> Distribute -> Space Edges). The units for the spacing were always being read as Points rather than the units of the drawing. The bug was fixed and the Distribute Panel was updated to provide more room for the x and y entries and the drawing units are always displayed for added clarity. All works correctly now.

Version 4.1.2d March 19, 2012

Corrected recently (beta only) introduced problem, unable to select control vertices in some cases. That is working again.

Version 4.1.2c March 16, 2012

Dropped support for LinkBack. The EazyDraw application is now code-signed with secure certificate issued by Apple. This will allow the Free Market version of EazyDraw to comply with the newly announce OS X security protocols. Dropping LinkBack will prepare EazyDraw for Apple's planned Sandboxing security and use with iCloud.

DXF Export is now available. Associatative Dimensions are not supported at the time of this beta release, but this should be about the only missing component. The export should be useful and accurate.

DXF Import, major improvements applied to DXF import. The implementation was updated to conform to the AutoCad 2012 DXF reference. Gold Standard for testing this implementation is AutoCad LT 2011 running on Windows 7.

Numerous minor bug fixes for SVG import and export. Corrected problem with SVG import related to rotated rectangles. The width and height of the rotated rectangle could have a size error. This is now correct. Corrected SVG parsing issue with very long polyline curves.

Several significant improvements to PDF ungrouping. More precise text placement. More color spaces handled. More unicode Font encodings handled. Improved handling of Japanese and Hebrew fonts and text encodings. Improved handling of PDF generated by Canvas, both recent and classic versions of Canvas.

Improved PDF ungroup to include Text Rendering Mode. Most significantly invisible text is now ignored. Now Outline and Stroked text are properly added to the EazyDraw drawing. Corrected problem with colors on PDF ungroup. Related primarily to PDF drawings from Canvas. In some cases RGB colors that had full saturation of a component were incorrectly interpreted resulting incorrect colors. All is correct now

Vector Hatches. There is a new palette, accessible from Tools main menu, for management of Vector Hatches. These are similar to Pattern colors but where Pattern Colors are based on bitmap images, vector Hatches are drawn as vectors. The hatches are based on Dashed lines, which you can sequence at user controlled offset intervals. The Hatches follow exactly the definitions used with AutoCad and other CAD drawing applications. This means that if you have access to a Hatch definition for AutoCad or Solid Works, you can use that information to define a Hatch for EazyDraw. Several ISO and other standard Hatches are automatically built and installed by EazyDraw, access these from the Named Hatches popup menu. When importing DXF you can now choose to have the DXF (AutoCad) hatches imported as Patterns (bitmap) or Hatches (vector) - normally you will choose vector.

New Font Mapping palette, access from the Text -> Font main menu.

Enhanced options for the drag select behavior of the default (Arrow) tool. Previously drag select would select any graphic that was touched. The only way to get the drag-select-enclosed behavior was to use the special tool on the Selection Tools palette. Many users from Canvas are accustomed to the drag-select-enclosed behavior. Now there is an option on the View -> Select submenu for these two choices, Drag Touch and Drag Enclose. ALSO: The behavior of the Option key for default drag behavior was changed, previously this triggered Pan action instead of drag select; but Pan is available with the more conventional modifier of Space-Bar drag, so this behavior is not really needed on the Option key. Now the Option key, during a drag-select action (for the default Arrow tool) will temporarily change to the other drag-select behavior. This provides efficient access to both (touch and enclose) behaviors.

Upgraded the utility of the old "Circles-and-Squares" preference setting. This changes the creation action from a box (or bounds) create sequence to a center-out create sequence. With center-out action the initial mouse click defines the center of the new graphic, the drag action then extends the graphic in both directions from the center. This setting now defines the behavior for all rectangle graphics and lines as well as circles and squares. The Option key will create with the "opposite" (the other choice for this preference setting) behavior. Option key action works for all applicable graphic forms.

Added a new conversion command called Hybrid Path. This is similar to Convert To -> Bezier, but if a path has segments that are essentially linear, control points are not added or removed if necessary. For example a Rounded rectangle when converted to Bezier will have two control points on each segment including the straight segments on the 4 sides, but with Convert To -> Hybrid Path there will only be control points on the corners. This combined with Convert To -> Continuous Bezier allows full management of editing modes for Bezier paths. The short-cut key is Control-H (think of it as control-Handles, or control-Hybrid). So Cmd-B, Cmd-Shift-B, and now Control-H allow quick switching as you edit the details of a path.

Update to the Copy Special menu. The actions for copy special of Style, Gradient and similar attributes were removed. Any Copy of a graphic will load these attributes on the system clipboard, so there is no need for a copy special of these attributes. The menu is now populated with actions relating to placing paths and curve on the clipboard as text. There are now 4 text formats supported and 3 options for separators. The Comma, Tab, and Space options can be combined, each one that is checked is included as characters separating values. Each vertex including control points if present are on one line of text. The Table option is a comma separated format that will paste into excell or numbers. The Text option is a simple table of vertices and controls points as numbers. Interpolation outputs only points on the curve, so no control points. SVG formats the Bezier information in accordance with accepted SVG path formatting. The values are in drawing units, formatting follows exactly the numeric display settings for the Graphic Details drawer. Consult the Help pages for full documentation.

Added settings for text number alignment (left, center, right) for numeric display in the Graphic Details panel and other palette inputs that work in drawing units. This setting is found on a new submenu to the Form popup for Lengths, Percents, and Angles on the the Graphic Details panel.

Tool Tip Delay added, this is a new parameter found on EazyDraw preferences. You can use this to increase the time for a tool-tip to popup. It is useful if you are new to EazyDraw and desire them to be faster, or if you are experienced and do not want them distracting as you work. We used the parameter to suppress them while making the EazyDraw video tutorials.

Added intelligence to the Bezier Weld command. Now if a welded Bezier result does not contain a curved segment the result provided is a Path of straight segments, not a Bezier curve. For example, if all element of a weld action are lines, the result will be a path not a Bezier. This is the logically correct behavior, it saves the added step of then converting the result from Bezier to Path.

Made adjustments to the Contextual menu. The Send items were moved up to near the top of the menu, they were getting left off when the contextual click would happen near several colors, so their priority is now higher than it was. Added items on the context menu (when appropriate) for Pin Center, Pin Angle, and Pin Length for lines and similar graphics.

INTERESTING: Dashed Line Bug. We found a core bug in Apple's graphic display technology. Certain (very specific) combinations of line angle and dash patterns will cause a line to fail to draw completely. This was demonstrated on two different drawing programs on Snow Leopard and Lion. The bug has been reported to Apple (no response) and EazyDraw has been patched to avoid the situation.

Optimized the text font convenience menus on the Attributes bar and in the Graphic Details area. There have been reports of slow text editing, mostly from Japanese users. This related to systems with large numbers of installed fonts. The font menus are now fully cached and EazyDraw only updates them when the OS X system notifies that fonts have changed, such as a new font family installed, or a font removed, or changes to font favorites. Text editing and typing should be instantaneous even with Graphic Details inspection active and Attributes bar in use.

Corrected a problem with the stepper control on Graphic Details for Bezier curves, values for the inspecting index could be entered but the stepper would not advance the index. This is now working properly again.

Corrected bug in Distribute Edges panel. The numeric values were inconsistent (appeared random). The proper units (the drawing units) were not interpreted on input. All is now correct and the panel was enhanced to always show drawing units (for clarity and confirmation) and to allow setting of text field width in accordance with numeric display settings from Graphic Details.

Corrected possible problem with Graphic Details display of values. It was possible to set a very wide display width, then resize to a smaller Graphic Details view width and then cut off the display values. Now this mis-match in settings is detected, and adjusted insuring that display values are always shown.

Corrected bug is selection logic for Groups. Previously if a group contained at least one graphic with Fill, the whole area of the group would respond to a click for select. That behavior was incorrect, clicking in an open region with no graphic content should not select the group. All is correct now. A few other tweaks were applied to selection logic and several speed optimizations were added for the selecting logic.

Improvements to the Font Styles panel. Previously it was not always enabling when text was selected. It is now accessible as designed.

Corrected rare case of "white dots" that could appear on an RGB image when converted to CMYK. This would only happen with larger images.

Corrected problem with Page number text stamps (Page Number of Number) and (Page Number) not updating when moved to a different page. Previously these text stamps would not update if nested in a group. They would work properly as independent graphics. They now work as expected and any movement will cause an immediate update - even during the move process.

Center Marks were not drawn or managed for graphics nested in a group. They now draw properly even when the graphic is in a group. You can now set or clear all the center marks for a group from Graphic Details.

Corrected issue with failure to select and manipulate the gradient control handle. This could happen in certain situations for paths that had a graphic but were not fully closed.

Flow around text has been improved to interact even when embedded in nested groups and to interact across layers. Now graphics that trigger flow around do not need to be on the same layer as the text. Overlapping graphics on all ON layers above the Flow-Around Text now cause text reflow. So it is possible that graphics that are not visible can impact text typesetting, while this could be confusing it is the correct logic, so caution is advised.

Dropped support for LinkBack. This was an open technology for managing content across Apps. It was only used by a small percentage of EazyDraw users, and it added quite a bit of code bloat. The primary reason is to prepare for tightened App Store security limitations. Dropping support for LinkBack will improve security against hacking threats. Soon Apple will require Applications to conform to Sandbox security limitations. The inter-app communications required by LinkBack will likely conflict with security entitlements that Apple will allow for a drawing App such as EazyDraw. In actuality LinkBack adds only a small bit of convenience to a workflow and is certainly not required to use EazyDraw drawings in other Apps or to incorporate graphics from other Apps in EazyDraw. There also is a great deal of new convenience and capability provided by OS X for managing documents and revisions of graphics that might be used in other documents.

Version 4.1.1b November 30, 2011

New With Lion: The Save As, and Save To menu commands are now removed on Lion. The correct document / drawing model for Lion is to use "Duplicate" before changes not "Save As" after changes to an existing drawing. Long time computer and Mac users will need to study this significant design change. One can no longer assume a drawing that has not been saved has not be changed. The old work flow of opening a drawing and making a few trial changes then deciding not to commit the changes does not work on Lion. Everything is a bit more like an iPhone. The new work flow model requires an up-front duplicate of an existing drawing in order to make trial changes that do not modify the original. Of course Undo can revert a drawing and there is now the advanced "revisions" user interface to recover the original, but these all involve success and integrity of the operating system and EazyDraw for the restoration - plenty to go wrong -- although there are no know problems for this process. If one quits EazyDraw there is no warning about "unsaved" changes - the changes are committed by OS X, at that point at this point revisions or Time Machine are needed to recover the original drawing. If an original drawing has not been accessed for a few days - the operating system will "lock" the drawing and provide a warning with suggestion to make a Duplicate before beginning changes. The time limit setting for this warning is accessed via system preferences. But drawings that were recently used do not get this warning. If you are working in a productive environment and are new to Lion, the best advise is to be certain that a Time Machine disk volume is online and active. Help documentation on this topic is complete for EazyDraw and there are numerous discussions on the web concerning these changes. The EazyDraw pdf and printed manual does not fully document these changes at the time of this release.

Lion Only - Several improvements to the Duplicate command. The new duplicated drawing now mimics the size, position and inspector (Graphic Details and / or Layers) states for the duplicated drawing. Before the new drawing would assume default conditions, the new behavior is more convenient and generally expected.

Lion Only - Added Command F as toggle for Full Screen mode. This is in accordance with Apple guidelines, the supplanted "flip" command was changed to Option F.

Lion Only - Made several improvements to the logic for entering and exiting Full Screen mode. The two independent toolbars are more reliably chosen. The logic issues revolved around quitting EazyDraw with more than one open drawing and different Full-Screen / Non-Full-Screen states for the drawings. All this works reliably as one would expect now.

Lion Only - Several improvements for the return from a Revisions session. There were problems with palette restoration. User Libraries would either not re-open or would open but be hidden. Now all palettes and user libraries are faithfully restored to their prior open / closed state and view precedence.

Improved the Area Report found on Graphic Details. It now reports the area when multiple graphics are selected. Previously area was reported only for individual graphics that had area. If any selected graphic does not have an area, then no value is reported for the multiple selection.

Corrected possible hang situation when converting a Bezier path to a Ribbon.

Corrected possible hang situation when converting an Orthogonal Path to a Orthogonal Radius Path.

Corrected possible crash, Lion only, during the reporting of a File Save problem, this should have been quite rare. It is now corrected.

Corrected possible crash, Lion only, at launch when launching into Full Screen mode, with secondary drawings that were not in Full Screen mode, when the Toolbar size was different for Full Screen and Non-Full Screen. A rare crash, but serious if the problem situation came to pass.

Version 4.1.1a November 4, 2011

Added the ability to name, save, and load a ruler style. Corrected a few issues with the default Ruler Style and reloading an altered ruler style, these were introduced with the 64 bit transition to EazyDraw version 4. Now all aspects work as they should. Note on defaults and behavior: Ruler Style is saved with a drawing, therefore any changes made to the ruler style (color perhaps) will restore when the drawing is saved and re-opened. But if a drawing has never had a change to the Ruler Style, that drawing will open with the Default ruler style. Therefore a change to the Default ruler style will often be applied to an existing drawing when opened, not just to new blank drawings. But it is not always the case that the Default Ruler Style will apply to an existing drawing when opened. This might appear as "flaky behavior" but given a little thought one can see that it is the appropriate logic.

Corrected issue related to default settings for Graphic Details display settings, such as display precision. EazyDraw records the last choice for these settings and these values are used as defaults when a new drawing is created. This worked correctly for normal instances of creating a new drawing. However if there was no drawing open at Quit of EazyDraw, then on the next launch a new drawing is created automatically (in accordance with Apple standard behavior) - the display settings for this drawing reverted to factory defaults rather than the correct last used settings. This is now corrected, all new drawings reflect the last used settings.

Improved Color Modification by Layer. Previously patterns did not reflect opacity color modifications, and CMYK patterns and images did not respond to color modification by layer. Color Modification was improved to cover all cases of images and patterns for RGB, RGBA, CMYK, and CMYKA colors. All is tested, opacity and tint now modifies the layer content as expected.

Improved the Area Report found on Graphic Details. It now reports the area when multiple graphics are selected. Previously area was reported only for individual graphics that had area. If any selected graphic does not have an area, then no value is reported for the multiple selection.

Improved the Area Report found on Graphic Details. It now reports the area when multiple graphics are selected. Previously area was reported only for individual graphics that had area. If any selected graphic does not have an area, then no value is reported for the multiple selection.

Two menu problems in French translation - View -> Select and Format -> align -> orient.

Corrected Help pages for Morph, the Help documentation indicated that values were entered and inspected as fractions, they are used a percentages. Documentation was changed to reflect the actual usage.

Version 4.1.0g Sept 21, 2011, 2011

Added customize tools with icons for Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, and a smart toolbar menu for these actions.

Improved Associative Dimensions with respect to application of changes of attributes multiple Dimensions. Before, when changing multiple Dimensions at one time, most attributes (arrow shape, color, witness lines, ) were changed to match the lead Dimension. Now this action only changes the specific attribute. For example, now with multiple Dimensions selected each with different color, a change of Arrow shape will not change the various colors.

Added a new Outline mode. This is found on Format main menu. When selected all graphics are shown only as outlines with thin paths. Fills, Gradients, Patterns, Shadows and bitmap images are not drawn. The allows more convenient Bezier editing with exact indication of Bezier paths without interference of finite line-width regardless of zoom.

Version 4.1.0f Sept 6, 2011, 2011

Improved behavior when changing between Full Screen and Mult-Window mode on Lion. The Canvas Margin parameter (Page Setup palette) was supposed to have independent values for each mode. There was a problem when returning to Multi-Window mode the Canvas Margin for that mode would reset to zero. It now returns correctly to the user setting, providing two independent settings, one for each mode.

Version 4.1.0d August 23, 2011, 2011

Corrected problem of possible crash when ungrouping EPS or PDF images. Problem could happen if the images contained text with fonts not present on the host system. This is now corrected.

Corrected problem zooming with gestures on a trackpad. The problem happened when a graphic(s) was selected. Then the focus of the zoom would be unpredictable. Normally the point of the cursor is held constant when zooming with the pinch or anti-pinch gesture. Now all is correct and this is the behavior for all situations.

Version 4.1.0b August 13, 2011, 2011

Corrected problem working with Pivot and Free Transform Interactive graphics, when more than one drawing window containing Pivot or Free Transform graphics are open on the desk top. Problems would not surface with all graphics, but exhibits if the Pivot or Free Transform contained rectangles.

Corrected issue with selecting graphics when the selecting action causes the drawing to scroll and causes selected graphics to scroll out of view. The graphics that scrolled out of view were then omitted from the selection. They are now included. This problem has been present on recent versions of EazyDraw, an optimization caused the out of view graphics to be dropped from the selection. All is proper again.

Version 4.1.0a August 13, 2011, 2011

Corrected problem running on older versions of Snow Leopard, such as 10.6.4 or 10.6.5. EazyDraw would not launch unless Snow Leopard updates of 10.6.6 or newer were installed. Now EazyDraw 4.1.0 will launch on 10.6.0 and newer.

Improved SVG support. Corrected issues related to support for colors with transparency.

Corrected possible (rare) issue with corruption of the display of the Graphic Details drawer.

Better presentation of the Attributes Bar, it is no longer "clipped" when the window is adjusted to a small size. Now the attribute groups are not shown if any of the groups buttons extend beyond the right edge of the window.

Corrected problems encountered when adding a gradient fill to a weld-group. This did not apply correctly and could cause EazyDraw to hang (not crash). This is now handled correctly.

Further improvements on Lion when using the time-machine-like Versions interface. All parameter palettes and the layers and graphic details drawers are restored and displayed correctly when returning from the Versions interface.

Version 4.1.0 July 20, 2011, 2011

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Runs on 10.6.0 and newer. EazyDraw 4.1.0 runs only on Intel. Support is provided for both 64 bit and 32 bit computation (select mode from Finder using Get Info panel). EazyDraw 4.1.0 runs on Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x) and Lion (OS X 10.7.x). We still have support for import of the classic mac drawing formats (AppleWorks, ClarisDraw, MacDrawPro, MacDrawII, and MacDraw) - but EazyDraw 4 does not directly import these formats. You will need to download a companion version (EazyDraw 4.0.0) (EazyDraw_Retro) from the support page in order to recover these drawings. EazyDraw_Retro will run on Lion, but only in 32 bit mode. EazyDraw_Retro does run on OS X 10.4 and newer (including Lion). See the support page for all the details.

User interace localization for 4 languages in addition to English. This is the initial release with support for German, Japanese and Spanish. The French localization has been fully re-done with significant improvement and depth of support. All is included with the download, no additional installation steps required.

Lion Only Feature: Support for Lions new "Versions" technology. Now when you save a drawing, a hidden snap shot of the drawing and all contents is archived. The Revert to Saved command is significantly enhanced, it presents a "Time Machine Like" interface for convenient review of all previously saved versions of the drawing. This is a powerful recovery tool and one that will quickly find use in the normal design work flow. Documentation is found in the Help pages, use search phrase "Save" or "Revert".

Lion Only Feature: Support for Lions new "Full Screen" mode. The upper right hand corner of the drawing window now has a Full Screen / Multi-Drawing mode switch. EazyDraw has integrated two Toolbar collections and two independent canvas margin settings. These change when switching from Multi-Drawing to Full Screen presentation mode. This allows customization for both modes to get attain the most productive working environment for any project. Documentation is complete and found in the Help pages, use search phrase "Full Screen".

Snow Leopard and Lion Feature: Multi-Thread computing for improved utilization of systems with multiple CPU's. There is now a third native EazyDraw file format, the EazyDraw Bundle format. Use this format for large drawings that have multiple layers. This format saves each layer in a separate file in an OS X Bundle. A Bundle is a special folder that the operating system treats as a normal disk file. Since each layer is saved in a different disk file, multiple CPU's can be used to read and write information in parallel. EazyDraw also keeps track of the state of each layer, since each layer is in a separate file EazyDraw can skip reading or writing of layers that have not changed since the previously write or read.

Case Sensitive volumes. Full support for OS X disk volumes formatted with case sensitivity.

Corrected rounding error for associative dimensions when using Feet and Inches (also Yards and Feet, and Miles and Feet) display when. The rounding was 12 times too large and caused a consistent "one" in the last decimal place. This is now correct and rounding applies at the correct decimal place location.

Fixed problem with the Export Shortcut button. Double click of this (just to left of drawing name in title bar) button causes an automatic re-export (exporting with same settings as last formal Export action). The export was not being saved in the correct folder. The save was going to a system temporary folder. Behavior is now correct, the export is found in the same folder used for the last export; note: this is not necessarily the same folder as that of the originating drawing.

Fixed the Center Mark property so that it prints to printed drawings. Previously it was shown only on the screen and not printed. Documentation indicated that the mark was always printed and that was not the case. Now the Center Marks are drawn on printed and exported drawings, when Hide Dimensions (a Layer property) is not checked.

Fixed some issues with tab stops. Some tab parameter (such as position: left, right, center, or decimal) were not accepted from the Tab panel popup menu. These problems were introduced with recent (last 4 months) versions. All is correct now.

Corrected a problem entering User Library element names when in the Element view. In some cases clicking Return or Enter would cause the element name to inadvertently change. Now it stays as entered.


This version of EazyDraw support for AppleWorks, ClarisDraw, MacDrawPro, MacDrawII, and MacDraw classic drawing formats. This version of EazyDraw does NOT support these formats. Go to the EazyDraw Support web page for more information and a solution for converting these drawing files on your current version of OS X. EazyDraw version 4.0.0 is provided as a solution for importing these drawings on OS X version 10.4 and newer, including OS X version 10.7 (Lion).

PowerPC processors are no longer supported beginning with EazyDraw version 4.1.0. EazyDraw 4.0.0 is provided on our Support web page, it still supports PowerPC on OS X versions 10.4.x and 10.5.x.

Version 3.6.4 June 13, 2011

Enhanced the Advanced Duplicate capability. A new tab view was added with support for saving a set of duplicate parameters and managing user defaults for the Advanced duplicate settings. Added full numeric formatting and numeric-math input for all duplicate parameters, the display precision and format are now under user control following the settings for the Graphic Details drawer - these parameters follow the drawing's scale settings (not a Fine Scale setting for the panel). Help documentation is complete, new features should be self explanatory.

Corrected a few bugs and expanded the capability for convert to Filled Shapes for free form Bezier paths. Previously a few degenerate cases that can result from ungroup PDF or other import techniques would cause problems with the convert to Filled Shapes, these are now properly supported.

Corrected issue with converting RGB images to CMYK. The problem happened when converting using the Graphic Details popup menu and when automatically converting for EPS export of an embedded image. Also improved the speed for converting RGB and CMYK to Gray Scale, this is now table driven and several thousand times faster.

Added an Option Duplicate action for the Rotate tool. Now if the Option key is held down during a rotation tool operation the target graphic is duplicated in place before rotating. This behavior mimics the automatic duplication of Option Drag that is common procedure for most drawing applications.

Fixed another issue with SVG, correcting the issue noted on the EazyDraw discussion board by Grandadpete . The SVG import of the Ball_14 graphic no longer hangs EazyDraw.

Corrected issue with Angle Dimensions. The problem could arise when more than one Angle Dimension needed to use the same reference line, such as when dimensioning all interior angles of a rectangle. The Angle Dimensions would become confused and attach to each other and the reference line hence trying to dimension a zero span angle. This is now handled properly.

Corrected bug importing MacDrawPro drawing with a smoothed variant of Bezier path that actually represents straight line Bezier. This construct was not seen before, it is now handled and imported as drawn.

Version 3.6.2c April 6, 2011

Enhanced the Advanced Duplicate capability. A new tab view was added with support for saving a set of duplicate parameters and managing user defaults for the Advanced duplicate settings. Added full numeric formatting and numeric-math input for all duplicate parameters, the display precision and format are now under user control following the settings for the Graphic Details drawer - these parameters follow the drawing's scale settings (not a Fine Scale setting for the panel). Help documentation is complete, new features should be self explanatory.

Corrected a few bugs and expanded the capability for convert to Filled Shapes for free form Bezier paths. Previously a few degenerate cases that can result from ungroup PDF or other import techniques would cause problems with the convert to Filled Shapes, these are now properly supported.

Added an Option Duplicate action for the Rotate tool. Now if the Option key is held down during a rotation tool operation the target graphic is duplicated in place before rotating. This behavior mimics the automatic duplication of Option Drag that is common procedure for most drawing applications.

Fixed another issue with SVG, correcting the issue noted on the EazyDraw discussion board by Grandadpete . The SVG import of the Ball_14 graphic no longer hangs EazyDraw.

Corrected issue with Angle Dimensions. The problem could arise when more than one Angle Dimension needed to use the same reference line, such as when dimensioning all interior angles of a rectangle. The Angle Dimensions would become confused and attach to each other and the reference line hence trying to dimension a zero span angle. This is now handled properly.

Version 3.6.2a March 23, 2011

Corrected bug importing MacDrawPro drawing with a smoothed variant of Bezier path that actually represents straight line Bezier. This construct was not seen before, it is now handled and imported as drawn.

Corrected issue with converting RGB images to CMYK. The problem happened when converting using the Graphic Details popup menu and when automatically converting for EPS export of an embedded image. Also improved the speed for converting RGB and CMYK to Gray Scale, this is now table driven and several thousand times faster.

Version 3.6.2 March 22, 2011

Added new feature to calibrate the size of graphics on the display screen. The new command is found on the Drawing Zoom popup menu, located lower left of the drawing window. The "Calibrate" command queries the system for the physical dimensions and resolution setting of the display screen that contains the center point of the drawing, then computes an average (average of horizontal and vertical pixels per unit length) zoom factor that will match screen lengths to the real world. The "Calibrate" selection is user driven, there are no automatic updates if a drawing moves to a new screen, if a new screen is added to the system, if the resolution of screen is changed, or if the drawing is opened on a different system. If zoom setting matches the calibrated setting the Drawing Zoom popup menu indicates the match with a blue value color.

Added new user preference to draw Circles and Squares from a center point out to a radius or side dimension. The preference is found on the main user Preferences panel. Two settings, the new Center Out setting and the bounding box (corner to corner) setting.

Added a customizable toolbar button for Fit Text menu command. It is available for user customization, it is found near the other text buttons, bluish icon.

Fixed possible issue with Dimensions, when content for the Dimension is set Nothing for use as a user comment. The crossing dimension line could be drawn through the text after the drawing was saved and re-opened. Now the crossing line has a break for the text in all cases as it should be.

Fixed several SVG issues. Please continue to send in svg files that have problems. Improved SVG import to handle SVG drawings exported from CorrelDraw. Support for extended CSS style specifications was required. EazyDraw now supports CSS styles nested in CData blocks. CorelDraw SVG now imports properly into EazyDraw.

Solved a possible problem with exporting EPS to CMYK color space when the exported content contained an image (either bitmap, EPS, or PDF) and that image was larger than a few inches and the image did not use CMYK color space (in other words the drawing contained a large non-cmyk image that required automatic conversion to cmyk).

Improved functionality and corrected problems with Group Edit. There were a few graphic forms that were not responding properly for interactive in situ editing of group graphics. All is working properly now, problems were introduced with recent revisions.

Fixed Guide-Snap for lines with the center pinned.

Worked on problems of a pdf graphic being flipped when color modification is applied to a layer. This may be fixed, ultimate resolution may not be possible until the release of Lion. With Snow Leopard the operating system added several internal optimizations for processing of pdf images, the vertical orientation of the pdf when displayed no longer seems to be processed in an absolute consistent fashion. If trouble is noted, use the Flip Vertical button to get correct display.

Version 3.6.1 February 18, 2011

Enhanced and made corrections for Kerning functions. The Kerning settings in the Graphic Details drawer now have full professional capability, one may kern across different font and attribute runs, adjust single character kerning all with reliable detailed undo and redo. Previously the numeric Kerning setting applied primarily to full text boxes and uniform text runs. One should now be able to accomplish any kerning action.

Corrections to the SVG import, support for non-comma separated point lists was added.

Improved EPS and PDF ungrouping. Several additional text constructs are now properly supported including kerning specifications.

Improvements for DXF import.

Added support for dimensions for suppression of leading zero for Fraction form. The Leading Zero checkbox on the Dimension Palette (Datum Tab) controlled inclusion of the leading zero for decimal dimensions. It was not controlling a leading zero when fractions (rather than decimal format) was in use. Now it controls both as one would expect. The menu commands "Make Same Width" and "Make Same Height" were not keying off the correct graphic. The "master" graphic should be the first one selected. This is now corrected.

Made several improvements and corrections for the Numeric Entry feature. If, during the creation of a graphic, the letters (o,d, x,y, a, or L) are typed: the Numeric Input pops-up to accept numeric values for (over, down, x-across,y-down, angle or length). The inputs were mostly "raw" and would not work for scaled drawings. Now the inputs (and values shown) are all interpreted and presented correctly according to the drawing's scale and the settings on the Graphic Details drawer for numeric display. For example if you have angles set to Radians - the the "a" numeric input will be Radians rather than Degrees.

Changed response of text graphics that are copied and pasted between drawings with different x or y axis directions. The copy and paste now does not flip the text, this would normally be the intended behavior.

Corrected issues with grouping for groups that involved connectors. In some cases connectors were sent to the back or the front of the group. Now the appearance of connectors is precisely maintained when groups are formed. Connectors that attached to elements involved in a grouping operation were sometimes disconnected. Now all connections are consistently applied to the new group.

Fixed a few issues with editing text that contains Overlines. All editing situations now follow standard text editing conventions for insertions and deletions adjacent and across ranges that include Overlines.

Corrected issue related to graphics created by welding. The new resulting welded graphic would accept a Connector but the Connector (or Dimension) would not remain attached and follow movements of the new graphic. This would correct itself upon save and reopen of a drawing so it was in this sense temporary. All is correct now.

Corrected possible crash when applying Factory default to the Page Setup palette.

Cutting all the way through a rotated oval would sometimes result in 3 resulting paths rather than 2 as one would expect. This is fixed now and works as one would expect.

Version 3.6.0 January 14, 2011

Corrected an accuracy problem when entering values in the Graphic Details drawer, when the values contained a fraction computation. These computations were rounded to the nearest Point and fractions of a Point values were lost. Accuracy is now maintained at the full 32 bit floating point computation limits.

Expanded the capability for using Function keys as keyboard short-cuts. Previously the Function Key (F1, F2, ...) could be used but a modifier key (Cmd key for example) was required. Now Function keys are accepted with no modifier key. In other words: a function key such as F1 may be assigned as a shortcut for any menu command. Note that one must type the letter "F" then a number "1, 2, ... , 11, 12, ...) into the Menu Keys field to assign a function key - it is not possible to type the actual function Key as these keys are blocked to the text field on the Menu Keys palette.

Added an inspect / entry field for Diameter of circles to Graphic Details drawer.

Corrected issue the Grid Reference point for graphics when the graphic is flipped. Previously the Grid Reference point would remain constant and not change with the graphic orientation. Normally it is desired that the grid reference point remain constant with respect to the graphic hence the grid reference point should reflect the orientation change. This is now the behavior. For example if a graphic had an arrow with a tip at the right center of the graphic and if this point is chosen as the grid reference point, now if that graphic is rotated 90 degrees and the arrow tip is now at the top center - the grid reference point is also changed to top center.

Version 3.5.0h January 9, 2011

Corrected issues with the Library main menu, library names were not being updated when saved with a new name. It is now refreshed properly.

Corrected issue with maintenance of the Grid Reference point for graphics installed to a User Library. When using the library graphic the Grid Reference position would revert to default if the interaction level of the destination graphic was different than the original graphic. Grid Reference is now faithfully maintained for Library graphics. The error was at the time of use, so it is not necessary to rebuild libraries - the Grid Reference information was installed in the user library correctly.

Version 3.5.0g January 4, 2011

Improved interactive resizing of Text Boxes. The minimum size is now computed with respect for the font size. Minimum size will now exactly fit one row or one column of characters. Before is was a constant small value and the text box could reduce to less than a character. Also in some cases the text box would inadvertently grow when resizing to a negative rectangle size - this is now fixed.

Improved the SVG import to include support for SVG symbols. Corrected a small group of rare parsing bugs.

Improved PDF ungroup for text encoded with 2 byte Unicode schemes. Test case involved Gentium font with ancient Greek glyphs.

Changed the behavior of Free Transform and Pivot interactive graphic when added to a Group. Now these special case interactive elements are "applied" before the graphic is placed in the group. Often a Free Transform or a Pivot would have problems when nested in a series of groups, this approach will convert these back to normal graphics for more reliable behavior for modifications to the host group.

Corrected the Wall Specification palette, when interactively changing the wall thickness and other wall parameters the palette was not updating. Now it updates live as changes are made.

Corrected issues with conversions of Pivot graphics. In some cases the conversion would revert to the un-rotated state of the core graphic.

Version 3.5.0f November 14, 2010

Added the support for indexed color space for EPS and PDF ungroup. This is an older color convention needed when importing from EPS or PDF some older technology applications that still use "2, 4, 8, up to 256 colors".

Corrected possible problem when forming a Group that contains a Dimension. In some cases the dimension would be hidden by other filled graphics, all is correct now.

Version 3.5.0e October 8, 2010

Added the ability to export individual graphics as individual image files. This is supported for PNG, TIF, JPG, GIF and CSV. Then new option is found for the Export Contents (middle) popup menu on the Export panel. Selected graphics are exported, each to an individual image file. The file name from the export panel is used as a base, an underscore followed by an incrementing number. "Individual graphics" respects grouping, for example, if a drawing has 50 graphics formed into two groups, there will be two images created - not 50. Note that only selected graphics are included / supported with this feature, to export all graphics one must first perform a Select All, the option is not enabled unless at least 2 graphics are selected. Documentation is not updated with this new feature.

Axis Labels (Technical Tools - bottom row) now support Center and Right Justify. This was requested by several users and overlooked for last release. All works now without any hacks the printf format or splitting label runs.

Version 3.5.0c September 16, 2010

New capability to Auto-Save drawings as they are modified. The feature is fully automatic with a 60 second timer. If a drawing has been modified, a copy is saved after a delay of 60 seconds. The copy is saved in the same location (folder) as the original with the name modified by insertion of (autosaved) . You can set the delay time on the main EazyDraw Preferences folder. Setting the time to 0 (zero) will turn auto-saving off. The time interval may need to be increased in the case of very large drawings that take some time to save.

New capability to Auto-Save drawings as they are modified. The feature is fully automatic with a 60 second timer. If a drawing has been modified, a copy is saved after a delay of 60 seconds. The copy is saved in the same location (folder) as the original with the name modified by insertion of (autosaved) . You can set the delay time on the main EazyDraw Preferences folder. Setting the time to 0 (zero) will turn auto-saving off. The time interval may need to be increased in the case of very large drawings that take some time to save.

Fixed bug with user libraries. When closing a library with a partially edited element name, a crash was possible. This is now fixed.

Fixed bug with Walls, if new defaults were set from a wall that was auto-mated to another wall, then newly drawn walls could have a bad end shape that extended up to the drawing origin. This is now corrected and the situation is prevented.

Fixed bug with the Center Mark checkbox on Graphic Details drawer. This was introduced at final stage of the 3.5.0 release. It was possible to turn Center Mark on, but not off. This is now fixed.

Version 3.4.1r August 14, 2010

Made several improvements to Export for the TIFF, PNG and the other bitmap. PNG now has support for gray scale colors. TIFF export for CMYK was optimized and is about 70 times faster now (a text export that took 1 minute 10 seconds before now completes in less than 2 seconds). All bitmap exports may now be larger in size, previously most systems would fail at around 100 meg for export image size, now most systems should be able to create 1 gigabyte images without crash and rather quickly as well. TIFF export now supports more color space options including alpha (opacity) masks.

This version has improvements to the color accuracy for TIFF, PNG and the other bitmap exports. Recent versions of EazyDraw would have small changes to some colors (out of gamut colors), when the bitmap was generated. Now the RGB and CMYK components are faithfully passed to and saved in the export bitmap. This allows matching of colors for web graphics; for example, saving a web graphic with a particular rgb component set will now match the web page exactly when the same rgb components are specified as a CSS background color. These issues relate primarily to the operating system, ColorSync technology, and ICC profiles. There are basic problems in this area for OS X versions 10.4 and 10.5. The small color variations will still be present for EazyDraw users on 10.4 and 10.5 - there is no solution possible. EazyDraw users on Snow Leopard (OS X version 10.6) do now have precise calibrated color bitmap exports for TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIF (note that JPG's compression algorithms can be expected to introduce slight color shifts). Test have been conducted on all the current popular web browsers and background colors of EazyDraw export graphics do match exactly with CSS hex color specifications on all browsers (but only when using EazyDraw on Snow Leopard). When checking colors with the Color Picker spy glass or the utilities application Digital Color Meter: ICC corrected colors are reported for the EazyDraw drawing window but uncorrected Calibrated colors are measured for exported bitmap images viewed in Preview this discrepancy is unavoidable at this time, options to this behavior will need to await further operating systems advances.

Version 3.4.1p July 29, 2010

Fixed problem with refresh of Morph panel. If the panel was over the drawing area (not in Graphic Details drawer area) and to the right of the actual working drawing area (window was wider than the drawing area), updates were not correct and old static images of the panel could appear after a scroll.

Fixed problem using morph on multiple graphics, especially likely when morphing several (10's or more) graphics. The morph would be correct on the first graphic but could have problems on others.

Fixed problem with new extended cursor, setting the line weight for the extended cursor on the Preferences pane. Settings were rounded to nearest 100% - and would go to 0% for values less than 100%. All fixed now.

Fixed further issues using a Dimension with Form set to Nothing. If Nothing was in use and no additional text was used (nothing and nothing) the bounding area of the dimension would erroneously include the drawing origin. This is now corrected.

Fixed problem introduced with last beta, dragging a layer from one drawing to another using the Layer's drawer on each drawing. That is back and operational now.

Version 3.4.1n July 25, 2010

New capability for extended live cursors. This is accessed from the Graphic Details drawer, when nothing is selected. A new popup menu is present that allows selection for the new extended cursors, a full screen cursor, half screen (to ruler) and ruler edge. The Nothing selection turns extended cursors off. There is a new setup panel accessed from the main Preferences window. There are several options including a new live cursor read-out option that may be used in conjunction with the extended cursors. Documentation is complete, use search phrase "extended cursor" to access the documentation.

New options available on the Layers drawer. It is now possible to Lock a layer, this is a lock against move and delete. This is set with a new check box column on the layers table list. There is a new option to show the active layer above all other layers. Copy and Paste to and from the layers drawer has been expanded to accept graphics dropped on a layer and allows more fluid copy and paste between layers - previously one often needed to explicitly click back on the drawing or the layers drawer for different paste actions.

Improved and corrected a few things with Graphic Details display of Bezier control points. Previously a closed Bezier would show too many vertices or segments, now the display computes these correctly as they appear on the drawing. Now when a Bezier control is simply clicked the focused segment is changed to the appropriate clicked segment, previously the control point would need to be moved in order to change the displayed focused segment. Continuous Bezier Graphic Details now shows values in yellow that are not actually "smooth" at the vertex, implying that any change here will adjust both vertex controls to satisfy the smooth continuous constraint. Leading and Trailing control designations for the Continuous Bezier details display were logically reversed, these were switched.

Corrected several issues with the special Select Tools palette. Several of the options had various problems, the select back first cursor was not changing as it should and the settings for the radio buttons at the bottom of the palette were not always respected for selecting behavior. All the special select functions have been extensively tested and are quite robust.

Fixed problem saving a new default snap sound on the Grids panel. Normal setting of temporary or permanent default snap sound (other than nothing) did not work. Now all works properly.

Version 3.4.1k July 7, 2010

Expanded the Select Special submenu (Edit main menu) to include selecting graphics with Patterns, Gradients, Arrows, and Dashes.

Fixed problem on Graphic Details reporting the position - when using a scale with offset origin and when the selection included multiple graphics. The location is now reported correctly.

Fixed problem on Advanced Duplicate / Linear Duplicate - when using a scale with non-default axis direction. The sign of the offsets could sometimes change each time the linear duplicate was used. This is now fixed.

Version 3.4.1h July 6, 2010

New menu command for Abstract Fill ("Bucket" Fill - or Flood Fill) is available - this is found on the Tools main menu, Combine submenu. This action will analyze an area of a drawing that is bounded by various graphic paths and curves then form a new shape conforming exactly to the interior region, fill that shape with the current default color, and add the shape to the drawing behind all other graphics on the current Active layer. This is a vector counterpart to the Paint-Bucket tool commonly found in Painting applications. The algorithms are fully vector and hence more complex than a simple pixel color-flood. The algorithms are heuristic and recursive, they focus and act only on the portion of the drawing that is visible in the drawing window (the display screen) - not the full drawing. The algorithms may perform differently at different zoom amounts, for best results zoom in and roughly center the region of interest before executing the command. There is a customizable toolbar button (a paint-bucket icon) available on the main tools-Customize palette, the tool is not installed on the default toolbar. Documentation is complete, use search phrase "Abstract Fill" to learn more on the use of this new feature. The command uses multi-threading on OS X 10.5 Intel and newer, on older machines and 10.4 the full analysis does not begin until the final mouse click and processing may take several seconds - all should be instantaneous on new systems with multi-core Intel processorss.

Documentation was added for the Services menu. Details on the use of EazyDraw with the LaTeX utility LaTeXiT were added. If the core TeX utilities and LaTeXiT are installed, the services menu allows one to enter LaTeX mark-up plain text in an EazyDraw Text Box and convert the mark-up to fully typeset pdf vector content (a mathematics expression or equation). The implementation uses LinkBack technology to exchange the content with the LaTeX utilities, thus one may edit the source markup by double clicking on the typeset pdf content.

Version 3.4.1g June 25, 2010

Serious Bug fix. Problems related to certain tools on the toolbar and use of Contour Annotation in a drawing cause a file to not open. This is a recent development.

New Abstract Fill is available - feature is not complete and there is no documentation. Use is not recommended.

Version 3.4.1d June 17, 2010

Expanded the capabilities for Gradients. Bitmap gradients are now supported. There are 4 new gradients available on the Gradient Fill panel, Effect popup menu - they are at the bottom. Previously all EazyDraw gradients were drawn with vectors, this implementation technique has many advantages but in some cases a traditional bitmap gradient can have advantages. The bitmap implementation will often have better behavior for gradients that use transparency with colors. Vector gradients will often have banding when working with transparency. One caution: transparency is not supported with bitmap gradients when printing to PDF - transparency is supported for vector gradients when printing to PDF. The primary use for the bitmap gradients is for the design of PNG and TIFF icons such as those used for iPhone and iPad user interface elements.

On-screen adjust for Gradients is now available. This is an option found on the Gradient Fill panel, the new default "factory" setting is for the "on" state. Gradients that have a direction and/or position will show an new adjuster handle when the hosting graphic is selected.

Documentation has been updated for the new Gradient Fill capabilities. Study the Help pages to learn more about the difference between Vector and Bitmap gradients.

Improved the PDF and EPS ungroup. A new parameter is found on the Images submenu of the Format main menu. This menu controlled setting is named: "Auto Combine Text". When ungrouping PDF (and EPS) images, EazyDraw applies algorithms to attempt to reconstruct the higher level ordering of text characters. The PDF format does not actually define things like a text block or paragraph (nor even a word or line of text). In many cases the combined text generated by EazyDraw will be convenient for editing but the typesetting will not be faithful to the placement of the characters on the PDF page. Turn this option off to get an ungrouping that favors precise placement of text characters over automatic assembly of paragraphs and text boxes.

Corrected a bug in the SVG interpreter - a very specific issue relating to paths whose value string ended with a single number and no decimal point. This occurrence is now fixed and should have been quite rare.

Version 3.4.1c June 14, 2010

Added a new feature to automatically snap a line (or any straight path segment) to the Tangent (or Perpendicular) of a curved segment. For example, this allows one to easily draw a line from a defined point to the tangent point on a circle. The "t" and "p" keys provide a convenient shortcut - note this is just the keys alone, no command key modifier. Simply hold down the "t" key while adjusting one end of a line, if your line approaches the solution point for the tangent of a curved segment the line will snap to the solution. Use "p" to get a perpendicular solution. This is a "one-shot" snap, different than a normal vertex snap. This is because a tangent solution can be "broad" and perhaps not readily discernible, so the one-shot snap has a better and more distinctive feel. The "one-shot" behavior allows the length of the snapped-line to continue with adjusting, hence one step allows the snapping of the line and setting of the desired length. Documentation is complete - use key phrase "snap tangent" for full details on the new feature.

Improved the Vertex Insert tool. It now will do multiple inserts with a single invocation. The key point is to allow detection of intersections and insert two vertices exactly at the intersection of two graphics. Another advantage is that a series of vertices can be added on an exact straight line. The documentation has been updated to reflect the new capability, use search phrase "insert tool". The new behavior is obvious from the indicators. The command key modifiers work in the same fashion as defined for the knife tool, these are useful for inhibiting the intersection detection.

Added a new Convert capability - convert to Filled Shape(s). This new command is found on Tools main menu, Convert submenu. This conversion will convert a graphic that has an outline (stroke) to an equivalent constructed with only fill and now outline. For example a dashed line would be converted to a series of rectangles. A circle with a fill and stroke color is converted to two circles, one larger than the other, both having no outline/only-fill, the larger one has the color of the original outline and the smaller one has the color of the original fill. This technique will work with solid fill color, gradient fill, and pattern fill. It works with most graphics including Bezier paths, curves and smooth curves. It does work with dashes on straight lines but no other dashed-graphics.

Corrected problem with Free Transform graphics contained in a Group (in particular in a Uniform Interaction special group). If the outer group was scaled in size (such as a change in size with the Uniform Interaction graphic) then subsequent moves of the outer group would have problems - the embedded Free Transform graphic would move more than it should ("scooting" out of the enclosing group). This is now fixed.

Corrected rare problem using connector with cloaked vertices. This could cause an unexpectedly quit. This combination is not typical for a connector or dimension. The situation is now stable, will not crash and will default back to a reasonable behavior.

Corrected problem flipping arc graphics by 90 degrees. The flip was in the wrong direction. The bug was introduced with version 3.3 when Arc flips and rotations were improved. The problem was not particularly noticeable unless the arc was included in a group and the group flipped. All is fixed now.

Corrected problem with the Line Weight toolbar buttons and Line Weight toolbar menu button. The "thicker" and "thinner" line weight actions were reversed with respect to the icon indicators. Those are now switched and will work as expected.

Corrected problem changing a dimension from the special form: "nothing", when there is no additional text. Then switching back to a normal form, such as Decimal, the dimension value would not appear. This sequence of events now works properly.

Corrected Advanced Duplicate - when using "inverted" axis directions. The duplication values (+ and -) were offsetting the new graphics in the wrong direction. Now the axis direction is reflected properly in the duplicate's offset.

Decreased the minimum allowed distance between tab stops from 0.2 inches to 0.08 inches.

Corrected several typing errors and a few broken links in the EazyDraw Help pages.

Corrected updating of check-marks on the Font Panel and Colors menu items on the Font submenu (Text main menu). This were often "out-of-sync" with the actual open state of these panels. Now their check-marks reliably reflect the open / closed state of the respective panels.

Version 3.4.1b May 3, 2010

Corrected problems with Option-Drag duplicate of various (but not all) kinds of graphics. After the Option-Drag the new copy could have trouble updating on the screen. This was introduced at 3.4.1, all corrected now.

Corrected possible problem reading multi-page PDF. If your setting for page numbering was "across-first" then the multiple pages were added "across" which is not correct for a multi-page pdf. Then only the first page of the multi-page PDF was shown. All is fixed now, numbering is changed to "down first" for the multi-page PDF.

Corrected a possible problem with Annotations, in particular rotated annotations. If several were in use, in close proximity to one another it was possible that CPU usage by EazyDraw would climb dramatically for a few seconds. For larger drawings on older CPUs this spike could cause a lock-up of EazyDraw. All is corrected now. And CPU usage in these situations is now cleared back to normal amounts for this situation.

Version 3.4.1a April 25, 2010

Corrected SVG import problem that was introduced with version 3.4.1.

Corrected problem with the refresh and updating of the Easy-Look panel. The problem related to inspecting of multiple drawings and use of the drawing selection popup menu on the Easy-Look panel. The root cause of the problem likely starts with drawings that were made by a copy of a full drawing or "Save As". The panel then would not update properly when switching between the to copies - even after changes were made to the drawings. In other cases of normal random stack of drawings all would probably work fine. All cases now update correctly. The bug was present since the introduction of the Easy-Look capability.

Version 3.4.1 April 20, 2010

Added capability to snap a vertex "on" a line or path. To explain with an example: this allows one to extend a line to exactly meet another line, anywhere along the line - no just at the ends and midpoints. The works with any line, path or curve, both as a target and as the editing graphic. There is no new user interface setting, the new capability is "on" when vertex snapping is enabled. This means there are now 3 kinds of snap for a vertex snap: a vertex or midpoint, an intersection, and now along a path. The 3 kinds of snap are indicated by color, the momentary snap colors are: green for a vertex or midpoint, red for an intersection, and yellow for "on" a path. For lines (as the editing graphic) this works with Pinned Angle and with Shift key angle constraints.

Added a control checkbox for showing the leading zero of a Dimension. In the case of a fraction value less than one it is sometimes desirable to not show the leading zero (save drawing space). This is now possible using a new checkbox found on the Dimensions palette, Datum tab. The checkbox should be self explanitory. Documentation is complete use search phrase Dimension to learn more.

Added new virtual paper sizes for the iPad. On Page Setup when using the Buttons and Icons virtual printer, new sizes for iPad launch screen in both landscape and portrait orientations. There are now virtual paper sizes for required graphic elements for iPhone and iPad development: main icon, iTunes store icon, small (settings and search) icon, iPhone and iPad launch screens - both orientations. These are all accessed from the Page Setup panel, choose Buttons and Icons for the virtual printer then select from the Paper popup menu.

Corrected a bug with Copy and Paste. The problem appeared with EazyDraw version 3.4.0. In some cases of Copy-and-Paste ( on the same drawing) and Duplicate With Offset, a Group graphic would have an incorrect bounding box indicator and perhaps misplaced graphic locations. This somewhat rare but a serious problem, making 3.4.0a a recommended upgrade. There will likely be a follow-on version 3.4.1 soon to address this issue.

Fixed problem with print-across-first on Page Layout. This setting would not always persist when the drawing was closed and re-opened. All works properly now.

Version 3.3.0p Mar. 18, 2010

Fixed problem entering negative angles, on Graphic Details drawer, for Lines and Paths, when using Y-axis plus down. This combination now works properly.

Version 3.3.0m Mar. 18, 2010

SVG import is now complete and available for use. SVG Export has completed testing and debugging from beta tester's input (thanks). Full SVG support is now complete and ready for general release. Exchange of SVG drawings between Adobe Illustrator (CS4) and EazyDraw, both directions, has been tested extensively. The SVG open format should provide a reasonable workflow to and from ai-CS4. A large set of the W3C SVG test suite was tested for proper import into EazyDraw. Performance is optimized for importing very large drawings. Output of SVG from EazyDraw was tested and confirmed with Safari and Opera which seem to be the two best SVG supporting browsers, two were used because some esoteric situations are not properly supported by one or the other of the two browsers. The export SVG is accessed from the Export menu command, SVG drawings are imported with the normal Open command - select SVG for File Type. Documentation is complete, use search phrase: svg. EazyDraw provides high quality 512 icons for SVG files, if you have other SVG authoring applications their icons may take precedence. A double click on an SVG file will open and import in EazyDraw, this behavior depend on Finder settings and the presence of other SVG authoring applications - use Get Info from the Finder to manage SVG Finder opening and Icons display behavior. The Additions Pack has a SVG folder with a set of test files from the W3C archives, these are also useful templates or examples if you wish to author drawings with XML code.

Several performance optimizations for User Libraries were dropped in favor of improved image quality. These optimizations involved cached images of library elements. Recent years improvements of hardware, OS X core technology and EazyDraw graphic display performance allow this improvement.

Corrected problem with Text Bubbles, the radius rectangle version. If the radius was changed from default, and the drawing closed and re-opened the changed radius was lost. This is now fixed. There were undo-redo situations where the text bubble pointer would not properly undo an interactive change - all works now.

Corrected problem with Move Image setting (main Preferences panel). The selection Live Graphic was not persistent across a quit and restart of EazyDraw. Also dragging from the drawing to another drawing or library did not work when Move Image - Live Graphic was in use. Both of these issues are corrected now.

Corrected problem exporting PDF with White Background. The popup menu would show a blank entry and the exported pdf would still have a clear (nothing) background. Now the White Background setting is respected with a PDF export.

Corrected problem printing with x or y mirror. The mirroring option inherited problems with recent (beta) changes. This is now operational again.

Corrected problem adding libraries in the icon-button mode to the menu system. This would cause a crash of EazyDraw - all is corrected now.

Version 3.3.0h Feb. 21, 2010

Added new custom Arrows for drawing Entity-Relationship diagrams. These new arrowheads conform to the conventions for "crows-foot" notation of one-to-many, one-to-zero-or-one, etc relationships. A new user library with simple tool buttons for all possible relationship connectors is available - contact EazyDraw support if this is of intreats, it will be included in the next release of the Additions Pack, it is now available on CD and Boxed versions of EazyDraw. The new arrowheads are accessed from the Arrows palette, Custom Tab, the Name popup menu. These are installed automatically for new users. Existing users (those who have ran EazyDraw and accessed the Custom Arrow Tab) will need to remove the Arrows.plist file from the EazyDraw Applications Support folder ( ~home -> Libraries -> Applications Support -> EazyDraw ). One must quit EazyDraw then remove the Arrows.plist folder, then restart EazyDraw; the Arrows.plist file will be re-created by EazyDraw with the new custom arrowheads. If you have custom arrow heads - then keep the Arrows.plist file and move your custom arrows into the new file (contact EazyDraw support if you need help with this).

Corrected problems related to flipping radius rectangles by 90 degrees. There was a problem with the 90 degree CCW flip, if in a group the flip would distort after the file was saved and re-opened. All is correct now.

Corrected problems with Graphic Details entries for Text Graphics when using Comma as decimal delimiter for Region settings such as Germany. Some of the numeric entries and sliders were not working, causing very large values upon entry. Also many of the text fields did not respect the system settings and displayed numerical values with the period as the decimal delimiter. All is correct now.

Corrected anomalies with Send command, when multiple graphics were selected for a single Send To Back. The drawing order of the selected graphics was reversed by the send. Corrected problems related to Send to Front with graphics containing inserted text. Corrected problems sending graphics forward or back over a graphic with inserted text. And corrected some issues of the above cases that would not undo or redo-of-undo correctly. All seems to be working properly now.

Corrected problem with move of a shadow applied to a Uniform Scale graphic of an image. The shadow would remain fixed on the drawing. All is correct now.

Corrected a small extraneous white border that was added to images in groups with a bitmap shadow applied to the group. This was only noticeable in the above situation when the edge of the image or photo was not white.

Corrected issue with a Free Transform of an image in a Uniform Scale interactive state with a Flip (90 deg. cw etc) applied. A subsequent move of the graphic did not execute properly (the graphic moved in a wrong, unflipped direction). This situation is now handled correctly.

Corrected problem with the reported size of a group that contained a rotated text box positioned near one edge of the group. The rotation was not applied to the size and position calculation. All is fixed.

Version 3.3.0g Jan. 23, 2010

Corrected problem converting Flow-Around Text to Bezier paths. This would only work right after a resize of the text box, most of the time the Flow-Around layout was not respected on the converted glyphs. All is corrected now, the converted text should be positioned exactly glyph for glyph as the flowed-typeset text.

Corrected a few esoteric cases for the newly optimized Annotation text, relating to shadows on the annotation and colored annotation text.

Corrected a few issues with converting Annotation to Bezier paths, when the text style for the annotation used outlines or colored fill.

Version 3.3.0f Jan. 23, 2010

Fixed problem running on OS X version 10.4. The public beta version 3.3.0b and later did not run on Tiger. Now all works again.

Fixed problem converting Annotation to Bezier paths on PowerPC running OS X version 10.5 (Leopard). This problem was present on the last release (EazyDraw 3.3.0). It now seems corrected as tested on a PowerPC mac-mini running OS X 10.5.8. Please report any problems in this area as our available PowerPC hardware is limited and the root cause of this issue is still somewhat in doubt.

This version included performance improvements for drawings with heavy usage of Annotation Text. The responsiveness of EazyDraw is now significantly improved when working with Annotation Text. Beta testers should keep an eye on the drawing of Annotation Text, as with all optimizations there is the possibility of missed refreshes of the drawing or misplaced graphics, thanks.

SVG Import is a work in progress, it is enabled and available for this beta. It is not complete, it should not crash but there is no support for importing text at this time. SVG export is fully operational, complete, and robust. Please report any problems noted with the export of SVG graphics.

Version 3.3.0e Jan. 17, 2010

Minor refinements on SVG Export, nothing major. Work continues on SVG Import but this is not enabled on this release.

Corrected problem setting default font from the main system font panel. The "Set Current as Default" operation was setting color and other text attributes (bold, italic, ...) but not the actual font family and font point size. All is correct now.

Version 3.3.0d Jan. 10, 2010

Added export support for SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). SVG export is accessed from the main Export panel (File main menu). Documentation is complete, use search phrase SVG to learn more. It is a full complete robust export that supports all EazyDraw graphic formats including gradients, shadows, text (annotations and typeset). All defined SVG profiles are support including the TINY profile for hand-held devices. Includes ability to export embedded font families and glyphs.

Added capability for Line-Over for Text. This will add a "Bar" over characters or a range of characters, the "Bar" is the common mathematical notation for the Average of a variable. The Text -> Style submenu has the menu command for this attribute and it is found on the Attributes bar with a - "Oh with line over" icon (note the use of the attribute must be verbally described in this Text Edit file because Apple's standard text technology does not support this text attribute).

Fixed a conflict in the menu short-cut keys for Ungroup Graphics. There was a duplication of the key selection on the Format->Images submenu. The caused problems for some (but not all users?) - now corrected.

Version 3.3.0c Nov. 19, 2009

Improved AppleWorks drawing import. Corrected issues relating to strings with embedded graphics. These graphics caused the import to crash, now the import does not crash. The embedded graphics are not imported as EazyDraw does not support strings with inserted graphics.

Corrected issues with inserted JPG images that contain meta-data size transformations. These had trouble when rotated and cropped, the problem related to opening a saved drawing. Now Rotate and cropping of these graphics works properly, saves properly and reopens properly.

Version 3.3.0b Nov. 19, 2009

Significant improvements for PDF ungroup. Improvements were in the area of reconstructing and formatting text content. Several new text encoding constructs are now understood by EazyDraw. In general the improvements relate to pdf's created on Windows and Windows Vista.

Significant improvements to the ClarisDraw import. Support for Claris Draw files saved in the Slide mode is now fully supported. Note that EazyDraw's pdf export now supports "layers as pages" with a master layer, this will facilitate re-export of good quality vector images for import into Keynote or PowerPoint.

Improved performance when typing and entering text. Some users with large numbers of fonts and a slower or loaded processor would experience performance degradation when typing quickly. The issue related to updating the font menu on the Attributes bar. This process is now optimized and rapid typing now introduces negligible load on CPU computations.

Corrected problem resizing different forms of rectangles using the Shift and Control keys. These now work to constrain the aspect ratio (CMD key) or constrain to equal height and width - square shape with the Shift key.

Improved behavior for creating polygons. There are several modes for creating polygons, to accommodate users from users familiar with other older drawing applications. The problem happened when the polygon was completed with an extra double click at the originating first point of the polygon. Of course we don't need to do that as it is a tedious extraneous step. EazyDraw would mistakenly take this as an error and the polygon would disappear. Now this method works correctly if used.

Version 3.2.0n Oct. 13, 2009

Added 4 new tools on Technical tool palette. The new tools are text bubbles that can be used as call-outs on technical drawings, enhanced sticky-notes, or speech balloons as in cartoon drawings. They have all the properties associated with a normal text box with the added decoration of the bubble Bezier graphic. Creating text bubbles is just like creating a normal text box. On screen interactive handles are provided to position and shape the pointer tip for the text bubble. There is a new panel on the EazyDraw preferences toolbar, this panel is used to set the default attributes for new text bubble graphics. There are a few parameters provided on the panel for convenience but there are many other parameters such as a color gradient or pattern that may be used with these graphics. To manage defaults for other properties simply draw a text bubble and design it as desired then drag and drop it on the Text Bubble preferences panel. Documentation is complete for these new tools enter search phrase "text bubble" to learn more.

Added the ability to insert Soft Returns in text. This is a Shift-Return which will insert a line break but not a paragraph break. There is a reference menu command now found on Text main menu, Typing Aids submenu. But normal use will be via keyboard entry of Shift-Return. Note this is a new combination of accepted keyboard entry and not a menu key shortcut. The Shift-Return menu key shortcut is blocked by the operating system. Net result is that all should now work as expected with text focused applications. Documentation is complete for the new feature, to learn more follow Help menu links to the Typing Aids submenu.

Several minor bug fixes mostly related to new features introduced since the 3.2.0 release. This is a release candidate so documentation should be complete. All new tools and features are now robust. Tutorials and libraries are being updated to correspond to the new features and complete the testing and transition to Snow Leopard.

Version 3.2.0m Oct. 1, 2009

Added the capability to interactively adjust the position of Annotation Text. Previously the position of an Annotation along a path was set with the Position parameter (numeric and slider input) found on the Annotation panel. This worked fine but the adjustment sometime was too coarse forcing use of the numeric input. Now there is an additional interactive adjustment handle provided, when selected, for graphics with annotation. simply slide this control handle along the graphic's path to position the Annotation. The normal parameter inputs are still available on the Annotation panel. Documentation is complete, use search phrase "annotation" to study the full specification for this new capability.

Added the capability to provide a center dashed line for the Walls, Roads, and Ribbons tools which are found on the Technical tool palette. Now the Dashes palette will apply the dash pattern to a central path that is drawn along the center line of the Wall graphic. This is useful for drawing roads, different dash patterns may be used to signify different types of roadways. The addition dashed line path will have the same characteristics (color and width) as the main outline path of the graphic. If more capability is needed to apply a different color or pattern, use the Arrow Along capability which now works with Walls, Ribbons, and Road - see release note on this addition below.

Added the capability to apply Along Arrow designs to Walls, Ribbons, and Roads. This capability is managed on the Arrows Palette, Custom Tab. These functions allow the ability to apply decorations along a path as a sequence of graphics attached to the main path. Some applications refer to these as "Brushes", an older term from '90s, in EazyDraw these are all fully vector graphics (as opposed to bitmap images) so they are managed as generalized "Arrow Heads." This capability is well documented in the PDF manual, the Help documentation, and a few tutorials specifically dealing with the topic. The addition is that these are now supported for Walls, RIbbons, and Roads. This is a rather powerful technique useful when drawing detailed visually rich maps. The Along-Arrow graphics may be used with solid fill, gradient fills, and now dashed lines to provide highly illustrative schematic representations of road ways (or rivers, hiking trails, rail-roads, .) for maps. There is a new tutorial (Roads_And_Maps) that covers this new somewhat advanced capability - the tutorial can provide useful "cook-book" instructions for those not experienced in the Arrows-Along capability.

Improved and expanded the Fillet and Chamfer operations. They now are more intelligent in forming a complex shape from a group of individual lines and paths. Before it was normally necessary to build the shape by selecting only two elements at a time and building the shape with a series of Fillet commands. Now one may simply select all the individual elements and execute the command a single time. The automatic logic now analyzes the relative positions of the elements, decides which should be the start and ending element, then orders them automatically with start-to-end ordering based on relative nearness of end points. Finally the logic analyzes if a new closed path graphic is indicated and automatically closes the graphic with a rounded (or chamfered) closing curve. The new automatic intelligence applies to Welded Bezier and Welded Group actions as well.

Added new tools for Text Call-Out Bubbles on the Technical tool palette. These are in progress, the first two are working in a preliminary fashion.

Added several new error messages for Save and Save As, these will provide more detailed information should there be an error when saving data.

Fixed issue with printing on OS X version 10.4. This applied only to the previous public beta versions. Now Printing should work on OS X version 10.4.

Fixed problems with small circles. There was a mode where they could collapse to zero radius when moving when a drawing was zoomed out far enough to make the circle about the same size as the adjusting handles. Another problem was that undo would not correct this and undo would not work properly if the small circle was re-sized. Now all works for even the smallest of display circle size.

Version 3.2.0h Sept 24, 2009

A new contextual attributes toolbar for Dimension graphics is now available. The primary focus for these contextual tools is the text formatting for the dimension's numeric values with prefix and suffix text. Operations like Bold, Underline, Kerning and typeface changes are now conveniently available with single click access.

This version has several enhancements to the ClarisDraw import. Full support for embedded EPS vector images is now working. Several cases for this construct are now supported with EPS version 1 and 2 inserts both with and without preview data (EazyDraw only displays the vector image - not the preview from the the EPS header). And issues related to drawings created with the Japanese version of ClarisDraw have been resolved, these related to Japanese fonts that were working properly before the Snow Leopard transition - all are back working correctly now.

Added the Send (Front - Ft, Forward - wf, Backward - bw, and Back - Bk) buttons to the Attributes bar (which is turned on and off with menu command near bottom of View main menu) for Text graphics. This has been requested by many, sorry it was not done that way in the first place, thanks to all for the input.

This version has several enhancements to the AppleWorks import. Additional embedded graphic types are handled. Added support for additional clip-art pasted graphic formats for the AppleWorks Import.

Added 3 new toolbar buttons for the viewing control of Charting, Stellate, and Math tool palettes. These were "missing" on the available tools for customizing the main window toolbar. They are now available for addition to the toolbar - use the Customize button or selection at the bottom of View main menu to add them to your toolbar.

Added the capability to have both a major and minor arc for the Flat Circle graphic, the one found near the bottom of the Technical Tools palette. The selection for the new option is found on the Graphic Details drawer, a new check box is found there. When creating, hold down the CMD key to switch between Major and Minor Arc choice. This only applies to the Flat Circle, not the Key or other Cut Circle tools.

Fixed problem when typing a prefix to an automatic dimension. In some cases the measurement number string would overwrite the prefix. This is back working correctly now.

A slight change was made to the dragging behavior. The change applies when a floating palette is positioned right over the active drawing area. If the floating palette has working area that can accept a drop of the moving graphic the drag and drop sequence is initiated. This rather specific set of events has given problems to some users when trying to drag an EazyDraw shape to the Custom Arrow shape area on the Arrow Palette. Previously one needed to drag the graphic off the drawing window then to the floating palette, this would be a problem sometimes on smaller screen systems where the palette was likely to be over the drawing area. This is somewhat non-standard Mac behavior but should not present a problem.

Fixed live resize of complex graphics, such as group graphics that contain a large number of graphics. The graphic was shown at the original size during the interactive editing of the size of the graphic (adjusting with the resize handles). The problem was introduced at Snow Leopard change-over. Correct now, original fast-responsive resizing is working well as in previous versions.

Further testing of the public beta on OS X version 10.4, zoom with "i" and "o" now work again on 10.4; the new export pdf capability is now operational on 10.4. Both of these had problems on the recent public beta versions.

Version 3.2.0f Sept 15, 2009

Improved AppleWorks import, support added for several new formats of pasted clip-art.

Version 3.2.0e Sept 14, 2009

Bug fixes on the new Layers as Pages PDF export - see Sept. 13 entry below.

Fixed problem with ClarisDraw import from the Japanese version of ClarisDraw. A previous change to correct other Japanese font issues caused the bug. All should be fixed for all versions now.

Fixed Edit for text that is contained in another graphic. The Edit menu command on Text menu did not properly enter text editing mode when the selected text was contained in another graphic.

Version 3.2.0c Sept 13, 2009

Improved the PDF export capability. Now PDF export (accessed from Export on File main menu) supports multi-page formatting and mirroring. The multi-page formatting capability includes an option to export each Layer of a multilayer drawing as a PDF page. The Layers as Pages allows one layer to act as a Master layer and print on each of the pdf pages. The documentation is complete, use search phrase "export pdf" or click the Help button on the PDF export panel. Previously all pdf exports printed as one single large page, the Print then "Save As PDF" sequence was needed to get a multi-page pdf. Mirroring is used when printing to an appliqué used in "reverse" such as a t-shirt artwork project would require.

Version 3.2.0b Sept 8, 2009

Corrected problem with copy and paste and drag and drop of graphics between EazyDraw drawings of different scale. Graphics should paste with their proper "project" dimensions respecting the different scales. This worked in EazyDraw 3.1 but was broken with version 3.2, it is now working properly again.

Corrected problem with Walls, they could not be re-sized by clicking and dragging the end point handles.

Corrected problem with Ribbons, they were very slow and sluggish to edit - all back to normal.

Corrected problem with Text used in a graphic added to a user library, the Text was flipped up-side-down. This is now back to normal. This bug also flipped text graphics converted to Images.

Corrected problem with Classic PICT graphics, pasted into EazyDraw. In some cases, depending on the application that created the PICT, the image was shifted in the bounding rectangle - all back to normal.

Corrected typo in Graphic Details drawer for Center dimension graphic, it was mis-labeled as Cemter. This is a long term bug not related to Snow Leopard release.

Improved the cursor control for the zoom feature with the short-cut keys "i" and "o". Previously the cursor was positioned at the ""point of interest" and the "i" key was hit, but then for the next zoom in it was often necessary to move the cursor to the center of the screen. Now if you hit the "i" key a second time (or multiple times) within a few seconds, and the cursor has not move much, the next and subsequent "i" key hits will zoom in on the same new center defined by the cursor when the initial "i" key was hit. The same behavior is works with the "o" (for zoom out) key. This logic is of course much harder to put in words than it is to use; the easiest way to see the improvement is to do a few practice zooms with "i" and "o" by clicking the key a few times quickly. The sensing time interval is about 5 seconds so there is time to view the new zoom and decide the next action before the repeat state automatically clears.

Version 3.2.0 Aug 28, 2009

This release introduces the Easy-Look drawing inspector with focus on the hierarchal organization of the drawing, layers, groups and graphics with support for sub-group investigation. It is accessed from the top of the Format main menu. It provides an outline view of the drawing; using disclosure triangles to reveal graphics on each layer with Group graphics presented as a nested organization property. This new feature is not complete at the moment although it should be stable, there are no known crashes. Documentation is not complete at this time. Multiple selections are possible in the outline view. Click and hold on a graphic in the top view to "radar" the graphic on the drawing. The "gear" menu is operational for copy and paste to the keyboard and basic ancillary grouping actions. One of the most useful capabilities, as noticed by the author, is the use of this panel as a "super" selection tool. The rules of selection are as on any outline view on OS X; Cmd Shift click to add selections etc. The Gear menu allows the selections on the outline view to transfer to the drawing and a drawing selection set to transfer to the outline table for additional selection actions.

A second major new feature is the Pivot Interaction level. This is found on the Format main menu, Interaction submenu. This graphic form provides convenient rotation of a graphic about a define pivot point. The pivot point is set interactively or via the Graphic details drawer. An interesting capability is the ability to "nest" individual Pivot graphics. If a Pivot graphic is grouped with other graphics and the outer group is changed to Pivot interaction level, the nested Pivot graphic is show with interactive adjusting handles (when selected). This approach provide convenient modification of complex drawing that might contain naturally articulating components. A tutorial is provided on the download .

Version 3.1.0k Aug 22, 2009

Corrected issues displaying JPG images inserted in drawings. The problem related to JPGs at DPI resolution other than 72 DPI, the image would display properly but when the drawing was saved and re-opened the image size would be incorrect. This is now corrected, however drawings saved with the previous public beta with the problem will still have their images shown incorrectly as the bug related to the point in time when the image was added to the drawing meaning that the bug correction will not fix the image. One will need to delete the bad image from the drawing and add the original JPG to the drawing.

Further tweaks on Annotation spacing, the new improvements introduced last beta release now apply to reverse and mirror annotation placement.

Version 3.1.0h Aug 20, 2009

This release introduces a new drawing organization inspector with focus on the hierarchal organization of the drawing, layers, groups and graphics with support for sub-group investigation. It is accessed from the top of the Format main menu. It provides an outline view of the drawing; using disclosure triangles to reveal graphics on each layer with Group graphics presented as a nested organization property. This new feature is not complete at the moment although it should be stable, there are no known crashes. Documentation is not complete at this time. Multiple selections are possible in the outline view. Click and hold on a graphic in the top view to "radar" the graphic on the drawing. The "gear" menu is operational for copy and paste to the keyboard and basic ancillary grouping actions. One of the most useful capabilities, as noticed by the author, is the use of this panel as a "super" selection tool. The rules of selection are as on any outline view on OS X; Cmd Shift click to add selections etc. The Gear menu allows the selections on the outline view to transfer to the drawing and a drawing selection set to transfer to the outline table for additional selection actions.

Added a new Pivot Interaction level. This is found on the Format main menu, Interaction submenu. This graphic form provides convenient rotation of a graphic about a define pivot point. The pivot point is set interactively or via the Graphic details drawer. An interesting capability is the ability to "nest" individual Pivot graphics. If a Pivot graphic is grouped with other graphics and the outer group is changed to Pivot interaction level, the nested Pivot graphic is show with interactive adjusting handles (when selected). This approach provide convenient modification of complex drawing that might contain naturally articulating components. A tutorial is provided on the download .

Improved typesetting of Annotation text. Spacing and orientation of the text was often uneven especially on sharp or pinched paths and curves. This is has been improved significantly. The regressive curve analysis routines have been optimized to provide added computations for the improved positioning and orientation algorithms with no degradation of responsiveness. Drawings with annotations will have some changes when viewed with this new version of EazyDraw, some tweaks may be necessary but in nearly all cases the only change should be improved appearance. The optimizations will actually improve performance in several area which may be noticeable when working with drawings with large numbers of curves on older slower CPUs.

Added 3 new shapes for Cross Overs. These are "Line Break" indicators, with variations on the rotated Z shape to indicate a longer line than is drawn. They are found on the Cross Over palette.

Improved error messages when problems are encountered with saving a drawing to the disc drive. Previously there were situations where no or perhaps the delayed fail-safe error message would present. Now we have nearly every issue properly reporting with a OS X provided message concerning the cause of the problem.

Corrected an annoyance that would cause the grid snapping to sometime revert to off. The situation related to editing an existing text box and oddly enough related to the number of times the letter "g" was typed in the session. All fixed now, so one should not see grid snapping randomly reverting to "off."

Made a change to allow the Layers Drawer's table of layers to have a larger height. Before the height was limited to provide esthetic balance for the typical drawer and window size. But the limit reduced the number of allowable layers that could be visible at a time, for users with large screens. Now you can grow the layer table height by making the drawing window have a larger height on larger and higher resolution monitors where this is possible.

Fixed export of rotated text annotations to JPG and other bitmaps. Last public release these became "fuzzy" with a sometimes noticeable degradation of quality. Recent public beta versions had worse trouble with the annotation not showing at all. All is fixed now and quality is restored to the proper level as provided prior to version 3.0.

Fixed problem with opening and closing the Preferences panel. When Preferences panel opens, all open parameter panels close, when the Preferences panel closes the previously opened parameter panels were supposed to re-open. Problem was that these open states did not restore properly, typically several other panels would open unexpectedly. Now this is back to normal. Problem was introduced recently.

Corrected problem of possible interaction of text color of annotation with the host graphic (or possibly other color attributes). If the Color and Style palette was open and one of the Color Wells active, then editing and or changing the color of an associated annotation would change the Fill or Stroke color of the main graphic as well as the color of the annotation text. This is now fixed.

Version 3.1.0e Aug 5, 2009

Added a new Pivot Interaction level. This is found on the Format main menu, Interaction submenu. This graphic form provides convenient rotation of a graphic about a define pivot point. The pivot point is set interactively or via the Graphic details drawer. An interesting capability is the ability to "nest" individual Pivot graphics. If a Pivot graphic is grouped with other graphics and the outer group is changed to Pivot interaction level, the nested Pivot graphic is show with interactive adjusting handles (when selected). This approach provide convenient modification of complex drawing that might contain naturally articulating components. A tutorial is provided on the download .

Fixed a potential crash / unexpectedly quit situation when using the Orthogonal-Radius path tool as accessed from a user library custom menu, or from a library in the drag-n-drop mode. The problem is now corrected. The situation was isolated to this particular method of accessing the tool, normal access from the Technical Tool palette did not have the problem.

Changed the behavior of Flip for group graphics. Previously if the group graphics were symmetric upon flip, the flip of the group was disabled - for example a group containing a square and a circle. Now Flip is enabled for the group and flipping proceeds as expected.

Version 3.1.0d July 21, 2009

This version is a major "under-the-hood" revision. Minor (or none) changes to User Interface and features. Developed and compiled on Snow Leopard for Leopard (OS X version 10.5) in preparation for Apple's announced release of OS X version 10.6 (named Snow Leopard). The actual technology improvements are covered under our non-disclosure agreement with Apple so this vague statement is all that may be said at this time. Caution should be used in the situation of critical drawings and projects. Developers licensed to test pre-release Snow Leopard should use this public beta, this version of EazyDraw is fully operational on the current Pre-release versions of Snow Leopard.

Bug Fixes with version 3.1.0d

Fixed several issues with dimensions, especially when dimensions are embedded in groups. There were cases where snap points would jump unexpectedly and the dimension text would move position, and duplicating a dimension would create a new dimension with larger default set-back. All of these are corrected now. Extensive testing was completed on grouping, ungrouping, moving and snapping complex groups containing dimensions. All seems in good order at this point.

Improved error detection and messaging when saving data to disk. Situations where a save might fail without any warning or a vague poorly worded error message have been addressed. Saves to disk should be more reliable and error messages more specific as to cause in the case of failure.

Improved several issues related to closed paths and curves. In many situations an extra handle would be present at the closing vertex and this would need to be cut or edited if changes were needed to the shape at that point. Now closing a graphic avoids the extra handle. Joined closed paths now have proper handles and editing at the closing positions. Closed Continuous Bezier curves now edit properly with continuous constraints at the closing vertex handle.

FIxed dimension formatting for reported lengths when using feet and inches. There were cases where values would report as 5' 12" rather than 6'. These are now corrected.

Version 3.1.0c June 7, 2009

Corrected possible "unexpectedly quit" situation. The problem related to changing a drawing's scale after deleting an autoline of automatic dimension graphic. There was a coding bug in this situation, in most situations the bug would not cause a fault so this was a rare crash. All corrected now.

Corrected problem with Undo of forming a welded group. In many cases one graphic of the welded group would become corrupt after the undo. Resizing the corrupt graphic would fix the corruption. Now all is fixed, Undo and Redo of the Undo work properly.

Corrected problems with fill color for welded groups. There were situations where the welded group graphic would not apply color to the full enclosed area of a welded group graphic. All is correct now.

Corrected problem applying the new Instant Alpha command to gray scale images. This situation was not handled with the new Clear Color command. It is now handled properly. Gray scale images are automatically converted to RGBA images then the clear color process proceeds in the normal fashion.

Version 3.1.0b May 28, 2009

Improved the method for inspecting and setting the thickness (width) of walls. The Walls parameter palette (found on Tools main menu) has a parameter for Wall Thickness. Like most parameters it was defined in terms of the Palette's Fine Scale (inches, mm, or points), and the value was an unscaled value much like the thickness of a line. For Walls this is not the best choice of units and numeric format, at least for architectural use. In this representative situation the thickness of the walls would be defined in scaled project units. For example a wall constructed of 2x4's would have a logical nominal thickness of 4 inches, in the scale of the drawing. This is now changed, settings for numerical format and precision are derived from the drawing's main setting o Graphic Details. Documentation is complete, use search phrase "wall thickness" to study the details and background discussions.

Corrected an issue with adjusting the thickness of "long" walls. If a wall was very long the interactive thickness adjuster was "slow", requiring long drag motion to get a small change in thickness. This now works properly.

Further work on commas in use as decimal delimiter. Changed the display height on several parameter palettes to provide room to see the full comma. Some of the numeric fields were slightly short and the comma was cut off and appeared as a period.

Further work on commas in use as decimal delimiter. Changed the display height on several parameter palettes to provide room to see the full comma. Some of the numeric fields were slightly short and the comma was cut off and appeared as a period.

Version 3.1.0a May 27, 2009

Fixed problem with Scale popup menu (found on Scale palette). It was showing blank when non-standard scales were in use and the selection for the scale worksheet was missing. This bug was introduced late in the 3.1.0 revision cycle. It is now fixed.

Added a warning panel when printing or exporting a drawing with miss-spelled words highlighted. Previously the drawing would simply print or export, the faint red highlights appear on the output. Now a warning message is presented with 3 options: print with highlights, clear highlights and print, or cancel - presenting an opportunity to correct the spellings.

Fixed problem flipping and transforming connectors and orthogonal connectors embedded in groups or nested groups. These would not always transform correctly and would remain connected to incorrect positions rather than releasing and re-connecting to the proper flipped location of target graphics.

Fixed problem on Graphic Details drawer when viewing size of a PICT image graphic. Graphic Details was reporting "zero width" now the proper width is reported.

Fixed a problem with copy and paste of Dimensions. In some cases the dimension would copy but with a "zero" report length. This is now fixed, copy and paste of graphics including dimensions work between EazyDraw drawings and any other application with all valid Copy formats including PDF, TIFF, and others.

Corrected problems using localized conventions for regions that use comma "," as the decimal delimiter (and period ".") as a numeric marker for thousand interval marking - for example Deutchland. The values on the the Guides palette were not showing correctly and they were not accepting input correctly, values would be multiplied by 100. This problem had the potential to occur for certain formats of entry on the Graphic Details drawer. All is correct now values are displayed with the comma as the decimal delimiter and entries with or without commas are accepted correctly now.

Fixed Align issues with rotated text: align left, align right, ... . The alignment was based erroneously on the unrotated text box. Now the proper rotated text box is used for all the Align and Distribute functions for proper results.

Corrected problems with nested group graphics containing interconnected connectors. Problems found were with flipping, copy and paste on the same drawing and moving the group with snapping enabled. There were various issues with connectors jumping to incorrect positions. Extensive testing of nested groups with embedded connectors under actions of copy and paste, duplicate, transform, flip, and move, all seems to be working properly.

Corrected problem adding an outline (stroke) to an image, the outline was offset down and to the right by 1 or two pixels. This was introduced with version 3.1 and the Clear Color tool. It is now corrected and back to proper operation.

Fixed issue with Dimensions and use of Hide Dimensions for specific layers. There were a few specific kinds of Dimensions that did not "hide" properly when exporting the drawing. This is now fixed. The issue did not apply to normal printing of a drawing, only the export of drawings. All correct now.

Corrected problem rotating and flipping PICT image graphics. They were rotating in the reverse direction and sometimes moving off the drawing with the bounds becoming separated from actual image. This correction may correct other issues with PICT graphics as well. Rotating and flipping are working properly now for all forms of images.

Corrected a few problems with Dimensions that have their form set to "Nothing", this is the "user comment only" dimension form selection; where the automatic length or other report values are not shown. The issues related to having a "Nothing" dimension with no text entered which could result in an incorrect save and re-open situation that would then lock out text entry. Several variations of "Nothing" dimensions were tested and all work as expected now.

Beta History First Quarter 2009

Added new form of Group, a Bind group. The distinguishing characteristic of a Bind group is that a resize or scaling will not resize the individual graphics of the group. The positions of each graphic will change with a resize but the individual sizes do not. For example, if a "brick wall" is drawn with a number of individual rectangles representing the bricks as a Bind group resizing the Bind group will add space between the bricks but the individual bricks remain same size.

Fixed problem with Burst gradient fill. Crash was possible when adding a custom burst shape. All is corrected now.

Fixed possible problems dragging and dropping layers from one drawing to another. Checking for duplicate layer names was not working (problem introduced with EazyDraw version 3.0) which could lead to problems. Biggest issue was dropping a duplicate layer with the name Paper which would result in two of the key layers with the unique name Paper and it was not possible to change the name of either of the resulting layers with this reserved name. All fixed now.

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0n ---- March 25, 2009

Fixed possible problem saving AppleWorks imported files. These drawings could have trouble saving unless Page Setup was used to set a printer. Problem is now fixed, after import a default printer is automatically set to avoid save and open problems for the new EazyDraw drawing.

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0m ---- March 20, 2009

Corrected performance issue when text selected and Graphic Details drawer showing with Char tab selected. CPU load would get very high and performance would bog noticeably. The issue was introduced during public Beta cycle. Problem now corrected, Char tab computations optimized to provide better performance than previous version before this issue was introduced.

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0k ---- March 17, 2009

Corrected opening a file with a rare combination of orthogonal connector connected to a text box embedded as centered graphic in another graphic. This would cause the file to fail to load. Problem is corrected.

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0h ---- February 27, 2009

Corrected a serious hang-up issue with the new Apple notebooks that have the glass trackpad. This new trackpad has a new capability to input Gestures (see Apple's web site for details). Apple has implemented undocumented changes to the core of the operating system to support this new capability. Their changes caused EazyDraw to seriously hang. The problem would happen when changing from another application back to EazyDraw with a click on a drawing window. The bug is now fixed and EazyDraw has been tested on the new 17 inch MacBook Pro with no problems noted. Testing will continue and proper support for the new gestures will be available in the coming weeks.

Added support for default color for text. Previously new text was always black, with no way to change the default text color. This issue impacted other text style settings as well such as bold or italic. Now text attributes behave in the same manner as other graphic attributes in that if no text is selected a text style change is applied to the temporary default settings for new text. This feature change is new with this beta release and testing continues.

Corrected problems with the text menu being update while typing and entering text. Previously the menu did not always get updated to reflect changes such as bold or other font style changes. Now it reflects the selection faithfully and is update with any of selection.

Corrected problem on the Paragraph panel, the numeric fields accepted new values with the Enter Key, but did not update with a Tab key change to the next text field . Entries now are accepted and updated on Enter, Tab or any other completion of editing of the individual fields.

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0f ---- February 9, 2009

Corrected a Tiger (OS X version 10.4.x) only issue that was introduced with the new on drawing layers and graphic details design. Drawing saved with both the layers and graphic details drawer open, and the drawing rulers showing, would open with a corrupted drawing window. The drawing window and EazyDraw were stable, no crash or data loss, but the drawing area would not display the drawing and would often have random broken images of other drawing window graphics. This is now corrected. To repeat this issue only was a problem on Tiger, Leopard (OS X version 10.5.x) users did not have this problem, it related to the numerous newer Leopard style drawing window components that must be simulated on Tiger.

Corrected problem with undo - of resize of the height of multiple graphics by way of numeric value entry on the Graphic Details drawer. The graphics would resize correctly but the undo would incorrectly change the width rather than the height of each graphic.

Fixed recently introduced (beta sequence) problem that permanently disabled the Color and Style toolbar button. Corrected.

Corrected issues with rotated text that contains a gradient fill. The gradient was not drawing properly. This is now corrected, the gradient spins as expected with the text upon rotation.

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0e ---- February 2, 2009

Modified the Preferences Toolbar Colors popup menu. This menu is used to select the color palette for main toolbar color pickers. The menu now only presents solid colors. Previously the host of pattern colors provided with the normal EazyDraw installation were included. This could lead to confusion, hence the change. This menu had not been documented, a new documentation page for the EazyDraw Help system was added.

Corrected problem flipping and rotating several graphics found on the Charting palette, when the graphic was embedded in a Group graphic. The flip or rotation would work correctly, but subsequent operations such as duplicate or copy and paste would have problems with the orientation of the Graphic. Most noticeable issues related to the symbols from the Electronics libraries that used narrow triangles.

Corrected problem exporting a Gradient added to a Text Box, when the gradient had an orientation. The exported orientation was not at the same angle. The gradient also did not display the correct size when the drawing zoom factor was not unity. All works correctly now.

Corrected problem on Graphic Details drawer for Text - the size tab view. A Tab after entry of these values did not register the new value, and a simple change followed by a mouse click on another parameter or elsewhere on the drawing did not register the new value. Previously an explicit Enter was required to establish a new value for these parameters. The problem was also found on the Label text view. This is now corrected, these values now behave the same as other parameters on the Graphic details drawer.

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0d ---- January 31, 2009

Improved the AppleWorks import to properly handle Japanese fonts. The import now recognizes the Hiragino Kaku, Hiragino Maru and Hiragino Mincho families and two Osaka font families.

Improved AppleWorks import, added capability to identify AppleWorks files. Now the "cwk" extension is not required for EazyDraw to locate an AppleWorks classic OS drawing file. EazyDraw peaks in the file and identifies the exact binary structure.

Added another method to initiate text entry. Double Click on the drawing area will initiate a new text area and allow typing to begin. The other way to initiate text is to click the text tool and drag out an initial text box. Added Method: if the Text Tool is clicked and typing begins immediately (no click on the drawing area) a new text box is initiated at screen center with a nominal size derived from the visible area of the drawing, respecting zoom amount. These additions also corrected an error when typing would start with a single mouse click (no text box drawn), in this case the text box width would be very small and require formatting the size after typing and deselect of the text box. Now there is a viable 4 method to create a new text box, click the text tool, click the drawing and begin typing.

Corrected behavior of the "Other" buttons found on the shortcut color, pattern, and gradient toolbar pull down menus. Previously these would toggle the corresponding full interface panel, resulting in closing the panel if it was open. This would not be the intended action. Now the button will bring the corresponding panel to the front of all panels as one would expect.

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0c ---- January 27, 2009

Corrected Problem sending multiple graphics to a new layer using the Layers popup menu found at the bottom of the Graphic Details drawer. This action would reverse the drawing order on the destination layer. Drawing order is now preserved properly.

Changed the behavior of Option Drag to duplicate, in the case of multiple layers that were enabled for selection and the situation where some of the original graphics are not on the Active Layer. Previously all new graphics were entered on the active drawing layer. Now the new graphics remain on the same layer as the individual original of each duplicate. In other words: Option drag holds to originating layers.

Fixed Tool Tip on the "hand" tool, Pan tool of main toolbar. It now reads: Move Tool, Option Key to Pan, Space Bar Pans With Arrow.

Fixed the Report Dimension when used with Orthogonal Paths having finite radii. There was a problem in that the Report Dimension did not enable and report a Radius. All is fixed. To use an automatic dimension for the a radius on an Orthogonal Radius Path (Technical Tools, top row, second Column): attach the report dimension to one of the virtual vertices of the path, use Dimensions Palette -> Report Popup menu to select "Radius".

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0b ---- January 26, 2009

Corrected rare problem that could occur when converting a graphic with contained text to Bezier path. The convert would fail and the selected graphics that were being converted would disappear. This situation is handled properly now.

Corrected import of ClarisDraw files using the "Rounded Ends" setting for rounded rectangles. This was not working in some cases in ClarisDraw files. It worked in all cases for AppleWorks import, so the bug did not affect the other classic mac imports, only ClarisDraw. All is correct now.

Corrected issue with "Option Drag" duplicate, from one layer to a new empty layer. Drawing order could transmute in this situation. Note that this was rather rare, "Select Others" needed to be in use and the destination layer needed to be empty. All corrected now.

Corrected issues flipping parallelograms horizontal and vertical. This was not working properly for the generalized parallelogram tool and for parallelograms drawn as rectangles with a Free Transform distortion. All corrected now. The generalized parallelogram is changed to a normal Bezier upon these two flips and the Free Transform version behaves properly for all flips and 90 degree rotations from the menus, the Arrange Palette, and directly from the Distort palette.

EazyDraw Version 3.0.0a ---- January 19, 2009

Fixed problem with Arc and Pie graphics related to the elliptical handles (light blue ones) with a non-zero elliptical axis for the degenerate case of a circle (both axes equal to 1.0). The center blue adjusting handle could get out of sync and cause problems. This would be initiated with setting the elliptical factors to unity in the graphic details drawer. This ill-defined state is now blocked and corresponding start and end angle values are compensated when this state would previously have initiated with a numeric entry. In short, all should work as expected now, in all cases.

Corrected problem with Page Stamps. Problem introduced with the new canvas margin capability of EazyDraw version 3.0.0. The page stamp was computation was not respecting the value for the canvas margin. So page stamps in lower right corners would be incorrect if the canvas margin was not zero. All is correct now.

Corrected issue with selecting graphics for the situation of smaller graphics inside larger graphics, when there is no fill applied to the enclosing larger graphic(s). The issue was introduced with EazyDraw version 3.0. The mouse down would select the larger enclosing graphic, which is often not desired. Problem is corrected and behavior is again as it was in previous versions of EazyDraw.

Corrected problem exporting bitmap formats of text with soft bitmap shadows. The shadows were omitted upon export, pdf export worked but formats such as png and tiff did not. All is correct now.

Corrected problem with dimensions of very small spacing. In some cases the dimension call out value (the numeric text) could disappear. This is now fixed.

Improved the user interface elements for specifying decimal (and fractional) precision. The changes are on the Dimension palette and the Graphic Details. This interface is now a contextual popup menu rather than a simple integer value. The popup menu presents decimal or fractional precision entries in accordance with display form (decimal or fraction). This will provide a clearer indication of the meaning of each selection.

Corrected problem flipping Orthogonal Path. The Flip commands (Horizontal, Vertical, rotate 90 degrees, ...) were distorting the path. All works correctly now.

Changed the polarity of the stepper on the Stellates palette. The up/down was backwards to the thinking of many users. It has had the same polarity since the beginning of EazyDraw but enough users have complained so it is now reversed. There is no real correct polarity, we'll see how many complaints this beta version generates and respond appropriately before the next release.

EazyDraw Version 2.7.0 ---- September 23, 2008

See Hot New page for current release notes. Notes below are from previous public beta versions.

EazyDraw Version 2.6.0n ---- September 20, 2008

Corrected recently introduced problem associated with library elements that contain a gradient. Could prevent successful launch. Corrected.

Fixed long time nuance with converting text to Bezier outlines. Ligatures would cause an extra faint rectangle to be added to the text. Corrected.

Optimized converting large bitmap images from RGB to CMYK color space This is now three to nine times faster.

EazyDraw Version 2.6.0m ---- September 18, 2008

Testing robust debugging, performance optimization, improved spell checking, improved CMYK conversion.

Improved Spell Checking, with Grammar support. The Spell check palette has several additions to provide a word count and indicators for checked and misspelling counts. New elements are provided more user control over a spell check session. Access is now provided to clean "learned" words from a dictionary. Grammar checking is only available on Leopard, not supported for Tiger (OS X version 10.4.x). The new capability is fully documented in the Help content, search phrase "spell check".

Improved CMYK color model support. The color model conversion, managed with the popup found at the bottom of the Layers drawer, has been improved to properly work with images and text. The whole process of color space conversion is now more robust and should perform at a robust professional level. You can now precisely inspect a color by pausing the cursor over any color well, a tool tip popup will indicate the color space for the color and the numerical amount of each component. A color space conversion now operates on all text, it applies properly to the text and all text marks such as tab leaders, strike through, underline, and text drop shadow.

Improved rendering of gradients. improvements include better screen drawing of small and intricate gradients such as those applied to text glyphs. Added full support for gradient transparency for printing and pdf output.

EazyDraw Version 2.6.0k ---- August 23, 2008

Several improvements for text: linking, flow around graphics, tabs.

Rotated Text: A new rotation handle is now provided for Text Boxes. The rotation handle is the same color an appearance as the rotation handle for rotated rectangles and rotated ovals. Now one may rotate text with a click and drag of this handle, without reverting to use of the rotation tool. It works in the normal fashion, the shift key may be used as a modifier to lock the rotation angle at even degree increments. Editing of rotated text is now easier, simply double click on the rotated text box and an edit block (unrotated) is presented directly on the drawing. All of the other ways of rotating text are still available (such as converting to an Annotation), but now they will need to be executed explicitly.

Text Flow: It is now possible to have text flow around other graphics. This is enabled with a menu command now found on the Paragraph submenu of the Text main menu. When enabled, text is typeset around graphics that are to the front of the text (as in the Send Menu). Graphics behind the text do not impact typesetting. The flowing typesetting is live and will respond as either the text or the other graphics are moved or re-shaped. The text flow respects the filled state of graphics, if the graphic is not filled (solid color, gradient, or pattern) text will flow around the outline path of the graphic but not the "interior" of the graphic.

Text Insert: Inserted text now is typeset to follow the exact contour outline of the containing graphic. Previously the text was simply typeset in an interior rectangle. Now inserted text conforms to the shape of the host graphic. Centered Text is still typeset in a simple rectangle, which is centered at the geometric center of the graphic. The new "flow" behavior is not used for Centered Text, only Inserted Text.

Text Links: Linking of text boxes is now supported. This is enabled with the Text Link menu command found on the Text main menu (3/4 of the way down). When enabled a selected text box has two new handles, light green with small arrows. These link handles are used to link one text box to another. Click and drag from one of the link handles to draw out a link path, connect the link path to another text box to create the text link. When linked text is typeset sequentially into all linked text boxes. As text is edited, or a text box is resized, the text content is re-typeset in the sequence of text boxes. Documentation is complete for this, use search phrase "text links" to study the full documentation. The text link is shown by a pseudo orthogonal connector, you cannot select this connector directly but if a linked text box is selected then the link path appears and may then be selected in the normal fashion. Use this sequence to select a text link for deletion, this is how a text link is removed.

And all this new text capability works together. For example text may be inserted in a shape, and flow around other graphics, while being linked to other text boxes. And a double click of a rotated, linked text box with tabs will allow text and interactive tab editing directly on-screen.

Improved data entry in Graphic Details drawer, when using fractions and fractions with feet and inches. Previously in some rare cases entry of a numeric value would pop back to the previous value, preventing changed. Previously decimal notation was required for feet and inches input. Now decimal or fractions may be used when entering as feet and inches.

Further improvements for ungrouping PDF content. Recent work has been ungrouping of PDF from FreeHand. Text from FreeHand pdf now formats better and corrections were made to avoid dropping of text from these documents.

Corrected export of bitmap formats, when anti-aliasing is not in use. Normally a border of 2 pixels is provided for anti-aliasing to apply to the edge of the exported graphic. When anti-aliasing is not in use this border was still applied, now it is not. Turning off anti-aliasing now works to export the exact size in pixels.

EazyDraw Version 2.6.0h ---- June 11, 2008

Corrected export of bitmap formats, when anti-aliasing is not in use. Normally a border of 2 pixels is provided for anti-aliasing to apply to the edge of the exported graphic. When anti-aliasing is not in use this border was still applied, now it is not. Turning off anti-aliasing now works to export the exact size in pixels.

EazyDraw Version 2.6.0g ---- June 5, 2008

A new full capability Tabs palette is now available. It is accessed from the Text Main menu, Paragraph submenu. Help documentation is complete, search phase: "tabs". Tab position, spacing, and alignment are all now available for user specification. Full capability Leader specification is provided including; solid dashed and dotted leader lines, arrows for leader lines, user shift specification, leader line weight (thickness), color, and alternating colors. Note that this rather detailed parameter palette requires a corresponding larger screen size. But it is designed for convenient use with Window Shade shortening, and/or the mini-palette form. If you are not familiar with the Window Shade or Mini-Form parameter palette features this would be a good candidate for learning the capability.

Several corrections to text editing, especially with respect to undo and redo of undo's. Now selected ranges and insertion points are restored to exact conditions when undo or undo-redo actions are performed. One annoyance was that when editing text and deleting text so that the text box shrinks in height, then a left-over gray background area would remain below the text now smaller text box. This situation is now corrected.

Corrected problem with default Time Stamp format. The default format had the month twice and not month, day. Corrected. Upgrading users may need to use the Time Stamp Format panel, correct the format and save as a new default to clear the problem. New installations will not see the problem. Removing EazyDraw preferences file will rebuild the preference in the correct format, but all other persistent defaults will be cleared by this approach.

Improved Guideline Snapping for squares. The snapping would show on the drawing, but the size of the square would not always adjust properly to the guideline snap position. Now all works properly when creating and editing squares.

Corrected minor problems with Find and Replace. Fully tested again, on Leopard.

EazyDraw Version 2.6.0e ---- May 15, 2008

Correct issue with previous beta version that did not allow changing font size from the system font panel.

Corrected problem forming a group, that contained a group which contained graphics with inserted text. The painting order (front to back ordering) of the graphic with inserted text could jump to a different painting order position and possible obscure other graphics of the newly formed group. All is correct now.

EazyDraw Version 2.6.0d ---- May 1, 2008

Added support for Space-Bar panning. If the space bar is held down, the cursor changes to the Hand cursor and mouse down and drag actions will pan the drawing, as in scrolling. Panning is allowed even if graphics are currently selected. Panning sequences are allowed, lift the mouse - move over, click down again and pan further in a given direction. The panning mode persists until the space bar is lifted. This action does not work id a Text box is in editing mode, or key board focus is in text entry mode on a palette or the Graphic Details drawer.

EazyDraw Version 2.6.0c ---- May 1, 2008

Several corrections to text editing, especially with respect to undo and redo of undo's. Now selected ranges and insertion points are restored to exact conditions when undo or undo-redo actions are performed. One annoyance was that when editing text and deleting text so that the text box shrinks in height, then a left-over gray background area would remain below the text now smaller text box. This situation is now corrected.

Upgraded the Underline capability. The Underline menu found on the Text Style submenu has been expanded with different styles and underline patterns. The menu on the Graphic Details drawer was upgraded as well. A Strike submenu was added to the Text Style submenu.

Added the ability to "pan" a drawing by holding down Option key while doing a click and drag operation. Pan operation is performed in place of drag-select when the Option Key is used.

Changed the behavior of the Graphic Details drawer during creating of a graphic. Earlier versions updated the drawer as the graphic was initially drawn - at creation step. Version 2.6.0 had this behavior optimized out, no longer showing the details of the graphic as it is initially drawn. Users have requested to return to the older behavior, now again the the Graphic Details drawer is "live" as a graphic is created.

Corrected issues with entering values in Graphic Details drawer. In some rare cases entry of a numeric value would pop back to the previous value, preventing changed. Changes were made to prevent this situation.

Corrected issues with entering values in Graphic Details drawer. In some rare cases entry of a numeric value would pop back to the previous value, preventing changed. Changes were made to prevent this situation.

Corrected various issues with Undo with Grid Snapping in the On state. If the initial state of a move or resize action was not snapped onto the grid, the Undo action would be snapped to the grid and hence the Undo would not return the moved or resized graphic to the proper position or size. Now the Undo actions ignore grid snapping and therefore will return the graphic to the original state.

EazyDraw Version 2.6.0b ---- April 23, 2008

Corrected problem exporting FAVICON files. Exports on Intel processors did not work, the exported file had a corrupt header. Exports on PowerPC's worked, the problem on happened on Intel processors. Now all is fixed, the standard FAVICON settings for the ICO export now produce valid FAVICON.ICO files.

Corrected problem using feet and inches for input on Graphic Details drawer. Problem seems to have arisen after EazyDraw version 2.4.2. Length values would jump back to different values after an entry in the Graphic Details drawer.

Corrected problem that was possible when using the Axis graphics, entering percentage as a label. If the percent character was added twice, to the main value and the increment then the file would not open. Corrected now.

Corrected problem doubling vertices of a rectangle that was converted to simple path. An extra tail like segment was erroneously added. Corrected now.

Corrected problem converting Oval or Circle to Polygon, an extra vertex (fully hidden) was present. Now corrected.

Corrected problem exporting drawing that was imported from Claris Draw with corrupt graphics (generated in ClarisDraw). These graphics had infinite size and then the Export from EazyDraw would fail - with the "Serious Error" warning. EazyDraw now guards against the situation - corrupt graphics should still be deleted from the imported drawing if noticed, but they can be time consuming to find.

Corrected Undo problem when resizing a Continuous Bezier at a vertex that was not continuous (for example a Free Bezier converted to a Continuous Bezier). When adjusting a control handle, the Continuous Bezier converts the vertex to the continuous form, thereby changing both controls of the vertex. Undo would only re-place one of the two. Now both go back to their original positions.

Corrected some issues with the Combine commands related to situations where the two graphics exactly overlay. Keep in mind that these situations are not defined mathematically so it is up to the user to adjust graphics accordingly before executing the Combine command. Several situations of exact overlap were inserted to the boolean logic and give more "expected" results.

EazyDraw Version 2.5.2k ---- March 26, 2008

Three new tools for drawing Spokes, as in spokes of a wheel, added to the Stellate palette. Cross-overs for schematics to indicated connections or lack thereof, Combine submenu for Union, Intersection, or difference of two graphics, New Parallelogram tools on Charting palette. New Free-Hand tool on main tool palette. New Pinning capability on Format main menu, Draw Tangents and/or normals to curves from the Tape Measure tool (type "t" or "n" ). Improved Knife when cutting cyclical math curves (sine waves).

New Cross-Over palette is found on the Tools main menu. This feature provides a method to indicate the state of two crossing lines or paths. The indicators are used to show schematically whether or not the crossing paths are physically connected. The easiest way to think of the concept is that of a "jumper" that would indicate one path "jumping-over" another and not making a connection. Several indicator shapes are provided: jumper, bridge, gap, and other. There are also indicators such as a "dot" that can be used to indicate the opposite state, that of a physical connection. The location of the indicators may be controlled parametrically or automatically placed and crossing points of lines and paths. In the Automatic mode, the Painting Order is used to determine which path is logically "over" another, only to top path will indicate the specified Cross-Over state. Documentation is complete; use search phrase "cross over" to learn the details of this new capability. Copy - Paste special supports this attribute and the Cross Over palette has a Library Properties button to allow a Cross-Over property to be added to a user library. The Cross Over palette also has a mini-palette form that is user configurable. The new palette is fully localized for the French language user interface.

A Combine submenu is provided for forming a new graphic from two graphics source graphics. The Union, Difference and Intersection operations are found on this new submenu about 2/3rds the way down on the Tools main menu. These are compound operations that cut two overlapping closed graphics, then recombine the sub-paths according to defined logical rules. Documentation is complete; use search phrase "combine" for detailed definitions of these operations.

Added a new Freehand pencil path tool to the main tool palette. The new tool provides simple freehand drawing, the path placed on paper will follow the cursor with minimal smoothing. With this tool one does not need to lift and click the mouse to drop vertices, as is the case with the other Bezier path tools. The fitting of the mouse trail to the created path is sensitive to the degree of zoom of the drawing. Therefore if a more detailed (jagged) path is needed, zoom in. If a path is too jagged, zoom out. After completion the Smooth or Round commands found on the Tools -> Transform menu may be used to improve the continuity of the path, if necessary. The new Pencil tool takes the place of the radius - orthogonal path tool, the orthogonal path tools are still available on the Technical tool palette (near top).

Added a new capability to draw tangents and normals (perpendicular) to a curve. For straight paths this was done using the guides capability but it wasn't possible to get a precise automatic line oriented with respect to a curved path. Use the Tape Measure tool to access the new capability. When ever the tape measure cursor is indicating the slope of a curve at a given point (the light green cursor read-out) simply typing "t" or "n" will add a tangent or normal line to the drawing. The line added has the center and angle pinned so resizing will not loose the precise orientation. It is recommended to review the EazyDraw.

Newly expanded Lock capability, now referred to as Pin and Lock actions. There are two new submenus at the bottom of the Format main menu with new individual selections for locking a graphic. The lock menu now allows a graphic to be locked independently against moving and deleting. The new Pin submenu allows the fixing of the center, length, or angle of a graphic. The Pin selections are of primary interest for simple lines, using these choices will offer several new useful interactive editing forms for a simple line. The Pin Center selection works with lines, rectangles, and rectangular shapes such as those found on the Charting palette. When the center is pinned, interactive on-screen size changes are made relative to the rectangle (or line) center. The Pin state of a graphic is indicated by a new handle mark shown at the center of the graphic, no mark indicates no pinning. The new lock-against-delete state is indicated by round rather than the normal square handles. Documentation is complete; use search phrase "pin" to access.

Improved Knife, when cutting cyclical math curves, specifically all variations of sine waves and the triangle wave form. Before the knife tool would cut the cyclical math curve correctly but the resulting two or more curves were reduced to Bezier curves, loosing their cyclical control functionality. Now a cut sine wave will result in two new sine waves. The period and phase of each new cyclical function is adjusted to exactly match the original wave form. This improved functionality does not apply to the discontinuous cyclical wave forms, square wave, pulse and saw-tooth; these still drop back to Bezier paths when cut. If one of the resulting cut wave forms would have less than 1/2 of a cycle, the waveform is still reduced to a Bezier curve.

Made several improvements to the PDF ungroup. These focused on ungrouping PDF file generated from the Deneba Canvas application. The PDF ungroup now detects use of tile-pattern-fills in the PDF translates these to EazyDraw patterns. The text generation from Canvas is rather non-standard with individual character placement, this situation is now handled and the text streams are recombined into EazyDraw text boxes and positioned with normal typesetting attributes. This means that more text from these files is imported, sized, and positioned correctly. The import is somewhat slow due to this construction. Optimization will be added in the future after we have have more feedback and testing on the basic ungrouping correctness and accuracy.

Added 4 new charting tools. Three new forms of parallelograms were added. We were missing two geometries of the orthogonal parallelogram form, two more of these were added, now all forms of this shape are possible. A free form parallelogram tool was added, it easily creates any possible parallelogram. A new "Bow Tie" shape was added to fill out the row of 4 tools. They behave and draw in the normal fashion, no new documentation needed. Full support on the Graphic Details Drawer is complete.

Added 3 new stellate tools for drawing spokes. There are 3 forms, a simple straight spoke, a Bezier shaped spoke, and a rounded rectangle spoke. They are found at the bottom of the Stellate palette. They behave and draw just like other stellates.

Changed behavior of superscript and subscript commands (both from Text menu and Attributes bar). Previously these commands only changed the baseline of the target text range. Now the commands change the baseline and decrease the font size by 2 points. The inverse command (No(rmal) on the attributes bar and "use default" on the text menu) returns the baseline and adds 2 points of font size. The independent raise or lower baseline commands behave as they did before.

Corrected inconsistency with the Knife tool when cutting a simple line. It was possible to drop the vertex of a line with the knife, the result would be a line with only one point. This inconsistency is now corrected, it is not possible to drop-cut either of a line's two vertices or end points.

Corrected problems adjusting the size of some Free Transform interactive graphics, that contained rectangles or charting shapes nested in group graphics. These now all scale properly.

Corrected possible scaling problems with the new Cut Circle graphics that were introduced with version 2.5.0. Previously they would scale properly in a group, but if the containing group was removed by an Ungroup the Cut-Circle graphic's resize handles would be misplaced. All is correct now. Cut Circles are the graphics found on the Technical Tool palette, second row from the bottom.

Corrected problem introduced with EazyDraw version 2.5.2, version 2.5.0 and earlier did not have the problem. It was a rare problem causing EazyDraw to launch incorrectly. It could only happen to users that were upgrading from an earlier version of EazyDraw. The trigger of the bug was custom (or inadvertent) additions to the colors found in the "eazydraw.clr" color list (in Colors folder found in the home Library folder). If fewer than 8 custom colors were added, the problem would occur upon launch. - very rare situation. All fixed.

Corrected problem importing MacDrawPro and ClarisDraw drawings with bitmap images (JPG, TIF) on Intel machines. Some bitmaps that would import correctly on PowerPC processors were not interpreted correctly on Intel CPUs (byte swap issue for those who understand what that means). All corrected now.

Corrected problem exporting TIF images. It was possible to have a dark line at the top of the image. The line was only a present when using a white background, transparent backgrounds were drawn correctly. The problem was introduced with version 2.5.0, and the dual-rep TIFF capability. It is corrected now.

Corrected problem importing MacDrawPro and ClarisDraw drawings with custom colored patterns. The patterns would import correctly but after saving the EazyDraw file and re-opening the Patterns would return to the default black and white pattern. This is now corrected.

Corrected problem rotating text with a filled text box, filled with solid color, pattern, or gradient. In this situation the rotation would not restore after a save and re-open of the file. This is now corrected. Another aspect of the problem was that text would be inverted (up side down) while rotating, this is now corrected as well.

Corrected issue importing ClarisDraw files related to long text fields. A new format variation was encountered and included in the text interpretation. This may help some users that were having trouble getting all their text to import.

Improved the Ungroup PDF for older versions of PDF that are commonly generated on Windows machines. Text size was not translating properly, one would see a corrupt text box with reported font size of 1.0 - this situation is now handled with the PDF conversion.

Corrected arrow at the end of a rounded or radius connector. The end arrow was not pointed in the correct direction. It now behave correctly. This only happened with the one particular form of a orthogonal connector that was drawn the had its corner shape changed via the Connector palette.

Corrected problems rotating some graphics 90 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counter clockwise with the flipping menu commands or attribute bar buttons. Text was not flipping the actual text, only the text box. Other graphics were being changed to raw Bezier paths unnecessarily, for example a rectangle was not maintained as a rectangle with the flip action. All is correct now.

Corrected problem changing the text color from the toolbar button. If the text had multiple styles of typeface, a subscript for example, the color would only change up to the point of typeface change. Corrected now.

Corrected possible problems exporting to Keynote drawings that were imported from a Classic drawing application such as MacDraw, or ClarisDraw. In the old classic environment it was possible to "color" a line with a pattern color. This is not acceptable to Keynote and while EazyDraw would handle the situation, upon export to Keynote a block was encountered that would prevent the file save. All is fixed.

Corrected problem saving the color of a Grid Graphic, the ones found on the bottom of the Technical Tool palette. The color would revert to black, or default unless an outline was showing for the grid. Now the color saves and restores correctly.

Optimized the internal code for opening a new drawing. Opening a drawing or creating a new drawing was beginning to take a noticeable amount of time, especially on PowerPC processors or any processor on Tiger. The drawing initialization code was optimized, now there is no noticeable time to open a blank drawing. Opening larger drawings will still require a time in proportion to the size and complexity of the drawing.

Removed the support for creating and updating file icon previews in the main file open dialog. This was an older feature of relevance on Jaguar and Panther and no longer needed. The QuickLook technology in Leopard has superseded the older file icon technology that was used for these previews. On Tiger and Leopard support for the old feature would unnecessarily "touch" files while browsing the Open dialog, thereby changing the File-Modified dates - an undesired consequence. Removing the feature all together corrects the issue.

EazyDraw Version 2.5.2 ---- February 14, 2008

Customizable Toolbar improvements, Ability to convert a Blend to component paths, Improved MacDrawPro Import, Improved ClarisDraw Libraries Import, Fixed possible customizing toolbar lock-up.

Customizable Toolbar

Several improvements were made to the main window toolbar - when used in the Text label mode without icons. In this mode the palettes such as the color picker and gradient picker are presented as menus. These menu presentations were significantly enhanced to provide reasonable submenu organization for a more efficient user experience.

Lock-up during customizing toolbar

Corrected possible random behavior when customizing a toolbar. Extremely rare problem which would occur during customization of the toolbar on one drawing if another drawing was closed a minute or two before the customization action. The bug would take several random forms, possibly hanging the window or not completing a customization task but most in most cases there would be no visible sign of the problem, just a message in the system log files. All is fixed now.

Convert Blends

Added the ability to convert blends into individual paths or lines. This lets one use the blend capability as an interactive form of advanced duplicate, for linear duplication tasks. The blend function can generate a family of curves transitioning across a small set of defining curves. The new capability, found on the "convert to" submenu, allows the full family of curves to be "ungrouped" for individual management and editing. This is also useful for complex illustrations, the individual paths may behave better for scaling and distortion as a nested grouped component. The individual curve may in some cases draw more quickly as well, in the case where thousands of curves might be in use.

Graphic Details Limits

Added minimum limits for several parameters on the Graphic Details drawer. It was reported that a zero-radius circle would cause KeyNote to crash when exported. This problem is found with several other graphics, for example a zero width rectangle. Therefore minimum limits are now in place for several parameters. However, in some cases very small values might be required, for example a small dot of a circle. To allow entering very small values EazyDraw sets the minimum limit in accordance with the zoom of the drawing. Therefore, if a very small value is needed for a parameter it may be necessary to zoom in on the graphic before entering the value.

Import ClarisDraw Libraries

Corrected problem importing ClarisDraw libraries. The problem was related to library graphics that included text. This is now corrected, we have imported several large complex libraries that have been submitted by users. The ClarisDraw Library import is now quite robust.

MacDraw File Convert

Corrected import issue with MacDrawPro drawings. The problem was with certain forms of Bezier paths that contained vertex points with no control points. This seems to be a rather rare construct, one needs to know to option click a control point in the reshape mode in MacDrawPro in order to even create one of these curves. So the problem probably did not appear for most users. All is corrected now.

EazyDraw Version 2.5.1c ---- January 27, 2008

Attributes Toolbar, Charting and Graphing Tools, 512 based Icons, improved PDF ungroup, Multi-Rep TIFF export (for developers), Hex Grid for Game Design, New Scale Worksheet.

Attributes Toolbar

Improved performance of the new Attributes Bar, when text is selected. Users of slower PowerPC CPU's reported sluggishness when using the Attributes Bar. The updating of the attributes for text has been optimized to minimize CPU load in this situation. Please note that the Attributes Bar has the newer Leopard appearance, to maintain Tiger compatibility EazyDraw needs to simulate the buttons and their detailed gradients when running on Tiger. This takes a fair amount of CPU load, and may be noticeable on an older PowerPC. PowerPC - Tiger users should consider upgrading to Leopard or turning off the Attributes Bar. Of course, for performance and stability the Leopard upgrade is strongly advised for all situations.

New Default Toolbar

We have a new default toolbar configuration. This configuration compliments the Attributes Bar better than the previous toolbar, some elements previously in the default toolbar are now present in the Attributes Bar, allowing other elements to be added to the main toolbar. If you have used EazyDraw before you will not see the new default configuration and you may want to customize your toolbar or customize and move the new default configuration to your toolbar.

French Localization

Additions and corrections for French localization. Dash and Arrow palettes formatted better for the French labels and wording. Export panel localized fully now. Fully tested on Tiger and Leopard using the French user interface. Corrected issues with Open AppleWorks files, using French interface, the open dialog would not show the option to select another file type for Open: now all works properly. Further work on the French PDF manual is now available, this project is still not complete.

Improvements and Bug Fixes

Corrected a possible "unexpectedly quit" that could occur when applying a transfer property (shadow, or gradient for example) from a library. These are the property library elements that are placed in a user library using the small LL icon found on parameter palettes. The unexpectedly quit would happen when applying the property from the library to a graphic in a drawing. All is corrected now, the Library property transfers all work as documented now.

Improved the Keynote export. Support for arrows has been added. Corrected possible position errors for lines when exporting just graphics rather than full drawing area, now lines are precisely positioned in all situations.

Fixed a problem on Dash panel, the default list of defined named dashes was not provided. Now the menu has 8 named dash patterns properly listed and available for use.

Fixed pasting images into MS Word and other older technology applications that prefer the Classic PICT data format. Images often would paste up-side-down. A vertical flip was added, this should correct the issue, if unwanted flips are noted please report the problem.

Changed behavior of including an anti-aliasing border when exporting bitmaps. If anti-aliasing is on and you select to just export graphics, or selected graphics, a 2 pixel border is included to allow anti-aliasing of outside edges of the graphics. This is not desirable in some cases such as creating a background image for a web site where the image may be tiled, as an undesired white border will be present on each tiled image. The border is not included if you export "Full Drawing Area" and now it is also eliminated if anti-aliasing is turned off. Previously the border was still included when exporting just graphics without anti-aliasing, this was logically inconsistent.

Corrected rare annoyance associated with the pattern and gradient toolbar tools. The problem was that the use of one of these tools could inadvertently change the temporary default for a pattern or gradient, then new graphics would have a gradient or pattern. Then it would be necessary to open the Gradient panel and turn off gradient so that new graphics would draw without the gradient, (or pattern). This was rare but annoying. All is fixed now. The toolbar tools can be used freely without worry of this happening.

Corrected problem on EazyDraw Preferences, restore all to Factory would not close the pull down panel. This is fixed now.

Corrected problem with the new modified circle graphic, it was possible to set the minor radius larger than the radius on the Graphic Details drawer. This could then prevent the file from opening. This is corrected, and files saved with this error are now senses and corrected so that they are opened properly and the inconsistency is corrected.

Corrected possible problem using independent scales for different layers. If the scale panel was not open the grid could draw incorrectly when linked to rulers. All corrected now.

EazyDraw Version 2.5.0 ---- January 4, 2008

Attributes Toolbar, Charting and Graphing Tools, 512 based Icons, improved PDF ungroup, Multi-Rep TIFF export (for developers), Hex Grid for Game Design, New Scale Worksheet.

Attributes Toolbar

A new Attributes Toolbar is now available. It is a mini toolbar located at the top of the drawing area, above rulers and below the main toolbar. It is accessed from a menu selection at the bottom of the View main menu, you can turn it on / off from there. The preference control for showing the toolbar on new drawings is found on the Page Layout palette. Documentation is complete (EazyDraw Help, but not the PDF manual at this time) use search phrase "toolbar" to learn more, we refer to it as the "attributes toolbar". This toolbar is actually a family of toolbars, they are context sensitive, they change when graphics are selected or deselected. The tools shown are chosen to be relevant to the selected graphics on the drawing. This feature is similar to the mini toolbar found in the iWork '08 suite (Pages '08 and Numbers '08), use of these tools should be natural for iWork08 users.

Scale Worksheet

There is a new Scale Worksheet, access it from your Scale palette or the new attributes toolbar. The worksheet helps arrive at a proper scale for a scaled technical drawing. It interactively displays the relationship between your choice of paper size and the dimensions of the project. A great help for both a novice that may need assistance in understanding how a scaled drawing will work, and the expert planning a project and presentation format.

512 icons

All new 512 based icons for the application, drawing files, and library files. These were drawn with EazyDraw and saved in the updated OS X, Apple Icon Image format so that they look great on Leopard.

Charting and Graphing Axis Tools

New charting and graphing tools on the Technical Tools palette, near the bottom, are now complete. These now have full support on the the Graphic Details drawer and Help documentation is now complete . There are 4 new axis and grid tools to be used as integral components of a graph or chart. They consist of an integrated tick-mark, a compound text label graphic, rectangular grid, and hexagon grid. They can be used to build axes and labels for chart graphics. These have been highly optimized to display quickly. It is better to use one of these compound graphics, especially for text-label sequence, compared to a conventional group array of text or tick marks. To learn more use these search phrases in EazyDraw Help: "graphing tools", "text labels", "grid tools".

Unjoin Bezier

Added new command to Unjoin a Bezier path or curve. This will separate segments of a complex path at points where the path jumps (MoveTo segments) from one stroked portion of the path to another. This is useful and recommended when complex paths have been imported into an EazyDraw drawing. This situation is found when text is converted to Bezier or stylized. It also occurs with ungrouped PDF files, and is common for PDF files that originate from AutoCad. You may think of it as one more level of ungrouping available in these situations. An example might be a semi-colon, this would let one separate the two marks of the semi-colon. It is found on the Tools main menu, Convert submenu. If a complex path is not converting as desired, use this new Unjoin then attempt the convert.

Hex Grid

Hex grid tool on Technical Tool palette is now complete with Graphic Details support. The grid can be rotated and fully adjusted with respect to the origin. The sides can be extended or shortened for different appearance. When fully extended an isosceles triangle grid is attained. Documentation is complete.

Multi-Rep TIFF Export

Added the ability to export multi-representation TIFF files. This format is the new Apple standard for application images and icons. The format is a tiff file but it actually contains two tiff images, one at the requested DPI resolution and a second at 4x the DPI resolution. These will become important as Leopard moves onto higher resolution displays (think HD) in the future. This is of primary interest to software developers drawing buttons and icons for Mac and web applications. There is an example of one of these TIFF files in the examples folder, Preview displays the files and shows the two resolutions. TIFF Export now provides color space control. RGB, RGBA, CMYK, and CMYKA are supported. The DPI for TIFF saved files is now saved with the file so that the file opens with a proper nominal size in Adobe applications.

Improved PDF Ungroup

Improved the speed of PDF ungroup, the improvement can be quite significant (100-1000 fold) for some complex PDF images. Corrected problem opening a drawing that was the result of a PDF ungroup - the first time after the ungroup; opening would take a very long time for large PDF - fixed now, opening time is normal for the size of the file. Improved PDF ungroup in several respects, it now handles PDF files that originated from AutoCad more intelligently, more quickly, and with better results.

Problems Addressed

Corrected a detail point on the export of TIFF graphic files. Now the physical size of the image is properly represented with respect to the Dots Per Inch (DPI) that was specified when saving the file. The correction does not actually change or improve the bitmap image, but other applications such as Photoshop will now show the image at a more representative size.

Corrected entering lengths in the Graphics Details drawer when units and fractions were in use. In some cases the length entered, if it had a fraction, could become about 10 times larger than the value entered . This is fixed now.

Improved the Convert To Lines for complex paths. Now disjoined jumps in a complex path do not confuse the conversion. Previously one could see extra lines added at these jumps.

Corrected problem on Graphic Details drawer, when entering the radius for an Arc and completing with a Tab key, if Tab was hit again the radius would go to zero. Problem is now corrected, two tabs hit in succession now simply advance the entry point to the next then the next text fields on the Graphic Details drawer. All fixed now.

Corrected bug setting text alignment for larger text blocks with multiple font styles and sizes.

Corrected problem with palette layout selection at launch of EazyDraw. The problem was that a user defined palette layout for launch would be respected only on every-other launch. Corrected now, any selection for Palettes At Launch, EazyDraw preferences, is now respected each launch.

Corrected rare problem that was possible on Leopard, not Tiger, that would result in a bad drawing window opened when EazyDraw was launched. The bad window would not display and not respond to key clicks and could not be closed. This is fixed now.

The French PDF manual has been updated, it is still not complete, the work is still in progress. The newest version has updated figures and more pages complete. It is in the International folder.

Improved AppleWorks import, main improvement relates to images that were imported into AppleWorks. . In some cases the size of the image was not correctly reproduced in the EazyDraw drawing, more situations are now handled properly.

Version 2.4.1 Items follow...

AppleWorks 6 Import

This release introduces support for native AppleWorks drawing files, AppleWorks version 6.x. This is a full import, all AppleWorks content is converted corresponding EazyDraw shapes and accents. Use the normal Open panel, the Insert menu, or drag and drop a file onto an open EazyDraw drawing window to convert an AppleWorks drawing to its EazyDraw counterpart. Support is provided only for the Drawing and Painting files. Drawing files contain vector information and may be fully edited as a normal EazyDraw drawing. Painting files are imported, and they will look better when displayed with EazyDraw's true OS X foundation, but they are bitmaps and are not editable as vector content.

The import supports colors, patterns, wallpaper and gradient accents. The Open panel has an option to direct EazyDraw to install these accents as proper OS X colors so that they may be used by EazyDraw and other Cocoa applications on OS X. EazyDraw paired with iWork now provides an excellent migration path from AppleWorks to iWork '08, Leopard and future versions of OS X. More Info: AppleWorks Import .

DXF Import

DXF import is now operational. This is the primary purpose of this public beta, we need users to try the import and provide us with feedback concerning problems or AutoCad elements that may require further work. This is a full AutoCad DXF import that supports a broad range of AutoCad drawing constructs; including support for layers, DXF hatches, dimensions, colors, dashed lines, arrow heads, and text. Each of these elements is converted to the corresponding graphic content of a native EazyDraw drawing.

Use the normal "Open" panel to import the DXF drawings. The DXF filter is selected from the popup menu at the bottom of the Open panel. The drawing needs to have the ".dxf" extension. We are asking that users provide us with feedback to any issues noted with the import. If a drawing does not convert we would like to receive the dxf original drawing by email - all content of supplied drawings will be kept in confidence and the drawing will be deleted from our systems after the conversion problem is isolated. If a conversion should cause EazyDraw to unexpectedly quit, we would like to receive the system log file that reports the failure. Thanks in advance for all assistance. Documentation is not complete for this new feature.

EazyDraw is intended to comply with the 2-d portions of the AutoCAD standard definitions for the DXF format versions 2004, 2000/LT2000, and R12/LT2. We will use AutoCad 2004 running on Windows XP as the "gold standard" for evaluating import and export of these files.

Distribute Along

This version adds Distribute Along support, at the request of many Canvas users that have migrated to EazyDraw. The feature is accessed via menu commands, the Align palette does not yet provide access to these actions (next release). Distribute Along is found on the Format main menu, Align and Size submenu. This action will distribute an number of graphics along the path of a master graphic. The master graphic is the first one selected, it is marked in the standard way with a center mark that is not shown for the other graphics of a selection.

An example would be to distribute several rectangles along a line. To do this select the line first then the rectangles, then select the desired Distribute Along action from the menu. There are individual menu commands for positioning various defining points of the distributed graphics, for example Top Left, or Center. The Grid reference point may be used, see the documentation on "Align To Grid" to understand the use of this reference point.

The process requires a determination of the Order of arrangement for the distributed graphics, this is managed by menu item selection; nearest, or top-to-bottom for example. It is also possible to orient the distributed graphics, these selections are found at the bottom of the new submenu. The orientation is relative to the tangent of the master graphic's path - at the point of distribution. Documentation is not complete for this new feature.

Axis Labels and Ticks

Added 4 new axis and grid tools to the Technical Tool palette. They are found on the bottom row of the palette. They consist of an integrated tick-mark, label graphic, rectangular grid, and hexagon grid. They can be used to build axes and labels for chart graphics. They are fully operational in the drawing and interactive editing mode. They are not yet supported on the Graphic Details drawer and documentation is not complete.

Grid Graphics - Rectangular and Hexagon

Two independent grid graphics are now available on the Technical tool palette, near the bottom. These are used to automatically draw and manage a full drawing grid. There are interactive controls for adjusting the spacing and phase of the grid, horizontal and vertical spacing is independent. The Hexagonal grid has adjustment for spacing, phase and angle. Documentation is not complete a this time. Graphic Details support is not provided with this release. These are fully capable graphics, they will accept line weight, stoke color, fill, and dashed line attributes in the normal fashion.

D-Slot Tools

Added new D-Slot tools to the Technical Tool palette. These are shapes made by combining a circle and one or two straight sides. They are a rather common shape that is often constructed with a circle and two rectangles or other drawing tricks. The shapes provided make it much easier to construct and manage these shapes when needed. They are fully operational in the drawing and interactive editing mode. They are not yet supported on the Graphic Details drawer and documentation is not complete.

Previous (late summer 2007) Additions and Fixes

Below are the most recent additions and corrections that were made to the last release of EazyDraw.

Selection Menu

Added a selection submenu to the View main menu. These menu commands correspond to the buttons on the Selection Tools palette, enclose, touch enclose, back, .... .  This was requested to allow the assignment of shortcut keys to the different selection modes and tools. Unfortunate that we did not think to do this sooner, but it in place at this time. These were tested with the Menu Keys preferences dialog, everything works as expected. It is now possible to short-cut assign these functions.

Independent Layer Scale

Corrected problem opening a drawing that had independent layer scales. This bug crept into one of the recent releases. The independent scales for the layers reverted to the scale of the Paper layer. In some cases this change would not be noticeable, unless one explicitly revisited a layer with a different scale. All works correctly now.

Grouping Dimensions

Made several corrections to grouping of attached dimensions, that are included in the group. Previously these had a tendency to become detached from the target graphic. This would mean that if the group was ungrouped, the the dimensions would need to be manually re-attached. This debugging sessions lead to other subtle corrections of grouped dimensions and connectors. All should work much better now. One behavior change: when moving a dimension the attache ends of the dimension are no longer "active", they will not attach to target graphics. One needs to move an end explicitly to have it seek and attach to objects. This means that if a dimension is attached at one end, a move will leave that end attached and only move the free end. Again: to attach, or detach a dimension end, the end needs to be move as a single point explicitly.

Snap Reference

Fixed problem with the default setting for the Snap To Grid position. This was always going to top-left, even if you had changed your default setting. Corrected now, behavior is the same as the default management for other panels.

Time Stamps

Added the ability to remove the title prefix to a text stamp, time stamps and page stamps. If un-checked there will be no descriptive prefix to the time stamp (or page stamp). The time shown will be just the raw time as applies to the stamp, last save or last change ... . This would mean that the user prefix should be used to avoid confusion. So this is now fully under user control. The default is still to include the hard wired label prefix.

MacDraw and ClarisDraw

Made minor improvements to the ClarisDraw and MacDraw imports. The corrections related to rotated arcs, the rotation was using the EazyDraw conventions and the results were incorrect. These stay at their intended locations now.

LinkBack Improved

Corrected problems with LinkBack editing. The problems related to closing and active LinkBack edit window when the drawing was edited but not saved or published. All is tested and works now.

Services Menu Support

Updated the Services interface. EazyDraw now responds more intelligently to a wider variety of items that one might find on the Services menu. In particular the services provided by LaTexIt are now fully supported. You may enter LaTex code in an EazyDraw text box and call LaTexIt from the services menu. The LaTex code is then sent to LaTexIt and the returned fully typeset result is pasted into your drawing, replacing the original text. This replacement is provided with full LinkBack support, that means that you may edit the original source text by simply double clicking the LaTexIt result in the EazyDraw drawing. To learn more, study the LinkBack documentation in the EazyDraw Help system or the PDF manual.

Flip Horizontal

Corrected possible problems with Flip-Horizontal. In some cases this would cause EazyDraw to Unexpectedly Quit. They have been corrected.

Custom Tool Palettes

User libraries now accept tools dragged from any EazyDraw tool palette. This allows one to create a fully custom tool palette by populating a library with the desired tools. Switch the library to the Icon mode and then the palette may be re-sized to a desired form vertical or horizontal. These tool palettes now accept parameter sets, there is a new small gray icon found on the top right of parameter palettes drag that icon to a library tool palette and the new tool will apply the parameter set when clicked. Custom library/tool palettes will accept user drawn icons, use the Name library display form to drag and drop any graphic on the icon-button found lower right of the graphic display at the top of the library palette in when in the name form.

User Libraries

User created libraries are now available. Direct import of Claris Draw libraries is now operational - use the normal "Open Library" command found on the File main menu. Documentation is complete for these new features. Use the search phrase "User Libraries" to access the EazyDraw Help pages for this topic. However, the Library capability is fully operational and tested. Please report any bugs or issues with this new feature. You may create your own libraries with the "New Library" option found on the File main menu. You may open directly Claris Draw libraries, they then may be saved as EazyDraw libraries. Any graphic may be inserted in a library with drag and drop from an EazyDraw drawing or with the Add button ( a + key ) found near the bottom of the Library palette. There are 3 modes for a library, Name, Element, and Icon. The first two are largely self explanatory, the Icon mode converts the library palette into a normal EazyDraw tool palette, just like Charting the Stellate palette. In the Icon mode, apply your tools in the normal "select tool, click on drawing, and drag" fashion. Library elements work closely with the new Transfer palette - see paragraph below.

Read Claris Draw Libraries

This version will open Claris Draw libraries directly. Open them directly with the Library Open feature at the top of the new Library main menu. Any Claris Draw library that you have either created or purchased will open and behave just as a normal EazyDraw user library.

Transfer Palette

A new Transfer palette is added to the EazyDraw user interface. It controls the behavior of a graphic when it is dragged and dropped (or copy->pasted) to another drawing. This palette is designed primarily to be used with Library graphic elements, but is also works on any graphic in a normal drawing. The concept of transfer provided to control how and which attributes of a graphic are carried with the graphic when it is added to a new drawing. For example a shape may be added to a drawing from a library, but an associated gradient fill may not be desired and hence turned off for the Transfer. A major application of this capability is to apply a graphic's attributes rather than the graphic.  For the previous example, the converse is possible - the Gradient Fill of the library element may be applied to target graphics, independent of the actual graphic or its shape. Documentation is complete for this palette, use the search phrase "Transfer" to access the Help pages for this topic.

Drag Parameter Sets

Parameter palettes now have a new small gray icon at the top left. This may be used to drag the parameter set to a user tool palette. This method is used to install parameter set tools on user tool palettes. For example a gradient fill my be dragged to a tool palette, then the particular gradient fill is applied to a target graphic with a simple click of the tool. These tools may be dragged and dropped on a target graphic, or clicked when the target graphic is selected.

Formatting for Graphic Details

This version has significantly expanded inspection and data entry capability of the Graphic Details drawer. There is now full user control over formatting of the numeric text data fields on the Graphic Details drawer. It is now possible to control the number of digits of precision, and several other formating options such as the inclusion of units, use decimal or fractions, and presentation of lengths as feet and inches for English units based drawings. Input of data now allows specification of units including feet and inches. For feet and inches input, use the single and double quote punctuation notation. For any other units, use the abbreviations such as cm, mm, m, in, ft, etc. Full control over the definition and presentation of angles as Degrees or Radians is provided with several other formatting options for angles. Help tips for numeric values on the Graphic Details drawer now show values as alternate units or with added precision, control is provided on the Tips tab of the new Graphic Details formatting panel. The new capability is accessed by opening the Graphic Details drawer and de-selecting all graphics. When the drawer is open and no graphics are selected, the new formatting options are available on the Graphic Details drawer. Documentation of this new capability is complete for the EazyDraw Help content, click the question mark - Help button that is shown on this new Graphic details panel to access full documentation.

PDF from TexShop

Corrected problems importing PDF content from TexShop and other components of the MacTeX distribution. The problem manifested itself as ghosts of extended PDF images. TexShop exports a full PDF document with each image clip, the export information specifies a small clipping box to limit the visible portion of the document to the specified clip area. EazyDraw was not respecting the clipping information in all cases. All is correct now, inserted PDF content displays only the intended visible portion and exports present the proper visible area. A note:. if your master TexShop PDF typeset original is large, each clip is a copy of the full master original, so if several clips are inserted the EazyDraw drawing can become a rather large file - it will compress though due to the repetition.

Launch and data save checks

Added two fail-safe checks to assure that EazyDraw is operating correctly. Two situations have been encountered where 3rd party software has damaged OS X and subsequently caused unstable behavior in EazyDraw. One issue is with SpellCatcherX, it may damage the OS X spell checking technology and subsequently cause EazyDraw to fail to successfully save a drawing. Second issue is a possible damaged system Font panel caused by the application Sketchup; Sketchup erroneously supplies a private color swatch (Class: SketchupColor ) to the public Font panel, this in turn causes other applications that use the OS X system Font panel to fail without warning, this manifests itself as an unsuccessful launch of EazyDraw which causes erratic behavior of EazyDraw. Both problems cause similar erratic behavior for Safari, Mail, TextEdit and other OS X Cocoa applications. EazyDraw can not recover from these problems, but it now posts a "serious error" warning message.

Keynote Export Improvements

Improved the Keynote export capability. Reversed the order of slides when exporting layers as slides, this makes the workflow from ClarisDraw to EazyDraw to Keynote consistent with respect to slide ordering. The Keynote export fixes involved insulating EazyDraw against corrupt zero size graphics. This could happen when importing from ClarisDraw. Now EazyDraw replaces these in the KeyNote export file as a red rectangle or red crossed lines.

Improved Morph

Added ability to control the scaling of dash patterns and arrows to the Morph panel. Now these may be checked and applied just as Line Width is provided as a control for a general scaling.

Double click to add text

A double click on a vacant area of a drawing now automatically adds a Text Box and enables the new Text Box for text input. In short: double click to add text.

Change to click and select

Changed the behavior for selecting graphics in some situations. You now may need to be closer to path of graphic with an outline. This helps prevent large looping graphics from selecting and moving when trying to select interior graphics with a click and drag motion.

Improved convert to image

Improved and changed the behavior for converting some graphics to images. Groups and Free Transforms had several potential problems that were corrected, now all of these convert properly to an image. Now convert to image depends on the degree of zoom at the time of the convert. If you are zoomed in, the image will be higher quality (and of course larger so be careful with larger graphics). If zoomed out the image will be lower quality or more of a thumbnail. This helps a lot with Text and larger groups. This means that you may convert a large text box to a simple image and improve speed with a level of quality that is now under your control. Larger groups will convert to image in the same fashion, this can be used to improve responsiveness for very large drawings. The technique of converting to an image should be more useful now.

Select All - Qualification

Now if you click a graphic tool the perform a select all, the select all action just selects graphics of the kind of the clicked tool. In other words to select all text, click the text tool then select all.

Bug fixes

Corrected problems with EPS export. In some cases export content was shifted and possibly clipped. These are now corrected.

Corrected problem with the Revert To Saved command. This became broken on more recent versions of Tiger. It is now working correctly again.

Corrected problem rotating Text counter clockwise. Text flipping, on the Transform submenu, was rotating clockwise for both the clockwise and counter clockwise menu command. Now all works as it should.

Corrected problems rotating, from the Transform Flip submenu, group graphics with text and PDF content. Results were not as complete as were obtained from the rotate tool or the full Morph panel. Now all forms of rotate behave as expected with embedded grouped text and PDF content.

Added ability to apply and Interactive Scale, Uniform Scale and Freeze to text graphics. Interactive state is found on the Interactive submenu of the Format main menu. These were not allowed before. Users found a work-around to first apply Free Transform interactive level then apply Freeze or other interactive states. This extra step is no longer needed. A potential problem with Free Transform Text when the Align-To-Grid palette was open was also fixed. Freeze, removes all resize and scaling ability from a graphic.

Added conversion capability to convert normal text to annotation text and the reverse, convert annotations to normal text.

Area is now reported on the Graphic Details drawer. This is found near the bottom of the Graphic Details drawer. It reports area when a single graphic is selected that has a defined area.

Added ability for Select All to focus on graphics of a particular type. If a creation tool is selected, then Select All will select all graphics of the active Tool's type. For example, to select all text, click the "T" for Text tool button then execute a Select All.

Corrected problem specifying the location of dimensions for Walls. The "Inside", "Center", or "Outside" selection on the Walls palette was not working. The only way to set this parameter was via the Graphics Details Drawer. This is now fixed and both methods of setting this parameter now work.

Corrected problem exporting EPS. It was possible that the export would drop graphics near the top or left of a drawing when rulers enabled. This is now corrected, no missing graphics on EPS export.

Corrected problems relating to the new bitmap shadows when applied to an image or photo, such as a JPG or PDF. This would also show up if the image was encapsulated with an Interaction level. In many cases the bug would cause the drawing to lock up and become unusable. It is now corrected and all forms of shadows can now be applied to image graphics.

Further improvements on handling double click on a file to launch EazyDraw. If the file was complex or contained dimensions, EazyDraw the drawing window could be corrupted. The display of the window was incomplete.. It is now corrected and all files should open properly upon double click, with EazyDraw running or launched on double click.

Corrected possible problem with Gradient Fill palette and the recently added Named Gradients popup menu. In rare situations this popup menu would be de-activated. Now works properly.

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