Difference between revisions of "What's new in Analytica 5.3?"

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* For new models, the default diagram color is now White.  We think tastes have shifted over time so that now a white background appears more natural and modern to most people. As always, if you prefer the old gray color, just open the Color palette from your top-level diagram and select the 4th from the right gray in the top row.  Legacy models retain their previous background color.
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* The default for Text nodes is a slight off-white, so you can actually see them if you turn on the [[Node_Style_dialog|"fill color" node style]].
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* The default background color for Diagrams color is now White when you create a new model.  Existing models retain their previous background color -- usually the default light gray. As always, you can easily modify the background color for new or old models: Go to the Diagram for the top model. In edit mode, from '''Diagram''' menu select '''Show [[Color palette]]''' and select your preferred color. The old default light gray is the 4th from the right in the top row.  
* There has also been a subtle visual change to the edit-mode grid pattern, which makes it a bit softer. This is the pattern appears to remind you that you are in edit mode.
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=== Default Node Styles ===
 
=== Default Node Styles ===

Revision as of 18:16, 7 November 2019

This page lists notable enhancements to Analytica and ADE release 5.3 since the previous Analytica 5.2 release. There are numerous bug fixes and minor enhancements that we've not listed, which of course improve the user experience is subtle ways. This page lists the items that are most obvious.

Analytica 5.3 is currently in the beta testing phase. The current release is Analytica 5.2. If you'd like to be a beta tester of Analytica 5.3, please visit the Beta Tester Page.

Clipboard

In Analytica, like most Windows applications, when you copy (ctrl+c) or cut (ctrl-x) something, it goes into the Clipboard. Then paste (ctrl+v) into Analytica or another application pastes it from the Clipboard. Analytica has always supported this standard scheme, but there are now two important improvements:

Ctrl+X for Diagram Nodes

When you cut (ctrl-x) nodes from a Diagram, they now how as marked for moving (rather than simply disappearing). The only disappear from the original Diagram when you paste them into another Diagram. This feels more natural and is similar to how the Windows File Explorer works today.

WYSIWGY for text copies to external applications

When you cut or copy cells from a Table, they retain the format, including selected number format, rather than full precision. When you paste them into Excel, it won't lose any decimal places because Excel uses an underlying XML Spreadsheet format with full precision.

OLE links created in an earlier release will continue to transfer at full precision to retain backward compatibility.

Diagrams

Default background color

  • The default background color for Diagrams color is now White when you create a new model. Existing models retain their previous background color -- usually the default light gray. As always, you can easily modify the background color for new or old models: Go to the Diagram for the top model. In edit mode, from Diagram menu select Show Color palette and select your preferred color. The old default light gray is the 4th from the right in the top row.
  • The default for Text nodes is now off-white, so you can see them if you turn on the "fill color" node style.

Default Node Styles

Example of the Virdis color scheme
  • If you prefer your own node coloration scheme to Analytica's default colors, you are in luck. These default node colors (that apply to any node you have not explicitly set) are now super easy to configure. You can also change the node styles, such as if you prefer no borders or flat (unbeveled) buttons, etc.
To change these, open the Outline window, expand System Libraries and double click Node style defaults. Open your color palette and change the default node colors the same way you would change individual node colors in your own model.
  • We've included some alternate color schemes you can try. With your model loaded and in edit mode, select File / Add Library... and enter the Node Styles folder. Select one of the *.anaStyle templates and press the Open button. Select the Defaults.anaStyle scheme to return to the standard defaults.
  • When you set a node color or style to the active default, the setting is removed so that the node starts inheriting the default, and hence responding to future changes to the default color or style.

Attribute pane and Object Window

Hyperlinks

  • Hyperlinks in Descriptions and other textual attributes now appear as underlined, active links when you are in edit mode.
    • Previously, these appeared as active, underlined hyperlinks only in browse mode, and as HTML-like markup in edit mode.
  • You can create a hyperlink by selecting some text in a Description or user-defined attribute and using the Add/Edit hyperlink option on the right-mouse context menu. No need to deal with the markup syntax.
  • When a hyperlink exists, you have the option to view the markup using Toggle show markup on the right-mouse context menu.

Editing

  • Pressing ESC while editing used to act like pressing the red-X to cancel your editing changes. This is no longer the case. The first press is ignored, so you don't accidentally cancel changes (unless Expression Assist is showing, in which case, as before, the first press removes the EA pop up). If you press ESC a second time in a row, then it asks before cancelling changes.
  • Fixed a case where the text selection didn't follow the mouse drag in the text editing area as you are dragging.

Speed of redrawing

  • On slower computers, the Object window would often take a long time to open, with a lot of flashing and redrawing. This has been greatly streamlined.


Logos

  • We have new logos and icons for Analytica and Lumina, which appear on our newly launched website and in this release.
  • There is a newly designed splash screen.

Graphing

  • Historically, step charts have transitions at the midpoint between two data points. Now you have the option to transition at the start (left) or end (right) of the interval. When you select Step line type in Graph Setup, an option "Where steps transition" appears with options Left, Mid and Right.

Built-in functions

  • Unique( ) has a new «condition» parameter.
  • A new function ConsolePrint, which prints to the typescript console, can be useful when debugging.
  • Added new built-in functions CumMin and CumMax
  • ParseCSV has a convenience enhancement. When the row or column index is a ComputedBy index (computed by the variable containing the ParseCSV call), the function automatically sets the index value from the data.
  • A URL parameter was added to the function Error().
  • Added a «datatype» parameter to COMArray, giving you control over the cell type of the safe array that gets passed to a COM method.
  • The StepInterp function has an option to use the nearest point. For this, the «leftLookup» parameter was renamed to be «use», with options: 'Left', 'Nearest', and 'Right'. The 'Nearest' option also has variants 'NearestL' and 'NearestR' to specify which to use in the case of a tie.
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