The exclusive focus of this update was to improve the experience of WriteMapper on Windows. The Windows version has now existed for squarely a year and a half, and it was about time for us to dedicate an update to making the app work and feel better on the platform.
We've worked on several aspects of the app in this update, all of which come together to bring you a more unified and coherent final product and software experience on Windows. Here's what's changed in this release:
1. Title Bar
The first thing you'll notice in this update is that we've streamlined how the title bar looks and works for all WriteMapper windows. Visually, besides also working with Dark Mode, it also tucks the menu bar options neatly away into the top-left corner. We also made sure to not lose functionality by having convenience features such as using the Alt key to access menu bar options or double-clicking the title bar to maximise the window continue to work the same.
2. Pointer Support
The WriteMapper for Windows app now fully supports the use of pointers such as the Surface Pen, or your finger on a touchscreen Windows device. Dragging nodes and right-clicking items now work just like you'd expect them to. These were tested on a physical Microsoft Surface device to ensure that the software works as intended on these computers.
3. General Styling
We've updated the overall styling of components in the general interface of the app to make it feel a lot more at home on Windows. We redefined each of the eight node color gradients, using pre-defined system and theme colors from Windows 10. Icons used in the app were also updated, using Windows 10 icons from the Microsoft-provided Segoe MDL2 icon set.
4. App Icons
Last but not least, the app's icons have been updated to fit better on Windows 10. WriteMapper now looks like it belongs on the task bar, and the the app's tile in the Start menu now displays more appropriately against a custom background color. The WriteMap file icon (for .writemap format files) has been refreshed as well.
As always, we took this release also as a chance for us to correct a couple of bugs:
- Double clicking a node now works with the “Tap twice and drag to multi-select” setting for Windows trackpads.
- Prevented the white collapse/expand button from glitching when clicked.
- Fixed error that occurred when trying to select nodes above/below the root node.
- Fixed overlapping elements in the Shortcuts tab of the Preferences window.
- Corrected scrollbar from showing in the update window.
Get the Update
The existence of WriteMapper for Windows has been and will continue to be an important part of our product lineup. Moving forward, we will continue to dedicate effort to improving upon the form and function of our apps across all platforms we currently exist on.
WriteMapper 2.3 is available as a free update for past WriteMapper for Windows customers. New customers can take the free trial for a spin to test out the latest features we released today, by downloading the desktop app from our website.
To update from versions 2.0.0 or 2.0.1, a manual update is required. More details on how to do so may be found on this support article on our website.
We hope you'll enjoy these new features!