I’m pleased to say the Surfulater V1.98 pre-release went off without a hitch. V184.108.40.206 packages up everything in V220.127.116.11, tidies up a few bits and pieces and prepares the way for the next important release.
The main enhancements in this release includeÂ the ability to use â€˜Send Toâ€™ toÂ E-Mail or ExportÂ all articles in a folder, new options to hide or show various elements in the content window, such as hiding item labels, the pencil column or empty fields (see below), the ability to expand and collapse all articles in the content window, updates to the layout in the content window to tighten it up, further improvements to Surfulaterâ€™s Unicode support, the ability to start minimized, plus lots more which you can see inÂ theÂ Release Notes.
There are also some important under-the-hood changes which you can’t see just yet, but will very soon. These relate to issues raised by a several people about delays when Surfulater displays all articles in a folder, and the articles happen to be reasonably large. The good news is these delays will shortly be a thing of the past, as the content window code has been re-written to enableÂ the display to be updated in a background thread. The difference is quite dramatic, as you’ll be able to see in a blog post which I’llÂ publish shortly.
I’ll also be making it easierÂ for you to use your own article templates andÂ I’ll be writing an article whichÂ guide you through the process. Â Expect to see this in the next few weeks. A new Surfulater user, Joseph Pinzone sent me some interesting article layout mock-ups earlier this week and I’m looking forward to putting some templates together to follow Joseph’s suggestions. And Judy Rich is interested in a Recipe template. Judy has sent me a mock-up which I’ll use in my aforementioned guide.Â I added a Citation field to the Web template for Mitchell L. Silverman recently, which is also worthy of including in the guide.
To wrap up this post I’ve put together a short movie that shows the new Content Elements feature in this release. This also demonstratesÂ the flexibility Surfulater is capable of, when displaying content.
(You need to use IE to see the movie. For some reason it doesnâ€™t appear in Firefox!)Â