Artboard 2.0.3 (16 Sept 2016)
This update fixes an issue with Photos app media in the Image Browser that could cause instability, adds additional object naming functionality, and contains other enhancements and bug fixes.
- Enhancement/Fix: A user-edited object name is now preserved when an object is converted from one type to another. This action is also now undoable.
- Enhancement: Editing a single object’s name can now be done in the Geometry Tab as well as the Layers item for that object. This is done either by a right click Rename menu or by a double-click on the title (10.9+ only).
- Change: Object Snapping toolbar item is now part of the default set.
- Change: Added the option to Export items with or without an incrementing index or name suffix (‘None’).
- Change: Image Browser removes the media library elements as these were proving unstable. The functionality has been replaced by the Media Browser in the File > Open dialog.
- Enhancement: The standard ‘Open’ dialog now shows images and image media which can be opened as a complete document or dragged into an existing document.
- Change: The Asia map is now part of the ‘regions’ category. This change will likely not be visible if a user has customised the built-in collection categories.
- When opening older files that have unnamed objects, a default name is now assigned.
- Menu commands pertaining to Layers were not being enabled when the Layers tab was placed in the right-hand sidebar.
- Export folder bookmark is now created with the correct security scope option, allowing it to work with sandboxing (App Store version).
Artboard 1 Archive Releases
ARCHIVE Artboard 1.9 User Guide PDF
Artboard 1.9.8 (released 23 Jul 2015)
- Support for Apple’s new Photos app in the Image Browser with OS 10.10.3+ (Note: iPhotos is still supported on OS 10.9 and older, but there may be a gap in iPhoto/Photos support on OS 10.10.1-10.10.2 due to minor OS X changes).
- Shift-drag now constrains the alignment of dragged objects. Holding the Shift-key while dragging an object constrains it to 45° alignments of its original position. This is particularly useful in conjunction with the Option (alt) -key to copy an object while maintaining its alignment with the original.
- Use Command-key to select and/or deselect multiple objects on click-through (Note: this update removes the ability to select multiple object using Shift-key, as that is now used to constrain object alignment, which is consistent with using Shift to constrain alignment and rotation throughout the app).
- Command key now required to be pressed to move the origin point of an object to prevent accidental changes when dragging an object.
- Keyboard “Z” and “X” enable spring-loaded zoom-in / zoom-out tools for fast use without switching tools.
- More graphical tweaks for OS X Yosemite
- Fixes a critical issue with occasional very laggy performance experienced by some users on OS 10.10 “Yosemite”
- Other bug fixes
Artboard 1.9.7 (released 03 Mar 2015)
- Some further tweaks to appearance for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
- New set of flatter-styled icons.
- EPS images that are used as sources for image shapes or style elements are now preserved as EPS rather than rasterized to TIFF when saved (i.e. as PDF has always been treated).
- The default shape for the regular polygon and stamp tools is now a 5-pointed star as intended and not a 10-sided polygon.
- SVG import now imports images directly embedded in the SVG stream.
- OS X 10.10 Yosemite changed the way that the pinch-to-zoom trackpad gesture was processed. This resulted in extremely poor performance for many apps, including Artboard. OS X 10.10.2 addressed this issue so if you are using 10.10 we strongly recommend updating to this latest update.
- A problem where an image shape with no image would cause the file containing it to become unopenable was fixed. This was a difficult situation to get into, but if you do manage it, it’s now benign.
- A problem where shadows could be rendered incorrectly when exporting to a raster format such as PNG was fixed.
- A problem where files having the extension .artb could not be opened when they were really another format was fixed. These files could be created by an earlier version of Artboard due to a bug that was subsequently fixed, but nothing was done to allow the incorrectly typed files to be opened. Now they will be opened correctly and when re-saved (either manually or automatically) will have the correct format restored.
Artboard 1.9.6 (released 16 Dec 2014)
- Fully tested and qualified against OSX 10.10 “Yosemite” with minor tweaks and bug fixes as needed.
- Get the update from the Mac App Store, or non-app store versions choose Artboard > Check For Updates from the main menu.
- A problem with rendering the text masking effect on OSX 10.10 “Yosemite” was fixed.
- A problem where an invalid value passed to the graphics system on 10.10 “Yosemite” would cause the app to terminate abruptly was fixed.
- A problem where invalid objects within a shape group could prevent the file from subsequently being saved in some circumstances was fixed.
- A problem where an exception when opening a file could leave a progress dialog visible was fixed.
- A problem with the correct operation of the Path > Outline command was fixed.
- A problem where reading a file containing some kinds of text objects could in some circumstances enter an infinite loop, causing a crash, was fixed.
- A problem where zooming using the trackpad on 10.10 “Yosemite” was laggy and uncontrollable was addressed as best as we could. However, the underlying bug is a regression within the OS which we are hopeful will be fixed in a later OS release.
Artboard 1.9.4 (released 7 Aug 2014)
- New ‘Very Fine’ smoothness setting for the Freehand Path tool is added to the Artboard > Preferences.
- ‘Ultra Fine’ drawing mode added for detailed drawing with the Freehand Path tool (for example, while zoomed-in). Hold down the Option-key while drawing with this tool.
- Multiscreen crash while moving a document to another screen.
- Crash entering Versions Browser.
- Single text box handles multiple text styles without getting overwritten by a single text style.
- Ungrouping a text box having multiple text styles getting overwritten by a single text style.
- Ungrouping a text box having bidirectional text (e.g., Arabic) getting overwritten by a single text style.
- High-resolution images becoming lower resolution after editing.
Artboard 1.9.1 (released 14 Mar 2014)
- A bug with rough strokes not being updated when working with certain objects was fixed.
- A bug with opening files containing invalid objects ignoring other content was fixed.
Artboard 1.9 (released 21 Feb 2014)
- Enhancement: Massive performance improvement when drawing, especially when there are many objects.
- Enhancement: Massive improvement in performance when reading a file – 60x to 100x faster. Very noticeable on big complex projects.
- Enhancement: Opening files that take a while show a progress dialog to provide some feedback. Files are opened in the background which otherwise means the user might not see anything happening if it takes a while. However, with the performance boost above, not many files take long enough to trigger the progress.
- Enhancement: Massive improvement in performance when closing a large or complex document – now near instantaneous.
- Enhancement/Change: Style component transforms have been reimplemented using a much better design, where the transformation is performed by a new rasterizer group class. This means any and all style components can be transformed, singly or in groups as desired. Old-style transforms are automatically migrated to the new structure. All UI pertaining to old-style transforms has been removed, and the SI has additional UI for the new transform group component. This also boosts drawing performance in the general case because components no longer need to consider whether transformations are required and can simply go ahead and draw.
- Enhancement: Preferences can now be reset fully within the app using option+(App) -> Reset Preferences… menu. This replaces any instruction to “trash the prefs” though this is something very rarely required.
- Enhancement/Bugfix: Direct (Finder) changes to folders and files in the user’s template directory are now reflected live in the Template Browser as necessary.
- Bugfix: Some further bugfixes with bad values causing graphics errors on 10.9. This could prevent some files from opening.
- Bugfix: Arc tool now operates correctly on OS 10.9 where null values were reported that caused crashing.
- Bugfix: Pan (Hand) tool now operates correctly even if active layer is locked.
- Bugfix: Autoscrolling now disabled for pan tool which eliminates juddery scrolling at the edges of the view.
- Bugfix: Style components can be deleted from within a rasterizer group directly.
- Bugfix: Rough strokes are now properly updated when flipping a path.
- Bugfix: “Show in Library Manager” greyed out for items in the the temporary document collection, which does not appear in the LM.
- Bugfix: Clicking in another window (such as a palette) during path creation no longer creates a path point that has wildly incorrect values. Instead the resulting event is ignored.
- Bugfix: Export of ‘selection only’ now honours clipping mask, if there is one, for all formats (Artboard). Note that for Export of the whole image, if the clipping mask is set to show, it will be rendered in the exported image for non-PDF formats.
- Change: Improvements to full screen support.
- Change: Exporting a collection now sets the default filename for the collection.zip to the library name, instead of “untitled”.
- Change: A flatter appearance for several UI elements has been adopted, such as toolbar buttons, section headers and the title header for the Layers sidebar.
- Change/Workaround: Tooltips assigned to the buttons in the tool palette are now generated by combining the internal tool name and its key equivalent, then looking up a localized version in a strings file. This makes the tooltips automatically track key equivalent changes and works around a bug in Xcode 5.0.2 where tooltips assigned to NSMatrix cells in IB are lost.
- Change: “Text > Table” menu item removed as tables are currently not able to be supported in text boxes.
Artboard 1.8.1 (released 10 Sep 2013)
- Layer Masking. By enabling Layer Masks, you can create complex clipping masks for each individual layer which add a powerful new creative dimension to your projects.
- You can now use the Tab key to cycle through a series of overlapping objects to select them. This is useful in situations where directly clicking the object might be awkward or impossible, such as when one object completely covers another.
- Your Artboard creations can now be directly shared to your favourite social networking sites or emailed using the new ‘Share’ toolbar button.
- Hit-testing of text shapes and paths is now more reliable using a new “greeking” algorithm. This is available on MacOSX 10.7 and later.
- A potential hang when disabling shadow rendering altogether was fixed.
- A problem with the alignment of Core Image filter effects near the edges of the drawing was fixed.
- A problem with the “Sticky Tools” setting being ignored when switching tools using the keyboard was fixed.
- A problem that could cause very slow performance when a lot of stroked objects were in the drawing was fixed.
- A problem where a saved file could not be reopened when certain Core Image filter effects were used was fixed.
- The preference setting for “Auto-activate Layers” was moved from the Layer menu to the Preferences dialog.
- Object alignment commands now align based on the object’s path rather than the bounding box, which is strongly influenced by the style applied. This makes alignment much more consistent and useful.
- Images exported in any of the bitmap formats (JPEG, PNG, TIFF) now use the Generic RGB colourspace rather than the device-specific colourspace. This maintains better colour fidelity as these images are subsequently used, such as on webpages, etc.
Artboard 1.8 (released 10 Jun 2013)
- Holding down option when nudging an object or handle with the arrow keys now moves the item by the grid span distance when snapping to grid, or 10 points when not snapping.
- Trackpad gestures for zooming and two-finger double-tap smart zooming can now be disabled in the preferences.
- A problem where selecting text boxes was frequently difficult on OSX 10.6.x was fixed.
- A problem where selecting extremely small shape objects placed close to each other was fixed.
- A problem where the Scale value in the Export dialog was ignored unless the user hit tab or enter was fixed.
- A problem where using the Geometry panel to enter X or Y positions for multiple objects would sometimes cause the objects to jump to the edge of the drawing was fixed.
- Other minor bug fixes.
- Documents are now loaded and saved in the background making the use of Autosave much smoother and faster.
- Export now supports a fractional scale value.
Artboard 1.7 (released 20 Nov 2012)
- Workflow changes. Style Sharing is now a ‘power’ feature and can be enabled or disabled altogether. When disabled, styles are never shared and Artboard will automatically duplicate a style as the user works. Enabling sharing restores the previous behaviour for users who like to take advantage of it. Style sharing is now disabled by default so new users will experience less initial confusion caused by this feature.
- An arbitrary ‘paper background’ color feature has been restored alongside the available textures.
- A group that is used as an operand to a boolean operation now works by using the combined paths of its content rather than the bounding rectangle. This gives more versatile behaviour for boolean ops as several distinct objects can be grouped and used to operate on other objects without having to combine them in other ways in advance.
- Groups now support the union boolean op which is now useful given the change above.
- Duplication offset is now correctly recorded for option-drag copies as for command-D and Paste copies.
- Duplication offset calculation was based on the incorrect bounding box type, leading to misalignment of objects when repeatedly pasting or duplicating. This has been fixed.
- New styles created by the format bar were ignoring the global “shared by default” setting.
- Unshared styles are updated for the current tool when they’re copied, so that changing properties as you draw is reflected for each subsequent style, rather than going back to the original each time.
- A problem that could cause a crash when opening the Image Browser in some circumstances was fixed.
- A problem that could cause a hang while performing boolean operations on certain kinds of paths was fixed.
- Several independent bugs that could cause incorrect boolean operation results were fixed.
- Preferences UI for Undo options were not being updated properly following changes to the location of these within the preferences dialog in 1.6.
- A problem with over-zealous caching of Core Image effects leading to rendering problems with these effects within a grouped object was fixed.
- A problem with bezier path drawing becoming difficult when the number of elements on the path became large, and when using a trackpad to draw, was fixed.
- Templates are no longer shown at startup by default. If the user enables this in Preferences (or Template window itself), it works as before.
- “Welcome To Artboard” video/help screen is now show after normal startup has fully completed, including document restoration/untitled document creation. This plays nicer with the newer document model and allows non-store version to be registered more readily.
- “Welcome To Artboard” introductory movie was updated.
Artboard 1.6.1 (Released Sep 2012)
- Disabling a Core Image filter group now makes the group transparent, and so shows any contained content unfiltered, rather than not rendering them altogether. This is more useful as it allows a CI Filter effect to be removed very quickly without the structure of the style needing to be altered. This may effect the rendering of existing styles.
- Performance of Core Image groups improved by caching resulting image whenever possible to avoid reprocessing of filter stack whenever the stack is rendered.
- When converting text shapes and text-on-path to a shape group, multiple styles are now assigned if necessary if the string has varying attributes (such as fill and outline colours). In addition, the style created has much better fidelity with respect to outline stroke and shadow, and paths are also returned for strikethroughs and underlines.
- A problem with displaying Open Panel from “Image File…” buttons in Style Inspector under sandboxing addressed by running the panel modally.
- Ungrouping an image with a clipping path that has been subjected to rotation and/or scaling within the group now works correctly.
- Core Image filter group no longer flips image elements placed within it.
- Preview image for clip-art objects saved to the Library that have a Core Image filter in their style stack are no longer incorrectly clipped/offset.
- Regression of ‘Combine>Append’ feature fixed – now works as it did previously (in 1.6.0 this was treated incorrectly in the same manner as an intersection or difference).
- A problem with the correct underlining of text-on-path was fixed.
Artboard 1.6 (released 31 Aug 2012)
This version marks a change in the way we deliver the trial version of Artboard. The trial version works much as before though we have removed the nag dialogs and time limit. A few features such as Print and Export are disabled and the main screen and your work are watermarked. From the trial version, you can either purchase the full version through the Mac App Store, or else unlock the trial version by purchasing a license code directly from Mapdiva. For more information, please click here.
New Features & Enhancements
- Added support for “retina” displays – all artwork is now either resolution independent or includes @2x versions.
- Added support for application sandboxing where required (Mac App Store version only).
- Added support for trackpad gestures for zooming and two-finger double-tap “smart” zooming. Supports laptop trackpads and “Magic Trackpad”.
- Support for Isometric grids added. The user can choose between Cartesian and Isometric grid in the Graph Paper settings.
- Added basic Isometric starter shapes to the built-in clip-art collection (in category ‘Shapes > Isometric Elements’). These objects are correctly proportioned for standard Isometric drawing.
- Export now features an arbitrary scaling factor for raster images. This allows any desired resolution or image size to be exported.
- Boolean operations now use a new algorithm which preserves original bezier path elements instead of reducing them to flattened paths.
- Boolean operations Intersection and Difference can now operate on any number of paths at a time, not just two.
- Boolean operations are now much smarter and perform appropriate individual conversions or other operations as necessary on a per-object basis.
- Images and Groups can now accept a clipping path that is not required to be fully aligned to the bounding box. In conjunction with Boolean operations such as ‘Intersection’ this enables powerful new clipping effects.
- Added ‘Hide’ and ‘Show All’ items to the Graphic menu for hiding and showing objects.
- Added ‘Duplicate’ command to the Layer menu which duplicates the selected layer and all of its content.
- Added ‘Isolate Shared Style’ menu command as part of a number of workflow improvements for working with shared and unshared styles.
- Image shapes now support direct cropping and scaling. Double-click an image to enter edit mode where the image can be directly dragged to crop it, and where there is a direct scaling control. Resizing the image frame in this mode operates to crop the image rather than resize it. In this mode, the excluded part of a cropped image is visible in a partially transparent area outside the image frame which has a special yellow/black dashed highlight.
- The Image Kit image editor panel is now supported for image shape editing. This is shown in the above “edit” mode, e.g. when ‘Edit Image’ is chosen in the menu or the image object is double-clicked.
- Direct controls in objects such as round-rect corner radius and image scale are now rendered using a new control handle style which looks nicer, is clearer in function and is easier to use.
- Rotation knob handles adopt a similar appearance to the new direct control knob.
- Dragging the handles of shapes now shows an appropriate cursor.
- All colour wells in the Style Inspector now implement the convenient drop-down menu behaviour as well as interacting with the Color Panel, similar to the items in the Format Bar.
- Dragging the “rotation centre” target of shapes will now snap to the centre of the shape unless the shift key (constraint) is pressed.
- Double-clicking the “rotation knob” of a shape now resets the object’s angle to zero if it’s not already zero.
- The user can now set a preference to enable and disable ‘Snap To Graph Paper’ automatically when the grid becomes visible or is hidden.
- Contextual menu in Layers sidebar is now much better – the actual row clicked provides the context and the menu is worded appropriately for various actions. You can now access the graph paper and drawing settings from here, as well as use a right-click in the general layers area to create a Layer group.
- Ad-hoc styles are automatically allocated a name (“untitled style n”, where n is incremented each time a new style is needed) instead of having no name, making it easier to see when a style has been cloned. In addition, it is no longer necessary to name an ad-hoc style before it can be added to a collection.
- Added preference for “Styles sharable by default”. This, in conjunction with changes to style naming for copied objects allows a “one style per object” approach to be taken if users prefer it.
- Save dialog for saving templates revised for sandboxing and to more elegantly prevent the user from navigating outside of the designated area.
- ‘Cut Path’ tool now operates on Arcs and Wedges in a sensible manner by dividing the shape into two parts sharing a common centre point and radius.
- Bezier and Irregular Polygon paths will end when the user clicks outside the drawing canvas area. This is in addition to all the other ways you can end the path creation mode.
- Added preference to disable import of SVG “filter” elements. When used indiscriminately, these filters drag performance down dramatically, even when they contribute no visible effect.
- Image Browser and Template Browser now include a search field to filter the selected folder by name.
- Added source viewer for SVG images in Image Browser (right click on selected svg image > View Source). This is intended for checking SVG source, not editing it. Text can be copied and pasted from here however.
- New folder watcher based on FSEvents allows image and template browsers to update when the folder on disk is updated externally. This replaces the buggy kqueue()-based functionality removed in 1.5
- Added ability to directly unlock the trial version by purchasing a license key as an alternative to the Mac App Store. Such an unlocked version uses an alternative update channel but is otherwise identical.
- Menu keyboard equivalents rationalised for Boolean ops so that shift-command-D is now “Difference” (q.v. Union and Intersection) and Polar and Linear Duplicate no longer have keyboard equivalents.
- Menu wording for “Paste Path On Object” made consistent between Edit main menu and contextual menu. When selected object is an image, menu wording is “Paste Image Clipping Path”; for a group, “Paste Group Clipping Path”, for text “Paste Text Clipping Path”.
- General improvements and simplification to overall menu layout, and full consistency between a menu’s text and what appears as an ‘Undo’ command.
- General improvements to the overall appearance of the UI in numerous places.
- Path objects now return their geometric mid-point as their “location” instead of their top, left point. This means that image and other adornments are aligned relative to the mid-point of the object which is a more useful and expected result.
- On Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), the main window background now uses a grey linen texture.
- Image Shapes no longer incorrectly allow the “Reset Bounding Box” operation which sometimes ended up skewing images.
- Menu arrow shown in colour well buttons now draws in a contrasting colour when the displayed colour is dark.
- Transparency gradient buffering for PDF export is now done using double resolution previously used (now 288dpi) to reduce pixelization with retina displays, etc. As before this is only done if absolutely necessary to work around lack of PDF support.
- The ‘Layers’ toolbar item is replaced by a new ‘Sidebar’ item which more accurately reflects the function it performs, since the sidebar is no longer only used for layers. Similarly, the View > Show/Hide Layers menu item is now worded Show/Hide Sidebar.
- Graph Paper layer can longer be made active. There is no sensible reason to activate it, and it is now excluded from the menu listing activatable layers.
- Moved Undo preferences to ‘Advanced’ tab to make room for more Editing settings.
- Default for image shape’s ‘image on top’ setting is now YES. In addition, this can be toggled from the contextual menu if a style is applied. The default (clear) style applied to images can no longer be copied as it has a special class within the app.
- Auto-activation of layers with content selection is now a preferences setting rather than a menu item. This helps to make the general UI simpler.
- A problem with compatibility with Mountain Lion when the Color Panel was hidden and a colour well was forcibly deactivated was fixed. The most noticeable effect of this bug was scrambled text when editing a text box.
- Stroke widths in SVG files were not being scaled correctly when an overall scale transform was present.
- Arcs, Wedges and Regular Polygons now correctly use the selection colour of the layer they belong to to draw their control handles.
- Auto-closure of paths was previously inconsistent depending on how the path was ended.
- Text On Paths are now never auto-closed.
- Image Browser was throwing an exception when its contextual menu was shown.
- SVG using css styles with multiple items in a “class” element is now processed correctly.
- When a bad SVG file ends up generating a zero-sized thumbnail for the Image Browser, this now sets the “failed file” icon instead of waiting indefinitely for an image that will never arrive.
- Certain pattern images were not being rendered to a bitmap (JPEG, PNG, TIFF) when exported due to the incorrect composition mode being used and the image having no alpha channel of its own. e.g. our built-in wood grain textures were not being rendered for Export.
- The “transparent background” setting was being ignored for Export of “selection only” to PNG format. This acted as if it were always ON (transparent). Now if it is unchecked the paper colour is used.
- Groups with a clipping path no longer end up “reverse clipped” in some cases after opening a file.
- Drag and Drop of colours from the colour picker onto a group now works as for any other shape – the drag is received by all objects in the group as if they had been dragged to individually, and respond in the same way. The same convenience extends to text and images.
- Occasional crash when browsing through the Library Manager under certain circumstances fixed.
- All group items in Library Manager are now initially expanded because the change to the hidden show/hide button from the older turn-down triangle means you cannot tell that there is anything more to show at a glance.
- Dragging the handles of a shape when it was very small and the zoom scale wasn’t very high would previously grab the origin target in preference to an edge handle. Now edge handles have a higher priority to avoid this problem.
- Mis-clicking in the tools palette such that no button is hit (between buttons) no longer deselects the current tool.
- Selecting “container” elements in the iPhoto section of Image Browser now amalgamates and displays images within that container, just as if it were a folder (such containers are not actually folders).
- The iPhoto section of the Image Browser is included only if iPhoto has actually been run and created a database. Previously it would add the item if iPhoto were present on the user’s system even if it hadn’t created a database.
- When hit-testing objects, the fill no longer returns a hit if it is merely disabled, rather than deleted from the style altogether. This gives a more intuitively correct behaviour when a fill is disabled from the Format Bar, etc.
- Contextual menu items pertaining to path operations are no longer included when the object is a subclass, such as regular polygons, arcs, wedges, etc that have special behaviours. As before, these need to be converted to ordinary paths before applying these operations.
- A problem with failure to update symbol libraries based on their internal version number was fixed. In addition the version number of the library is no longer incorrectly reset if it is greater than the class version number.
- A problem correctly detecting a ‘hit’ on an object if its fill was inside a Core Image effect group was fixed.
Artboard 1.1 (released 1 Aug 2011)
- Added user interface to set geometric properties of objects by direct entry of their values (width, height, angle, etc). This panel occupies the lower portion of the source list in a window, and can be shown and hidden via a new bottom bar button, or menu command. The panel is context sensitive and reflects the number and type of selected objects in the current layer.
- Support for hierarchical Layer Groups was added. This allows layers to be grouped and shown or hidden as a related set. A button to create a new Layer Group was added to the bottom bar.
- Added ‘Layer’ menu to main menu bar which adds commands for moving objects between layers, reordering layers, activating layers, making new layers and layer groups, and deleting layers.
- Option-scrollwheel now zooms in on the current mouse position, not the current centre.
- Polar Duplicate now has an interactive way to simply set the desired centre point (plus improved dialog layout and tooltips added).
- Bugfix to option-drag duplication to place objects in front as expected.
- Added ‘Zoom To Selection’ menu command and also added contextual items for zoom commands.
- Added ability to directly close a path when ending it by pressing command. This applies to free, bezier and poly tools.
- Drag delay from Styles & Clip Art palette reduced to 100mS to help make this feature more discoverable and usable.
- Fix to bug where Graph Paper settings (colours) were not being reset correctly on cancel.
- Moved Snap submenu from the View menu to the Graphic menu.
- Added Image Adornment and Core Image filter effects as style components you can create from scratch (Style Inspector).
- Freehand tool curve fitting reimplemented to curve fit some end distance of the path rather than the whole path, which avoids the “twitching” that was previously evident, and makes the tool much nicer to use.
- Added ability to transform many style components types and have multiple copies applied automatically. This yields a wide range of additional effects.
- Added ‘bar only’ option to arrow heads.
- Added preference for ‘auto close paths’.
- Added commands to Flatten a path, to Close an open path and to Open a closed path.
- Bugfix to offset paths when applied to certain path shapes such as regular polygons – now works as expected.
- Bugfix to rendering of horizontal lines – previously they could disappear unexpectedly from the scene, even though there were still really there.
- Path control points are now individually selectable and can be moved (‘nudged’) using the keyboard arrow keys.
- When pasting a path onto a group, the ‘Clip Content’ state is automatically set so the effect can be seen immediately.
- Zoom pop-up menu moved into button bar to leave scrollbar area clear for Lion.
- Added button to create a new blank document from the Templates window. This makes it obvious how to do this when using Artboard for the first time. In addition, the Drawing Setup dialog is automatically displayed when creating a document this way.
- Menu wording changes to make the Drawing Setup more obvious. It is now called ‘Drawing Size & Units…’. In addition, a menu command to take you directly to the Graph Paper settings was added.
- Added support for import of SVG images. This is currently a beta feature, and requires that files are changed to have the extension ‘svgb’.
- Added shortcut for Pan tool – pressing the Spacebar at any time now temporarily sets the Pan tool for as long as the key is held. The keyboard shortcut for the Select tool is now [s] because of this change to the spacebar usage.
- Numerous minor bug fixes to improve stability and reliability.
- Minor changes to ensure compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 ‘Lion’.
- Removed our implementation for crash reporting as this is now handled via the standard Apple mechanism through the App Store.
- Added additional quick access items for our website to the Help menu.
Artboard 1.0 (released 7 Feb 2011)