Today we released RC3 (Release Candidate) of Docear 1.0 (not yet on the official download page but here in the Blog only). It has one major change compared to previous Docear versions, namely we got rid of the “Incoming” mind map. In the past, most users never really got used to the idea why there was an ‘Incoming’ mind map and a ‘Literature & Annotations’ mind map. Now, there is only the ‘Literature & Annotations’ mind map but it has a special “incoming” node in which new PDFs are added. We hope that this concept is easier to understand. It also means that when you move a PDF from the incoming node to any other node in the mind map, and you create new annotations in the PDF, the new annotations are directly added to the PDF node in the mind map and there won’t be any new node in the incoming node. However, if you prefer the old concept, don’t worry. You can keep your old incoming mind map and use Docear as you were used to be.
When you look at the screenshot you will also realize another change: We made the node-icons context sensitive. Instead of displaying these nasty red arrows for anything that links to something, Docear now displays PDF icons if a node links a PDF, and annotation-icons if the node links to an annotation in a PDF. If a node has some reference data assigned to it, also a new icon is shown. Although this was just a matter of a few hours to implement, we really love the new look and think it’s a huge improvement with respect to usability.
Maybe you realized that in RC2 there were no demo maps. They are now available again with complete new content. Hopefully, there are easier to understand :-).
In addition to these enhancements we did many bug fixes (many thanks to all of you who tested RC2 so thoroughly). For a detailed list of the bug fixes check out GitHub but we think we fixed almost anything you reported.
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