Gideon King, founder of NovaMind Software Pty., reports in his blog that NovaMind Pro 4 for Windows is now in beta testing. He hints that it will contain a "much improved user interface, better usability and many new features." If you want a sneak peek at what’s planned for version 4.0, many details are revealed on the version 4 pre-release page of the NovaMind website.
One of the biggest areas of improvement will be the ribbon toolbar, which debuted in version 3.2 (you can read my review of it here). Gideon and his team did extensive usability testing, which helped them to regroup some of the toolbar functions in ways that are more logical to users.
Version 4.0 will also have some interesting "preview" capabilities. If you mouse over a map theme, for example, NovaMind 4 will temporarily apply it to your map, so you can get a "full size preview" of the visual impact it will have on your map. This is illustrated via a video clip on the NovaMind website.
Gideon hopes to release the final version of NovaMind Pro 4 for Windows in a few weeks. Watch for more details as soon as they become available, on this blog!
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