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@algernon algernon released this Mar 9, 2019 · 34 commits to master since this release

UI/UX improvements

The biggest change in this release is that we merged the layout and colormap editors, they're available on the same screen now. Them being on separate screens turned out to be both confusing, and prone to errors. On the same screen, we have tighter integration, and editing one or the other requires far less clicking around.

Screenshot from 2019-03-09 09-20-04

Another important change is that we now ask for confirmation (instead of just dropping the changes on the floor) if we're about to throw away pending changes or do something destructive like clearing the layer. We hope this allows everyone to experiment more freely, as the chance of losing one's changes. We also changed the icon of the save button, to one that better conveys its meaning (it also has a tooltip now).

Screenshot from 2019-03-09 09-20-37

In spirit of making the Chrysalis experience less confusing, read-only layers are now visibly dimmed, to make it easier to see at a glance that they're not meant to be modified.

Screenshot from 2019-03-09 09-21-02

New features

Because Chrysalis is still alpha-quality software, it sometimes gets confused if it encounters an EEPROM state it can't figure out, for one reason or the other. To make it easier to get out of this situation, it is now possible to clear the EEPROM, and reset it to factory settings.

Screenshot from 2019-03-09 09-21-27

For similar reasons, the sidebar will now show if there's a new version of Chrysalis available: if one's running a tagged release, and there's a new one, it will show that. If one's running a snapshot build, the update notice will show any new snapshot builds. It will not suggest upgrading from a release to a snapshot build, however.

We also added a way to export and import keymaps, colormaps and the palette. The interface for that is very, very minimal, and is in no way final. It does make it possible to transfer layers and colormaps from one keyboard to another.

Screenshot from 2019-03-09 09-22-12

New hardware support

Chrysalis now supports the Splitography keyboard, one designed to be used for Steno with Plover.

Screenshot from 2019-03-09 09-23-59


We fixed a fair amount of bugs, ranging from navigation issues to small subtle things that were confusing, like the keyboard image's strange jumps in size when resizing the window - that should be much smoother now.

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