🌿 New leaves at September 2021

September news! You could also see these leaves in the map view.

1. Onboarding

New users now will get a set of two maps to explore as examples.

We also implemented the first version of the onboarding tour for map and settings pages.

After account activation is complete, the user will be redirected to the small demo map, and the new onboarding tour will be triggered.

Moreover, we updated the help popup ( in the top left corner) and the reference map.

And as a temporary measure, we added a banner in the web application for mobile devices about it being desktop-first.

2. Improved images sizing

Before this change, images inserted in the node title or styled text properties were fixed by the height of 150 pixels in the mind map view due to technical limitations.

Because of this, small images were excessively big, and big images were too small:

We solved this limitation, and now images take as much space as they need:

3. Simplified map creation

We removed excessive options to make map creation simpler. Removed options are still available in map settings.

4. Improvements to the extension info window

Extension description is now rendered as html, it gives developers more freedom to describe extension features and limitations. We also added a short version of the description to show it in the title and in the extensions list.

We added information about the extension author and made support email more obvious to the users.

Besides the author, we decided to display the system user of the extension.

We also improved error handling – if the error will occur during extension connection or removal it will be shown as a banner with a few tips on how to fix it.

Now we are showing a warning banner on top of the window if the extension is not compatible with the map types. Extension requirements are shown in the corresponding tab.

For development convenience, we added the link to developer information.

5. About regional extensions suffixes (EN and RU)

Extenstions relay on node types and properties names at the moment, so they depends on user language.

Some of the extensions have a second version for the Russian users. We decided to add the “RU” suffix for them. And to make it more clear we also decided to add “EN” suffix to the original extensions.

If the extension does not have a suffix, it means that it is regional independent or does not require any types from the map.

6. Extensions cleanup

We updated descriptions and requirements for all of our extensions. We also hid internal and outdated extensions.

7. Recent video about RedForester

Recently Alex recorded the video about RedForester for R&D projects.

Video is available on YouTube.

Besides the video, we also have an article Thinking spaces and note-taking methods.