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2024-04-15 GaugeMaster Pro (beta 8, testers only)

Still on track for a final release later this month, just adding some final touches and fixes to the app.

New

  • Added production login screen ready for final release later this month.
  • Added browser compatibility checks on login screen.
  • Added format information popovers for the Tickmarks and Text layers nonlinear file import options.

Changes

  • Improved error reporting when loading gauge files with an incorrect format.
  • Improved validation of nonlinear CSV file data.

Fixes

  • Fixed some issue with nonlinear CSV file loading.

Known Issues

  • N/A

 


2024-04-08 GaugeMaster Pro (beta 7, testers only)

This latest beta release fixes all the performance issues with the text layers and it is now down to final minor fixes and cleanup before the first production release later this month.

New

  • N/A

Changes

  • N/A

Fixes

  •   Fixed performance issues when selecting a text layer.
  •   Fixed performance issues when selecting a new font for a text layer.
  •   Fixed an issue with the file format for text layers.
  •   Improved the new font identification code to handle more font weights.
  •   Improved embedded font handling.
  •   Improved validation on some numeric fields.
  •   Fixed the issue where numeric fields would disappear if their content was erased. This was supposed to have been fixed but some cases remained. Now the root cause was found and it is fixed for good.

Known Issues

  • N/A

 


2024-04-02 GaugeMaster Pro (beta 6, testers only)

Finally all the font issues on Windows have been fixed, though it required a whole new approach at identifying fonts as web browsers behave quite differently on macOS and Windows. This fix also allowed a future feature to move ahead, so this latest release includes font embedding, which allows gauge files to include the fonts they need. This is essential if you need to send a gauge file and want to make sure it looks exactly as designed, even if the receiving user doesn’t have the same fonts on their computer.

A good example of this feature are all the sample gauges provided with the app, which now include the original fonts they were designed with, and they look exactly the same on macOS and Windows, regardless of the fonts on your system.

New

  • Added font embedding option to the Gauge settings panel.

Changes

  • N/A

Fixes

  • Fixed issues with fonts not being identified or rendered properly on both macOS and Windows.

Known Issues

  •   Some performance issues when selecting text layers.

 


2024-03-26 GaugeMaster Pro (beta 5, testers only)

We this latest beta release we are down to the last major fix and final testing pending. Regrettably it looks like the targeted March release will now be an early April release, but we are literally days away from the final production release.

New

  • N/A

Changes

  • Improvements to the undo/redo internal handling, to cover all edits.
  • Changed the fonts of all the sample gauges to default fonts found on both Mac and Windows machines. But see below for issues with font loading on this beta.
  • The file format for GaugeMaster Pro files is now final and work will start on the export options for the old Mac and iPad apps to the new format.

Fixes

  • Added “Setting up the canvas…” message on initial load, to complete all setup tasks before enabling the canvas for editing, and fixing the racing condition between the welcome message and the loading of local fonts info.
  • Many internal improvements.

Known Issues

  • When loading the sample gauges on Windows web browsers a warning may be shown that some fonts are missing as there are issues with font name handling on that platform.
  • Some performance issues when selecting text layers.

 


2024-03-20 GaugeMaster Pro (beta 4, testers only)

Few major fixes remain before it is just cleaning up and getting ready for the final production release.

New

  • Added font search option on the fonts list.
  • Added check for missing fonts when opening a gauge file, which will display a list of missing fonts.
  • Added a button to reset the canvas, clearing all layers.
  • Added warning message when trying to load a sample gauge if there are unsaved changes on the current gauge.
  • Added warning message when triggering a page reload if there are unsaved changes on the current gauge.

Changes

  • N/A

Fixes

  • Fixed the app going back to the login page on a page reload. Be aware though that the content will still be lost after a reload, although now there is the warning mentioned above.

Known Issues

  • Removed welcome massage temporarily due to a racing condition between it loading and the fonts checks.
  • Some performance issues when selecting text layers.

 


2024-03-12 GaugeMaster Pro (beta 3, testers only)

As we approach the final release of the app it’s all about fixing any remaining issues and cleaning up the user experience.

New

  • N/A

Changes

  • The Settings sidebar tab panes now only show the tabs that make sense for the current selection, instead of just disabling the ones that don’t apply.
  • Display the file loaded for settings like importing CSV nonlinear data files or images.

Fixes

  • Fixed the issue that would cause settings fields to disappear when an empty string was entered.
  • Fixed layer thumbnail images not updating while editing the settings numeric fields.
  • Fixed the tickmarks sample selection so it updates properly the tickmarks preview images, the layer thumbnail images and the tickmarks editing list.
  • Many internal improvements.

Known Issues

  • When the GMP page is reloaded the user is sent to the login screen and the current design is lost.

 


2024-03-05 GaugeMaster Pro (beta 2, testers only)

With this beta release GaugeMaster Pro is feature complete for the upcoming final release later in March. Still quite a few bugs and performance issues remain to be cleared, so bear this in mind while testing.

New

  • Added text kerning option as Spacing on the Text Arc parameters.
  • Added Blueprint Image option within the Gauge parameters to assist with gauge design by adding an underlying image to use a reference.
  • Added and updated geometry parameters so we now have inner/outer radius and arc width, as well as start/end/arc angles.

Changes

  • The ".gmpro" files are now saved as JSON without white spaces making them 30% smaller.
  • Parameter fields are validated and limited to 5 decimal places.
  • Some parameter fields will now be disabled when they don't apply to the current layer's setup, like the start/end angles when Make Circle option is enabled.

Fixes

  • Many internal improvements.

Known Issues (same as previous release)

  • When the GMP page is reloaded the user is sent to the login screen and the current design is lost.
  • If an empty setting is entered on the settings sidebar it can cause the field to disappear, requiring a reload to fix it.

 


2024-02-01 GaugeMaster Pro beta (initial release, testers only)

This is the first public release of GaugeMaster pro, for beta testers only, but a huge milestone for GaugeMaster!

GaugeMaster Pro is currently intended to mimic most of the functionality of the old GaugeMaster iPad/Mac apps, but there some notable differences, and definitely already some improvements. Please make sure to check the FAQ page for details on the differences.

For this first release of GaugeMaster Pro it wouldn’t make much sense to report on the new, changed or fixed items from previous version as there are none for the new web app. Instead here are the details on how this beta moves on from the old iPad/Mac apps, to give you a quick glimpse of what to expect if you have used it before.

New

  • Multiple sample gauges available to get you started.
  • JSON file format.
  • Canvas zoom and pan.
  • Besides canvas zoom, users can also zoom the whole interface, as they do with any other web site.
  • Text rotation.
  • Adjustable Text Arc text offset for Straight Baseline setting.
  • Option to convert linear tick marks to nonlinear for individual editing.
  • Full editing options for each tick mark on nonlinear Tick Mark layers.
  • User adjustable layer cell thumbnail background color.
  • Automatic gauge centre and edge markers available.

Changes

  • Text arc font size is now the same as the text arc width, for easier text handling, preserving the font size regardless of Baseline setting.
  • Layer cells on the layers list can be sorted and deleted without having to go into an edit mode.

Fixes

  • N/A

Known Issues

  • When the GMP page is reloaded the user is sent to the login screen and the current design is lost.
  • If an empty setting is entered on the settings sidebar it can cause the field to disappear, requiring a reload to fix it.

 

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