Today I released v1.52…. This version is more concentrated on hand-drawing than on math writing:

  • The ‘Combine’ and ‘Break apart’ options are implemented – you can now combine drawings and break them apart. This is slightly different from grouping/ungoruping.
  • The ‘??’ size options allows you to re-size your drawings by specific amount. You can enter any percentage value (with plus or minus sign to, or without any sign).
  • Quick-type keyboard entry – you can start writing simple equations even without entering the keyboard entry mode. This is useful in hand drawing because you don’t have to exit the hand-drawing mode to type anything… just move your mouse pointer at any lovely location and start typing (mouse pointer will move as you type).
  • As a result, you can now edit equations using quick-type even in hand-drawing mode.
  • New cursor pointer shapes for freehand, line, rectangle and ellipse drawing tools
  • The CTRL key can be held in hand-drawing mode to handle objects
  • The F4 key can be used to enter hand-drawing mode and to cycle through most basic drawing tools
  • Color box is implemented while hand-drawing mode is active
  • The Drawing Box is improved – it now allows more technical drawings
  • The Shift key can be held while choosing some context-menu options. The context menu will not be closed and you will be able to choose several options in one session. This can be used for some non-drawing options as well.

 In addition, there are news not related to hand-drawing.

  • For compatibility reasons, matrix column is now added with Shift+TAB keystroke (the TAB key alone, without Shift, is used to enter spacing)
  • Negative exponents can now be entered by typing minus sign and then using ALT+number keystroke (the old way, ALT+shift+number is still valid). This is because ALT+shift combination changes keyboard layout.
  • There are new commands that can be entered in keyboard entry mode. Commands \alpha… \omega and \Alpha…  \Omega will insert greek symbols. Several other LaTeX commands are implemented: \approx, \aleph, \emptyset, \infty, \ast, \prod, \neq, \nabla, \times, \cdot, \bullet, \div, \opuls, \otimes, \cup, \sim, \cong, \equiv, \doteq, \parallel, \perp, \proto, \subset, \subseteq, \supset, \supseteq.
  • Even more command are added and can be used for text formatting: \big, \bbig, \small, \black\ gray, \red, \green, \blue, \vert, \text. Command \sp, doesn’t exist any more – use \space or TAB key.
  • Main menu can now be accessed using CTRL+V, CTRL+E, CTRL+F, CTRL+O and F10 keys. You can disable this by un-checking Options->Keyboard->ALT for menu shortcuts. The main menu is now active even in keyboard entry mode.
  • Zoom In and Zoom Out are now possible by F2 and F3 keys.
  • Fonts can now be changed. Math-o-mir can work with 4 fonts simultaneously and you can re-define any of them. however, font number 4 is used for math symbols and it is not recommended to change it.
  • Toolbox options are now shaded when mouse pointer is over them – for better visibility.
  • Now it is possible to enter variables that end with the single quotation mark sign (like y’ or y”). Type variable, then type ‘ mark and then press the space bar key (or any operator).
  • You can now enter complex indexes even when you use ‘Very Simple Variable Mode’. When you need to type for example Ma,b you following sequence: M underline a comma underline b… Yes it is complicated, I know.
  • You can now decorate you variables by painting dots above them.
  • There is new image format (1-bit .PNG) to export equation images.

 Many things remain to be solved yet (see my earlier post) so stay tuned for the next version… And tell your friends about Math-o-mir.

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