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Posted by Prion
Oct 1, 2013 at 08:39 AM

 

Title says it all, over at http://connectedtext.com/ is a new version to be seen. I am waiting for Steve Z. to point out what has improved etc.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

 

Prion wrote:
Title says it all, over at http://connectedtext.com/ is a new version to
>be seen. I am waiting for Steve Z. to point out what has improved etc.

Looks like one of the links on the home page is still pointing to v.5 features. Here’s the direct link to “What’s new in v.6:”
http://connectedtext.com/version6.php

Not to preempt what Steve’s got to say about it ;) from a writing and outlining point of view, the most important changes to me are:

1) floating windows - ability to see multiple topics while editing another topic.

2) The “named blocks,” which is effectively a qualitative data analysis feature to mark up passages and gather them in another topic.

3) Table of Contents pane turned into more of an outliner (working as a two-pane outliner with the edit window), being able to move around heading sections with their associated text. Auto-numbering of headings.

4) Improvements to the Outliner pane, being able to drop files and folders onto the tree, save outlines as templates to be used in edit window, Ctrl+C and Crtl+V shortcuts now working within the Outliner.

5) Ability to disable inclusions (transclusions) for a project, which enable faster navigation of complex projects with long daisy-chains of inclusions that require a lot of processing time.

6) Ability to remove nodes (topics) from the Navigator view allows for purposeful analysis of the network relationships between linked topics (by eliminating unimportant links from the picture, to reduce ‘noise’).

I tried most of the above in the beta. What is new to me is “Insert Text command now accepts CTO and OPML files. Outline is converted to a bulleted list.” I’m really curious about this one.

But I’m sure more sophisticated users will get more excited about other featured such as the new regex engine :) (which I wish I knew how to use).

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

 

Prion wrote:
Title says it all, over at http://connectedtext.com/ is a new version to
>be seen. I am waiting for Steve Z. to point out what has improved etc.
> >
Thanks for the vote of confidence, but Dr Andus is by far more expert about CT than I am at this point. I will be writing about CT6 at some point, probably.

This is great news, though.

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

 

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>Thanks for the vote of confidence, but Dr Andus is by far more expert
>about CT than I am at this point. I will be writing about CT6 at some
>point, probably.

Kind of you to say, but I’m still a fairly basic user (esp. compared to the folks on the CT forum), and if it weren’t for your posts on CT, I wouldn’t even be that! I’m also looking forward to your thoughts on it.

 


Posted by Prion
Oct 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

 

My opening comment was merely a disclaimer that I wanted to leave the evaluation of the various merits of CT v6 to people who are far more knowledgeable and experienced with this program than myself. At the last count that included, umm, almost everybody on this forum, it was certainly not a deliberate exlusion of Dr Andus whose blog I have read with great interest (thanks for that). But Steve had historical precedence for *me* hence I thought of him as one exemplar of CT gurus. No offense meant :-)

 


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