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What’s New in Helix 6.1.4
Interface changes and refinements since the last Preview Release
Busy Indicator

The busy indicator now draws much more smoothly, and is positioned in the center of the window instead of the upper left corner. See this page for more information.

Power Query

The Power Query code has been completely rewritten for macOS. The interface now follows the standard as seen in the Finder. Specifically, it follows the macOS 10.5 (Leopard) conventions.

A technote covering the new Power Query interface is found here.

Document Management

The following Document Mangement commands are now fully functional:

  • Copy From Volume
  • Copy To Volume
  • Move Into Collection
  • Transfer Original
  • Open Original
  • Open Copy
  • Print Document
  • Delete Original
  • Delete All Originals
  • Update Document
  • Find and Update All
  • Update All

When exporting documents, orphaned files (those whose original path can not be determined) are placed in a new "Documents" folder that is created at the same location as the collection/structure file. A preference setting can be used to change the location of this folder.

This Helix Documents folder is also used with the Open Copy command, as internally stored documents need to be downloaded to a local volume before opening.

In the case of a Helix Client that is visiting a collection (and has no saved structure file) the documents folder is created in the user's ~/Caches/TemporaryItems folder.

Helix now uses the system API to copy and move files, making the code more reliable.

In Classic Helix, the prompt in the dialog that appears when the user is asked to locate a missing external file said only "Please find {filename}." This has been updated to read "The document '{filename}' has been moved. Please locate and relink it." Likewise, the button in the dialog is labeled Relink.

Only these commands remain disabled in Helix 6.1.4:

  • Work On Original
  • Work On Copy
Printing Refinements

This information has been incorporated into the main body of documentation.

Refinements to the high-resolution printing code introduced in Helix 6.1.3 result in output that is more consistent with the designer's intent.

The line width of repeat rectangles is now honored when printing. Classic Helix supports thicknesses of user-definable color from 1 to 10 points wide. Color was already implemented in macOS printing, but width was not. However, where Classic Helix applied the width to both frames around a repeat rectangle, Helix only applies it to the inner rectangle in macOS. The outer rectangle is always printed at 0.7 points to make it visually consistent with the width of other printed rectangles.

The line width of border rectangles is now honored when printing. Classic Helix supports border rectangles of user-definable color from 1 to 10 points wide. Color was already implemented in macOS printing, but width was not.

The width of printed border rectangle lines is now reduced to approximately 70% of the width of the Classic line width. This was done because other printed rectangles (e.g: data rectangles) are printed in macOS with a narrower line and users were noting that border rectangles now look extra heavy.

Save As... Command Functional

The Save As... command now works in macOS to save a copy of an open collection.

Sequence progress bar displays refined

Helix 6.1.3 added the feature that when a sequence is running, the progress bar now showed the name of the sequence, preceeded by the word “Running”. Helix 6.1.4 improves upon this by removing the word “Running”, displaying simply the sequence name. This will allow collection designers to use the Custom Name feature in RADE to create the exact message they want to show the user during sequence execution.