|What’s New in Helix 6.1.5|
|Update for OS X Engine (December 23, 2009)||
A rare printing issue — which only occurs under very specific circumstances — was found in the November 30 release of the OS X Engine. This bug has been fixed, and we encourage all users of Helix Engine 6.1.5 (145) to update to 6.1.5 (146) to avoid this potential bug. See technote R6750 of our Knowledgebase for more information.
|Interface changes and refinements since the last Preview Release|
|Numerous Crashes Resolved||
Helix 6.1.4 is rather crash prone. Our excuse is that in our desire to put the new features and bug fixes it provided into your hands, we rushed it out and failed to uncover serious stability issues.
Many of the changes in 6.1.5 specifically address these crashes. Our recommendation is that customers who are using Helix 6.1.4 should immediately upgrade to 6.1.5.
|Font Size Algorithm Adjusted||
The algorithm that determines how much size reduction must be applied to make text fit into the OS X 3D style rectangles has been adjusted. Text should in general be larger than in previous OS X releases. The effect is a bit more pronounced on lists.
|Cold Form Indicator||
Classic Helix used a small 16x16 icon at the bottom of a view to indicate whether a view was hot or cold. (That is: whether Keep Current is on or off.) That area is not always present in OS X. (It wasn't always present in Classic either.)
In OS X Helix, a Cold form is indicated by appending the word "Cold" in parenthesis to the title of the view. For example, "Order Entry" now appears as "Order Entry (Cold)"
Plain style views do not have a title bar, and therefore can not indicate whether they are hot or cold. (This has always been the case in Classic Helix as well.)
|Rectangle Placement Refinements||
Refinements to the placement of the various rectangle types (data, label, etc.) result in screen displays that more closely match that of Classic Helix products.
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. Printing accuracy has been further refined in 6.1.5, resulting in output that more closely matches that of Classic Helix products.
|Rectangle Size Refinements||
Refinements to the size calculation used for various rectangle types (e.g. popups) result in screen displays that more closely match that of Classic Helix products.
|Framed Checkboxes Now Draw the Frame||
In prior OS X releases, a Checkbox rectangle with a frame did not draw the frame on screen or in print. They do now.
|Disable Client Visit||
Helix Client Classic contains a feature that allows an administrator to disable the "Visit" command, forcing users to open saved structure files. This feature is now available in the OS X Client.
In OS X, the administrator can use the Classic method (adding an HVIS/0 resource to the Client) to create a Visit-disabled Client for distribution. In OS X, the administrator can also edit the HxDisableVisit user preference to disable Visit on a specific machine.
Hold the option key down during launch to temporarily reenable the Visit menu item.
|Picture Scaling Override||
Helix Client Classic contains a feature that allows a user to temporarily turn on the picture scaling attribute for a view. This feature is now available in the OS X Client.
Holding the Option key down when the record is drawn enables scaling. Adding the Shift key enables scaling only if it is needed to fit the picture into the rectangle. (That is, Shift-Option will not enlarge a picture that already fits within the rectangle.)