What’s new in the current DEON version

g To check which version of DEON you are using: Start DEON, press the “Settings” wheel at the top left corner and choose “Info”.

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Version 2.7.1310
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Fix: Connected View will continue to work after an internet connection dropout
If DEON loses the connection to the Server due to an instable internet connection a Connected View session will be automatically repaired when the connection returns to normal.

Context menus are now collapsable
If a context menu is in your way, simply click the collapse button at its top right corner to minimise it to a single burger button. This option is preserved until you reload the Project.

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Version 2.7.1304
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New Connected View features and improved behaviour
Connected View is now easier to use for participants and very powerful for moderators.

 

New standard behaviour: If you activate Connected View you will only follow other participants if they also activate Connected View. You can also decide at any time to deactivate or reactivate Connected View without disturbing other connected participants.
If you have the user rights “Manager” or “Admin”, you will have great new features which allow you to easily manage even large groups of participants:

  • Activate for all
  • Activate for all Viewers and Editors
  • Hide Connected View Button for all Viewers and Editors
  • Set Easy mode for all Viewers and Editors
  • Block navigation for all Viewers and Editors
  • Block editing for all Viewers and Editors

Read more on the Conncted View documentation page.

New user rights
DEON Projects can now have Admins, Managers, Editors and Viewers.
Admins can create additional Admins.
Managers are Editors with the right to share Projects.
Editors can no longer share Projects.
Note: Previous “Editors” automatically turned into “Managers” now.
Note for OnPrem customers: The new rights have to be enabled by the Server administration.
Read more

Presentationpaths as screensavers
You can now activate a screensaver option for a Presentationpath in the “…” menu of the Presentationpath list.
That Presentationpath will start after an adjustable timeout if no useractivity happens.
This option can be limited to start only for users with view rights.
As soon as the user starts to interact, the Presentationpath automatically stops again.

New copy style tool
You can now copy styles (colors, transparency, borders, line styles) of elements and paste it on other elements.
Select the source elements and click the “copy style” brush button in the context menu. Then select the destination elements and click the “paste style” brush button in the context menu to apply the style.
List recent changes when entering a Project:
A blue popup asks you now, if you like to see the changes or if you prefer to skip that.

Visio Online files are now supported
You can paste the URL of a Visio Online file or drag/drop it into the Workspace from a OneDrive folder. The Visio Online file can then be edited directly inside the Workspace.

New Shortcuts
The Searchbar now opens with Ctrl+F
Help opens with F1

New autostart setting
Under Settings/General you can configure DEON to start automatically when you log into Windows.

Embed liked SVGs from the internet
You can now copy/paste the URL of SVGs from the internet. If the original SVG changes , it will automatically update inside your Workspace.

Export embedded filepaths
When you export to PowerPoint or PDF you now have the additional option “Link sources” in the export dialogue. If your export contains items which are linked into DEON from external storage locations, the paths to these locations will be integrated into the exported document as links.

Votings now have a title header
The header shows the name of the voting and the number of participants which have voted.
The header automatically shows up above the topmost voting text.

Anchored items can now be freely resized
You can anchor any item in the Workspace to keep a mirrored view in your viewport by clicking the anchor button in the context menu of any item.
To resize the anchored view, just drag its bottom right corner.

Project options in the context menu of a Project in the Homescreen are reordered for better usability

Sharper view of scaled documents
The display quality of scaled single page documents was improved.

Template Library improvements
A list view is now available in addition to the thumbnail views.
Tags in the filter section are now ordered alphabetically.

Improved performance for Projects with many dotted lines

Further improved support for SharePoint, SharePoint Online and OneDrive

Bugfixes and performance improvements

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Version 2.7.1225
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Vote directly in the Project window
In addition to a Webbrowser and the iOS app you can now also place your votes directly in a Project within the DEON Windows Version.
As soon as a voting is created, a new Voting button appears next to the search icon in the main toolbar.

Improved performance for heavy Projects with thousands of items
Under Settings/User Interface/Performance you can adjust the new performance settings. The topmost three options are enabled by default (recommended).

New improved embedded webbrowser

New support for XLSB files

Improved support for SharePoint and SharePoint Online

Improved handling for O365 documents
Click the Excel/PowerPoint/Word icon in the context menu to open the file with the corresponding Desktop App.
Word and PowerPoint: Use the O365 button in the context menu to toggle between a multipage view or the embedded Web App.
Click the open arrow in the context menu to open the file in your external webbrowser.

Improved export quality for extremely downscaled items

Improved behaviour for connectors and arrows

Presentationpath improvements
All options are now saved to their path.
Transition speed has been refined.
A timer will now still work if interrupted by manual navigation.
Timers now also work for users with view rights only.

The UI less fullscreen mode now also hides overlaybuttons on documents
This gives a cleaner look and it’s helpful for kiosk mode use cases.
The UI less mode button is in the main menu under “…” and also available in the quick menu (right-click in the Workspace).

Share with multiple users by copy/pasting email addresses directly from Outlook email fields without reformatting

Show email addresses as tooltip by hovering over the usernames in the the sharing dialogue userlist

Copy/paste images directly from Outlook

Improved track changes highlighting

New Livesource
Whole screens can now be mirrored into the Workspace.
To create a Livesource choose “widgets” from the main menu, click “Live Source” and click inside the Workspace.

Improved multitouch behaviour
Longpress now always starts a multiselection (no need to pin the background).
To move items by touch, just tap them once so they get selected and then tap-drag.

Improved multiselection behaviour
Hold Alt to start a multiselection anywhere you like.
Hold Alt+Shift to switch between rectangle and lasso selection.
You can customise your preferred behaviour under Settings/Input and Navigation/Item Selection.

Improved PowerZoom
You can now also use horizontal movement of the mouse to zoom. Customise your preferred behaviour under Settings/Input and Navigation/Enable horizontal PowerZoom.

Improved zoom behaviour with mousewheel
Remember: Instead of the mousewheel, also try the PowerZoom by holding down both mouse buttons.

Improved animated GIF performance

Improved text behaviour
When you split vertically locked text boxes by pressing Shift+Enter the text box wil automatically be set to vertical autosize.
Text is now also directly editable when the box exceeds the screen on up to three sides (at very close zoomlevels).

Reload multiple embedded webbrowsers at once
Just select multiple embedded webbrowsers and click the reload button in the context menu.

MS Teams related improvements
Copy/paste file links directly to DEON. Both MS Teams and OneDrive link formats are supported.
Fixed flickering title bar when screensharing DEON with MS Teams.

If network paths change in your organisation you can now easily remap multiple paths at once
In the context menu of a disconnected file click on the “update network path” button (broken chain icon). Click “Yes” in the following dialogue.

Bugfixes and performance improvements

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Version 2.7.1145
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Videos from SharePoint synced with OneDrive will now play directly from the local sync folder to reduce network traffic.

Bugfixes and performance improvements

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Version 2.7.1117
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Fix to support both Google Docs and MS Office WebApps embedding

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Version 2.7.1115
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New simplified portable DEON installer
To make installation easier, you can now choose our new portable installer on our download site. It does not require administator rights and it installs DEON in the per-user context for the current user unlike the MSI Installer which needs administrator rights and installs in per-machine context.

Bugfixes and performance improvements

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Version 2.7.1087
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New types of connectors, lines and arrows
You can now create a great variety of angled and curved connectors, lines and arrows.
Choose different start and endpoints, dashed or dotted lines and save your settings as default.
Doubleclick the square line handles to add new corners.
Doubleclick the round corner handles to remove corners.
Drag the radius handles to adjust the curvature between sharp or rounded.

Create links to any file folder simply by taking a screenshot of your Windows file explorer:

Improved clipboard support
Pasting to DEON now works with more tools such as Greenshot or PowerPoint.

Excel documents can now be added in two ways:
As one single multi page object (legacy) or as separate objects for each sheet with cropping and scrolling support.

Export to PowerPoint now reduces the image resolution by default to reduce filesize.
You can adjust this in the export dialogue if you prefer to maximise the quality.
The Template Library now shows the newest entry first by default.

Caching for improved SharePoint/OneDrive performance

OneDrive support for older OneDrive clients

Bugfixes and performance improvements

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Version 2.6.1061
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Embedded Web App documents can now be opened with the desktop app.
New Button in the context menu.

New cache location.
To prevent unintended deletion of the cache from the Temp folder, the location has moved to C:\Users\Me\AppData\Local\. Existing cached files in the previous default folder will be automatically moved during installation.

Bugfixes and performance improvements.

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Version 2.6.1052
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Improved and more flexible navigation options:

  • New mouse button assignment options for navigating the Workspace. Perfect if you are used to the button assignments of some CAD/3D modelling tools and want to navigate the same way in DEON.
  • New Keyboard behaviour for navigation. Useful if you want to use a laptop trackpad instead of a mouse.

 

Create connectors instantly between items in the Workspace with the new connector handle.

Improved snapping behaviour helps you to quickly adjust the connection positions.

 

Bugfixes and performance improvements.

 

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Version 2.6.1034
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Many tooltips now contain help buttons which bring you directly to the relevant help section.

Pinned items won’t have handles for resizing or rescaling. This prevents unintended changes.

Bugfixes and performance improvements.

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Version 2.6.1013
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Instantly jump to other places inside your Project with shortcut buttons. New option: “Without animation”. Also useful for creating a click dummy.

Bugfixes and performance improvements.

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Version 2.6.1007
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Looping Presentationpaths: You can now create Presentations which loop automatically. Combined with the timer feature this allows you to create automatic infinite Presentations.

You can now add (or substract) items from multiselections while holding Shift (or Ctrl) and dragging a selectionframe around items.

Pinning is now also supported for copy/paste and duplication of multiselections.

Pasting Live Sources from the DEON System Tools. If you copy a Live Source window in the DEON System Tools you can now directly paste it into a DEON workspace as an embedded Live Source.

Bugfixes and performance improvements.

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Version 2.6.997
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MS PowerPoint annotation export: You can now merge all annotations (scribbles, text, images, shapes, etc.) that you create on top of PowerPoint pages into the PowerPoint file itself. Simply click the PowerPoint document inside the DEON Workspace, click “Share/Export” in the context menu and choose “Export … with Annotations”. You can export to PPTX or PDF. The exported annotations in the resulting PPTX are fully editable, same as the original PowerPoint content.

Improved document handling: If you spread the pages of a multipage document, it will always stay in front of other items inside the Workspace. This allows you to quickly spread and collapse documents without worrying about surrounding content.

Bugfixes and performance improvements.

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Version 2.6.974
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New Toolbar with embedded Zoomindicator: We removed the Zoomindicator at the left border to give you more space and replaced it with the new multi purpose Zoomindicator in the Toollbar:
Press it to show the entire Project. Press it again to zoom to 0-level. Next to the new Zoomindicator you will also find the “Stacking” and “Smart Align” buttons.

Advanced Excel viewer: Drag and drop an Excel file from our Windows File Explorer into the DEON Workspace. Select certain sheets. Place, crop and scale each sheet individually. scroll vertically and horizontally with the right mouse button or two fingers or use the mousewheel. To add sheets from the same file, select an existing sheet in the Workspace and click “Add Sheet” in the context menu.
Note: You can decide if you want to keep the Excel file at its original storage location and link it into the DEON Workspace or if you want to create a copy of the file on the DEON Server: When you drag the file into the Workspace, press and hold shift before you drop it.

Instant editing for MS O365 documents directly inside the Workspace: The new MS Office button in the context menu of a document allows you to edit the document immediately inplace.
Drag the document (Word, PowerPoint or Excel) from your Windows Explorer OneDrive folder into the DEON Workspace or copy its SharePoint URL and paste it into the Workspace. Select it and press the MS Office button in the context menu. Select it again and wait for the green border to appear. You can now directly start editing.

Performance optimizations for freehand drawings: We have further optimized processing, rendering and export of scribbles to PDF and PowerPoint. Also you can adjust the drawing precision in the Settings under “Input and Navigation” / “Stylus”.

Scribble combination: You can now merge multiple drawings to one object to simplify handling and to improve performance: Select multiple scribbles and press “Combine drawings” in the context menu.

The Timer Widget now has a mute button to disable the sound at the end.

Bugfixes and performance improvements.

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Version 2.6.905
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New Voting feature: Create interactive Votings within seconds. Vote for any text items in your Project and display the results with bar charts in real-time.
To create a Voting, select text labels inside your Project and click the “Create Voting” button in the context menu.
No need to install DEON to participate in a Voting. Just use any webbrowser on any device (e.g. Smartphone) and sign in to your account at https://cloud.deon.eu. Click the “Voting” button next to a Project in your Project list.
Or use the new version of the iOS DEON Lite App, open a Project and click the “Voting” button in the top right corner.

New DEON Web App for sending Text Notes to any DEON Project without installing DEON. Just use any webbrowser on any device (e.g. Smartphone) and sign in to your account at https://cloud.deon.eu. Click the “Contribute” button next to a Project in your Project list.

New “Disable Stacking and Pinning” mode allows you to better handle complex layouts. Enable it with the new button in the zoom navigation bar at the left side. Pinning, Stacking and Rise-up are deactivated by this mode. You can then move items without affecting other stacked or pinned items.

New “Easy Mode” available under Settings/User Interface: This mode will disable keyboard shortcuts and hide more advanced buttons. Comes in handy during workshops with novice users.

MS OneDrive support can now be switched under Settings/SharePoint/Enable OneDrive support.

MS OneDrive files are now opened from the local OneDrive folder if available.

Added support for Web based SharePoint online authentication.

Text scaling behaviour further improved for lables with locked bottom handle.

Screensaver prevention: Fullscreen mode (Button at the right corner of the DEON Window title bar) will now prevent a screensaver from activating.

UI improvements for doubletap and doubleclick zoom.

New Automated Project Backup Utility to safeguard mobile server setups. At the Homescreen press Ctrl-B for activation.

Bugfixes and performance improvements.

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Version 2.6.850
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Smart snapping and aligning helps you to arrange your content.

Shake gesture: Quickly shake an item to temporarily disable smart snapping and aligning.

Interactive arrange feature for multiselections: Use the double-line handles to compress, spread, align and reorder multiple items interactively.

Microsoft OneDrive support.

Improved Microsoft SharePoint and SharePoint Online compatibility and performance.

MS O365 Excel documents are now shown as embedded interactive Office Web Apps.

Remotedesktop integration: Live Sources can now be interactive RDP sessions.

MS Outlook E-Mail support: .msg files can now be dragged into the workspace.

Turn whole images into clickable buttons by “edit link” in the context menu. Target can be an external URL or any item or selection inside the current Project or any other Project. To get a link to an item or a selection use “Share/Export”/”Copy Link” in the contextmenu of the item or selection.

Create shortcuts to file folders inside the workspace: Drag/drop a folder. Folders on Sharepoint/OneDrive can be embedded (hold Shift before release).

Presentationpaths: Single pages of spreaded multipage documents can now be selected as steps.

Presentationpaths: New fade to black transitions.

Presentationpaths: Automatic step timer for fully automated presentations.

Presentationpaths: Move multiple steps in the timeline and allow changing properties of multiple steps at once.

Presentationpaths: Keep webbrowsers alive during a presentation: Use the “keep active” button in the context menu of the embedded browser.

UI less mode: Inbox handle is now hidden and only appears on mouse over. Mouse cursor also disappears if not moved for 3 seconds. Note: You can activate Ui less mode in the “…” menu or in the quick menu (rightclick or longpress). Deactivate with ESC-key or in the quick menu.

Documents: Flip document pages by arrow-keys or clicker: Always flip documents if they are in the center of the workspace, never pan the workspace.

Documents: If you spread the pages (To grid, horizontal or vertical view), the new button “Collapse to this page” in the bottom left corner of a page, collapses the document to single page view and sets that page. If the collapsed view would be outside the viewport, DEON will automatically navigate to that position. When spreading a document, DEON will now zoom it automatically to fit the viewport (if it wouldn’t fit otherwise).

Documents: Improved performance for spreading and flipping pages. Improved Usability for doubletap zoom to pages with scribbles. Improved usability for panning.

UI performance improvement for text. Enabled by default in the UI settings..

Active Area Frames now work correctly with the zoombar and the “Show Entire Project” button.

Tasks are now searchable.

Text: Changing fontsize won’t change the size of a floating text box anymore if its resize-handles are locked. You can lock/unlock them by doubleclick. Locked handles appear in blue. E.g. a Sticky Note is by default fully locked and won’t change its size when you change the fontsize.

Extracted pages of documents (buttons at the bottom right corner of a page) now also copy any annotations on that page.

Anchored item (available in the contextmenu of any item): doubleclick/-tap on the anchor-window now navigates to the position of the corresponding item in the workspace.

Duplication during drag is now only possible with Ctrl key (not with Alt key anymore).

The “is editing” label for text items (which appears while another user in a Project is editing a text) can now be interrupted by another user by clicking the text item.

Hold arrow keys to continue movement of items.

Change colors and transparency of SVGs directly in DEON.

Support for storing modified SVG’s on a network share.

Screenshot: Allow screenshot of the Project itself (by holding Shift).

Bigger thumbnails in the Homescreen.

Reload button for embedded web images (Web images can be created by pasting URLs of images into the workspace).

UI improvements.

New shortcut Ctrl-E for “Show Entire Project”.

Fixed the issue with “All Users” invited all known users instead of project users.

DPI awareness improvements.

PDF-export: Option to not export any hyperlinks.

Eraser with stylus: Allow switch to point-eraser also for stylus operation (not only for finger touch).

Document crop problems fixed.

Pasting SharePoint URL’s or files with holding shift will allways create an embedded browser.

Pasting into InBox now possible by shortcut Ctrl-Alt-Shift-V.

Animated GIF performance improvments.

Tasks: Long task lists inside a Project stay scrollable now.

Connectedview performance and stability improvments.

Improved rendering performance for scribbles.

Touch operation improvements (drag distance tolerance).

PadMode: Send Sticky notes with Shift-Enter and create a new note directly.

Performance improvment for calculation of aggregated user capability permissions.

Sharing a Project to multiple users: You can now copy/paste a list with linebreaks (E.g. directly copy from Excel to the DEON sharing dialogue form field). Note: Separation by semicolons is also still supported.

Share a Project without allowing changes to your content. You can set the “Public Project” attribute (globe icon) in the context menu of a Project in the Homescreen. Users with edit rights can then only add content and edit their own content but they can’t change content of other users. This “Public Project” attribute can now be switched on or off while other users are using the Project. It will immediately take effect.

Timer widget stability fixes.

Table (available in the “widgets” menu): Several bugfixes.

When exporting to PDF or PPTX, exported SVG’s, connectors and drawings are now vectors instead of rastered images.

New commandline parameter “-nochanges” starts DEON without highlighting the changes inside a Project (Comes in handy in presentation situations). This parameter works only if used together with “-url” to load a certain Project. You can copy the URL of any Project to the clipboard in the Homescreen by rightclick+”Copy Link”. You could then create a DEON-Shortcut on your desktop and edit its “Target” field to something similar like: “C:\Program Files\Deon\Deon.exe” -nochanges -url https://cloud.deon.eu/Web/l/PROJECTNAME?3bb53795-b4bf-4f83-9e7a-ede0f1bc24a0
A doubleclick on that Shortcut will directly load the Project and highlighting of changes will be skipped.
To start in fullscreen UI-less mode, use “-uiless”
To start directly with an existing Presentationpath, use “-present”