What’s New in Squirrel365 v1.12

by | Jul 6, 2022

Quick set-up property sheets

Version 1.12 sees the introduction of the Quick Set-up tab in the property panel, making it easier to configure and style components. This new tab contains the basic properties required to get a component working and looking good.

Use the new accent colour, pre-canned styles and text styles to set up your component in double-quick time.
Clicking on one of the “See All Properties” buttons will jump straight to the appropriate section in the All Properties tab. Here you can further customise the look or behaviour of the component.

Another enhancement is the introduction of the RECENT COLORS list in the color picker. This makes it easy to ensure you are consistent with colors.

If you make a change in All Properties, that is not compatible with the selected style on the Quick Set-up tab, you’ll see an icon indicating that the style has been overridden. Click on this icon to re-apply the style:

Learn more about Quick Set-up Properties

 

Object Browser

The object browser has had an overhaul to add some key features and make it easier for us to make more changes in a future release. Things you will notice are:

Component Search

It is now possible to search for components in the object browser. Search by name or component type. E.g. entering “label” will find all components with “label” in their name and all Text Label components.

 

 

Right-click menu

Right click on items in the object browser to bring up a context menu of actions.

 

Re-ordering of Components

The new object browser follows the common standard of listing the components from front to back in terms of their depth order on the canvas (opposite to previous versions). This means that:

  1. Items higher up the list will sit on top of those lower down
  2. New items (which are at the front) are now added at the top of the object browser list

 

Number abbreviation for charts

Abbreviate large numbers in charts by checking the ‘Abbreviate large numbers’ option. This will automatically abbreviate and round to the nearest thousands(k), millions(M) or billions(B). For example, 314,159,265 would be abbreviated to 314M.

More fonts to choose from

Squirrel’s list of fonts has been extended to provide more choice. We’ve added the following google fonts:

  • Abril Fatface
  • Bree Serif
  • Heebo
  • Lato
  • Montserrat
  • Noto Sans
  • Noto Serif
  • PT Sans Narrow
  • Roboto
  • Roboto Condensed
  • Roboto Mono
  • Roboto Slab
  • Rubik
  • Signika
  • Source Sans Pro
  • Source Serif Pro
  • Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Mono

 

Extending Squirrel with Add-ons

You can browse the new Marketplace (https://marketplace.squirrel365.io) for components and functions. At the time of writing the marketplace provides access to a range of add-on components and functions to enhance the capabilities of Squirrel.

 

Along with the marketplace, we have also introduced the new add-on Development framework. This allows members of the Squirrel community to create add-on components and functions. Details of the framework can be found at https://developer.squirrel365.io.

Add-on Components and Functions

Not only are add-on components and functions now easier to find through the Marketplace, but they are also easier to use inside Squirrel. Once you have subscribed to an add-on in the Marketplace it appears alongside the built-in functions and components in the Squirrel designer.

 

 

And now the property panel for add-ons has the same look and feel as those for built-in Squirrel components and functions:

 

That’s all the exciting new stuff in v1.12.

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