The biggest change from 8.2 to 8.3 is the addition of the new Dashboard, informally known as the Dashboard-flex. This Dashboard combines all the features available in the old Dashboard and the Index/Table of Contents, in a new, more convenient manner.
The Dashboard-flex sits on the side of the screen (easy to move to the side of your preference) and can expand through various levels of ‘usefulness’ — from a basic index listing, much like the old index view, all the way to the full Dashboard screen. A quick toggle (F6) can hide/reveal the Dashboard-flex and its last expansion state is remembered between uses.
Stages of Expansion
The Dashboard-flex can be adjusted through [s] stages
1. Invisible (Pressing F6 can hide the control completely, pressing F6 again brings it back)
2. Quick List (A list of all pages with the ability to navigate through notebooks, use queries/bookmarks). Typing text in the edit box at the top does a quick filter on the current list.
3. Full List (In addition to the List there are quick buttons to add stories, markets and story/novel submissions, this is the default view)
4. Expanded list (More buttons are added for advanced functions, as well there is a preview when pages are single-clicked in the list giving the page’s current status. There is also the ability to do full text searches).
5. Mini Dashboard (The Journal pane from the Dashboard appears allowing time and word count tracking)
6. Dashboard (The full dashboard appears with the index hiding)
TIP: Right-click on any item in the index list and you can open it in a new window (as opposed to opening it in the same window).
– An easier query-writing system will be deployed in a later version