New SVG Options

We have just uploaded new versions of all of our products which have much better SVG support. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) files are a vector based graphics file which allows for high resolution output regardless of how far you zoom in.

While our products have long been able to save files in SVG format, they have not previously been able to crop the page to your graphic. This meant that SVG files were often a small graphic at the top left of a blank page. The latest versions of our products fix this issue and now provide SVG files that are cropped to your graphic. Just choose File Save As SVG from the menus.

Windows Users Get More

If you use Windows and you do not normally send files to Mac users, you can turn on a new option that allows you to paste SVG files directly in to your Word documents.

Go to the Tools Menu and choose Preferences. Turn on “Add SVG to Clipboard”. Once this is done, whenever you click on the green check mark, the product will add an SVG version of the graphic to the clipboard. Word will use this preferentially.

There are two reasons to use SVG graphics.

  • Higher quality output
  • Transparent graphics

Note that SVG graphics will NOT be used if you are using the toolbar to insert a graphic, you will only get SVG graphics if you use our newer, copy and paste option.

Unfortunately, the Mac version of Word does not seem to “play nice” with SVG graphics so we have not turned this feature on by default. If, however, you tend to exclusively use Windows computers and our new, copy and paste modern-mode system, SVG graphics will produce a noticeable improvement to your graphics.

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New Training Videos – Now With Tables Of Contents

We have uploaded new versions of our training videos for FX Draw and our Equation, Function Graphing and Statistical Graphing tools. The new videos replace our old email tutorials and show you how to use all of the latest features.

One new feature of the training videos is the table of contents that we have added to the videos.

This allows you to quickly find the topics you are interested in.

The new videos can be found on our Information & Training Videos page.

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FX Stat/FX Draw – New Graph Type – Normal and Normal Cumulative Curves

In the July 5 2019 versions of FX Draw and FX Stat, we have added the ability to add a normal distribution curve and a cumulative normal distribution curve for a data set.

Two new graph types

The new graph types draw an idealized normal/normal cumulative curve for a selected dataset using the dataset’s calculated mean and standard deviation. They allow you to demonstrate how closely your data fits a normal distribution.

The cumulative normal distribution curve can be combined with the calculated cumulative frequency curve (as well as a cumulative histogram) to clearly demonstrate differences.

As part of this upgrade we have also added some smoothing to our cumulative frequency curves – particularly when produce from grouped data.

Download the latest FXDrawTools pack to access the new features.

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FX Chem – Precipitation & Gas Evolution Arrows

We recently received a request to allow FX Chem to create gas evolution arrows (↑) and precipitation arrows (↓). We have added this capability by using the \ character for precipitation (think of it as sliding downhill) and the / character for gas evolution.

Examples Using The New Arrows

The new feature is available in versions of FX Chem produced after June 26 2019

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New Title Bar & Trial Mode

The latest versions of our products have added your registered name and current license status to the title bar.

Registered Name & Expiry Date

This allows you to keep an eye on the current status of your license and will also make it clear when you have not logged into your account.

No Account Details Entered

The other significant change we have made is to our trial mode. Previously, we have offered full access to the software for thirty days, after which the software expired and allowed no access. Unfortunately, this often meant that teachers would install the software and not log it in – because it appeared to be working correctly. Thirty days later, the trial period would expire and we would receive a support request to help them get their software working.

Our new products never “expire”. They make it clear that you have not logged in AND overlay all graphics with a watermark. This lets you still fully evaluate the software while preventing the 30-day expiry issue.

Graphic With Trial Mode Overlay
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NEW Equation Contexts

In the May 2019 versions of FX Equation and FX Draw, we have introduced Equation Contexts. These are quick buttons that you can use to set up FX Equation for different contexts that you are writing in.

The five available contexts are shown below.

Most of the time you should use the General Algebra context but if, for example, you are creating some Vectors, switch to the Vector context and FX Equation will set itself up to make creating vectors as simple as possible.

Contexts make it easier to set up some fairly obscure options that FX Equation has always had in order to produce exactly what you are after.

There is a short video on the new feature at https://youtu.be/7ap_9ze-6O0

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NEW Quickly Change Graph Colors

You have always been able to change the colors of functions and statistics graphs – but it has always been a bit slow and fiddly. Each function or data set needed to be changed individually which was slow and error prone.

In the latest versions (19.05.27), we have added the ability to quickly change ALL of the functions or data sets.

Function Graphs

The quick entry screen for functions has seen two changes. Firstly, any changes made to line widths or point sizes now affect ALL functions. You can, for example, set all function lines to 2pt with one change.

The second change is the addition of a palette button. Pressing this allows you to change the color settings of all function lines. You have the choice of setting all functions to one color (normally black) or to choose one of twelve different color schemes, including the “classic” color palettes. Once you have chosen a color palette, pressing Set As Default will keep your current settings for all future graphs.

If you wish to change the color or line width of an individual line, you now need to change to the Function Properties tab.

Statistics Graphs

We have also added color schemes to statistics graphs.

The colors of individual data sets can be changed by pressing the data set buttons.

You can find a short video of the new feature at https://youtu.be/eyOVZiF7TXg

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Issues With The OneNote App for Windows 10

Microsoft has been promoting its OneNote (Microsoft store) app to users and preferentially installs it for Office 365 users on Windows machines. Unfortunately it has quite a few issues, and not just for Efofex Software. The main impact it is having on our users is that you cannot directly paste Efofex graphics into the OneNote app. We are aware of the problem and have approached Microsoft to help resolve it. Please note that we believe that the root-cause of the issue is the OneNote App as the graphics can be pasted into OneNote 2016, OneNote Online, Word – in fact everywhere apart from the OneNote App.

Two Versions of OneNote in Windows

The new App version of OneNote is not very popular. If you go to the answers.microsoft.com website and search for “Hate OneNote” you will find hundreds of people bemoaning the cessation of development of the desktop version (OneNote 2016). We believe that Microsoft has made a strategic error with the new version and is quite likely to make a change in the future. Either way we will be working to try to mitigate the effects of this version.

Many schools do not permit teachers to use the new app as all notebooks MUST be stored in the cloud. OneNote 2016 allows local notebooks which are mandated by many schools. If you are one of these lucky teachers, well done!

If You Are Being Affected

The best solution is to download and install OneNote 2016. This is free and is
(arguably) a better version. You can find it on this Microsoft page. Most teachers should use the 32 bit version of OneNote 2016.

If the OneNote app is mandated in your school there are two options:

  1. Use OneNote Online when inserting graphics into a notebook.
  2. Paste the graphics into Word FIRST and then copy them (from Word) to the clipboard to be pasted into the OneNote app.

Rest assured that we will continue to work on the issue.

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New Help & Account Management Centre

All of our products have now been updated to a new lightweight look and we have added a new Help & Account Management Centre. You can access the centre through the Help menu (1) or by pushing the blue ? Help button on the toolbar (2).

Getting to the Help Centre

Why? So we can customise the information we provide depending on the sort of user you are.

Efofex products have now existed for thirty years. This means that we have an enormous group of LONG-term users but we also have to provide assistance for new people who have never seen our products.

When you first visit the centre, we will ask you one or two questions so we can provide the information YOU need.

Getting Started

Once you have answered the questions, you can use the tabs to access important information on how to use our products as well as the latest news from Efofex. The Deploy tab provides information for network administrators that can make deploying our products much easier. The Account tab gives you information about the current status of your account.

The new Help & Account Management centre is a dynamic source of focused information. Download the latest versions and take a look today!

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More Control Over Word Integration

The current releases of Efofex products now give you greater control over integration with Word (only applicable for users on Windows machines using our “Classic” inserted object mode.)

On the Help menu, you can now choose to Manage the Word Integration.

Choose which products you wish to have integrated and press OK.

This new feature allows users to manage Word Integration themselves.

Please note that we only recommend that you only use Classic Mode when inserting equations into Word documents on Windows machines but long-term users of our products do like to use Classic Mode for all products.

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