We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new version of NovaMind for Windows 8. The new version adds the ability to have topic images on your Mind Maps. You can have up to 4 images per topic, and can resize the images to suit your needs. This update also brings the capability to resize the text area of the topic so you can get the text to wrap where you want it.
NovaMind comes complete with over 2,300 images which you can search to quickly find the ones you want to use. They are also organized into categories, to help you find the ones you are looking for.
You can zoom out to see the categories by either using a pinch gesture or clicking the [-] button in the bottom right corner of the panel.
You can import your own images into the image library by using the Image Import Manager. You can either import images from your own computer, or import them from the Internet using the built in Google Image Search.
You can select multiple images to import at once. Here you can see a search for the term “mouse” and we’re going to import 3 images.
When you have imported the images, they appear in your image library, and are searchable along with the other images in the library.
The arc menu has been updated to handle the new functionality, giving you both an option to show the images panel directly, and the center of the arc menu now has both the option to expand the menu, and a new star segment, which is used for showing the style panel.
When you initially show the style panel, it will show you the options for the images, adornments and themes.
Over time, we plan to add other options for styling your Mind Maps and topics.
The image system is fully touch compatible, and allows you to drag and drop the images on topics, drag them off to remove them, drag them to either reposition them on a topic, or to copy or move them to another topic. You can have up to 4 images on any topic.
You can resize the image area to make it the size you require.
And within the image area, you can set whether the image itself is scaled to fit or fill the area, or stretched.
Whether you have images on the topics or not, you can resize the text area to get the text to wrap where you want it to.
The update is now available through the Windows Store either as a free application, where you can purchase selected extensions, or as a paid application, which includes all the functionality available. NovaMind for Windows 8 requires Windows 8 to run.
The update comes complete with a tutorial to get you up to speed quickly using the images.