Product History

Here's a list of changes and new features contained in each SimpleDiagrams update since version 3.1.10.

As always, thanks to those of you who send in bug reports. And thanks to everyone for your patience as I slowly slowly improve SimpleD.

Version 4.0.26

Released June 26, 2018

A couple small bug fixes, including an embarrassing one introduced in 4.0.25 which erased text from shapes! (Big thanks to Francois Dumant and Carl Walker for each bringing bug to my attention.)

Version 4.0.21

Released June 14, 2017

This is a feature-only update. We've added a cool little extra for those of you who love drawing connector lines. You can now connect your lines to their own starting point to make a closed shape, which we call a polyshape because that sounds nice.

Improvements and New Features

  • Close connector line to create closed shape
  • Double-click to edit polyshape.
  • Double-click polyshape control point to switch between curved and static

Version 4.0.16

Released April 22, 2017

Nice new Transform window for you in this version. Use this to place your shapes accurately. Also a bug fix or two. Plus added shortcut keys to the presentation window (which should have been there in the first place!).

Improvements and New Features

  • 75 - Added Transform properties window
  • 177 - Added shortcut keys to presentation window

Bug Fixes

  • 174 - Color palette error
  • 178 - PresentationModel set currentIndex() error
  • 179 - ListCollectionView Range error
  • 182 - All palettes full error
  • 180 - loadImageFromFile() error

Version 4.0.13

Released April 3, 2017

The most important thing about this release is a fix to a pernicious bug that could make you lose your work if you add and then remove a diagram (tab)! That's no good. But now it's fixed. Thanks to the users who helped me identify the issue. I recommend you update as soon as you can!

Improvements and New Features

  • Recognize and render transparent elements in SVG.
  • Improve rotate cursor image
  • Fix imprecise selection

Bug Fixes

  • Deleting diagram (tab) causes current diagram issues.
  • Fix custom color selection. When you select a custom color that color is now applied to your selection.
  • Dragging SVG onto drawing board now links fill and stroke (before it was only linking correctly when you dragged to library).
  • Remove extra boxes that could appear on Quick Styles.
  • Update SVG parser to correctly apply parent properties to child elements.

Version 4.0.12

Released March 13, 2017

Bug Fixes

  • Libraries weren't loading correctly when .sdlp double-click launched app
  • A couple other small bugs report by users. (Thanks!)

Version 4.0.5

Released February 26, 2017

Improvements and New Features

  • Quick Styles
  • Quick Navigation
  • Styles eyedropper
  • Print
  • Rulers
  • Quick Search
  • Link non-SimpleD SVG shapes to color selectors
  • Size document in Meters or Feet
  • Color palettes
  • Better license management system

Bug Fixes

  • Error 1009 in RichEditableTextContainerManager.
  • Error #1063: TransformData/getBoundingBox()

Version 3.3.15

Released June, 2016


  • More small fixes, including a fix for that pernicious Error #2038 bug some of you were getting on export or save.

Version 3.3.7

Released Feb 15, 2016

Bug Fixes

  • A few quick fixes, including one for that annoying "collectStatic()" bug some of you were experiencing.

Version 3.3.6

Released Nov 10, 2015

Improvements and New Features

  • New configurable connectors for library shapes
  • Added menu options for rotating
  • Search results now have right-click context menu: add to favorites and show in library

Bug Fixes

  • SD-300 : error when exporting doc
  • SD-293 : error when first opening app after update
  • SD-292 : font size error
  • SD-269 : F6 should auto-focus search field
  • SD-272 : Error in library manager
  • SD-306 : Errors when using grid

Version 3.2.33

Released October 2, 2015

Improvements and New Features

  • Added a simple grid with configurable size, color and placement
  • Added snap-to-grid

Bug Fixes

  • Now remembers your last export settings
  • Fixed line tool error

Version 3.2.20

Released September 2, 2015

Another small patch to fix some issues. Thanks for sending in your reports

Bug Fixes

  • Exception thrown when tried to select all the complex shapes in a diagram( ctrl +A)
  • Remember font and line settings across sessions
  • Exception thrown when user decreases font size below 1
  • Templates - Library properties pop up doesn't show valid data
  • Bottom text getting cut off during export selected
  • Losing whitespace

Version 3.2.15

Released July 25, 2015

This is a quick patch. It addresses a few more bugs that came in this week, mostly around the new text features.

Version 3.2.14

Released July 23, 2015

This release fixes a few more bugs introducted in our big v3.2 release, plus a couple nice new productivity features.

Improvements and New Features

  • Configure how complex shapes are colored.
  • New keys for quick-drawing connectors :
    • Hit "alt" to switch to connector line mode.
    • Hit "alt-shift" to switch to multi-segment line mode.
  • You can now set a library's background color.
  • Helpful font up/down buttons. You never new your day would be this special, did you?

Bug Fixes

  • "Crazy lines" bug fixed. When you export selection your connector lines won't go all wacky.
  • Font selector is remembering your last selection again (lost this when we introduced rich text).
  • Fixed slow rotation when selection includes complex shape.
  • Fixed: changing font size only affected first shape in selection.
  • You can now drag .gif shapes onto your customer library. (Yes this was a bug. Should have been working.)
  • A bunch of small bug fixes.

Version 3.2.12

Released July 7, 2015

I'm really happy with this version. We got some nice new features in which I think you'll find helpful.

Improvements and New Features

  • Improved connectors: You can now make more complex lines with your connectors, and change the style from curved to straight to 'squiggle'.
  • Rich text. You can now change the style of a selection of text within a text block.
  • Complex shapes: You can now build up a "complex" shape from a set of shapes, lines and images you select on your drawing board.
  • Document properties: Size is now controlled at the document level, which makes it easier to resize all the diagrams in your document. You can also resize your document to fit your diagram (if you have more than one diagram tab, it will just pick the largest of your diagrams to resize to.)
  • Color picker: We've added a color selector on top of the color picker so you can pick the exact color you want. Just click the little rainbow button on the color picker to.
  • UI: The design of the control panel was tweaked so you can get more screen real estate when you hide the panel. We also tightened up the properties windows a bit. More UI refactoring will happen in the next version.
  • Drag bar: You can now double-click the drag bar separating your diagram from the toolbars in order to show/hide the toolbars
  • Multi-select: You can now use shift or ctrl with click to multiselect. This follows a convention I see in a lot of other graphical design programs.

Bug Fixes

  • The control panel no longer flashes when you first select an item.
  • Bug in text align fixed.
  • Fixed: Lock points showing on wrong diagram
  • Ctrl-A now selects all text in a text field
  • Lots and lots of little bugs. Thanks to all of you who sent in a bug report by using the bug report screen that pops up in the program when you experience an issue. You might think nothing comes of it but I promise you we use each report to help us find and resolve bugs.

Version 3.1.11

Released May 22, 2015

Just a quick patch with a few bug fixes.


  • An error sometimes bubbled up when you copied a group of shapes.
  • Fixed null error that could show up during undo/redo actions.

Version 3.1.10

Released May 5, 2015

I'm excited about getting the new Templates feature into this build. Thanks to those of you who suggested the feature and provided some feedback. I hope you like it! It should help when you have some common configurations of shapes you need to use frequently.

Improvements and New Features

  • Template feature added! Now create templates for configurations of shapes you use often in your diagram.
  • Added distribute shapes buttons to toolbar.
  • Reconfigured user interface in library panels.
  • Improved SVG parsing for dragged in SVG shapes.
  • Updates library to support complex shapes (this is available only to library designers at this point. V3.2 will probably expose this to end users).
  • Added middle mouse button click to pan.
  • Added confirm tab delete dialog.
  • Added confirm when closing via "X" button.

Bug Fixes

  • Ordering of shapes in group is now preserved when copying that group.
  • Control-A now selects all text when inside text area.
  • Marker lines are now resizable.
  • User created libraries now correctly deleted.
  • Pencil/Marker color now working correctly.
  • Fixed bug in undo/redo manager.
  • Default library stroke color now applying correctly.
  • "Locked" connection points are now showing correctly when zoomed.
  • Fixed bug in DocumentController caused by moving selection.
  • Font pulldown is reconfigured to better show font names.