Release of Sympathy for Data 1.6.2
We are happy to announce a minor feature release of Sympathy for Data. In this post, we are highlighting some of the changes.
In this latest release of Sympathy for Data, we packed a larger number of bug fixes and improvements to existing nodes as well as several new features. Here we want to present some of those briefly.
To improve the development experience and user feedback possibilities, we spend some time on implementing an improved message handling and a new issue reporting system. Sympathy’s worker processes will send their messages, e.g., exceptions and warnings, instantly to the platform. You will no longer have to wait until you close your configuration windows or for an execution to finish before you see messages, warnings, and errors.
Furthermore, sending issue reports to the developers of Sympathy for Data has become easier. This release added a feature to send issue and bug reports to us directly from within Sympathy. One can go either to the help menu or by right-clicking on a message in the “Messages” window to select “Report issue”. This feature will enable us to improve the stability and behavior of Sympathy even faster by collecting the relevant information directly. More details can be found in the documentation. Alongside the issue-reporting system, we added the possibility to send your anonymous user statistics with your explicit agreement. The data we collect includes only statistics such as which nodes are used, how often, and the execution time. Sympathy for Data is not sharing any personal information nor data on the analysis which is being performed. With the help of this data, we are planning to improve Sympathy for Data further and add functionality such as enhanced search and node recommendation systems in the upcoming releases.
If you are one of the users using the Figure Node but always found the interface a bit too complex, we have added a wizard functionality to the configuration panel. It allows you to select a plot type and configure its data inputs quickly. You will find it by clicking on the wizard’s hat on the top right (see image below).
To help our users working with the text and json data format within Sympathy, we added, besides some new nodes for data format conversion, a search function into our text editor/viewer accessible as usual via Ctrl-F (Cmd-F on MacOS).
For those users who use our Windows installer, we are happy to tell you that the documentation for the platform and standard library now comes pre-built with the installer. Furthermore, we made several other changes to how the documentation is built and which kind of information is added automatically, for example, deprecation warnings. For a list of all changes, see the news.
Last but not least, we have updated several of the underlying python packages to recent versions. As usual, this is only a short selection of new features and fixes. Navigate to the news section of the documentation to learn more about all changes in Sympathy for Data 1.6.2. If you want to hear more about Sympathy for Data and how it can help your organization to handle, manage, analyze, visualize data, and create reports, please do not hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.