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By Ricardo Eloy

PureRef 2.0

From the PureRef website:

The long-awaited 2.0 update has arrived, packed with a bunch of much-requested features and improvements! We are changing the license agreements for this version, check what it means for you here.
In this blog post we'll go through the highlights of the new version. Apart from visual improvements, speed and stability, PureRef has been enhanced with a bunch of the most requested features, let's dive in!

Highlights/key features:

Updated UI
Perhaps the most noticeable change in the new update is the revamped user interface! We've prioritized the changes to the UI to be more coherent, comfortable and easier to work with as PureRef expands with new features and uses. If you don't feel quite ready yet, you can change the
appearance of the main UI in settings, and note style can be set in individual notes.

GIFs
One of the most highly requested features is here: Full GIF support! Play, pause, adjust speed, scrub back and forth, frame step and see the frame numbers in a clip. Easily extract a single frame via copy-paste or by dragging the frame out of the timeline onto the board. Plus, multiple GIFs can be played simultaneously!

Drawing
Ever wished you could just circle that one detail in an image? Now you can! Another very popular feature request, basic free-hand drawing is now available in PureRef.

Grouping
Another much-requested feature: grouping! Group images and notes together and move them around as a unit. Add stuff to the group straight from the board by dragging them into it. Change the background color (and opacity!) of the group to improve visual distinction.

Hierarchy
Get an overview of everything in your scene with the hierarchy window. By manipulating item ordering in the list you can control the relationships of images and notes.

Rich text editor for notes
Improving on the already existing text feature, we've freshened up the look and added:

Always on top of
Working in a specific application only where you need PureRef? Attach PureRef to it and it'll snap to and stay on top of it, trying to stay in sync with it, minimizing and moving together with the other application.
With the title bar enabled, simply click the always on top button and select Always on top of... (or use the keyboard shortcut) and then click the application window you want to attach PureRef to. Click the button (or keyboard shortcut) again to detach.

Title bar
If you've got the space, it can be handy to have the title bar visible, and it works great with windows snapping features! It'll give you easy access to the always-on-top feature and the classic window buttons.
If you want to run PureRef in a more minimalistic manner, you can turn it completely off. Or a mix! Control the visibility in the settings and set when to show the title bar; always, only on mouseover, only when the cursor moves or never.

More improvements
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Embedded color profiles - Will be handled correctly now!
- Search bar in settings - We've added a search bar in settings so you can quickly get to what you're looking for.
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Cropping square - Cropping can now be manipulated via a cropping selection square, so you can fine-tune even better.
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Command palette - We've added a command palette where you can search for and execute all available commands in PureRef.
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Import and export settings - We've made it easier to share your custom setup with a friend, just export your settings as a file and send it!
- Ctrl + X is now "cut" and nothing else!
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Comment - Do you need to add some extra info about an image but it doesn't need to be visible ALL the time? Write a comment!
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Export original file types - Expanding from just PNGs, images can now be exported as their original image type! However, if you want to export them with cropping, they will be exported as either PNG, JPG or BMP files, which can be set in the export dialog.
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Thumbnails on Windows - You can now preview your boards before even opening them as Windows will now show a thumbnail of your scene.
- And more: See everything that's changed in the
Changelog

You can check the original post here.
PzThree have posted an overview of the updates on their YouTube channel:
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PureRef 2.0 is now available.

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Ricardo EloyVanguard

CGarchitect Editor/3D Specialist at Chaos

placeSão Paulo, BR