Revision 3.6 brings a long list of enhancements and improvements Rev 3.5. Some of these changes were included in revisions 3.51, 3.52 and 3.53.

Program Editor

 1. NEWPROGRAM command added - start a new program quickly!
 2. Action button added to print or fax program listings.
 3. Tapping on the keyboard icon will hide it and expand the edit screen
 4. On screen keyboard doesn't show if using external keyboard
 5. ENTER can import programs contained in NewtonPress documents
 6. Line continuation character  (control L) added.
 7. Typing any character, then return after --MORE-- in LIST stops output
 8. ENVIRON prettyPrint controls indenting of line continuations
 9. Changes made to conform to Newton User Interface Guidelines.
10. A longstanding problem in scrolling has been fixed.
11. A bug that could cause corruption of programs has been fixed.
12. Bug in RENUM fixed.
13. LIST 1,999"temp" fixed.
14. NextLineNo button fixed.
15. Huge line numbers (12345678901234567) fixed.
16. If a line is exactly the screen width, the next line is no longer blank
17. A bug in Statement Editor startup fixed
18. The SCRATCH file gets recreated if a new version is installed

Language Features

 1. The  and  keys are now supported in comparison statements
 2. PROGRESS bar function added
 3. WAIT with a value of -1 allows program to sleep indefinitely
 4. Chain to NS BASIC from other applications fixed.
 5. Statements which are simple expressions use less memory
 6. ENTER can now be used within a program
 7. EXIT no longer causes an Error 29
 8. Nested DO WHILE loops now work properly
 9. Tapping a button on a STOPed program resumes execution properly now.

MakePackage

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 1. MAKEPACKAGE command is now twice as fast.
 2. MakePackage is now an autopart and no longer shows up in Extras.
 2. Longer programs now execute properly in low fat packages.
 3. App widget now puts the program name in low fat packages.
 4. HWINPUT now works.
 5. DO loops now work.
 6. User buttons now work.
 7. Labels are now supported in fat packages.
 8. A message is now displayed if the program was not SAVEd first.
 9. "Newton still needs the card" message fixed.
10. Frames containing _proto are now supported.
11. MakePackage no longer has any arguments.
12. MakePackage must be started from within NS BASIC.

Widgets

 1. TextButton Widget added.
 2. Scroller limit of 30 lines removed.
 3. TextList Widget works much better and is documented.
 4. SETVALUE on certain widgets no longer triggers a GOTO
 5. Title widget now displays properly
 6. TextList widget now has vfFillWhite set to stop taps going thru

App Widget

The App Widget has been complete redone and has many enhancements:
 1. Changed to be consistant Newton User Interface Guidelines.
 2. Routing button added to status bar - now you can print and fax a form!
 3. Now based on protoDragger - if sized properly, can be dragged.
 4. Info button added: to use, set GOTOinfo or GOSUBinfo properties
 5. Setting Title to NIL suppresses the title. 
 6. the GOTO and GOSUB slots now work properly.
 7. Taps no longer fall through to the Program Editor.

Communications

 1. The Newton no longer falls asleep when connected serially.
 2. ENVIRON EXTR options can now be modified
 3. Communications in packages now works.
 4. Communications less likely to reset if errors encountered.
 5. A communications timeout now returns "Timeout: -16005" in input buffer.

Visual Designer

 1. The call to Visual Designer is enhanced to pass name of windowSpec.
 2. ENVIRON widgetDefType controls return value from Visual Designer.
 3. Slots in wSpecs can now be referred to by wSpec.(widgetName).(slotName).
 4. Support added for Scroller widget.
 5. Visual Designer is now an auto part and no longer shows up in Extras.
 6. Changes made to conform to Newton User Interface Guidelines.
 7. Titles changed to conform to Newton UI Guidelines
 8. Fill pattern has been made more efficient.
 9. WidgetName now defaults to "Widget_n"
10. A new property, Order, defines the display order
11. WidgetName now appears in the title of the Properties Floater.
12. Delete, Duplicate and Move Forward actions moved to Properties.
13. Action button has been added to Overview
14. Several display glitches have been cleaned up
15. The scrub gesture works properly.
16. The value when you Add Property is now cleared properly
17. If value of Add Property is left blank, a new property is not created
18. SLIDER no longer causes an error when reentering Visual Designer
19. The Action button works properly even if no widgets have been created
20. "Newton still needs the card" message fixed.

BASIC Internet Tool (BIT)


This is a new Autopart (it doesn't show up in the Extras drawer) which allows
 NS BASIC programs to do News, email in, email out and web access. For
complete information, see the BASIC Internet Tool documentation.