The release of JMP 9 has gone smoothly, for the most part. Many folks are excited by the new mapping features and the prospects of JMP add-ins. But there's one area we know you may find puzzling.
The biggest change for most JMP users is the new interface on Windows. Prior to JMP 9, all versions of JMP on Windows used Microsoft's Multiple Document Interface (MDI), which meant that all JMP windows were contained in a parent window.
In our user interface redesign for JMP 9, we moved away from MDI to allow JMP to work better on multiple monitors and to make it easier for you to arrange JMP windows with windows from other applications. With this new approach, however, each window needs a menu and toolbar, which can result in a lot of screen real estate being dedicated to menus and toolbars.
We addressed this by hiding the menu by default in JMP Report windows. The menu is available, but you have to briefly hover over the strip just below the title bar, or tap the Alt key, to reveal it, as you can see here:
Unfortunately, many users haven't discovered the hidden menu. You can adjust a preference to control the disappearing menu, as shown below, and we're exploring some changes to the default setting. But we want to hear from you about this.
Have you had trouble with the disappearing menu? Did you even know it's there? Now that you've found it, would you rather it was visible all the time? What could we do to make it easier to discover that the menu is there?