All GUIs: The new context triggered help system is out now!
We have been working on a new help system. It is a mix of UX improvements with empty states and a smart help that guides you while you learn how to master Plastic SCM.
It is implemented as a panel in all views that shows up to help you discover new features you never used, or in response to events that might be causing frustration.
It is better explained with an example: suppose you frantically click the "refresh" button of the labels view. Chances are you are not finding something you are looking for, otherwise you wouldn't click it so frequently. And, suppose you have a filter in the view that is preventing you to see what you are looking for. The GUIs will detect this and show a panel highlighting that you have a filter set and that's probably why you are not finding what you are looking for.
Another example: have you ever colored your Branch Explorer based on the authors of the changesets? The help system will help you discover that.
The new system comes with a good amount of art in the form of a new mascot: our wise Owl, a smart and methodic librarian that aligns well with the Plastic philosophy: preserve history to learn from it.
This new help system is a starting point to improve onboarding, usability and to help users becoming experts on version control in an active way.