So playing around with 9 I find that once I get the general logic or muscle memory to some of the GUI gestures and quirks I have developed some comments.
1. Lets say you have a drawing open on display and you want to start a map with it. If I add (by drag and drop to the display) schools (another drawing) to it now I have 2 drawings. Manifold does not automaticaly create a new map, rather now I have one drawing with 2 layers on it? Obviously if I do the opposite, if I have a map that has 2 layers on it and I remove one of them (leaving one) should Manifold not understand that now I have a drawing an not a map and the map component should be changed (renamed?) to drawing? I am thinking in terms of visual cues not so much about the underlying programming logic.
2. The more I play around with the software the, more I like it, and the more I need a legend to acompany maps I make. Please add legends :-) Maps without legends are like flowers without pettals.
3. Would it make sense to create super tabs for maps (like chapters in a book) where 100s of layers may be made part of a map, share the same style, on or off state, and transparency.