I’ve finally taken time to make a few screen grabs of Novus Scan. The app has two main functions and two views.
The first is the database manager, which enables you to create a database of documents that you can later scan for plagiarism:
The main view or window is where you can add other documents that you want to scan. When you click the Start Scan button, the text in your document is compared the the content of all the documents in the database.
The right side of the window is a list of documents from the database that contain text that matches text in the document that you’ve scanned. The center pane contains the text content of your document (top) and that of the matching document (bottom). All matching phrases are highlighted in the document text in the center of the window.
Novus Scan also has a report generator that enables you to create a printable report of your scan results.
I’m excited to announce that a new version of Novus Scan is almost ready for testing! Based on feedback from our team of testers, I’ve been making some major changes to Novus Scan’s functionality. Most importantly, I removed the integrated web browser and the internet search functionality. After going through the first round of testing I realized that the use of the web browser within this type of application was too confusing to users, and was not meeting their expectations. By removing this feature I have also limited Novus Scan to searching documents on the user’s own computer. I do have plans to include an internet search feature in a future release, but for now, I want to get Novus Scan version 1.0 released as soon as possible, and add internet search at some future date. The other major change is that Novus Scan now supports only Mac OS 107 Lion. I realize that this can reduce somewhat the number of potential users, but it greatly simplifies the development process and enables me to ship this application in a shorter time frame.
I plan to post screenshots, a more detailed description of the product, and a time limited preview release within the next few days. If you’re interested in participating in the testing, please contact me directly.
To those of you who have helped test early versions of Novus Scan, thank you very much for your help and feedback.
Terra Novus Labs