IDEA v9 was recently released to users for upgrade or purchase. You can find more details on the IDEA web site.
I was fortunate enough to be one of the beta testers on the project and enjoyed working with the upgrade. Here are a few of the new features of the product.
The most obvious is the use of ribbons instead of menus. IDEA has gone the Microsfot route of using ribbons. It takes a bit of getting used to after so many years using menus but once you have used it long enough you should enjoy the difference. The ribbons are divided into 7 different sections:
IDEA has also rewritten some of its features to make it run fast.
Another thing you will notice is how they store the files. IDEA no longer uses the concept of working directory but instead has adopted using Projects. Now each audit you perform you would create a separate project. All managed projects are created in the same place on your drive, namely C:\Users\[User ID]\Documents\My IDEA Documents\IDEA Projects\ and have different directories to store different type of files, such as equations, reports, macros, source files. You can also create project in other locations on your drive, this would be called an External Project. So if you upgraded a working directory in v8 to v9 you would create an external project.
The library allows you to share equations, macros, etc between project and also place them in one common spot so that all projects have access to them.
From the above you can see that items in the Local Library are accessible to all projects and items in the Current Project Library are only accessible to that project. IDEA has options to easily move around items in the Library.
Finally IDEA has added some additional functionality. The first is that it has expanded the Benford's Analysis option.
Benford now allows for Second Order and Summation analysis along with creating a Suspicious transactions report. These are great additional elements for Benford.
Finally IDEA has added functionality for Time fields. It has added options to create virtual time fields and functions to use the time fields.
Overall I think this is a great step forward in the IDEA universe. So for any current or new users what do you think about the new product?