OUT NOW: New Daedalus 0.14.0 with updated features and enhancements

– Hi, welcome to Daedalus
demonstration video. My name is Darko Mijic and I'm product manager for Daedalus. Today I'll present changes
coming with Daedalus 0.14 which is part of Cardano 1.6 update. This release brings important
user interface changes which make Daedalus easier
and more enjoyable to use. It also introduces exciting new features and a lot of fixes and improvements based on the feedback we have received through our technical support
desk and other channels.

First, let's cover the
improved loading screen. As you can see in the
middle of the screen, now we have animated Daedalus
logo as the loading spinner. It makes the screen more attractive, and hopefully, waiting for
blockchain synchronization to complete a bit more fun. The animation looks this good and fluid because it is not a recorded video. It is a computer code executing and generating animation in real time. We also have five new status icons at the bottom of this screen. They indicate the status of
locally running Cardano node. I need to do a bit of
explaining here, so bear with me. Daedalus is a full-node wallet. It connects to Cardano network and becomes a part of Cardano network. It downloads and stores a
full copy of the blockchain because it is participating
in Cardano protocol and independently
validating all transactions. This is important for maximum security and for fully trustless and
fully decentralized operation without any centrally hosted servers. This is different from
light wallets like Yoroi which need a trusted
remote server to work. That's why Cardano node
is a part of Daedalus which is installed with Daedalus and which runs locally on user's machine.

For Daedalus to be operational, Cardano node needs to be
connected to Cardano network and it needs to be synchronized
with the blockchain. That is why these status
icons are important. We can see if Cardano node is running… Is it responding to Daedalus front end… Is it connected to Cardano network… and subscribed to
receive network messages… And is the local computer time
in sync with Cardano network… …if all of this is working properly and the first four icons are all green, then this last icon can also be green and Cardano node can
synchronize with the blockchain. On the other hand, if something is wrong, some of these icons will be in red and it will be immediately
apparent what is wrong.

The status icons also link to redesigned and improved Daedalus diagnostics window which I will be covering a bit later. Now let's cover new user interface themes. UI themes change the color
scheme of the user interface and everyone can choose
the one they like the most. Themes are available here in
main settings under themes. Daedalus was previously shipping with these three user interface themes, Light blue, Cardano, and Dark blue. Now we have three more. We have this white theme
which looks nice and clean with green accent color. Then we have Dark Cardano theme which uses updated official Cardano cards.

And as the last new theme, we have this Yellow theme
which is also very nice. Hopefully you will enjoy these
new user interface themes and find the one which works best for you. There will be more updates to themes in the upcoming releases which will allow further
customization of themes. For example, it will be possible
to change the accent color for some themes. There is one more change
which improves styling and user experience. We have unified the look
and feel of modal windows based on the feedback we have
received from the community. Modal windows are windows which open on top of
the main user interface and disable it until the
modal window is closed. Like the 'About' window you see here. We have two more modal
windows in Daedalus. We have the 'Blockchain
consolidation status' window and finally here is
'Daedalus diagnostics' window. All of these windows now
have a consistent look. They cover the main user
interface in the same way and they close with the same close button in the top right corner. Since we are on 'Daedalus
diagnostics' screen, let's briefly cover what
has been updated here.

This screen was previously
called 'Network status' screen. We have decided to rename it because we have added a lot
of new information here. This screen is "under the
hood" view of Daedalus. It can be used to diagnose issues. If something is wrong, a screenshot of this screen can be sent to our technical support
desk to diagnose the issue. Also, from this version of Daedalus, a snapshot of all these
values is stored in log files when you download them here …to attach them to a support ticket. The whole section on the
right is what we had before. New things are on the left side. Here on the top left, we
have system information. Here we can see which
operating system we are running and how much memory and available
hard drive space we have. And here under 'Core info', we have Daedalus and Cardano node versions, among other things. The most important thing
here is the state directory. This is the directory where Daedalus stores
all of your local data, blockchain database, wallet database, and encrypted private keys.

Sometimes our help desk is
instructing users with issues to open this directory
and make changes there. Since this is a hidden system directory, for some users this is not easy. We can copy the path to this
directory to the clipboard using this button here or we can directly open it in file manager of the operating system by clicking this 'Open' button here. Hopefully you will not
need to use this window unless you are a developer
or want to know more. Now let's cover the new wallet
UTXO distribution screen. It can be accessed here
in wallet navigation under this 'More' menu item. This screen was made to help users understand UTXO accounting and also to show the distribution of UTXOs for a wallet visually. A good analogy for explaining UTXOs is to think of them as bills and coins. For example, if we have
$10 in our physical wallet, we may have one $5 bill, four $1 bills, and the rest in small coins. The sum of all these bills and coins is the balance of our physical wallet.

This is analogous to
cryptocurrency wallets for cryptocurrencies that
use UTXO style accounting like Cardano and Bitcoin. The total balance of the
wallet is the sum of all UTXOs which our wallet controls
with private keys. Let's see how that looks like for this Testnet wallet I'm using. I can see that I have a total
of three UTXOs in this wallet. One UTXO contains between 10 and 100 ADA and two UTXOs contain between
100 and 1000 ADA each. If you want to learn more on this subject, this 'Find out more' link opens
the support portal article explaining wallet UTXO
distribution in more detail. Thank you for watching this presentation.

I have covered the most
significant changes coming with this release. For the full list of changes, please refer to the release notes linked in the distribution of this video. And if you want to help us
improve Daedalus as a product, please submit a feature request using this link in our new 'Help' menu. You can also check out
existing feature requests here and vote for them or against them using yes or no buttons here. We go through all
submitted feature requests on a monthly basis and feed
Them to our product development. Thank you..

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