The MapInfo Pro Engineering team has taken a stab at one of the obstacles for users moving from the classic MapInfo Pro, my term for the 32-bit version of MapInfo Pro, to the new 64-bit MapInfo Pro: Line Styles and Hatch Patterns in the Layout!
MapInfo Pro v2019 will support all the existing line and region styles.
This is especially useful for those of you that are drawing custom legends directly in the layout window.
In the image below, you can see how I'm now able to select the region hatch pattern that I want from the Region Style dropdown. In the layout, I have already assigned a "simple railroad" style to my free-form polyline and a Marsh-like style for my free-form polygon.
The work the team did to support all these line and region styles also resulted in another improvement to the layout: All legends are now vectorised and therefore they look crisper.
Earlier we rasterised the legends before inserting them into the layout. This has the side effect that the legend didn't always look as sharp as the elements in the map window.
Below you can see two examples of legends in a layout where the left example is from MapInfo Pro v17.0 and the right is from MapInfo Pro v2019. Especially the thick and more complex line style now looks a lot better.
The same goes for the region styles. The region styles are basically rasters already but you will still be able to see some difference between the old and the new way to render these. If you have tried showing the legends on a dark background, you might have noticed the white border around the legend example. That is also gone now.