[Release] FontAwesome in myBalsamiq, Drag+Drop of Symbols, and more!

Hello friends of Balsamiq!

We hope you're having a great summer. We are too, and we're excited to share with you today's releases.

FontAwesome everywhere!

As you know, we switched to using the FontAwesome icon set with the Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Desktop release back in March.

With today's release, we bring that same huge icon set (585 icons!) to all of our other products: myBalsamiq, Mockups for Confluence, Mockups for JIRA and even the old Mockups for Desktop 2.2!

This change will greatly improve the experience of using more than one of our products together. No more "image not found" errors when trying to upload a v.3 bmml to myBalsamiq! :)

Drag+Drop of Single Symbols in Balsamiq Mockups 3

You can now keep your symbol libraries nicely organized by dragging and dropping single symbols from one library to another.

You can even drag a single symbol from a project to another, without having to drag the whole library with it!

Thanks so much Liubi and WeeDz for requesting this!

Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue in the DataGrid control when the last line of text was empty. Thanks Dorel D. for uncovering this bug!
  • Added a confirmation dialog when discarding alternates since it's not something you can undo (yet).
  • We now make a backup alternate of the official version when you promote an alternate to official, since promoting is not something you can undo (yet).
  • Improved the padding of the Button control in some configurations
  • Fixed a regression with the Tooltip inspector, sorry about that! Thanks Marcel W. and nzahavi for bringing this up!
  • Fixed an issue with images losing resolution when dragged from one project to another
  • On Windows, we now open a new empty project when you close the last project from the menu, instead of quitting the application. Thanks sgiroux for the suggestion!
  • Fixed an issue with "Learn More" links in Asset, Symbols and Trash empty states not working in our browser-based versions.
  • Fixed an issue with the official version getting deselected in the Export PDF dialog by accident. Thanks Scott_Harrington for the bug report!
  • In exported PDFs, we now properly point links to the official version's page, even if it has alternates. Thanks Scott_Harrington for bringing this up!
  • Fixed an issue with the Calendar control having days "spilling over" its edge.
  • Fixed a couple of issues with the Grid view.
  • Fixed an issue with rendering thumbnails of alternate mockups.

How do I update?

If you're using myBalsamiq or Mockupsfor Google Drive, you're already updated.

For other versions, simply install from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

You can find Mockups for Desktop 2.2.28 (with FontAwesome icons!) in our Build Archives, and you can find the new versions of Mockups for Confluence 2.2.28 and Mockups for JIRA 2.2.27 on Atlassian Marketplace.

As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

For posterity, today's Balsamiq Mockups 3 release is build 3.1.9

Onward!
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

    [Release] Multiple Selection, 66 New Icons, Horizontal Site Map and lots more!

    Hello again friends of Balsamiq, I hope you're all having a great summer! :)

    As always, we've been busy improving our little tool for you all, one step at the time. We're pretty excited about today's release, so let's dive in!

    Multiple Selection!

    This was a long time coming, and we're pretty happy about how it came out!

    You can now select more than one mockup, asset or trashed resource, and perform operations on the selected items all at once.

    This is especially useful when you want to reorder multiple mockups, or delete unused assets in a project. We also have plans for making this feature more and more useful in the future, you'll see... :)

    To select multiple items just use SHIFT+CLICK or CTRL+CLICK, just like in most other software that supports multiple selection.

    As part of this feature, we also gave the Mockups and Assets navigator the ability to maintain keyboard focus. This means that after clicking on a mockup you'll be able to use the arrow keys to navigate through your project, or do things like hitting ENTER or F2 to rename the current mockup or asset (a heringsfilet idea). It's a small thing, but it will save you lots of time in the long run.


    The navigator, without focus (left), and with focus (right). Subtle!

    Thank you Jenni Merifield, alindsay55661 and others for requesting this useful feature!

    SIXTY-SIX New Icons with FontAwesome 4.4!

    Our partnership with Dave from FontAwesome is working out really well.

    We worked with him to add some icons that were part of our old Mockups 2 set but were missing from FontAwesome 4.3, and now they're part of FontAwesome 4.4, along with a ton of other new useful icons.

    Here are the icons we're directly responsible for in FontAwesome 4.4:

    I asked Dave how much I could share about our influence on the FontAwesome project, and he said: Truthfully, you’re the kick that got 4.4 out. :)

    We're really proud to support FontAwesome and in the process make not just Balsamiq Mockups, but the entire Internet better for everyone.

    Check out all of the new icons released in FontAwesome 4.4 (and included in today's Balsamiq Mockups 3 release) here:

    new_fontawesome_icons

    Thanks to Roland_Struder, RaeHanley, Chris_Gatland, andi and neeklamy for requesting the mouse pointer icon. Keep your icon requests coming, both Dave and us are listening! :)

    Horizontal Site Maps!

    The Site Map control is a popular one, but we've heard many times that it takes up a lot of space.

    With today's release, you'll be able to use a new "Direction" toggle in the Site Map inspector to switch to a Horizontal view, which is just as clear, but more compact.

    Check it out!

    Thanks so much to all of you who requested this enhancement!

    Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

    • We added a little visual indicator for mockups that have alternates, and made the icon to switch multiple alternates at once a little more discoverable, check it out:



      Thanks Jenni Merrifield, pattricia and JeromeR for requesting these enhancements!
    • We added the CTRL+SHIFT+PAGEUP and CTRL+SHIFT+PAGEDOWN to navigate between a mockup's alternates. Handy! Thanks Michael E. and JeromeR for requesting this!
    • We fixed the name of the official version of a mockup to "Official Version", not "Official Versions".
    • We fixed a few pretty big memory leaks, the memory consumption shouldn't keep growing during normal operation any more.
    • We now sort items in the Trash alphabetically.
    • We fixed an issue with alternates showing up in a different order than their official version.
    • We fixed an issue with importing a bmml exported from Mockups for Confluence or JIRA.
    • We improved how the new Calendar control behaves at very small sizes.
    • We changed the Formatting Toolbar control to use the new FontAwesome icons instead of our old ones.
    • We fixed an issue with "Save as..." not saving thumbnails of alternate mockups properly.
    • We fixed an issue with Mockups not warning before overwriting a file in some cases.
    • We fixed an issue with Mockups not adding a .zip extension when exporting to BMMLs project in some cases.
    • Launching Mockups by double-clicking on a BMPR file no longer opens other projects that were open when you last closed the app (except for projects that have never been saved, otherwise you'd lose those). Thanks Bryan B. and ahobday for requesting this!
    • We fixed an issue with the position of cropped control changing on file re-open in some cases. Thanks John H. for reporting the bug!
    • We fixed an issue with maintaining proper cropping coordinates when importing from BMML. Thanks John H. for reporting this one too!
    • We fixed a little annoying visual bug with the progress bar moving up and down during long operations.
    • "Used By" in Assets now shows the mockup name along with the Alternate name when necessary.
    • We now support importing from ZIPs that have a single directory in them with all the bmmls and assets in it.
    • We fixed an issue with the Assets list not updating after a rename.
    • We fixed an issue with the text color of the selected UI Library control being black instead of white.
    • We fixed an issue with exporting mockups with # in their name to BMML. Thanks Andre M. for reporting this!
    • We fixed a bug with deleting mockups in rapid succession in big projects making the app unresponsive. Thanks JeromeR for reporting this one as well!
    • We fixed an issue with not being able to type the ć character on Polish keyboards. Thanks pataps for reporting it.
    • We fixed the conversion of the File icon from v2 to v3.

    How do I update?

    If you're using the Web Demo or Mockups for Google Drive, you're already updated.

    For other versions, simply install from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

    As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

    For posterity, today's release is build 3.1.8.

    What else is going on?

    • We are working with a few volunteers to translate UX Apprentice in multiple languages. See this blog post for details.
    • We updated our Twitter header and background, check it out! http://twitter.com/balsamiq
    • We updated the Balsamiq In The News section of our Press page with a list of articles from 2008 to today.
    • We continue to be working hard on bringing v3 to myBalsamiq.

    Onward!
    Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

      [Release] Non-Image Assets!

      Hello friends of Balsamiq!

      We continue to crank out new features and fix bugs for your enjoyment.

      Today's little big feature is called...

      Non-Image Assets!

      Did you ever wish you could keep all of your collateral files together with your wireframes? Logos in Photoshop or Illustrator format, requirement documents in .docx format, zip files, PDF files, etc. etc.?

      Well, now you can embed them into your BMPR! Just add them as assets, or even drag them on to the Mockups 3 for Desktop project window.

      That's it! Now they'll be in the BMPR file, so your collaborators can just click on them and save them to disk, or update them to a new version with the recently added "Import new Version" feature:

      You can think of Assets like a little suitcase: it stores your images, icons, and now anything else you want to keep in the same file as your wireframes. Handy! :)

      A small note: right now we limit the size of each file to 20Mb for performance reasons. Let us know if that's not enough and we'll try and make it work.

      Other improvements and bug fixes

      • Improved performance of loading projects.
      • Changed "Download" to "Save to Disk" for assets.
      • Added a handy "Download Project BMPR" menu item in Web Demo, so that you can easily bring your experiments to Mockups for Desktop. Thanks Sheila D. for the good idea!
      • We changed the auto-reset time from 24h to 1h in the Web Demo version.
      • On Save As, we now update the project title if it matches the old file name. This should help with this RaeHanley report.
      • If you hit CTRL+C with nothing selected, we no longer clear the clipboard. Thanks Michael_Yee for reporting it!
      • We now close the notes field and the position and size text fields when switching mockups. Thanks Jochen S. and Michael_Yee for reporting it!
      • Fixed an issue with cropping rotated images. Thanks ncrossland for the bug report!
      • Fixed an issue in the crop bar dimensions when cropping resized images. Thanks @JeromeR for the bug report!
      • Fixed an issue with converting a group that contains multiple groups to symbol.
      • Fixed an issue with overriding position and size with groups in symbols. Thanks Larry_Azevedo and Josh_Johnson for reporting it!
      • Fixed an issue with keyboard handling in Polish keyboards. Thanks Anciywen and pataps for reporting it!
      • We now select the cloned symbol after cloning it. Thanks aledis for requesting it!
      • Fixed in 3.1.6: we improved our DMG on OSX for people who have invisible files showing.
      • Fixed in 3.1.6: we fixed a regression with saving files to disk on open (now we go back to only saving when a change is made).
      • Fixed in 3.1.6: we fixed a regression with importing certain PNG images.
      • Fixed in 3.1.6: we fixed an inconsistency between the Close button and the Close project menu in Windows.
      • Fixed in 3.1.7: fixed an issue with quitting right after doing a "Save As" resulting in projects without some data in them.
      • Fixed in 3.1.7: made loading large project fast again (it got slower in 3.1.5 and 3.1.6)
      • Added in 3.1.7: we added an option to use a transparent background when exporting PNGs. It's a "Use Transparent Background" in the Export menu, check it out.

      How do I update?

      If you're using the Web Demo or Mockups 3 for Google Drive, you're already updated.

      For Mockups 3 for Desktop, simply install from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

      As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

      For posterity, today's release is build 3.1.5. Update: we did a 3.1.6 release on Jul 13 and a 3.1.7 release on Jul 15 that fix a few more bugs (see above).

      What else is going on?

      Onward!
      Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

        [Release] New Calendar Control, Better Font Size Support and TONS of bug fixes!

        Hello friends of Balsamiq, time for another nice little release!

        New Calendar Control

        We finally rebuilt the calendar control so that it stretches nicely and no longer says 2008! :)

        Check it out, both in sketch and wireframe skin:

        newcalendar_sketch

        newcalendar_wireframe

        Added Font Size Support to Most Controls

        That's right, you can now change the font size of pretty much any control you might want to.

        In today's release, we added font size support to Accordion, Alert, Arrow, Date Chooser, iOS Menu, Popover and Window controls.

        fontsize

        Enjoy!

        Thanks to the many people who requested these enhancements!

        Other features and bug fixes

        • Dragging mockups, assets and symbols between projects no longer duplicates everything. Try it out, it should be much better now. Thanks Andy W., sgiroux and others for the bug report.
        • Multi-line text in Arrow controls now stays centered properly.
        • Changed the paste and duplicate offset to be 10px instead of 20px. Thanks Cory W. for the request.
        • Fixed an issue when restoring a Symbol library when it was the only one.
        • Made the ComboBox and TextInput controls properly resize even without text.
        • Fixed a lot of little capitalization issues inside tooltips. It's the little things! :)
        • When importing v.2 projects from folder, we now properly import account assets from non-default paths.
        • Fixed an issue with keyboard shortcuts not working after a while when you have more than one window project open. Thanks Justin P. and Micah Z. for the reports.
        • We now compact the BMPR database file after each Empty Trash or "Delete Permanently" command. Thanks Andy Webb for the request.
        • Fixed an issue with export all to PNG not replacing some images. Thanks Josh Johnson for the bug report!
        • Fixed yet another issue when working with files on network drives or DropBox or OneNote. We're pretty sure we caught them all now, fingers crossed. Thanks Andi, Josh H. and Carsten K. for the bug reports!
        • Added an "Import New Version..." menu for assets. This is SUPER handy!
          importnewversion
        • Fixed an issue with "copy as image" on Windows.
        • Fixed a couple of issues with the CTRL key getting "stuck" in a couple of cases.
        • Fixed an issue with non-latin mockup names when exporting to ZIP. Thanks Sergey G. for the bug report!
        • On Windows, we now remember the last project you were working on even if you quit the application by closing the last window instead of using the Quit command.
        • We improved the layout of exported PDFs when you add mockups names, page numbers and notes.
        • Fixed an issue with link areas being offset in exported PDFs when including mockup names or page numbers. Thanks @JeromeR, Olaf S. and amyth77 for the bug report.
        • PDF export no longer hangs on empty mockups.
        • We no longer clip notes in PDF export.
        • Symbols with < or > in their names no longer break the Symbols Navigator. Thanks iamjoshfrank for the bug report!
        • We now include alternates in PDF export (you can unselect them, of course). Thanks Christopher Davidson for the feature request!
        • Fixed an issue with the app crashing when importing certain mockups. Thanks black and others for the bug report.
        • We now sort alternates alphabetically. Thanks jpgilman for the request!
        • We now include alternates when exporting the project to PNGs.
        • We fixed the order of buttons in the "Are you sure you want to close this window" dialog to follow the OSX and Windows HCI guidelines. Thanks @UxBjarne for the bug report!
        • Fixed an issue with the color inspector showing the wrong color in the wireframe skin for icons and the Search Box, Shape and Rulers controls. Thanks RaeHanley and ahobday for the bug reports!
        • Selecting an alternate keeps it visible.
        • Fixed an annoying offset bug when copying and pasting between mockups. Thanks Dorian D, @JeromeR, nickdagreek and Michael_Yee for the bug reports!
        • Fixed an issue with exporting a single symbol to PNG. Thanks @JeromeR for the bug report!
        • Fixed an issue when merging mockups that have locked controls in them. Thanks Tyler for the bug report!
        • On OSX, we fixed an issue with CTRL+C/X/V shortcuts not working in registration dialog unless a project window is open.
        • Mockups 3 for Google Drive: we now show other users connected at the same time, and hovering over each picture shows you their email address:
          otherusers
        • Mockups 3 for Google Drive: added a little pop-up dialog on Quit when needed.
        • Mockups 3 for Google Drive: fixed an issue in the DataGrid control in the HTML viewer. Thanks Brian H. for reporting it!

        How do I update?

        If you're using the Web Demo or Mockups 3 for Google Drive, you're already updated.

        For other versions, simply install from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

        As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

        For posterity, today's release is build 3.1.3.

        Jun 25 UPDATE: we just released a 3.1.4 build to fix a regression in importing old BMML projects.

        What else is going on?

        • Three weeks ago we spent a fantastic week in the Loire region of France for our yearly company retreat.

          group_bike
          Check out our Facebook page for photos: we're sharing an album a day this week, and will publish a blog post about the whole experience soon.
        • We are still working as hard as we can to bring all of the v3 goodness to myBalsamiq. Expect some exciting announcements in this area soon.
        • We are close to hiring two more Customer Champions to help us provide even better tech support. It's going to be awesome.

        Onward!
        Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

          [Release] Resizeable left panel, new Export to PDF / Print dialog, and more!

          Hello friends!

          Today's release brings you a couple of often-requested features, and some bug fixes. Let's dive in!

          New Export to PDF / Print dialog!

          Mostly for technical reasons, printing has been one of the roughest parts of Mockups for a long time. With today's release, we decided to get rid of it, and improve it at the same time! I know, it sounds non-sensical, but hear me out.

          Before today's release, you could only print the current mockup you were seeing, and without any options. In today's release, we decided to remove that limited functionality and replace the Print command with the much more powerful "Export to PDF" command, which we also improved. This way, if you want to print something, you just export it to PDF and then print the PDF using your Operating System's built-in PDF viewer (or whatever PDF viewer you prefer to use). It's one more step, but it's worth it: think of the step of opening the PDF in the PDF viewer as the "Print Preview" step. No more having to print twice because it wasn't exactly what you wanted!

          Here's how we improved the Export to PDF dialog:

          exportpdf

          • You can now select which mockups you want to export. Your selection will be remembered on your computer.
          • You can now include mockup names and page numbers.
          • You can now include mockup notes.
          • You can now access the Export to PDF function with CTRL+P (or CMD+P). Handy!

          Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

          • You can now resize the left navigator panel (for Mockups, Assets and Symbol libraries). This will help if you have long mockup names or want to see bigger or smaller thumbnails. Your preference will be remembered for each project, on your computer.
          • Changed how we name mockup clones (no more "Copy of Copy of Copy of...")
          • We now sort Symbol Libraries and Symbols alphabetically.
          • Added font size support to Field Set, Callout, Menu Bar and Site Map controls.
          • Fixed an issue with resizing the combo box really small.
          • Fixed an issue in export when mockup names included "illegal" characters.
          • Fixed an issue with the Menu Bar control not exporting properly to PDF when autosized.
          • Fixed an issue with the Accordion control hiding things too early when resized small.
          • Fixed an issue with "Save Project As" not saving what was in the project's Trash.
          • Fixed an issue with locked controls not disappearing when an Alternate was promoted.
          • We got BMPR registered with IANA! The application/vnd.balsamiq.bmpr mime type for BMPR is now official! :)

          How do I update?

          If you're using Mockups 3 for Google Drive, you're already updated.

          For Desktop, simply install from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

          As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

          For posterity, today's release is build 3.1.2.

          Special Thanks

          This release would not have been possible without the help of the following awesome people: ahobday, aledis, bjdewilde, Dan B., dantappin, Fabrizio D., fdivis, Francois H., George V., Guy J., heringsfilet, Jenni_Merrifield, Jennifer G., John P., kcandersen, Luibi Matt V., MrTaurus, Nick S., patrick, Peninah, RaeHanley, Romain A., screencaptor, Sharon S., Sheila S., Steve C., Tovi Grossman, Vauc, VinceSmith, vytasm, Wes F., wichase, and others.

          Thank you all so much for your feature requests, your bug reports, and for caring about our little tool. :)

          Onward!
          Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

            [Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3.1! Alternates, new Google Drive Plugin, Background Music, and much more!

            Hello friends of Balsamiq!

            It's only been three weeks since the last release, but A LOT has happened since. In fact, this is such a big update that we're calling it 3.1! Don't worry, this is a free update for existing customers.

            Let's dive right in.

            New feature: Mockup Alternates!

            Alternates (also sometimes referred to as versions or branches) allow you to create variations on a single mockup design without adding more mockups to your project.

            Creating alternates can be useful during the early design phase when exploring concepts and in later stages for reviewers to add their feedback and propose changes.

            Some possible reasons for using alternates:

            • You want to create only one mockup per screen but have several ideas about each one.
            • You want suggestions for design improvements but don't want other people changing your mockups.
            • You want to send your project around for feedback and track each person's feedback individually.
            • You want to design feature ideas for future releases without including them in the mockups for the current release.

            Here's a quick video about it:

            We've been using Alternates for a few weeks, and can't imagine going back.

            Read the full documentation here: Working with Alternates, there are some exciting semi-hidden features to explore!

            Mockups 3 comes to Google Drive!

            Our Google Drive plugin is the first to "catch up with Desktop". Today's release brings all of the v.3 goodness to Mockups 3 for Google Drive customers.

            The plugin was already using auto-save, projects and even BMPR files (though they were saved in a different format internally). It also had real-time collaboration, which we've improved a bit in this release as well.

            This release also removes the 10Mb size limit on BMPR files, and shows an RTC-powered viewer when you share a BMPR with someone but only give them read-only access.

            We also greatly improved the billing interface for new subscribers (we now control the whole subscription process by integrating with Stripe instead of using Pin Payments as a middle-man). This was A TON of work and will come to existing Mockups for Google Drive subscribers soon and later to myBalsamiq as well.

            To use Mockups 3 for Google Drive, just open your existing BMPR files, wait a few seconds for the conversion to the new format to finish and enjoy!

            If you have never tried Mockups 3 for Google Drive, you've been missing out! Try it now!

            Built-in Background Music!

            For years we've been suggesting people use headphones when working in Mockups, to help you get in the creative zone.

            A few weeks ago we asked ourselves, why not give our awesome users a built-in, get-in-the-zone-inducing track to listen to? And so we did!

            Just go to the Help menu, click "Play Background Music", and get to work! :)

            music

            The track is called Ascension, by Dr. Christopher Lloyd Clarke B.Sc, Msc.D. Meditation music composer and founder of Royalty Free Meditation Music.com.

            We cut the track down to 25 minutes, added a Zen bell, then added 5 minutes of nature sounds recorded by our own Michael Angeles in his hikes around Marin County, CA. We then made the resulting 30-minute track loop 4 times.

            Why the (25 + 5)*4, you ask? Because this way you can use the music to time your Pomodoros, of course! :)

            We are absolutely thrilled with this little new feature. It feels like another "I can never go back" feature.

            Improvements to Full Screen Presentation Mode

            • Changed how we show link hints in full-screen. We no longer leave the pink rectangles on all the time, but instead "flash them" as needed and fade them out so that they don't disturb your mockups. If you want to see where they are, you can click on any empty areas of the mockup to make them flash again.
            • Added a subtle animation when hiding the full-screen toolbar.
            • We now remember the following settings across project and across restarts: active right-side panel, toolbar minimized or not, show link hints, show cursor, show markup, zoom mode.
            • Fixed an issue with settings showing the wrong value in some cases.

            Bug Fixes Related to Controls

            • Fixed an issue with the "123" label in the iOS keyboard not being centered.
            • Added support for the {mockup-name} macro in Title and Subtitle controls.
            • Improved how the iPad, iPhone and Accordion controls behave when resized to be very small.
            • Made the top padding of the Label and Text control types match, and improved the padding of other text controls.
            • Changed the default size of the Geometric Shape text to be 13pt, like most of our controls.
            • If you use \r in an image label, the text stays centered now.
            • Same as above but for the Image Map control. :)
            • Fixed how the text alignment works in the Sticky Note control.
            • We changed the color of the Red X control in Sketch skin to be a brighter red.

            Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

            • Some users were seeing saving errors, especially when working with OneDrive files. Those should all be fixed now.
            • We now work well with read-only files! We no longer try to update mockup thumbnails unless you change something in the mockup, so just opening a BMPR and looking around won't change the file on disk.
            • We now support our markdown syntax (except for strikethrough) in mockup notes and project description. *Try it out!* :)
            • Fixed an issue with the positioning of the resource menu in the navigator panel.
            • Fixed an issue with reordering not working on the first attempt.
            • Added a subtle animation when creating a new mockup.
            • Added a subtle animation when entering "grid view".
            • Fixed an issue (on Windows) with project windows not maintaining their size or maximized state across restarts.
            • Fixed an issue with creating a symbol library when there are none generating a run-time exception.
            • Fixed an issue with the vertical scroll position of the navigator after a "move to trash" operation.
            • Fixed an issue with using arrow keys to change position and size.
            • Fixed an issue with QuickAdd losing focus in some cases.
            • Fixed an issue with placing new symbols in a symbol library in some cases.
            • Fixed an issue with selecting something in the Symbols navigator incorrectly opening all other branches.
            • Fixed an issue with new projects getting created after discarding an unnamed project.
            • Fixed an issue with link hints from other symbols being shown incorrectly in some cases.
            • Fixed an issue with importing the same image twice not updating all usages.
            • Fixed an issue with removing symbol overrides not working in some cases.
            • Fixed an issue with importing BMML projects when a file name contained an illegal character.
            • Removed illegal characters from mockup names when exporting to BMML.
            • In Mockups for Desktop, the About window now properly says "Adobe Air Player" instead of Flash Player.
            • Fixed an issue with the UI library showing blank thumbnails after reopening a project.
            • Fixed a typo in the Google Wallet icon name.
            • Pressing CTRL+PAGEDOWN and PAGEUP now loop around mockups when you get to the last (or first).

            How do I update?

            If you're using Mockups 3 for Google Drive or the Web Demo, you're already updated.

            For Mockups for Desktop, simply install build 3.1.1 from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

            As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

            What else is going on?

            • Welcome Agnese! We are thrilled to announce that Agnese Sgarbi has joined our team as our first ever intern! Agnese is a programmer, and her main job right now is to be "The Queen of Controls", improving our 76 UI control widgets, one Pivotal Tracker story at the time. She's been here only a few days, but she's already shipping code! The Bug Fixes Related to Controls list above was all her doing.
            • We have switched balsamiq.com to be "HTTPS all the time".
            • balsamiq.com and our other websites are now responsive! Try them on your phone or tablet, it should all look great.
            • We're getting ready for our company retreat at the beginning of June. We're going to be exploring the Loire region in France this year, sweet!

            Special Thanks

            This release would not have been possible without the help of the following awesome people: Cynthia T., Edward B., Emma Jane Westby, Frederik Bader, Geir Sagberg, Greg Jankowski, Jan W., Jenni Merrifield, JeromeR, jonhath, Juliet Sabol, Mark Bednarski, Mark Decker, Markus Groener, MrTaurus, Pablo M., Paul, Philipp Quaet-Faslem, Philipp Quaet-Faslem, Renee Grebe, Sebastien Giroux, Sebastien Giroux, Shane Hussain Naqvi, Tim, Tim Price, Timothy W., Todd F., Vaclav Kocian, Vincent van S., Yan Z., and others.

            Thank you all so much for your feature requests, your bug reports, and for caring about our little tool. :)

            Onward!
            Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

              [Release] More Little Improvements!

              Hello friends!

              The dust is definitely settling after the big 3.0 release. Bug reports are slowing down, and people are generally happy with v.3.

              Today's release squashes the following issues:

              • We fixed an issue (introduced in 3.0.7, sorry) when exporting projects containing symbols to PNG or PDF.
              • We mitigated a memory leak that people were seeing when switching mockups and using the app for a long time. It should be much better now.
              • We made several performance improvements, the UI should feel more responsive now.
              • We fixed an issue with restoring mockups that used symbols from Trash.
              • We fixed an issue with the "No Margins" option in the PDF export dialog "selecting itself".
              • We now insert new mockups after the currently selected one, instead of at the end of the list.
              • We fixed an issue with controls added via QuickAdd being placed in the wrong spot when editing groups.
              • We fixed an issue with the project navigator flickering a bunch.

              How do I update?

              Today's build number is 3.0.8, and you can download it from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

              As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

              What else is going on?

              Right now we are working on bringing you a new exciting feature, previously only available to myBalsamiq: the possibility to create alternate versions of mockups! It's awesome, we can't wait to show you.

              We are also very close to being able to ship the new v.3 hotness in Mockups for Google Drive, and we continue to work on bringing v.3 to myBalsamiq, Mockups for Confluence and Mockups for JIRA.

              Onward!
              Peldi for the Balsamiq team

                [Release] More bug fixes and optimizations!

                Another week, another release! As expected after the major update that was v.3, we're in the "let the dust settle" period, fixing bugs here and there as they come up.

                Here's what's in today's update:

                • MAJOR optimization when editing symbols in large projects. This was basically unusable, now it's super-fast.
                • MAJOR optimization when opening large projects. One giant test project a customer sent us went from taking 4.5 minutes to open to just 32 seconds. 8x baby! :)
                • Changed a menu item to properly say "Move to Trash" instead of "Delete".
                • When a symbol has overridden properties, we now make it more prominent in the inspector with a little note.
                • Fixed an issue with the Paste command getting disabled in some situations.
                • Improved the looks of the "Replace Confirmation" dialog you see when importing something that's already in the project.
                • Fixed a couple of issues with the text of the Geometric Text control not wrapping properly.
                • Fixed an issue with the Rename dialog ignoring white spaces.
                • Fixed an intermittent bug in the List widget we use for the resource navigator which was causing the app to get into a broken state.

                How do I update?

                To install build 3.0.7, simply install from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

                As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

                Onward!
                Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

                  Why we switched to Font Awesome for Balsamiq Mockups 3

                  It was with mixed feelings that we switched to the Font Awesome icon set with Balsamiq Mockups 3.

                  Our original icons were hand-drawn by Peldi's wife Mariah so they had special meaning to us.

                  But creating new ones and keeping them updated as logos changed (our Twitter icon was three generations old, for example) was time consuming and didn't provide as much value to our customers as adding new features and fixing bugs.

                  And then Font Awesome came along and it was free and, well, awesome. We used it internally and added it as an easy-to-install icon pack on our Extensions page and our customers loved it too.

                  In our Beta feedback forums our users started talking about integrating Font Awesome when we decided to remove the Account Assets feature. So Peldi contacted Dave Gandy, creator of Font Awesome, and asked him if we could use them in our tool.

                  
                  From: Giacomo Guilizzoni peldi@balsamiq.com
                  Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 6:28 PM
                  Subject: Hello from Peldi from Balsamiq!
                  To: Dave Gandy
                  
                  Hello Dave!
                  
                  This is Peldi from Balsamiq. We make a wireframing tool called Balsamiq Mockups, maybe you've heard of it? 
                  
                  We have noticed that quite a few of our customers use your awesome Font Awesome set of icons in conjunction with our tool. There's even a github repo of someone who made it easy to do.
                   
                  We are working on a new version of Mockups, and were wondering if it would be possible to include your Font Awesome set as a built-in set, replacing our homegrown (and much inferior to yours) set.
                  
                  I looked at your licensing page and it looked feasible, but I thought it'd be worth maybe having a quick chat first?
                  
                  What do you think? I am excited about the idea, as it would give our users a standard set of icons that their developers would understand immediately...and probably also help cement Font Awesome as "the standard" for app and web design, even more than it is today. :)
                  
                  I am in CET, and happy to meet any time.
                  Peldi
                  

                  His response was delightfully straightforward.

                  
                  From: Dave Gandy
                  Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 6:34 PM
                  Subject: Re: Hello from Peldi from Balsamiq!
                  To: Giacomo Guilizzoni peldi@balsamiq.com
                  
                  Heck yeah. Go ahead and throw them in. It’s as open source as I can get it. :)
                  

                  A few days later Peldi had swapped out the old ones for Font Awesome and remapped the labels so that existing projects with icons wouldn't break.

                  We were a bit giddy here when we used the first Beta build with the new icons. Getting so many great icons all at once felt like Christmas to us.

                  We'll also be updating our icon set whenever Dave updates Font Awesome. So, now, if you want us to add icons to Balsamiq Mockups, request them in Font Awesome and they'll make their way into our product!

                  We hope you're enjoying the new icons. And, if you're nostalgic for the old ones, we've made them available for download as custom icons.

                    [Release] Second batch of Balsamiq Mockups 3 bug fixes

                    Hello again friends!

                    We're back with another round of bug fixes.

                    Here's what's new in today's release:

                    • We did a major cleanup of the "Save" and "Save As" code. It's now much cleaner and finally reliable. We also show a little notification when you hit save, so that you have confirmation that autosaving is doing its job.
                    • We now commit any text you might have typed if you hit CTRL+S or Save from the menu, like we did in version 2.
                    • Fixed a bug when renaming a custom icon asset after using it.
                    • Fixed an issue with some menus (Close Project, Print...) staying disabled if you closed all project windows and opened a new project.
                    • Made some optimizations while editing symbols. MUCH bigger optimizations in this area will come in the next release, probably next week.
                    • Sped up the loading of projects, and improved the "Loading" and "Drawing" messages even more.
                    • Fixed an issue with exporting to PNG or PDF when the mockup was bigger than the maximum canvas size.
                    • Fixed the handling of the Restore and Delete Permanently menus in the Trash view.
                    • Fixed an issue with mockup ordering "not sticking".

                    How do I update?

                    Install build 3.0.5 from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

                    As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

                    You can expect another release similar to this one in a week or so.

                    Onward!
                    Peldi for the Balsamiq Team


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