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Hello friends of Balsamiq!
Today we have something so exciting to share that we're switching the version number from 3.1 to 3.2 for it. Check it out!
Our sweet spot is the ideation phase, so it only makes sense that we offer you ways to create rough, quick-and-dirty wireframes.
With today's release we introduce two new control types, which help you do just that: the Block of Text and Line of Text controls.
Here's what they look like, in Sketch and Wireframe skin:
The idea is that you'll use them when first coming up with ideas, and swap them with more precise control types at a later stage in the design process (see below for an awesome new way to do just that).
This is something we're really excited about. Starting in 3.2, you can hold down R, T or Y on your keyboard and simply "draw" Rectangles, Blocks of Text or Lines of Text controls.
Just check out this little video (no audio), notice how INCREDIBLY FAST this is:
Notice how automatic snapping makes it so that your UIs will look clean even if you create them at hyper-speed: try to do that with pencil and paper! :)
This feature alone is a huge boost to your productivity, but it really shines when coupled with our next super-exciting new feature:
That's right! Want to switch a Label control to a Text paragraph? Easy! Want to switch a rectangle to a DataGrid? It takes two clicks.
Just watch this video, in which I create an old version of iTunes in 60 seconds!:
You can also switch a symbol with another symbol, or switch multiple controls at the same time. Just hit CTRL+T and the swap pop-up will show up, or click on the little "v" icon next to the Control Type name in the Property Inspector.
You can also hit ENTER or F2 or double-click on a Block of Text or Line of Text control and have it automatically transform to a Text or Subtitle control.
When editing a Label, you realize you need more than one line? Hit CTRL+ENTER and it will be transformed to a Text control, and you can just keep on typing.
Here's a quick video showing both of these time-saving tricks:
This would have taken so long before 3.2...how did we survive so long without these features! :)
This feature will take care of this request from Chris_Gatland and this one from jneander.
As you may know, our new project-based, sharing-friendly file format (called BMPR) is based on SQLite, a common database format used by many other professional applications.
SQLite is great, but it has one major drawback: it doesn't really work well when files are stored on network drives. In some cases, it might even result in data corruption and loss.
We have implemented several techniques to work around this issue, but it still wasn't enough, and we lost some customers' data, which is possibly the worst thing we can do to our customers. :(
With today's release, we're taking a pretty radical step to squash these issues once and for all: moving forward, whenever you open a BMPR file, we automatically make a copy of it in a local folder, and have Mockups work off of the local copy (which, by the way, is very fast). Then whenever you stop making changes for 5 seconds, we copy the file to the original location, automatically.
This is similar to how Keynote works on the Mac. Incidentally, if you store your files on Dropbox or similar tools, this results in far less updates, which is nice on your bandwidth.
We also keep the local copies around for 7 days, as an additional backup for your files. Better to err on the side of safety!
You can now select multiple symbols at the same time and perform operations on them, like dragging them or deleting them. This makes keeping your symbol libraries nice and clean much much easier.
That's right, you can now finally zoom all of your mockups at once, either to Actual Size (1:1), or "to fit".
We added two handy keyboard shortcut for these commands: CTRL+SHIFT+1 and CTRL+SHIFT+0.
Thanks so much Liz A. and Aras_Kannu, Catherine_Azzarello and meldeliz for the feature requests!
Up until today, the wireframe skin used #000000 for the text color and #666666 for icon color. This doesn't really make much sense since you wouldn't use different pencils for your text and your icons while sketching on paper, right?
Starting today, we now use #555555 for both text and icons. It blends in with the border colors of the controls, and we think it looks much much better. Take a look:
You can now specify default link color for your whole project, just like you could already do with the Selection Color. You can find the new settings in the Project Info Panel:
If you're using the Web Demo or Mockups 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 3.2.1 (we just released version 3.2.2 to fix an El Capitan bug, see above).
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team
We hope you're having a great summer. We are too, and we're excited to share with you today's releases.
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! :)
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!
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.
For posterity, today's Balsamiq Mockups 3 release is build 3.1.9
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!
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!
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:
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! :)
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!
For posterity, today's release is build 3.1.8.
We continue to crank out new features and fix bugs for your enjoyment.
Today's little big feature is called...
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.
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.
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).
Hello friends of Balsamiq, time for another nice little release!
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:
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.
Thanks to the many people who requested these enhancements!
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.
Today's release brings you a couple of often-requested features, and some bug fixes. Let's dive in!
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:
If you're using Mockups 3 for Google Drive, you're already updated.
For posterity, today's release is build 3.1.2.
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. :)
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.
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:
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!
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!
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! :)
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Peldi for the Balsamiq team
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 6:28 PM
Subject: Hello from Peldi from Balsamiq!
To: Dave Gandy
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.
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 email@example.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.
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