[Release] A Nice Little Bug-Fix Release

Hello friends of Balsamiq!

Another month, another release!

This one is pretty small, it just fixes some bugs and adds a new little feature in Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud.

Easier Export to Confluence

We now made it easier to export a single mockup, a group of mockup or even an interactive PDF from Mockups 3 Confluence Cloud directly to the hosting Confluence content.

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Just click "Attach to Confluence" and Mockups will add your image(s) or PDF as an attachment to the page. Handy!

Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • You can now navigate the icon inspector pulldown with arrow keys. So quick! Thanks RaeHanley, MikeH and Ryan for the feature request!
  • We now support renaming a mockup or symbol library with the F2 key even if the focus is on the canvas (and nothing is selected). Thanks ArcticMe and Kevin C. for requesting it!
  • Fixed support for Delete and CTRL+Delete in text fields. Annoying rectangle character be gone! :) Thanks so much David, energ, Dan, Liubi and Liz and Samuel D. for reporting it!
  • Removed the opacity slider from the inspector for Icon and Label controls (it had erroneously snuck in in 3.4.1 release). Thanks Andreas F. for reporting it!
  • Fixed an issue with Quick Draw "getting stuck" in some cases when typing quickly. Thanks Russ for reporting it!
  • Fixed an issue with the Markup menu staying disabled if you close all project windows. Great catch weder, thanks for reporting it!
  • Fixed a regression on keyboard handling on Safari.
  • Fixed an issue with a progress dialog getting stuck when going fullscreen immediately after saving. Thanks Wim M. for reporting it!
  • The "Go back" link didn't work in bracketed text links. It does now. Thanks ralhei for reporting it!

How do I update?

If you're using the Web Demo, Mockups 3 for Google Drive, Confluence Cloud or JIRA Cloud, 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 3.4.2.

What else is going on?

Onward!
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

    User Testing Your Balsamiq Mockups with CanvasFlip

    The following is a guest blog post by Vipul Mishra of CanvasFlip.


    One of the biggest challenges in building good apps is to get actionable feedback while user testing your mockups or prototypes. Most of the responses from teams or real users are very subjective. Consolidating this feedback to iterate on your designs is a cumbersome task.

    To help UX professionals perform user testing on their Balsamiq mockups, we built a utility tool to import Balsamiq mockups seamlessly into the CanvasFlip prototyping studio.

    CanvasFlip.com helps product managers and UX professionals to capture and consolidate user behaviour in their prototypes just by sharing a web link. CanvasFlip generates user testing insights like interaction heatmaps, conversion funnels, and user session replays which help you to find usability issues during the design stage. Once you have found these issues, you can make the necessary changes in your Balsamiq mockups to improve usability.

    Let’s go step-by-step through user testing your Balsamiq mockups in CanvasFlip:

    1. Export your Balsamiq mockups as images

    Once your Balsamiq mockups are in place, Click Export > All Mockups to PNG.

    2. Upload your Balsamiq mockups to CanvasFlip

    Open Prototyping with Balsamiq and upload your Balsamiq mockup PNG files.

    3. Crop your Balsamiq mockups to extract screens

    After uploading a mockup, you'll see a frame with a crop option. You can resize the frame to select the screen area from your mockup. Click “Crop” and the cropped screen will appear on the right side. (We will add zoom, move, and a magnifying function soon.)

    4. Sync your screens into CanvasFlip

    Once you have cropped all the necessary screens you need, you can click “Sync with CanvasFlip” in the bottom-right corner.

    5. Sign up for a free CanvasFlip Prototyping account

    To upload your screens into CanvasFlip, you will need to login to your CanvasFlip account. If you don’t have an account, you can sign up for a CanvasFlip account instantly by entering your email address and a password.

    6. Create a new prototype (or choose an existing prototype)

    Once you have logged-in to your CanvasFlip account, you can create a new prototype or choose an existing prototype to upload your Balsamiq prototypes.

    7. Map screens to create an interactive prototype

    All your cropped screens will appear in the CanvasFlip prototyping studio. Here you map your screens to create a prototype for user testing. CanvasFlip prototyping studio is specially designed for fast prototyping to save up to 70% of your prototyping time.

    8. Invite viewers to your prototypes for user testing

    Once you have mapped your screens, preview your prototype and go for a quick and lean user testing. Enter emails of your users / team members and add a task for them to follow.

    9. Analyze UX analytics in real-time

    As soon your users / team members start going through your prototype, you can see how are they navigating through your prototype, which devices they are using, and how much time are they spending on each screen.

    10. Analyze the conversion funnel to find screens with high drop-off / diversion rates in your UX flow

    The conversion funnel helps you understand usability in your UX flow, for example: How many interactions are users taking to complete the task? What’s the completion rate? What’s the most popular flow on the existing prototype?

    11. Analyze the interaction heatmap to see improvements needed at call-to-action

    Once you spot the screens with higher drop-off or observe where most of your users are leaving the expected flow, you can open the analyze screen with a heatmap to understand where users are interacting most. It helps you to optimize your Call-To-Action.

    12. Look at User videos to find and fix usability issues in your prototype

    The conversion funnel and interaction heatmap help you understand what’s happening in the UX flow and interface. User videos give you the opportunity to observe and analyze how the user was navigating through the prototype and why they made certain decisions.

    These user testing insights in CanvasFlip will help you iterate and enhance the usability of your designs right in your Balsamiq mockups.

    As a Balsamiq user, you get 2 months of our premium subscription (instead of the regular 15-day trial). You get unlimited prototyping and can record up to 5 videos for each prototype. Please feel free to reach me at Vipul@CanvasFlip.com, if you want an extension of your current plan or more testing credits.

    With CanvasFlip, you can save money by validating and iterating on the user experience early at the concept level instead of iterating with live apps. Not to mention faster app development and happy users.

    Enjoy 2 months of our premium subscription to CanvasFlip prototyping - http://canvasflip.com/prototyping-with-balsamiq.php. It’s on us!!

      [Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud!

      Hello friends of Balsamiq!

      A couple of months after releasing Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud, we're happy to announce that Balsamiq Mockups 3 has come to Confluence Cloud as well! :)

      You can find it on in Atlassian Marketplace, try it today!

      This release includes all of the v3 goodness: single-file projects, reusable symbols, a more standard editing UI with left and right panels, immediate auto-saving, full-screen navigation for viewers (without having to enter the editor), real-time collaboration, and more!

      Here's a quick intro on what's new in Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud:

        

      Being a Connect add-on means Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud is sold directly from Atlassian Marketplace and not from our website. This should make purchasing our add-on for Confluence Cloud easier for your team: your billing is unified with Atlassian and comes with standard Cloud licensing.

      Subscriptions are monthly or annual, depending on your Atlassian subscription settings, and you can easily stop and start the subscription depending on your needs.

      Pricing and other purchasing details can be found in Marketplace.

      What happens for existing Confluence Cloud customers using v2?

      Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud is a new add-on that will replace the previous pre-installed Mockups for Confluence add-on. We've worked with Atlassian to make the technical and licensing transition between the two add-ons as seamless as possible for any users who had been using the older version of our plugin.

      If you already have a Balsamiq-issued Mockups for Confluence license registered in your Confluence Cloud instance we'll be emailing your billing and technical contacts with details about the licensing and installation transition. Additional details about your license and add-on migration are outlined in here.

      Technical details about migrating to the new add-on and migrating individual mockups to the new file format are found in our Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud Transition Guide. Don't worry, it's very smooth.

      What about Confluence Server?

      We're working on bringing version 3 to Confluence Server customers as well, but we don't have an ETA for it at this point.

      Ready to try Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud? start a 30 day trial today! :)

      If you have any questions or find any issues, don't hesitate to get in touch!

      As always, happy wireframing!

      Peldi for the Balsamiq team

        [Release] Mockups 3.4!

        Hello friends of Balsamiq!

        Today's release is bigger than our usual ones, so we're switching the version number from 3.3 to 3.4 for it.

        Let's see what's new and improved:

        (Optional) Manual Save

        One of the most daring features of Mockups 3 was that everything was always and immediately automatically saved to disk. We thought everyone would love the peace of mind of not having to compulsively hit CTRL+S all the time, living in fear of losing their changes.

        It turns out, while most of you really do love it, you have clearly told us that there are some cases in which automatically saving to the original file all the time is not the right thing to do.

        For instance, sometimes you want to just muck around some wireframes knowing that you'll be able to discard your changes easily at the end of your experimental session. Another case is when working on files stored on slow remote network drives, or busy shared folders. Saving all the time in these cases might slow you down, or generate too much network traffic. Last but not least, some of you just simply prefer to save manually: 30 years of computing and muscle-memory are hard to let go of! :)

        To help with these issues, today we are introducing the option to turn off autosave in Mockups for Desktop.

        autosaveoption

        Note: this doesn't affect the automatic saving we do on a local backup file, so if your computer crashes, you'll still recover every change. The option only turns off the automatic saving to the original file.

        When automatic saving is off, you will use CTRL+S to save, and also be able to use "Reload from Disk" to quickly throw away your current set of changes.

        The setting will be remembered across restarts and across projects, so you'll only really have to set it once.

        Icons in Lists!

        You can now specify icons in the List control!

        list_icons

        This is very useful when designing Android menus, as well many more kinds of menus and lists.

        FontAwesome Updated to 4.6.3!

        Our friends at FontAwesome released an update, so we incorporated it!

        Check out the 30 new icons they included:

        newicons

        More details can be found on the FontAwesome website.

        BTW, we added these new icons to myBalsamiq as well.

        Auto-Recover in Case of Data Corruption

        Just like any other file on your computer, in some rare cases our BMPR files might get corrupted.

        To help mitigate the annoyance this might cause, we added automatic local backups back in version 3.1. The backups work well and usually make it so that no work is lost, but finding the backup was a bit cumbersome.

        With today's release, we make the software do the work. When data corruption is detected, Mockups will now find the latest backed up file and recover it for you. Easy peasy! :)

        corrupted_toast

        Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

        • Fixed an issue with importing symbols in BMML projects in some cases. Thanks Arno D. for reporting it!
        • Fixed a little issue with the Open Recent menu which showed the project name instead of the file path after renaming a project. Thanks Jerome for reporting it!
        • In Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud, we now share full-screen settings between the macro, the presentation view and the mockups editor
        • Fixed an issue when promoting alternates to official with markup hidden. Thank you markusku for reporting it!
        • We now properly hide Quick Add in the Grid view.
        • We updated the Webcam control in the Wireframe skin to be gender-neutral. Thanks Oscar G. for bring this up!
        • We now allow Import JSON in Symbols as well as Mockups.
        • Fixed an issue when exporting some icons to BMML.
        • Fixed the title of the Rename Group dialog.
        • In our web versions, we now only allow caching of the skin files once per release.
        • Fixed an issue with links not showing up properly in Data Grids sometimes. Thanks Michael P. for reporting it!
        • Fixed an issue with using the {color} macro in the last row of a Data Grid. Thanks Steve H. for reporting it!
        • We now show [New Project] instead of the more cryptic [-] in the window title when a project has never been explicitly saved yet.

        How do I update?

        If you're using the Web Demo, Mockups 3 for Google Drive, Confluence Cloud or JIRA Cloud, 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 3.4.1.

        What else is going on?

        Onward!
        Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

          [Release] Easier Access to Alternates, More Android-y Controls and Lots of Little Bug Fixes!

          Hello friends of Balsamiq!

          As you know, we never get tired of making our little tool better and better for you all. :)

          Let's see what's in today's release.

          Easier Access to Alternates!

          Many of you asked for this, and here it is!

          You can now select alternates easily both from the navigator menu and the fullscreen navigator menu.

          alternates

          Thanks to all the people who asked for this on this thread, this one, this one, and via email.

          New, more Android-y Options for Controls!

          So we heard this Android thing is getting popular and it looks like it might be here to stay ;) so we thought we'd make it easier to wireframe Android applications without having to use an external symbol library.

          This release includes a first batch of changes, more will come in the future.

          New Search Options

          search

          We added a shape option to make the Search control have Rounded Corners or be Rectangular, made the search icon optional, and added an option to show or hide a microphone icon.

          New Text Input Border Options

          textinput

          We added an option to have the border of a Text Input control be only the bottom line, instead of a rectangle. Android-y! :)

          New Progress Bar Options

          progress

          We added a thin style and support for color to the Progress Bar. Nice and flexible.

          New Alert Options

          alert

          We added a different style for the buttons (without a border), and added support for button color.

          Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

          • Fixed an error when removing overridden properties of a stretched symbol instance.
          • Fixed an error when dragging symbols between libraries in some rare cases.
          • In our web-based versions, we improved the UX of downloading BMPRs and assets to your computer in Chrome (they fixed their bug). This was released as version 3.3.13 on March 25th.
          • Fixed an error when exporting arrows with default control properties to BMML.
          • Fixed an issue with restored mockups not ending up in their previous position in some cases.
          • Fixed the sorting of Quick Add to be case-insensitive.
          • Fixed an issue with us ignoring tab characters in some cases. Thanks Lesani for reporting it!
          • We now add the current date to the top of our log file (helps with debugging)
          • Fixed an error when undoing the transformation of a group to another control type. Thanks so much Stewart M. for reporting this!
          • Fixed a regression, where the ENTER key no longer entered a group or symbol instance.
          • Fixed a cosmetic issue with drawing a block of text while editing a group.
          • We changed the algorithm that decides to scroll content to the right when showing the right panel. It should happen less frequently now. Thanks Robson for reporting it!
          • Fixed a bug with CTRL+Z not working when editing text in some cases.
          • You can now copy/paste mockup and project notes without having to edit them. Thanks Stromatolyte and Liubi for requesting this!
          • We made it easier to rearrange mockups by dragging thumbnails. Thanks Aras_Kannu for requesting this!
          • Fixed an annoying "jump" when switching between mockups while in fullscreen. Thanks Marc P. for reporting this!

          How do I update?

          If you're using the Web Demo, Mockups 3 for Google Drive, Confluence Cloud or JIRA Cloud, 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 3.3.14.

          What else is going on?

          Onward!
          Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

            [Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud!

            Hello friends of Balsamiq!

            We're happy to announce that Balsamiq Mockups 3 has come to JIRA Cloud!

            In March of last year we introduced version 3 to Mockups for Desktop and later to our Google Drive plugin.

            Well, today we're ready to announce that we released Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud in Atlassian Marketplace!

            This release includes all of the v3 goodness: single-file projects, reusable symbols, a more standard editing UI with left and right panels, immediate auto-saving, full-screen navigation for viewers (without having to enter the editor), real-time collaboration, and more!

            Here's a quick intro on what's new in Balsamiq Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud:

            Being a Connect add-on means Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud is sold directly from Atlassian Marketplace and not from our website. This should make purchasing our add-on for JIRA Cloud easier for your team: your billing is unified with Atlassian and comes with standard Cloud licensing.

            Subscriptions are monthly or annual, depending on your Atlassian subscription settings, and you can easily stop and start the subscription depending on your needs.

            Pricing and other purchasing details can be found in Marketplace.

            What happens for existing JIRA Cloud customers using v2?

            Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud is a new add-on that will replace the previous pre-installed Mockups for JIRA add-on. We've worked with Atlassian to make the technical and licensing transition between the two add-ons as seamless as possible for any users who had been using the older version of our plugin.

            If you already have a Balsamiq-issued Mockups for JIRA license registered in your JIRA Cloud instance we'll be emailing your billing and technical contacts with details about the licensing and installation transition. Additional details about your license and add-on migration are outlined in here.

            Technical details about migrating to the new add-on and migrating individual mockups to the new file format are found in our Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud Transition Guide. Don't worry, it's very smooth.

            What about Confluence, and Server?

            Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud is coming VERY soon, so stay tuned!

            We're looking into bringing version 3 to JIRA Server and Confluence Server customers as well, but we don't have an ETA for it at this point.

            Ready to try Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud? start a 30 day trial today! :)

            If you have any questions or find any issues, don't hesitate to get in touch!

            As always, happy wireframing!

            Peldi for the Balsamiq team

              [Release] Another Nice Little Release

              Hello friends of Balsamiq!

              Another month, another nice little release to make you even more awesome at wireframing! :)

              Let's dive right in.

              Automatic Repositioning of Aligned Labels

              This little and nearly invisible feature will save you loads of time, especially if you create forms.

              When labels are auto-sized, we now respect their text alignment property and move them accordingly after you change the text.

              It's much easier to show than to describe, take a look:

              autoposition

              Thank you Marco B., Devin E., Tomas K. and Berthold N. for reporting this annoying little usability issue!

              Duplicate an Alternate As a New Mockup

              Ever wanted to turn an alternate into its own mockup? You used to have to select all, copy, create a new mockup and paste.

              As of today, you can just select the new "Duplicate As New Mockup" feature and pronto, you're done! :)

              duplicateasnew

              Thanks Chris Gatland, John P., and Tomas Kepler for the feature request!

              Shift+Scrollwheel for Horizontal Scrolling!

              Are you on Windows and use a trackpad or a mouse with a mouse wheel? Or are you on Mac and use a Mighty Mouse? Then you might have gotten frustrated at our lack of support for horizontal scrolling.

              Because of the platform we're using right now, we have limited support for horizontal scrolling, but we found a compromise! Just hold SHIFT and scroll up and down, and we'll interpret it as horizontal scrolling. Yay!

              Thanks Steve M., Iain F., Michael B., dotNetCarpenter and all the people on this thread, William B., Colin Heics, Thom S., Sven H., Muzzafar A. and others for the feature request. We hope this little change will make you super-productive! :)

              A Brand New Web Demo Project!

              We spent some time to update the default project you see when you visit our Web Demo Version.

              webdemo

              We now show a bunch of our newest features, and teach you how to use them. We even include some sample interactive prototypes in it to use as a starting point.

              Take a look!

              Other improvements and bug fixes

              • Fixed an issue with exporting PDF when a mockup contained a link with a % character in it. Thanks Jeff A. for reporting it!
              • Fixed an issue with links not showing up in the right place in exported PDFs when the mockups were really tall. Thanks obg for reporting it!
              • Fixed an issue with links in PDFs not respecting the z-Order in some cases. Thanks Luis C. and Jeff B. for reporting it!
              • Fixed an issue with exporting Arrow controls to BMML in some cases.
              • Fixed an issue with the "remove overrides" button in the inspector maintaining focus. Thanks Kevin for reporting it!
              • Fixed an issue with Symbol overrides getting committed even after hitting Escape in some circumstances. Thanks for the bug report russ!
              • Fixed an issue with the mockup name tooltip not refreshing immediately after a duplicate or rename operation. Thanks Samuel D. and Robson W. for reporting it!
              • Fixed an issue with the Page Up and Page Down keys turning off Markup in some situations on Windows in Full Screen Presentation Mode. Thanks grebe for reporting it!
              • CTRL+D now duplicates the current mockup when the focus is in the navigator. Thanks Michael H. for requesting it!
              • The little helper icon next to the Links inspector pointed to a 404 page. That's now fixed.
              • Fixed a strange little issue with the DataGrid showing the wrong label color in some cases. Thanks russ for the bug report!
              • Added support for the {mockup-name} macro in the Browser control. A good idea by cschriemer!
              • Fixed an old issue with text links when the URL contains - or _ characters. Finally!
              • Fixed an issue with the Button control not showing the text if the font size was set to 30 or higher.
              • We now properly center the line inside the H.Rule and V.Rule controls. Such a simple little thing, but so useful! Thanks so much ArcticMe for reporting the issue!
              • Fixed an issue with the Formatting Toolbar control not exporting properly in some cases.
              • Fixed a little regression in the help menu in the web versions (it was showing Register... as if it was on Desktop).
              • We now default to showing all branches of the mockups navigator as being open instead of closed. It gives you a better sense of the contents and size of the project when you first open it.
              • Fixed an issue with export to ZIP failing in some rare cases. Thanks for Ben G. reporting it!
              • We now fully disable Quick Draw when overriding symbol instances.
              • We restored the old v2 behavior of the Links Inspector when multiple controls are selected. Thanks Colin M., Chris G., and Colin McQ. for reporting it!

              How do I update?

              If you're using the Web Demo, Mockups 3 for Google Drive or Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud, 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 3.3.11 (if you are wondering about the skip in minor version since our 3.3.9 announcement, it's because build 3.3.10 was released silently to fix a little bug, only in our web-based versions).

              MARCH 16, 2016 UPDATE: we just did a tiny 3.3.12 release to fix this bug.

              What else is going on?

              Onward!
              Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

                [Release] Full Screen Project Centering Rules, Read-Only Mode, and more!

                Hello friends of Balsamiq!

                We never get tired of making our product better so that you can be even more awesome using it. :)

                Let's see what's in today's release.

                Full Screen Project Centering Rules!

                This is one of those rare features that's harder to explain than to use.

                Here's the problem: when presenting your project in Full Screen Presentation mode, you might notice that most of your mockups end up in the top or top-left corner of the screen. This is because one of your mockups (perhaps a site map or another mockup that's not properly part of the prototype) is "too tall" or too wide, pushing everything else to the edge of your screen.

                The solution: we now give you a quick way to figure out which mockup is "the offender" and to remove it from the centering calculation.

                Let me show you real quick:

                We are excited about this feature, it should take care of a bunch of separate requests: here's one from Sven, Jess_Readhead and Patty_Crain, one from lawrie, one from radiator, plus others from Aurora K., Abhishek R., Seth G. Mobile Tech Info, and more.

                New "Read-Only" Mode

                There are times where it's better to just let a user view a project without letting them make edits.

                For instance:

                • In a web-based version of Mockups, when the Internet connection goes down and the editor works on reconnecting.
                • When opening a BMPR file with an expired trial license in Mockups 3 for Desktop.

                Before today's release, we let users make changes in these occasions, but those changes were not being saved. As you can imagine, this led to some confusion and lost work.

                Starting today, when one of the occasions above happens, the app will go in "read-only mode", meaning that you'll be able to see everything and even copy text from each control, but you won't be able to make changes to the project.

                expired

                This will also be useful in the future when we add richer collaboration capabilities to the app: you'll be able to invite collaborators but only give them viewing rights instead of editing rights. Fancy!

                Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

                • We changed the keyboard shortcut for switching from Label to Text and from Text Input to Text Area from CTRL+ENTER to ALT+ENTER.Thanks kemch and hshubin for the smart request.
                • We added a link to the Data Grid Formatting Documentation directly in the default text of the Data Grid. Handy!
                  datagrid
                • We made it easier to select objects near the top-left of the canvas.
                • We capture CTRL+T to transform in web-based versions as well.
                • You can now transform a Text Input into a ComboBox control. Thanks EdRyan for the request!
                • You can now transform a Tag Cloud into a Text control. Tomas_Kapler for the request!
                • Fixed how the ComboBox resizes when it has multiple lines of text, it's closed and autosized.
                • Fixed a regression: the alignment button had disappeared from the App Bar!
                • We improved the margins of the Arrow control. No more clipping! Thanks sgiroux as always!
                • Fixed a regression around exporting and cropping. Thanks so much Andi for reporting it!
                • We improved how we decide to show the "would you like to replace this asset" dialog when copying from one BMPR and pasting to another. Thanks David Y. for the report!
                • Fixed an issue with importing from JSON not working if the user was in the Assets view.
                • Fixed an issue with Zoom All to Fit not working in some cases. Thanks russ for the report!
                • Fixed an issue when dragging and dropping resulting in the wrong mockup being selected. Thanks aledis, Jerome R. and Aras_Kannu for the report!
                • Fixed an issue with undoing and redoing resizing of groups not working predictably in some cases.
                • We now prevent transforming a control type when overriding a symbol, to avoid bugs like the one diederick found.
                • We added the iPad control to the "Big" tag in the UI Library.
                • We fixed an issue in which the wrong symbol would get selected in the symbol library in some cases. Thanks Jerome R. for the report!
                • We fixed an issue with spurious "this file is locked" errors showing up when working on files saved in network drives. Huge thanks to Steve C. for all the help debugging this annoying behavior.
                • Fixed a run-time-exception when reconnecting (in our browser-based versions).
                • We updated our app's code-signing certificate.

                How do I update?

                If you're using the Web Demo, Mockups for Google Drive or Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud, 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 3.3.9 (if you are wondering about the skip in minor version since our 3.3.5 announcement, it's because builds 3.3.7 and 3.3.8 were released silently to fix a few little bugs, only in our web-based versions).

                What else is going on?

                Onward!
                Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

                  [Release] myBalsamiq Annual Plans!

                  Hello friends of Balsamiq!

                  In December we released a new version of myBalsamiq that offers annual plans and billing improvements. You may not have noticed it while creating mockups over the past month, but we hope December's release will make your financial departments swoon!

                  Our old subscription service provider served us well, but it has some limitations. So we built a custom integration with Stripe which has been working well in Mockups 3 for Google Drive since May 2015.

                  We are excited to finally be able to offer you some billing features in myBalsamiq that you've been requesting for years.

                  Here are just a few:

                  • Annual billing! Annual billing! Annual billing! We've added a discounted price to pay for 1 year of myBalsamiq upfront, rather than a month at a time. This will save your accounting team from having to track down the invoice every month for your credit card statement.
                  • An actual invoice: Previously our "invoices" were more like receipts, which are not accepted easily in some countries. They now have more product information, an invoice number, and other common details required by accounting standards in some parts of the world.
                  • Easily editable invoice fields: You no longer need to re-enter your credit card to make simple changes to your address on your invoices!
                  • More invoice fields: We know many countries require invoices have your Company Name and Tax ID, and now we no longer have to suggest awkward work arounds for adding this information. You'll have dedicated, easily editable fields to update this information.
                  • Downloading your invoice to PDF: Just a simple click on a button and it's done!
                  • Better billing notifications: We were restricted previously on the type of notifications we could send, and how we could personalize it for your subscription. We hope the new automated emails better communicate your billing details, as well as changes to your subscription or problems with your renewal payment.

                  How Do I Get Access to These New Features?

                  If you are still in the 30 day trial, simply sign up! You'll have access to everything immediately.

                  If you already have a myBalsamiq subscription, because of how credit card authorization works, we can't automatically switch you to the new system. All you'll need to do is make a change of some kind to your subscription, such as updating your credit card or upgrading to an annual plan.

                  All changes that migrate you from the old system to the new system will require you to re-enter your credit card, but after that you'll have access to the new billing features.

                  You'll of course receive credit for any time remaining on the old system, and any unused site credit you have will also transfer.

                  My Financial Team Is Having Trouble Getting the Invoices?

                  One temporary issue before switching to the new system is you may have previously been sending invoices to someone in your company who was not a member of your myBalsamiq Staff. The new system requires invoices to be sent to either the site owner or the secondary billing administrator.

                  So the easiest thing to do, is to first set up your finance team member as your official secondary billing administrator. Here is how.

                  After that, they'll be able to directly make changes to your plan, and update or retrieve invoices.

                  If you have any questions or problems, please let us know!


                  We Also Did a Little Bug-Fix Mockups for Desktop Release Today

                  Here's what we fixed:

                  • Fixed an issue with importing ZIP files with a single folder of BMMLs in them.
                  • Fixed an annoying "window jumps around as you drag it" bug in OS X El Capitan!
                  • Fixed this issue with the Icon and Label control.
                  • Fixed an issue with assets getting duplicated when dragging them from one project to another in some cases.
                  • We improved how we draw arrow points so that they scale better when zoomed in.

                  For posterity, today's release is build 3.3.6.

                  Simply install 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! :)

                  Enjoy!
                  Natalie for the Balsamiq Team

                    [Release] "Resize To...", New Combo Box, Arrows Improvements, Easier Project Maps, and More!

                    Hello friends of Balsamiq!

                    We hope you all took a refreshing break during the holidays, and wish you all a fantastically creative and productive 2016!

                    We have a small release for you today, and we hope you'll like it!

                    New "Resize To" Feature!

                    You can now select multiple controls and resize them to match the widest, narrowest, tallest or shortest in the selection. This is SUPER-handy when creating sets of Buttons, for instance.

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                    Thanks for those who requested this over the years; last but not least, ArticMe.

                    Much Improved Combo Box Control!

                    You can now change the text color, you can set a pulldown item as selected, you can set it to focussed mode (both when in Open and Closed state), it's now the same height as the Text Input control in the wireframe skin, you can use the x and o notations for checkboxes and radio buttons, the - or = notation for separators, you can add a scrollbar to it...it really is very powerful now.

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                    Thanks to all those who requested these improvement over the years, here or here or here or here or here or via email.

                    Arrow Improvements!

                    The new Arrows have been universally very well received.

                    As with all major updates to a feature, some minor issues came up, which we're fixing today.

                    We fixed an issue with arrow resizing and padding in groups, improved how arrows resize when near the canvas edges, made arrows markup again (we had inadvertently changed this in 3.3), made it possible to revert overriding arrow positions and fixed an issue when exporting them to BMML.

                    We also made it possible to hold down SHIFT while dragging an arrow end-point to snap at 45 degree intervals. This also makes it very easy to draw straight horizontal and vertical lines, a request by sgiroux and harjeetgulati.

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                    Easier Project Maps!

                    You can now create a Site Map control based on the contents of the project with just one click!

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                    Other Fixes and Improvements

                    • Made \r line breaks work in the Alert control.
                    • Changed the order of menu items in the right-click menu: now Select is above Lock).
                    • Fixed the color of the scrollbar in wireframe skin (it was too dark).
                    • We now make sure we save all updated thumbnails in the BMPR on project close or exit.
                    • Fixed an issue with exporting when markup was hidden.
                    • Fixed an issue with CTRL+TAB also indenting mockups on Windows. Thanks sgiroux for reporting it!
                    • Improved the quality of cropped images. Thanks grebe for bringing it up!
                    • Fixed an issue with mockup scroll position not getting restored properly when going from Symbols to Mockups in some cases.

                    How do I update?

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

                    For Mockups 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 3.3.4 3.3.5 (we updated real quick to fix a few little regressions).

                    What else is going on?

                    We released yearly subscriptions on myBalsamiq! We'll write a separate post about it soon, but you can already find them on your Site Settings page.

                    We are also hard at work bringing all the v.3 goodness to myBalsamiq. It's a big project, thanks for your continued patience.

                    We also published these four blog posts:

                    Onward!

                    Peldi for the Balsamiq Team


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