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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:
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.
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.
You can now specify icons in the List control!
This is very useful when designing Android menus, as well many more kinds of menus and lists.
Our friends at FontAwesome released an update, so we incorporated it!
Check out the 30 new icons they included:
More details can be found on the FontAwesome website.
BTW, we added these new icons to myBalsamiq as well.
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! :)
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.
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team
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.
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.
Thanks to all the people who asked for this on this thread, this one, this one, and via email.
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.
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.
We added an option to have the border of a Text Input control be only the bottom line, instead of a rectangle. Android-y! :)
We added a thin style and support for color to the Progress Bar. Nice and flexible.
We added a different style for the buttons (without a border), and added support for button color.
For posterity, today's release is build 3.3.14.
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.
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.
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
Another month, another nice little release to make you even more awesome at wireframing! :)
Let's dive right in.
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:
Thank you Marco B., Devin E., Tomas K. and Berthold N. for reporting this annoying little usability issue!
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! :)
Thanks Chris Gatland, John P., and Tomas Kepler for the feature request!
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! :)
We spent some time to update the default project you see when you visit our Web Demo Version.
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!
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.
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.
We never get tired of making our product better so that you can be even more awesome using it. :)
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.
There are times where it's better to just let a user view a project without letting them make edits.
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.
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!
If you're using the Web Demo, Mockups for Google Drive or Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud, you're already updated.
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).
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:
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.
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!
Here's what we fixed:
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.
Natalie for the Balsamiq Team
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!
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.
Thanks for those who requested this over the years; last but not least, ArticMe.
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.
Thanks to all those who requested these improvement over the years, here or here or here or here or here or via email.
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.
You can now create a Site Map control based on the contents of the project with just one click!
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.
For posterity, today's release is build 3.3.4 3.3.5 (we updated real quick to fix a few little regressions).
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:
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team
We're very excited to share today's release with you. It's a big one, so we're switching the minor number from 3.2 to 3.3 for it.
Make yourself comfortable and let's dive in! :)
This has been one of our most requested features for years, and we've finally done it! You can now organize your mockups in groups, creating a simple parent/child relationship between them, just by using TAB and SHIFT+TAB. If you've used Powerpoint or Keynote before, this will feel very familiar to you.
This feature is useful for projects of all sizes, but it especially shines with larger projects.
Here's a little video to see it in action on a simple project:
As you can see at the end of the video, we also increased the size of the thumbnails in the Grid view, to make them more recognizable at a glance.
Thank you so much afeinman and all the others who contributed to the feature request, as well as JeromeR, Trevor A. and Andrei B. via email.
We now resize the thumbnails in the navigator proportionally, instead of just horizontally like before. Take a look:
This works for Assets thumbnails as well, so if you want to see your images nice and big, now you can!
The term "big boy arrows" comes from our friend and long-time-power-user Adam Wride, who used it in the Balsamiq Interviews eBook to describe what he wished our Arrow control would behave like.
Well, our arrows have finally grown up! You no longer have to fiddle with weird property inspectors about direction and curvature, you can simply drag the ends where you want them to be, and drag the middle control point to specify the curvature.
Take a look, it's so simple now:
As you can see, the property inspector has been simplified, and we even added a couple of highly requested features:
As you can see in the video below, you can select either a curved arrow or one made of straight lines, and you can double-click on the middle control point to make the arrows straight or at a right-angle. Handy!
You can also adjust the position of the arrow's label, another highly requested feature.
We also, FINALLY, fixed the clipping bug for arrows when exporting them to PNG or PDF!
Thanks so much to all the people who requested these improvements over the years! You're too many to list, but you know who you are! :)
This is another little feature that's been requested for years. In short, you now have the ability to create a link that goes to the previous page visited while in Full Screen.
This is especially useful for modal dialogs that have to be invoked from different screens, as shown in the little video below:
Due to technical limitations of the PDF format, this feature will sadly not work in exported interactive PDFs.
Thanks for all those who requested this over the years!
We added the "Link to a New Mockup" feature a while ago. Today, following a good idea by ariley, we're also adding a variation that duplicates the current mockup instead of creating a new blank one. Handy!
Another little but highly requested feature. We now do a better job at re-creating the exact situation you were in when you last closed a project, by saving zoom level and canvas scroll position on a cookie on your computer.
Thanks mikecimelli, melogranato and megdesilva, Matt, Alex R., Andrew K., Visnja Zeljeznjak, Steven S., Mark G., Bob J. and others for requesting this!
We incorporated the newly released version 4.5 of FontAwesome, which comes with 20 new icons and a bunch of little fixes here and there (see details).
With this update, we were also able to improve how some 2.2 icons in BMMLs are converted when imported into v.3.
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 3.3.1 3.3.2 3.3.3 (we just did a little update on Friday Dec 4 to fix a little regression with symbols, and another on Monday Dec 6 to fix an issue with resizing arrows in groups and symbols).
The following is a guest post by Ritvij Gautam of TryMyUI.
Every designer faces a dilemma: we become so familiar with what we have created that we can't see aspects of the flow or copy that might be confusing or misunderstood. We’re so close to our designs that it’s just not possible to see it through objective eyes.
The answer to this dilemma is user testing. Putting our designs in front of users and listening to what they don’t like or don’t get is the only way to put feelers into those blind spots and fix our designs in the areas where they fail to meet people’s needs. And the earlier this process happens, the better.
To help Balsamiq customers create usable designs with a great user experience, TryMyUI is offering 5 free usability tests with users from our extensive panel to help you find the blind spots in your myBalsamiq prototypes.
Here’s what you’ll need to know to start testing.
First, make sure all the pages in your myBalsamiq mockup are linked to create an interactive, clickable prototype. Then, click on the Launch Prototype arrow.
Your prototype will launch in a new tab. Copy the URL from this new tab to your clipboard; this is the URL that your TryMyUI testers will be sent to, so you’ll need it when you set up your test in the next step.
Go to www.trymyui.com/campaign/balsamiq and enter your information to sign up with TryMyUI. Now you can create your test.
Fill out the New Test form. Make sure to set Prototype as the Site type so that users can be prepared with the proper instructions. Then, paste the URL of your Balsamiq prototype into the “Website Address” field.
After you’ve entered your URL, input the promo code BalsamiqUI into the field below. Five test credits will be added to your account; you will see them at the checkout step.
Our tips and hints will help you along the way as you set up your test. For extra guidance, read through the Tips & Pointers at the top right.
Review your test, then advance to select the number of users you’d like for your test. Your account will have 5 credits from the promo code – this will allow you to order up to 5 users for free, or you can get an even larger batch by buying additional credits.
Select your desired number of testers, and then hit Checkout.
You will receive an email notifying you when your results are ready. Log back into your TryMyUI account to watch your user videos and read through users’ written survey responses.
Your basic account with TryMyUI is always free, so you can return at any time to view your results again. You will never be charged unless you would like to order more tests or choose to upgrade your account to access our full analytical suite.
Usability testing your prototypes saves time and trouble. Doing your research in the early stages of design makes it easier to change things and build a more usable final product, and with just 5 users you can uncover 80% of the problems in your design.
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Mockups 3 for Desktop is already super-solid, but we take great pride and joy in making it more and more reliable every day. Squashing software bugs is fun! :)
Here's what we've fixed in this release.
For posterity, today's release is build 3.2.4.
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