[Release] Mockups 3.3, Another Big Step Forward!

Hello friends of Balsamiq!

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! :)

A New Way to Organize Your Mockups!

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.

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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.

Better Sizing of Thumbnails

We now resize the thumbnails in the navigator proportionally, instead of just horizontally like before. Take a look:

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This works for Assets thumbnails as well, so if you want to see your images nice and big, now you can!

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Big Boy Arrows!

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:

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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! :)

"Back" Meta-Link!

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.

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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!

New "Link to a New Duplicate of This Mockup" Functionality

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!

We Now Remember Zoom and Scroll Settings across Restarts!

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!

20 New Icons from FontAwesome 4.5!

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).

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With this update, we were also able to improve how some 2.2 icons in BMMLs are converted when imported into v.3.

Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • Resizing a selection from the top-left corner made the right side of the selection flicker. That's now fixed.
  • Similarly, drawing controls with R, T or Y from bottom-right to top-left made the right side of the new control flicker. This is now also fixed.
  • We improved how the button control works when small. Thanks wichase for your assistance!
  • We fixed an issue in the Data Grid where the text in the first row might be white instead of black when the header row was off, nothing was selected and the project selection color was dark.
  • Fixed an issue in the Data Grid showing a selected row at the bottom even after the text for that row was deleted.
  • The Property Inspector for Data Grid controls now says "Data Grid" instead of "List".
  • We fixed an issue with the List control not displaying properly when the font size was very big, some of the text "spilled over" the bottom of it.
  • We fixed an issue with icons getting underlined when a control's text was set to underlined. Thanks heringsfilet for reporting this!
  • Dragging mockups between projects now also brings any alternates along.
  • We changed how the Color Inspector looks to make it much clearer. Take a look:
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  • We also moved the color picker for text color next to the other text-related settings, where it belongs:
    textcolor
  • The Icon Inspector now shows which icon is selected, finally!
    iconinspector
    Thanks thesec and mhohlfeld and Tadhg_Kelly for requesting this!
  • We fixed an issue introduced in 3.2.3 with images with a transparent background getting a white background when cropped. Thanks Aude L. for pointing this out!
  • We made "Zoom All to Fit" work for alternates and mockups you hadn't visited yet as well.
  • We added a Project Link Color feature!
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    This affects links all over the project.
  • The Inspectors for Symbols, Links and Data Grid now have handy help buttons that take you to their respective documentation article.
  • As a measure to future-proof our application, we added a check on the BMPR format version number when you try to open a project. If the format is too new to be compatible, Mockups will show you a message suggesting an update instead of trying to open the file, which could corrupt it.
  • Fixed an issue with the Alternates Panel getting "squished" when exiting Full Screen presentation mode.
  • We added a scrollbar to the Mockup Notes section. Great idea Liubi!
  • Fixed an issue with linked groups no longer showing the little linking arrow icon.
  • Fixed an annoying bug that made little changes "snap back". Finally!
  • Added Text Color support to Text Input and Text Area controls.
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  • We fixed the horizontal alignment of Checkboxes and Checkbox Groups, and of Radio Buttons and Radio Button Groups so that they look better when used together in forms.
  • We now show a more helpful error in the rare cases in which a BMPR cannot be loaded for some error.
  • Fixed the message you get when installing an extended trial key.
  • Fixed an issue with Custom Properties not showing up properly sometimes in web-demo or Mockups 3 for Google Drive. Thanks Paul F. for reporting this!
  • Improved the look of the ON / OFF switches in Full Screen Presentation Mode, to make the selected value more obvious.
    newfullscreenswitches
    Thanks phillipbligh for requesting this!
  • We added an option to only select the active mockups or only select official mockups in the Export PDF dialog. Handy!
    newexportoptions
    Thanks Chris_Gatland, Scott_Harrington, PhilippQF and Tony B. for requesting this!
  • We now use part of the original file name when creating our local working copy of your BMPR files, so that they're easier to identify should you need to.
  • We now maintain zoom level and scroll position when cloning a mockup.
  • We now remember the last folder you exported a PNG or PDF to and use it in the next export.
  • We made the Switch control a little smaller, to fit better in forms and in the iOS Menu control.
  • We darkened the look of the Switch control when in the OFF position in the wireframe skin.
  • We improved how the Calendar control behaves when resized to be pretty small.
  • We finally fixed a bug with the tooltips showing up too quickly. They should be a lot less annoying now. Thanks Ryan Shelby, Jim S, readygo and others for the request!
  • We fixed the icons for Distribute Centers: the horizontal and vertical ones were swapped! Thanks Patrick H. for bringing it up!
  • We now give you a handy way to lock controls from the right-click menu!
    lock
    Thanks ariley, Julio T. and Dirk K. for asking for it!
  • We now give you a handy way to edit a symbol's source from the right-click menu!
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  • Fixed an issue with the Color Picker incorrectly behaving like a modal dialog.
  • We made \r work in the Alert control, in the 1st and 3rd line of text.
  • Made the text editing pop-up much faster. Since it's something we use all the time, this should be noticeable!
  • Fixed an issue with the Property Inspector "stealing" focus from the navigator.
  • Fixed an issue with the "Are You Sure you want to replace this file?" dialog not showing in some cases in OSX El Capitain. Thanks Jason H. for reporting it!
  • Changed our terminology from "Clone" to "Duplicate" everywhere, since cloning has a specific meaning for developers, and Duplicate is more generic and friendly to non-technical folks.
  • Fixed an issue in Mockups 3 for Google Drive when exporting to PNG when two mockups had the same name. Thanks Pete K. for the bug report!
  • The "Export Current Mockup to PNG" feature didn't propose a filename in Mockups 3 for Google Drive. It works now.

How Do I Update?

If you're using the Web Demo or Mockups 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 3.3.1 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).

What Else Is Going On?

Onward!
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

    User Testing your Balsamiq Prototypes with TryMyUI

    The following is a guest post by Ritvij Gautam of TryMyUI.


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    Balsamiq_Create Test

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      [Release] A bit of bug-squashing

      Hello friends of Balsamiq!

      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.

      • Fixed an old bug with cropping a rotated image. It works now!
      • Fixed an issue with migrating old Mockups for Google Drive data to the new BMPR format.
      • Made "Zoom All to Fit" work reliably in more cases. Thanks Russ for reporting this!
      • Fixed an operation that might have resulted in a noticeable slowdown on app launch.
      • Added retry logic when copying BMPR files from our internal temporary location back to their original location, which should help when working with network drives.
      • Rewrote the "Save Project As..." logic to be much safer and faster.
      • Fixed an issue with real time collaboration in Safari 9.0.
      • When using CTRL+Enter to transform a Label to a Text or a Text Input to a Text Area while editing them, we now resize the control to be a bit bigger, saving you a manual step. Thanks Sebastian for the good idea!
      • We added some logs to help us debug edge-case saving issues that a few people are still seeing.

      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 3.2.4.

      What else is going on?

      • We made a new Twitter list which might be useful to our community: User Research Tools.
      • One of our blog posts was picked up by Remote.co, a site for companies with remote workers: 6 Tips for Being a Better Remote Worker.
      • We switched phone service provider and are now able to provide toll-free US numbers both for Technical and Sales Support. Yay!
      • We are working on a few big new features...can't wait to show you! :)

      Onward!
      Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

        [Release] A nice little bug fix release

        Hello friends of Balsamiq!

        Our latest release had some exciting new stuff in it, so now it's time to do a little "let the dust settle" release to fix some bugs here and there.

        We were able to squeeze a little new feature in there though, check it out! :)

        Resizeable Alternates Panel!

        We're very happy to see the Alternates feature being used so much. Many of you asked for a taller Alternates panel in the Info Panel, so we made it resizeable in this release! Just drag it up, and Mockups will remember the size for that project.

        Thanks to Jerome R., Vivek, Chris, Léo, and Lisu for requesting this feature! :)

        Bug Fixes and Other Improvements

        • Darkened the text and icon color in wireframe skin from #555555 to #333333, as #555555 was too light. Thanks to ctoryu and others for bringing it up!
        • Fixed an issue with the automatic text color in the Comment control in wireframe skin. Thanks Chris_Gatland for bringing it up!
        • Made it so that hitting CTRL+ENTER while editing a Text Input control converts it into a Text Area control.
        • Fixed a regression that stripped white spaces from the beginning of mockup names in the rename dialog. Thanks sgiroux for noticing!
        • Updated the documentation links to go to our brand new documentation website.
        • Fixed an issue with the list of possible control types to swap to not having a scrollbar in some cases.
        • Fixed an issue with the View menu not properly showing what the user is working on (Mockups, Assets, etc.).
        • Fixed an issue with selecting an iPhone Keyboard control generating an error in some cases.
        • Fixed an issue when hitting CTRL+ENTER while editing a label with some other control selected resulting in an error.
        • Fixed an old issue with cropping rotated images.
        • Fixed an issue with the Link and Selection color pickers not updating in a real-time-collaboration environment.
        • Fixed an issue with closing a project while it's opening resulting in an error.
        • Fixed an issue with export to PNG failing on El Capitan in some cases.

        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 3.2.3.

        What else is going on?

        • We announced our 3 new hires! Brendan, Virgin and Stefano now bring us to a team of 20 people. Amazing! :)
        • We shared another one of our company policies: Time Off to Exercise.
        • We shipped French and Swedish translations for UX Apprentice. Thanks to our volunteers!
        • We moved our Docs to their own, snazzy new site! Check it out at https://docs.balsamiq.com/. We also greatly improved the search function of our websites, try it out! We're going to blog about it all soon.

        Onward!

        Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

          [Release] Mockups 3.2: a whole new way to wireframe!

          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!

          Two new control types: Block and Line of Text

          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).

          A whole new way to "draw" your wireframes!

          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:

          Swap control type!

          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.

          Working around potential data corruption issues!

          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!

          Better Symbol Library Management

          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.

          Zoom All to Fit and Zoom All to Actual Size

          That's right, you can now finally zoom all of your mockups at once, either to Actual Size (1:1), or "to fit".

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          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!

          Improved Colors in Wireframe Skin

          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:

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          Project-Wide Link Color!

          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:

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          Other changes and bug fixes

          • Reviewed the text color in all control types in both skins: now it will consistently become white when the background is dark, and it will become gray when the control is disabled. Thanks Saleem S. for the bug report.
          • Fixed an issue with ComboBox resizing.
          • Fixed an issue with the background of the iPhone Menu control.
          • Fixed an issue with the external border of the iPad control.
          • Improved how the Button control behaves when small. Thanks Guenter T. and wichase for the bug reports!
          • Fixed an issue with the Calendar control when exporting it to PNG / PDF.
          • The List and DataGrid controls now have a full Color Picker at their disposal. Thanks sgiroux for the request!
          • Fixed an issue with links when importing BMMLs generated via Mockups for Confluence.
          • Added "Circle" and "Ellipse" as alternate names for the Shape control. Thanks Jane Portman for the in-person request at Microconf!
          • Fixed an issue with the mouse pointer getting stuck with the wrong pointer sometimes. This is an oooold bug!
          • Fixed an issue with renaming an alternate putting the app in a broken state. Thanks Dorel D. for the bug report!
          • Our color pickers now show the current color in the tooltip. Handy! Thanks Loren M and win7guru for the bug reports!
          • Fixed an issue with unregistering Mockups for Desktop while the trial is still active. Thanks Michelle B. for the bug report!
          • Fixed an issue with the file extension not being there when saving images and assets to disk.
          • Improved the Rename Mockup dialog so that it doesn't accept multi-line names any more.
          • Finally added type-ahead capability to the link inspector! (in 3.2.2). Thanks Niklas B. and others for the request!
          • Fixed an issue with Save Project As... and Exporting to PDF, PNG or ZIP failing in some cases in El Capitan (in 3.2.2). Thanks djethan for the bug report!

          How do I update?

          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).

          What else is going on?

          Onward!
          Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

            [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


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