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Hello friends of Balsamiq!
It's only been three weeks since the last release, but A LOT has happened since. In fact, this is such a big update that we're calling it 3.1! Don't worry, this is a free update for existing customers.
Let's dive right in.
Alternates (also sometimes referred to as versions or branches) allow you to create variations on a single mockup design without adding more mockups to your project.
Creating alternates can be useful during the early design phase when exploring concepts and in later stages for reviewers to add their feedback and propose changes.
Some possible reasons for using alternates:
Here's a quick video about it:
We've been using Alternates for a few weeks, and can't imagine going back.
Read the full documentation here: Working with Alternates, there are some exciting semi-hidden features to explore!
Our Google Drive plugin is the first to "catch up with Desktop". Today's release brings all of the v.3 goodness to Mockups 3 for Google Drive customers.
The plugin was already using auto-save, projects and even BMPR files (though they were saved in a different format internally). It also had real-time collaboration, which we've improved a bit in this release as well.
This release also removes the 10Mb size limit on BMPR files, and shows an RTC-powered viewer when you share a BMPR with someone but only give them read-only access.
We also greatly improved the billing interface for new subscribers (we now control the whole subscription process by integrating with Stripe instead of using Pin Payments as a middle-man). This was A TON of work and will come to existing Mockups for Google Drive subscribers soon and later to myBalsamiq as well.
To use Mockups 3 for Google Drive, just open your existing BMPR files, wait a few seconds for the conversion to the new format to finish and enjoy!
If you have never tried Mockups 3 for Google Drive, you've been missing out! Try it now!
For years we've been suggesting people use headphones when working in Mockups, to help you get in the creative zone.
A few weeks ago we asked ourselves, why not give our awesome users a built-in, get-in-the-zone-inducing track to listen to? And so we did!
Just go to the Help menu, click "Play Background Music", and get to work! 🙂
The track is called Ascension, by Dr. Christopher Lloyd Clarke B.Sc, Msc.D. Meditation music composer and founder of Royalty Free Meditation Music.com.
We cut the track down to 25 minutes, added a Zen bell, then added 5 minutes of nature sounds recorded by our own Michael Angeles in his hikes around Marin County, CA. We then made the resulting 30-minute track loop 4 times.
Why the (25 + 5)*4, you ask? Because this way you can use the music to time your Pomodoros, of course! 🙂
We are absolutely thrilled with this little new feature. It feels like another "I can never go back" feature.
If you're using Mockups 3 for Google Drive or the Web Demo, you're already updated.
For Mockups for Desktop, simply install build 3.1.1 from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.
As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! 🙂
This release would not have been possible without the help of the following awesome people: Cynthia T., Edward B., Emma Jane Westby, Frederik Bader, Geir Sagberg, Greg Jankowski, Jan W., Jenni Merrifield, JeromeR, jonhath, Juliet Sabol, Mark Bednarski, Mark Decker, Markus Groener, MrTaurus, Pablo M., Paul, Philipp Quaet-Faslem, Philipp Quaet-Faslem, Renee Grebe, Sebastien Giroux, Sebastien Giroux, Shane Hussain Naqvi, Tim, Tim Price, Timothy W., Todd F., Vaclav Kocian, Vincent van S., Yan Z., and others.
Thank you all so much for your feature requests, your bug reports, and for caring about our little tool. 🙂
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Alternates is one cool feature. Love it already. Keep up the great work!
Alternates seems to be a nice addition. However I’d prioritize more speed (v3 is very slow on large projects). I’d be happy for more individualization options. For example two sidebars take too much space on small 4:3 screens, or quick access at top left position for sake of consistency with v2. Because first of all I miss the Linux support.
Alternates sounds like exactly what I had been waiting for. The improvements to full-screen mode are also welcome.
Well done guys. Keep reading my mind and offering awesome updates!
Thank you for your reply, I’ll contact support
During the transition from version 3 of the software, I lost three days of work. I use Balsamiq with Google Drive. The latest backup (Google Drive) dated August 27. However yesterday I worked on my project and when I launched the application this morning, I had my work I am doing the day before.
At 13 o’clock today, I have relaunched the application and I lost my last three days of work. Is this normal?
Definitely not normal. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to help. So sorry for the hassle.
Any idea when version 3.1.1 will be available for Jira Cloud?
No ETA at the moment, but we’re in the testing phase of the new version of the plugin already. It’s going to be wicked cool indeed! 🙂