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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! 🙂
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.
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).
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Sure, you’re right, curently thats the only way, but
1. the different receivers (clients, freelancers colleagues) of the bmpr files aren’t always allowed to install balsamiq so they have to involve the IT and this seems to me to much of a hassle.
2. If you have grouped elements in balsamiq the process of copying text can only be accomplished by a lot of double clicking (first double click –> group second double click –> text element) and if you have a lot of text to copy that feels quite painful. In a PDF you simply mark the text and copy it
It it going to be a glorious day when the PDF export function will produce text that can be marked and copied for use in photoshop or other designtools. A glorious day indeed 🙂
Hi Dominic, why not just share BMPR files directly? http://support.balsamiq.com/customer/portal/articles/98989#sharebmpr
Another fantastic update as usual. Keep up the excellent work! Look forward to seeing what’s coming further down the line!!
Great as always – I really like it!
Really enjoy your updates. Everytime I read your posts on the topic, I see a few minor annoyances addressed. Keep it up! 🙂