[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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

For posterity, today's release is build 3.4.1.

What else is going on?

Onward!
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team


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