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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.
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