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Whoa, it's only been 18 days since the last release but somehow it feels much longer.
We've been really busy (see below), but once again we were able to squeeze in a few new features and bug fixes for today's release.
The main change of today's release is the switch to a fully-functional, 7-day-long free demo for Mockups for Desktop.
Gone is the nagging dialog every 5 minutes, and you'll be able to fully test Mockups for Desktop for a whole week. This means saving your work, importing images, linking mockups together, the works! 🙂
After 7 days, when your demo expires, you'll no longer be able to save your mockups, export them to PNG or print them (you can still take screenshots with an external program and use the "Export..." feature to save your work manually, as always).
Even after the demo expires, you won't get the nagging dialog any more.
This is what the app will look like during the demo period (click to enlarge):
Why only 7 days? We heard that most people buy Mockups after about an hour or two of testing it, so we feel that a week is plenty of time to properly get the value of Mockups. If that's not enough for you, write us a convincing email 😉 and we'll send you a demo key which will extend your trial for another week or so.
A side-effect of today's change is that we are stopping our old "free evaluation license for bloggers in exchange of a fair review" program.
This change is a bit scary (our sales might drop dramatically for this week), but we believe it's the right thing to do. Everybody hates nagware, and we want our perspective customers to be able to fully test the application before they buy, it simply makes sense. The first person to suggest this change was Rick F. via a very well written and convincing email, for which I am very grateful.
The maximum size of a single mockup went from 2840x2840 pixels to 4056x4056. It doesn't look like such a dramatic enhancement if you look at the mockup below (exported with the new build), but it's more than twice the pixels!
Another related change is that you'll now be able to see the "edge of the world" limit of the canvas as you zoom out:
Many thanks go out to all those who requested for this...Daniel Magliolia, Ionut, Debbie, and many others! 🙂
A lot of you have asked for this (Travis, Prestoz) and I was able to squeeze it in quickly: you can now add <transparentBackground>true</transparentBackground> to your MockupsDesktop.cfg config file and we'll export your mockups with a transparent background instead of a white one.
A word of caution: all of our UI controls were drawn on a white piece of paper, so they work best against a white background...if you place them on a dark background your mileage may vary...don't say I didn't warn you... 🙂
Easy! You can head over to our download page.
As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! 🙂
For posterity, these are the version numbers of today's release:
Man, a lot has happened since our last update.
Some of it we cannot share yet (it's all very good, don't worry), but here's a recap of the rest:
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That was quick! I was about to send an update after I figured out it would only happen when a custom color was used, but you’re on top of it already. Downloaded, using it already 🙂
[Peldi: Hi Sergei, you might want to download 1.7.14, I have just fixed one more little color-related bug]
I just updated to v1.7.11 and I wanted to comment on something. The horizontal and vertical rules are now much fatter, one of my recent mockups relied on a couple very thin faint lines separating the logo/menu area and the footer on the page. I was trying to introduce the idea in a subtle way as I think it does a better job separating sections of the site. Anyways, it seems that while you can go into the properties and change the width/thickness, it does not do anything to the appearance and it reverts back to the default value of 5.
Also, another ‘crazy’ idea, if there were a couple other options in the breadcrumbs control, similar to the text box options
RootNode > SectionNode > SectionNode > CurrentNode
It would be nice to have the usual text attributes for each node type (root, section and current) like color, style, decoration, etc. and have a selection for some common separator types > | : :: (fixed dropdown list, dropdown + custom image dialog perhaps?)
Love the product, would like to know how and when we can use asset manager or create custom controls for even faster prototyping.
Morrison Management Specialists
[Peldi: So sorry Sergei! I just fixed the bad thickness injection. Please download the latest, it will all be back to normal]