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Hi friends! This week's release is a colorful one! 🙂
One of the nice things of finally having someone with graphic design sensibility in-house (yay Mike!) is that we can finally start making things a little prettier for everyone. Today's release is just a start, you'll see many more improvement to the app, the website, and everything else we produce from now on.
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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:
Other than that, everything is going great. We're cranking! 🙂
Oh, I'm going to be on Mixergy next Wed. at 11PST, come show your support in the chat, I'll need it! I'm also speaking at BetterSoftware in Florence soon. If you can't make it to Italy, I'll also be giving another talk at LessConference, in Atlanta, at the end of May. Come say hello!
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You can enter any HEX color in the color picker, as detailed here: https://blogs.balsamiq.com/product/2013/10/24/colorpicker/
That should help but feel free to reach out via email@example.com if you need anything else. 🙂
Can we have more colours please? Or maybe allow custom colour selection?
@AFPC: You can change the default selection color using the Project Inspector in Balsamiq Mockups version 3.x. See the docs here: http://support.balsamiq.com/customer/portal/articles/1895403
How can I change the selection colour on the Desktop Mac version? Any suggestions appreciated.
Hey, everyone. We fixed the link color to use a dark blue and will roll that out soon. Thanks for pointing out the problems you’ve been having.
“All Versions: changed the default color for links to be one of the colors in the new palette. It’s more subtle, less loud. I like it:”
I don’t like it. I like all other improvements you made but this one. I think the new link-color is less distinct and clear. It reads very bad on shades of grey.
The new color looks good on white. But when is Balsamic about looking good?
Maybe I can change the default link color in some sort of settings?
[Peldi: I agree, it’s too washed out. We see it now as well. We’ll make it darker in the next release, thanks for reporting it! We’re also going to improve the selection color as well.]
1) Great to hear about the progress on the components feature, this adds so much value to Mockups. Could not believe that it’s not in there already. I think it will be used heavily from the start to deal with webpage layouts (as in “elements on every page” => Top Level Navigation use case, https://our.mybalsamiq.com/project/143/mockup/454). I tried Napkee(.com) to export a “living” prototype, which is a must-have feature for us. It worked kind of great but needed some side-by-side editing in Napkee and Mockups so that everything looked nice. The components feature would helped a lot doing that (at least everything is pasted in the exact place when copied from one Mockup to another).
[Peldi: yup, we’re doing this as fast as we can]
2) Completely out of context: Great aligning-helper! I did not see something like that anywhere else than Visio. So far, I was never _not_ able to align something the way I wanted.
3) Are you considering to use a public issue tracker (maybe JIRA, I heard there might even be a Mockups plugin for that…)? I really don’t get along with this getsatisfaction platform when I want to report a bug. When you see a high “bounce rate” from Germany for your getsatisfaction instance… that would be me trying (and giving up) to search if a problem has been reported yet. Does Mike as the “UX Guru” have an option on its interface? I’m really not an expert, but it doesn’t strike me as intuitive or welcoming for first time users.
[Peldi: sorry you didn’t like GetSatisfaction. We really like what they stand for, and it’s been working very well for us. I’ll report your feedback to them though, so that everyone wins! :)]
Keep up the great work,
Thank you so much for this great work!
All we need now is a “Rotate” function, so that I can rotate the “volume slider” 😉
[Peldi: Good idea. In the meantime, try using a Vertical Rule control and a little circle icon overlaid on it, or maybe a vertical slider control?]
Really hoping to see the release with Components soon.. would save me a lot of work that I’m doing right now.
Keep up the good work! 🙂
Thank you thank you thank you! Gone with the green selection color.
See this post – we are almost there!