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Hello friends of Balsamiq! It's been a couple of months since our last release, but I think you'll be happy with what we have in store for you today! 🙂
This is a hugely requested feature, and one that will make creating prototypes SO MUCH faster and less painful.
In short, whenever using the [bracketed text syntax] to specify a link in your controls, you will be able to specify a link target as well, and the link will become clickable in Full Screen Presentation mode or in your exported PDFs.
The feature works in the following control types: Paragraph of Text, Geometric Shape, Data Grid, Label, Text Area, Sticky Note, Callout, Tooltip, Arrow, Horizontal and Vertical Curly braces, Checkbox, Radio Button, Tag Cloud, Icon and Label, Multiline Button.
There are two ways to specify the target for a text link: either via the property inspector or via text.
Using the inspector: you just enter links in your text with [this notation], then in the inspector, you use the pulldowns in the Links Inspector - it automatically finds [text links] and lets you choose link targets:
Using text: as we often do, we followed the markdown syntax many people already know and love. To specify a link target, you add it to the link in parenthesis. Here's a few examples, all will work:
These two link to the company.bmml mockup:
These all end up on our website:
Thanks so much Kevin Stevens, Michael Bourque, Michal, tvandeputte, Jamie Newman, vcombs, Jonathan Endersby, Joe Winton, Lucas Partridge, chris, kbaum88, Amit Sawhney, and Peter for requesting it. The first request is from 5 years ago! When we say "we'll get there some day", we mean it! 🙂
We finally added an iPad control. We also added a Popover control, and revamped the look of our iPhone controls to match iOS7 a little bit more. We also renamed the category in the UI Library from "iPhone" to "iOS" and enhanced the iOS keyboard control to make it fit in both the iPhone and iPad controls.
Here's the new iPad control (click to enlarge). As you can see, it can have either a white or transparent background, and an optional top bar as well (just like the iPhone):
Here's the new Popover control. It's really flexible, we suspect you'll be using it for much more than just an iOS Popover:
Thanks so much dbowlerhb, James J Rickards, Kensai (and other 80!!! people) and Joe Schaap for requesting this!
This one is a small one but highly requested one. Moving the selection with the arrow keys (what we call "nudging") used to move stuff 2 pixels at the time (20 if you held the SHIFT key down).
Now that we have a more precise wireframe skin, sometimes that 2 pixel granularity made it hard to align things. Starting today, we now move things 1 pixel at the time, but if you're in a hurry, you can continue to hold SHIFT down and jump 20 pixels at the time.
While we were at it, we also implemented a neat little feature: you now see snap lines appear for a half second while nudging, so you know when to stop. It's the little things, you know? 😉
Thanks so much Matthew Forr, Jon Chang, Breon, Joakim Fläder, Matt Nicolosi, per sjörs, Matty Sallin, Matt Lavoie, beingbrad, DJW, Simon H., Steve B. and Jonah S. for requesting this!
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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:
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Great update! Can’t wait to get the new build…any idea when Atlassian On-Demand users will be getting 2.2.20? Thanks as always.
There’s an issue with the new nudging behaviour though. In order to nudge something 10px (a very common distance) I have to press the arrow key 10 times. Sigh.
Could you bring back 2px nudging while pressing the Alt key? Or use the Alt key for 10px nudging? Both approaches would work, I guess.