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Once again we've been mostly focused on myBalsamiq this past week but we were able to fix a few bugs here and there, as well as sneaking in two new little features:
Nice and easy to use, we bet it will save you a few clicks.
Both control types support multi-line (with \r), autosize, bold, italic, underline, text size and each line can be made into a link.
Let us know if you find any issues with these young controls and we'll fix them up! 🙂
This is a good one. DanM posted a thread on GetSatisfaction that got me so excited I had to code this on a Sunday morning.
Basically when you use the duplicate feature it no longer works just as a simple shortcut for a Copy + Paste operation. Instead, it has some smarts on where the new control is positioned.
It's easier to try it than to describe it, but I'll try: after your first Duplicate operation we look at where you position the new control, in respect to the original control. Now, if you duplicate again, we use that same offset to decide where to put the new duplicate. This makes it EXTREMELY fast to create a row or a column of buttons or icons. Check it out:
Pretty cool huh? Thanks so much DanM for asking about this, you're the man! 🙂
Our very first little blog roundup, yay! 😉
On our Italian-language blog Marco blogged about Better Software e StartupBusiness.it, two great resources for italian tech startups. It turns out I'll be speaking at the Better Software conference in Florence in May. We also decided to sponsor them as well because we want to see them do well.
On our Technical blog I posted a weird issue we ran into when trying to publish this release two days ago: all of a sudden our build machine couldn't "BER decode our CLR"! Can you believe it? Do you know what it means? We didn't either! 🙂 Aren't error messages great sometimes? 🙂
It feels like a lot of things that have been a long-time coming are finally all maturing at the same time.
Switching to Flash Player 10 and Air 1.5: this is huge because it will enable us to finally code all those features that require it: upping the maximum mockup size, vertical text, better printing, a much better text engine which will one day let us support right-t0-left text and who knows, maybe even get rid of Comic Sans...anyways, making sure nothing breaks from the switch alone is priority #1. We'd love your help testing the new pre-release build in the next few days. Follow us on Twitter if you're interested.
Another new build of myBalsamiq for the beta group. This one will be good enough to share with you both via a screencast and via a public project (see below)
Starting the path to solving the "I want to reuse some controls" use-case. This is one of our top-requested features, definitely at the top of the GetSatisfaction list. We have some ideas on how to solve it and will want your feedback on them. We're going to use a public myBalsamiq project to share our mockups, which will be a nice little test of the web app as well. We'll post here and on Twitter when the mockups are ready to view.
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What do you mean updated for those iPad controls? What changed with them, to me they look the same.
[Peldi: in order to make the iPad controls I had to fix a bug in the iPhone menu (the background was square instead of having rounded corners) and in the Canvas control (a canvas without a border had a 2px “hole” at the bottom). That’s all… 🙂 ]
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Awesome! However, it seems like the “checked” indicator should be the same for each control. Why should I have to remember “o” for radio button and “x” for check box? Seems like the “x” would work fine for both and keep it simple.
[Peldi: good point Mark, I have now made it so that (x), (o), (v), (*), (X), (O), (V) all mean “selected radio”. Same for checkbox. This is now consistent with the older controls. It will be live in the next release]
Great, I always tried to fake the checboxes and radiobuttons with brackets, etc. Always had to deal with escape characters, so that I had to type something like [x] for a faked checkbox.
The new solution works perfect for me! Its a big help. Thanks