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Hello friends of Balsamiq! It's time for another release!
This one is an exciting one. Let's see what's new.
The image inspector pulldown had been in need of some love for a long time. It only showed images used in the current mockup, it sometimes showed images twice, it didn't show where images came from...in short, it wasn't very useful.
That all changes today. The new pulldown is more organized, more visual, faster to use and, we think, much more useful.
Take a look:
The Project Assets panel shows all images in your assets folder. If you have site/account assets, a tab will appear for them. If you use web images or images using relative paths that are not project assets, those will show in the Other tab. On the desktop, you'll also see a handy link to open the Account Assets folder.
This is a step towards making projects first-class citizens in our app, as it encourages people to use project assets more, following our best practice. We have many more steps planned, but as you know, we like to ship things one little free-standing piece at the time, so that we can get your feedback on it. 🙂
Let us know what you think!
We are continuing the work to bring all of our product versions to feature parity with each other.
With today's release, Mockups for Google Drive moves a huge step forward in that direction. In fact, it even gets some features that other versions don't have yet!
Here's a list of today's biggest improvements:
And a thumbnails view:
You can also sort your mockup with drag and drop, as well as create new mockups, and clone, rename or delete existing ones, all from within the editor.
To navigate between mockups, just go full screen and click around!
As usual, everything is auto-saved, all the time.
As an added bonus, if you use the Google Drive Desktop Sync client, you can collaborate between someone using Mockups for Desktop and Mockups for Google Drive pretty seamlessly! Whoa, right? 🙂
We think you'll love the new changes, let us know if you run into any issues and we'll fix them right up!
The last two big features missing, which are coming very soon, are automatic fixing of links on file rename (we call it 'the relinker'), and Symbol support!
Only $5 per month for all this goodness is starting to feel pretty darn cheap ...you'd better act now before we raise our prices... 😉
Up until today, the site owner was the only person who could make billing changes to a myBalsamiq site. This is often not ideal, as the person with purchasing power might not be the same person that needs to manage (or even use) myBalsamiq.
Starting today the site owner can designate a staff member as the secondary billing contact. This allows them to see the payments page, renew, upgrade, downgrade and download past myBalsamiq receipts. Try it out!
If you're using myBalsamiq, you're already updated. Just log back in and enjoy.
For other versions, 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, these are the version numbers of today's release:
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The rename funcion is not working properly…
In the previous versions it worked just fine! Please fix this bug soon…
Hi Henk, only those who want to edit and save mockups have to pay. Everyone else can just install the trial and continue to use it for free to view mockups even after the trial period expires. They just won’t be able to save their changes.
This is looking great and I’m keen to try it out (after a few years of the Desktop client).
I’m not clear on how the pricing works… Does every person I collaborate with need to pay $5 per month? (It could get very costly very quickly… most of my collaboration is really just to get feedback from Stakeholders, not collaboration from other UX designers)
Or is it only the “owner” of the project who pays the $5 per month? (i.e. others can view and edit the mockups, but can’t create new mockups themselves).
I look forward to your response.
Hi Peldi, thanks for the response (it’s Peter by the way, not Paul). Making the font smaller only helps a little, many of my images have filenames that will still be too long to distinguish one from another. I still think that a 1-dimensional alphabetical list is quicker to search than a 2-dimensional grid. With my projects I find that the small thumbnails in the grid are either too crude or too small to be of much benefit. Can we have a menu option (like the Skin options), or preference or config file setting that switches between list and grid for this, then users can choose whatever suits their projects or personal preferences? By the way, the icon for the Default Placeholder (in the top left corner of the new grid) looks too much like the X for closing a window and its location is just where the X is for Mac windows. I’ve found myself clicking this to close the grid only to find I’ve changed an image in my mockup by mistake!
Hi Paul, thanks for the feedback. We’ll make the font smaller so that it fits more characters, and we’ll definitely work on selecting the current image automatically. We should also make the combo-box editable so that as you start typing, it filters the contents of the pop-up. In the meantime, I suggest you use Quick Add instead, you can type the file name and it will show a filtered list.
A significant disadvantage of the new image inspector pull-down is the truncation of image file names. I have large collections of images with filenames longer than the 12 characters you’ve allowed for. With the new pull-down I can no longer see the full names. Also, the old style pull-down highlighted the currently selected image, the new one doesn’t, making it harder to confirm the current selection. A general point is that users can search 1-D lists in alphabetic order much quicker than 2-D lists. The visual grid style works great for small collections but is much slower for the user with large collections than the previous 1-D list. PLEASE can we have the option to have the old-style pull-down, ideally on a per object basis. I can see me using the new style for some images and the old style for others.
Does the real time collaboration work if the bmml mockups are in Google Drive and 2 team members uses the Google Drive Desktop Sync client and Mockups for Desktop? (No Mockups for Google Drive)
Mathieu. It works, but not for every change in the mockup, only when one user saves the mockup. See this video for how the same thing works when using DropBox in the way you suggest: http://support.balsamiq.com/customer/portal/articles/117785