Mockups For Desktop 1.1 alpha - not for the faint of heart

A full 16 days after the release of Mockups 1.0, an alpha version of 1.1 is ready for testing for the braves amongst you. 🙂

Version 1.1 is scheduled to be released on July 21st, and it will be a free upgrade to customers of Mockups 1.0.

What's new

  • ability to open multiple mockups at the same time - this one is a biggie, see below for more details.
  • A new "create a new mockup as a clone of this one" feature
  • The application window remembers its position and size since you last closed it (this feels quite nice actually)
  • PNGs are exported to the same folder as the mockup's XML file (not always on the desktop like before)
  • The application window has a minimum size of 500x500 pixels
  • UPDATE: just added international fonts support - details here

What's still in the works

  • making the new tabs scroll if it they don't fit, making them draggable to re-order them, and prettifying the whole mockups bar a bit
  • two or three new control types (stay tuned, these should be fun)
  • recording a new video for the desktop version and updating the help and tour pages to include them
  • whatever other bug fix/small improvement I can fit in the next two weeks

What will NOT be in 1.1

  • image upload - I know this is a highly requested feature, but it's a tricky one and I want to get it right both on the Desktop and the Confluence versions of Mockups. Be assured it's next on my list.

From one to multiple: anatomy of a new feature

Here's a non-exhaustive list of what goes into adding the ability to open multiple mockups at the same time:

  • a new tab-bar which shows the open mockup files:

    and allows you to create new ones quickly:
  • new menus for "Save All", "Close" and "Create Clone":
  • the ability to copy and paste from one mockup to another
  • a new "save multiple mockups on exit" dialog:
  • saving and restoring session information for multiple mockups
  • reworking the "dirty" mechanism to decide if the current mockup needs saving or not
  • ability to deal with multiple, never-saved before, new mockups

I have tested the new feature quite a bit, but since this is a deep and tricky one I expect there might be a few bugs left in there. Are you willing to help me find them? If so, download and install the new mockups1.1 beta here.

Looking forward to your feedback!

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