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Hello friends of Balsamiq!
We hope you all had a great summer. Most of us took some time off to unplug, recharge and get ready for a great, highly productive fall and winter.
Even during the summer break, we have added some new features and fixed lots of little things here and there. Check out what's new in today's release, it's a pretty sweet one!
The Mac version of Mockups for Desktop now supports retina displays. Click on the image below to see the comparison:
Blurry text, be gone! 🙂
Thank you Clay Johns and others and mason-google for requesting it!
Mockups for Google Drive is one of our fastest growing products, so we're finally giving it the attention it deserves.
In this release we fixed the most annoying issues it had: we improved the installation experience, sharing mockups with images in them now actually works, and the file picker no longer gets confused when you have multiple Google Accounts.
We also focussed on making it feel a lot more "Google Docs-like". We now always show your email address in the top-right corner, so that you can always tell which account you're working with. We now automatically save all changes as you make them (you no longer have to click Save explicitly).
We save a new revision whenever you close the browser tab, and allow you to revert to the last revision from within the mockup editor directly. We even allow you to rename a mockup from within the editor!
In other words, it's pretty sweet. We're even working on allowing real-time co-editing, something we'll want to eventually roll out across all of our products. We have a proof of concept in place, so stay tuned for exciting developments in this area.
But first, we'll work on supporting links, that's definitely the biggest missing feature in Mockups for Google Drive right now.
If you haven't tried Mockups for Google Drive yet, this might be a good time to jump in. Just make sure you have Google Drive itself all set up (visit drive.google.com), then install the application from here.
Other than the many fixes listed below, we made a few long overdue UX improvements to myBalsamiq.
First of all, we finally fixed what we internally call "the relinker". This means that if you rename a mockup that has links to it in other mockups, all those other mockups will get updated automatically. No more broken links to fix manually!
We also made a lot of improvements in the project browser within the myBalsamiq editor. You can now rename, re-order and delete mockups, all within the myBalsamiq editor. You can even delete images from the UI library directly - just right click on the image you want to delete in the UI Library or the image selection dialog and click on "Delete Image".
Oh, and if two people are editing a project at the same time, each is notified of renames, re-orders or deletions immediately. It's very smooth indeed. 🙂
We also now give better feedback while mockups are loading, and we greatly improved the experience when we realize that you've been logged off while editing a project.
We also improved the experience when losing connection, removing some false positives and improving the message. We also auto-save everything all the time, so we no longer have to warn you about leaving a myBalsamiq editor tab with unsaved changes.
Thank you Robert Wallerblad, Heidi H., Jeremy B., Carlton W., Gordon T. and Jason D. for reporting about the relinker and Ole Seidel, Mario S. and Mark C. for reporting about the offline dialog issues.
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:
Let's see, what have we done since our last release...
Last but not least, the Balsamiq Moockups cow wanted to say hi.
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team
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