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Hello everyone! It's only been two weeks since our last little release, but it feels much longer for some reason. We've been really busy.
How have you been? We missed you! 🙂
We have a nice little update for you today.
The biggest change of this release is that from now on, Mockups for Desktop will let you open files even when the app is not registered.
You'll still get the nag screen every 5 minutes (easily dismissed with the ENTER key), but this effectively turns the unregistered/demo mode of Mockups for Desktop into a viewer for your prototypes.
You can now send a client a stack of BMMLs and image assets if you have them - just zip it all up! - a link to install the Mockups for Desktop (http://www.balsamiq.com/products/mockups/desktop#download or simply http://bit.ly/installbalsamiq) and the name of the BMML file they should open first. Without having to pay, they'll be able to click zoom in and out, go full-screen, click around the linked mockups and fully experience the fruits of your wireframing genius! 🙂
If they want to save their changes, they can either use the "Export..." feature to save manually to a text file, or simply purchase Mockups for Desktop themselves! 😉
I know this is not the ultimate "Mockup Viewer" some of you have been asking for, where you send people a single SWF file or even a self-installing application, but we think it's a step in the right direction. The two are not mutually exclusive. Don't forget that you can always export all of your mockups as a single PDF already.
As with most of what we do, this was not our idea. It came from Scott G., via email. Thank you Scott! 🙂
As a personal note, I'd like to share the fact that we paused for 30 seconds before making this change: will relaxing the limitations of our unregistered version mean that more people will just use the app without paying for it? Is this going to hurt our sales? Well, our answer is "we don't know, but it feels like the right thing to do for our existing customers". One of our mantras is to "work like you don't need the money", which comes in handy a lot more than you'd think! This time was no exception. Let us know what you think of this decision, leave a comment! 🙂
Since our last release we've been entirely focused on myBalsamiq, our web app. We have a release candidate for a big beta refresh ready to go and are setting up a staging environment so that we can test recovery from backup properly. Data-safety first! 🙂 Fun times, can't wait to share more.
So with all that going on, we were only able to fix small things here and there in this release.
Here's what's we did:
We have a "non-code-related release" scheduled for tomorrow (come back here to see what I mean with that), and we're going to push the new build of myBalsamiq to the beta right after.
Once the new build is live I'll do a screencast of it so that you can get a better taste for it, and if it's well received by our beta testers we'll open it up a bit more to a few more people (I have hundreds of names in a GMail folder to pick from).
For now, I'll share with you two of our internal "working mockups" that have to do with myBalsamiq, just for fun! 🙂 Click to enlarge.
We'll let the new myBalsamiq build sit for a little while so that people can test it properly.
While that happens, we're going to start focusing on solving our #1 most requested feature, re-using mockup pieces across your projects. We have some exciting plans about this and we'll want your feedback on them before we start coding. Stay tuned!
Other than that, things are going great. January was our best month ever (by far!) and we're working on laying the foundations of our new little company, which feels so much more mature than what we were in 2009.
Just 12 months ago we went from being "One guy with a laptop" to "a couple of guys in a studio". Today I just updated our company page to reflect our new status: "small company, big ambitions".
I just love it, this is exactly what I fantasized about before I started, I can't believe it's really happening.
Alright, I'd better get back to it, talk to you soon! 🙂
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team
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The desktop viewer version is great and is just what I needed. thanks!