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Hi there, just a small release this week since we're focused on the web app.
This feature is especially useful if you're using one of the 3rd party tools that extend Mockups, such as Napkee for instance.
You can now right-click on any control of your mockup and select "Custom Properties..." from the little context menu:
This will open a dialogue like this one:
Like the dialog says, you can enter a custom ID for the selected control and some custom data to go with it. Mockups will not use these properties directly, but it will save them in the BMML file along with the rest of your mockup.
Here's a quick video that Enrico from Napkee put together:
BTW, if you are building an extension to Mockups and would like to be notified of these changes before anyone else, email me and I'll add you to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list! 🙂
By the way, this feature is available on all versions of Mockups.
We made some pretty important bug fixes in this release as well:
There's a lot going on in Balsamiq-land.
Mariah and I spent a few days in Prague where I gave a speech at the WebExpo conference called "Lessons Learned from Running a Successful MicroISV". I was really nervous but I think the talk was well received. I think the WebExpo organizers will post the video of it on YouTube soon, so I'll post it here, along with a full trip report.
We spent some time working on internal scripts to help us run more efficiently. The scripts behind the "make your own quote" or the "get a formal invoice" pages, for instance, are in PHP and talking to FreshBooks APIs.
We have collected quite a few of these little useful scripts, and we'll be sharing them soon for you to use. Here's a tentative list of what we're planning on releasing as open-source, and here's the github project page for it (nothing there yet).
Valerie is going to AtlasCamp today, where she'll be speaking on the "Commercial Plugin Vendor" panel. Walk up and say hi if you're there!
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WHERE I CAN FIND THE SYNTAX FOR THE MOCKUPS ??
[Peldi: not sure what you mean, but maybe these links will help: http://balsamiq.com/support/documentation/bmml and http://balsamiq.com/support/documentation#text%5D
Oh thank you soooooo much for this release! The ability to apply a custom control ID and other custom values is an awesome addition for those of us working with or on third party tools. I’m so happy – this is going to make it so much easier for me to automate some of the stuff I’ve been doing manually up to now.
Peldi – You (and your team) Rock!
Saw your talk in prague. Was really cool. Your experience is very valuable!
Nice Threadless t-shirt;)
[Thanks! It was a gift from a friend, but I think it came from here: http://www.zazzle.co.uk/failwhale ]
Ah, noticed one more thing. I can’t seem to put a link inside parenthesis. E.g. “([linked text])” is rendered just like that, vs. “(linked text)” where “linked text” looks like a hyperlink. Is this a related nesting issue?
[Good catch. Fixed, new build is in the oven and will be available here http://www.balsamiq.com/products/mockups/desktop/next in a few minutes. I’ll merge it in 1.6 next week. Thanks!]
Great! Now if only you could build a module to do my work for me…
I don’t seem to be able to nest text modifiers anymore. I.e. “_*widget*_” ends up being an italicized version of “*widget*”, instead of a bold-italic version of “widget”.
[Crap RG, I totally broke that with this change, how could I not think of that! I’ll fix it ASAP, stay tuned]
[Update: this is now fixed, the new build is already up]
Looking forward to watching the video Peldi.
What I want to know is… how does your small team do so much? Awesome stuff!
[Thanks so much for that comment Adam, I’m glad it looks that way from your end. Sometimes I wish we went faster, we have so many cool things we want to do! But no-one’s running after us, which is nice. As long as we go at a good pace and maintain a healthy work-life balance, I’m happy. Thanks again for the comment, I appreciate it!]
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