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Hello again friends!
After this morning's total myBalsamiq update disaster, we get back to our regularly scheduled programming...
It's been a little over a month since our last release, but it sure feels like a lot longer: we've been busy!
First of all, let's see what's in today's release. Get comfortable, 'cause this is a HUMONGOUS one! 🙂
The focus of this release is to pick any low-hanging fruit that make the app better, to reduce our customer support load and to pay back some technical debt accumulated in the past.
Note: these changes are not available in myBalsamiq yet. They'll be available on the next release (not sure when, but soon).
If you're using myBalsamiq, please wait until we update it with these changes (stay tuned on this blog).
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:
Although the list above is quite impressive, it pales in comparison to the effort we've been putting in test automation in the last few months. We now have over 500 unit and integration tests in the Mockups editor itself. We have Selenium-based bots running HUNDREDS of tests on myBalsamiq and now Mockups for JIRA (bots for other plugins coming shortly). We integrated most of the automated tests into our continuous integration server so that if a test fails, the whole build fails. We are changing our processes so that no new feature goes out the door without having an automated testing suite to go with it.
In short, we have a lot of code now, and don't want it to break. Since we rely on your feedback so much, your trust in our release quality is really important for us. These automated suites will help us ensure we maintain that quality and sleep better at night. 🙂
Of course there will always be bugs, but we're doing the best that we can to prevent them and catch them before you do. Thanks for your understanding if we miss some.
Let's see, what else did we do since the last release...
As a last note, I'll be giving a talk in London on April 17th, then Mike and I will be manning a booth at UX London. At the end of April I'll be in Las Vegas for MicroConf, and it looks like I'll be speaking at Business of Software 2012 in Boston in the fall again. Yay! I hope to meet some of you in person at those events!
Alright, back to figuring out how to update myBalsamiq quickly and safely.
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team
P.S.Many thanks to our good friend Mims Wright who helped us with many of today's changes!
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Hi Peldi, yes that’s all ok now, thank you very much!
We have updated all the builds, there shouldn’t be a 2.1.14 left. Please try again if you had trouble. Thanks!
Hello there, I discovered Balsamiq today and I was willing to give it a try but I having the same problem of Vidu about the version.
I tried even to get the .exe from http://builds.balsamiq.com/archives/mockups-desktop/ as suggested but no way, I get the 2.1.15 .exe file and the version is the 2.1.14… it’s curious as I see that the 2.14 .exe file and the 2.15 .exe file have the same size, while the other 2.15 versions are bigger than the other 2.14 versions.
I’m doing something wrong?
Many thanks in advance.
[Peldi: Hi Angelo, we’re taking another look. In the meantime, please use the big “install mockups” button on http://balsamiq.com/download instead of downloading the .exe. It will work.]
Hm… the full screen presentation mode isn’t working for me in this version. Known bug?
[Peldi: no! Works here. 🙁 Can you please post more details here? http://community.balsamiq.com or email@example.com. Thanks!]
Updates don’t work. I finished the installation and see the version details to be –
Version: 2.1.14 – 02/21/2012 07:47 (Air)
[Peldi: there might be some aggressive proxy caching the build between our server and your machine: try getting the build from the build archives instead: http://builds.balsamiq.com/archives/mockups-desktop/ ]
Is it my imagination, or does the link on the front page still go to the late February version?
[Peldi: try clearing your cache]
Well there goes this week’s deadlines 🙂 gonna spend so much time fiddling and playing with these awesome updates I’m not going to get as much work done as I planned 🙂
Cheers guys, keep up the great work.