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Happy Halloween!

From everyone here at ProtoShare, we hope you have a great Halloween. If you’ve really procrastinated and still need a costume idea, ReadWrite has some great geeky suggestions.

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Use Google Material Design Icons (or any icons!) in ProtoShare

Google just released a really nice set of icons that you can use for your mobile designs and websites – the Google Material Design Icon set.  You can see a preview of the Icons as SVG here, and you can download the entire set here.  These icons are the icons featured in the Google Material Design specification.

Did you know you can use these icons, as SVG or PNG in ProtoShare just by dragging and dropping them onto your canvas?  This quick video shows using Google’s icon preview, as well as how to use the icons if you’ve downloaded the source.  And this isn’t just limited to Google’s Icons.  Any icon set that you have on your computer or online, you can just drag and drop the images (svg, png, jpg or gif) onto your ProtoShare canvas.

For your convenience, we’ve added these icons to our stencil library.

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Low Fidelity Prototypes

Here at ProtoShare we’re fans of the agile methodology and advocate for designing early and iterating often. I came across a great write up on low fidelity prototyping that was posted on Smashing Magazine. Here’s a quick excerpt:

Have you ever overspent resources in a rush or accomplished too little for being a perfectionist? Low-fidelity prototyping helps us to find the middle ground between overspending and overthinking, between too little investment and too much user validation. By building a practical, preliminary version of your product, you will catch potential problems and promising insights faster and earlier in the process.

We definitely agree that starting with low fidelity designs and working your way towards the end look is the best process. Especially when you consider time spent on creating high fidelity designs that may require re-work. The article offers some additional insight into the advantages of low fidelity prototyping and the quick start guide at the end may be particularly useful for those new to the ideology.

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Creating a Mega Menu in ProtoShare

Creating a navigation system is an important part of building out your website or mobile app. While there is an automated navigation component that will automatically display the pages in your page tree, you may want something more unique. Mega Menus allow you to build a robust navigation which you can easily customize to get your creativity on.

Watching our Mega Menu tutorial video will help you learn the basics of building one out.

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ProtoShare 9.4.4 releasing on October 12th

We’re happy to announce the release of ProtoShare 9.4.4 on Sunday, October 12th.  9.4.4 is a small release with bug fixes and a couple of nice new features.

Add attachments to Topics in Review

Adding attachments to comments in ProtoShare

Add With Attachment in ProtoShare Review

Users, including Reviewers, can now respond to topics in ProtoShare Review with an attachment.  The attachment can be any type – image, Word, PDF, Photoshop file etc.  This has been a top request from many customers who use ProtoShare to collaboratively gather content for their projects.

To add an attachment to a topic, use the ‘Add With Attachment’ button found in review in the comment panel in the lower right corner of your window.  The comment will include a link to the file that any user can click to view or download the attachment.

ProtoShare User Attachments

For Editors, all documents attached to topics can be accessed in the ‘Library’ tab of the ProtoShare Editor.  Attachments are stored in a folder called ‘From Review’ in a sub-folder with the name of the User who uploaded it.

Mass Topic Administration

Company Manager level users can also Archive, Delete and Resolve Topics in Review.  Customers had requested an easier way to streamline the administration of large numbers of review topics.  Previously, only an ‘Owner’ of a topic could Archive, Delete or Resolve Topics.  With 9.4.4, Company Manger level users can perform these actions in addition to Topic owners.

Bold and Italic Buttons in Quick Inspector

Bold and Italic Buttons

Screen Guide Support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+

Screen Guides for iPhone 6 and 6+

Bug Fixes

Pages or designs that are in the trash now show a warning message if they are linked into an active prototype.

Duplicating designs could potentially result in a description that is too long to be saved. This behavior has been fixed to make sure the description does not exceed the maximum length.

Resolved issues with placeholder images in Internet Explorer.

Removed rounded corners from Flash Movie component in Palette to prevent display issues.

 

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