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How to set up Tab Ordering

Some users may be unsure on how to change the order that components are selected with the Tab key. The order is based on the position of the components in the outline.

Tab Ordering

Check the screenshot above for an example. A user who clicks on Field 1 and then presses tab will make the cursor jump to Field 3 next since it is below it in the outline. Moving Field 1 above Field 2 will allow the tab ordering to flow properly.  You can move the fields by dragging them in the listing.

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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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