Search Field and Context Menu: MockupScreens 4.96
April 19, 2017

MockupScreens 4.96 is live. It brings two new widgets: Search Field and Context Menu as well as Table improvements: individual cells can be of different color or type.

search_and_context

To change individual cell, use markup:

  • To specify red background, type #RED or #FF0000 at the end of cell text
  • To change individual cell to a button, type #BUTTON (or #CHECKBOX, or #DROPDOWN) at the end of cell text
  • Example: “Joe #RED” means that text will be “Joe” and cell color will be red.

You can download MockupScreens 4.96 from the main MockupScreens website.

Existing users: Download the 4.96 trial version and unlock it with your existing license key.

New Dark Skin and Metro Iconset: MockupScreens 4.95
June 1, 2016

MockupScreens 4.95 is available for download. Main additions are:

  • New skin Windows 10 Dark, see screenshot below.
  • Metro (“Windows-10 like”)  icon set.

Windows 10 Dark Skin

You can download MockupScreens 4.95 from the main MockupScreens website.

Existing users: Download the 4.95 trial version and unlock it with your existing license key.

 

Windows 10 Skin and Material Design Icons: MockupScreens 4.94
February 9, 2016

MockupScreens 4.94 is live. One main addition is the new skin “Windows 10″:

Windows 10 Skin

People have asked for more icon sets. So another important addition in 4.94 is Material Design iconset:

Material Design Icons

You can download MockupScreens 4.94 from the main MockupScreens website.

Existing users: Download the 4.94 trial version and unlock it with your existing license key.

 

What’s New and Improved in MockupScreens 4.94

New:

  • Windows 10 skin
  • Material Design iconset

Fixed:

  • “Fit to text” option was broken for some situations.
  • You couldn’t move a group if it was created from the main menu.
  • You couldn’t run a slideshow properly if a master screen was selected.

 

New Skin “El Capitan” – MockupScreens 4.93
December 1, 2015

After releasing the Mockups 101 book,  it’s time to go back to MockupScreens. New MockupScreens version 4.93 is updated with new skin: “Mac OSX, El Capitan”.

El Capitan Mockup Skin

To download MockupScreens 4.93, go to the main MockupScreens website and proceed to download page. Existing users: download the trial version and unlock it with your license key.

Changes in 4.93

New:

  • New skin: Mac OSX “El Capitan”.

Improvements:

  • You can zoom in and out using Ctrl/Cmd + mouse wheel.
  • Added 107 new icons in Font Awesome icon set.

Fixes:

  • Now you can add 3rd party icon set with images that do contain an alpha channel.

“A Mockup is Worth a Thousand Words” on Modern Analyst
November 15, 2015

ModernAnalyst has just published the article based on the material from my Mockups 101 book!

I’m very very happy for this opportunity to contribute to one of my favorite websites for IT business analysts :)

You can check it at ModernAnalyst, it’s at their homepage at the moment.

Online store mockup

Online store mockup

The Book: Mockups 101 Is Live !
October 20, 2015

15 months ago I’ve started writing the “mockups book”. Many people jumped in with feedback and ideas and, in a way, the book took on a life of its own.

Consequently, finishing the book was much more work than I imagined, but I’m very happy with the result!

You can:

Mockups 101: A Beter Way to Discuss Software Requirements

The Book

My book “Mockups 101: A Better Way to Discuss Software Requirements” aims to help the reader to find out what your client really wants.

Many commonly encountered problems have tried and trusted remedies, and the book presents these solutions through practical examples and real-life stories.

 

Mockups 101: A Better Way to Discuss Software Requirements

Excerpt from Amazon description:

“Great simple straightforward approach to using mockups.”

Mockups visually represent the system before it’s been built. They are easy to do, but what makes the biggest difference is how you actually use those mockups.

This book will help you to:

  • Get early feedback from clients.
  • Use mockups to improve communication with customers and developers.
  • Avoid (or solve) common problems encountered on the wide variety of different situations.

“A short book that distills the essence of why and when mockups should be used.”

More details on Mockups 101 book’s website or on the books’s page at Amazon.

 

What’s In the Book

Here is the full table of contents:

MOCKUPS 101: A BETTER WAY TO DISCUSS SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

About This Book
Help Your Customers Understand What They Are Going to Get

PART I: CREATING AND USING MOCKUPS
1. The Basic Mockup Routine
2. Make It Obvious That Mockups Are Not the Real Thing
3. Provoking the Right Feedback
4. Discussing the Mockups Effectively
5. Mocking-Up the Outputs

PART II: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
6. Mockups As a Spec
7. Real World Case Studies
8. A Cautionary Tale
9. Choosing the Right Mockup Tool

Last Words
About the Author
List of Figures
Take-Aways by Chapter

Enjoy,
Igor

Printing Mockups In Full-Screen: MockupScreens 4.92
September 9, 2015

When you need to discuss your mockups over hard-copy handouts (e.g. in a workshop with no access to a projector), then the default export from MockupScreens might not be ideal. On-screen texts might be too small to read properly, which is a pain.

New option in MockupScreens 4.92 brings is to print your mockups in full-page. Screens will be printed as big as possible but no bigger than the original, and even  rotated to landscape when needed:

Mockups Printed in Full-Page Mode

To download new MockupScreens 4.92, go to the main MockupScreens website and proceed to download page. Existing users: download the trial version and unlock it with your license key.

New in MockupScreens 4.92:

  • Printing mockups in full-page.

Improved:

  • Portable version contains it’s own temp folder now.
  • All in-program links now point to the new website.

Fixes:

  • After long session with really big project, MockupScreens could slow or even crash. This is greatly remedied now, but still not completely fixed.
  • Consecutive space characters were not preserved in exports.
  • If computer crashed during the autosave, index.json file could get corrupted, preventing MockupScreens from starting.

Autosave and Better Performance: MockupScreens 4.91
May 27, 2015

MockupScreens now works 3-5 times faster than before! We have worked hard to improve performance (which suffered after introducing free text formatting in 4.90) and fix several annoying bugs. You can download new MockupScreens 4.91 at the download page on the main website.

What is new in version 4.91 is the Autosave feature. In the case of a crash, MockupScreens automatically recovers the last file you have worked on, including all the updates prior to the crash.

Autosave in Mockup Screens 4.91

You can download MockupScreens 4.91 here. Below is the complete list of changes and improvements.

PS. Existing users: download the trial and unlock it with your existing license key.

Changes in MockupScreens 4.91

New:

  • Autosave (recovers project automatically after crash)

Improvements:

  • 3-5 times better performance
  • When moving or resizing, complete widgets are rendered only after the action
  • Lasso select disregards locked widgets or widgets derived from masters

Fixes:

  • Comment numbering was broken in some situations
  • Selection problems fixed
  • Corrected Frame widget top padding for Windows 7 & 8 skin
  • Widget’s spatial index wasn’t updated correctly after moving via keyboard

Free Text Formatting in MockupScreens 4.90
April 8, 2015

Up to now, text formatting was possible only for entire text in a widget. With MockupScreens 4.90, FREE text formatting is available in Text widget:

Free Text Formatting

You can download MockupScreens 4.90 from the main MockupScreens website. Existing users: download the trial and unlock it with your existing license key.

Other changes are listed below.

Enjoy!

 

Improvements in 4.90:

  • When a widget is selected, just start typing to change its caption.
  • Beside ‘font-awesome’, original icons are also available now.
  • A newly created project is not marked as having changes while still empty.
  • Margins on text in Table widget was too big.
  • Increased number of projects on “Open Recent” list.

Fixes:

  • Keyboard navigation with TAB key in Find panel didn’t work correctly.
  • Double-clicking on .mck file opening a blank project.
  • Troubles with refreshing menus etc.
  • Masters don’t change names of screens when opening older projects.
  • Table resizing after closing the Table Editor.
  • Text alignment problems in labeled widgets.

MockupScreens 4.89 – Distributing Widgets Evenly and Indicating Item Selection in Dropdowns, Lists and Trees
February 24, 2015

MockupScreens 4.89 is live, bringing numerous bug fixes, commands to distribute widgets evenly and # suffix nows indicates selected item in widgets with lists. You can download new version from the main website.

Sorry for the bugs, we did quite a lot of internal changes in previous version 4.88. Many of those were necessary for moving closer toward mobile skins.

What Is New

Now you can distribute multiple widgets both horizontally or vertically, i.e. space them evenly, from the Align command menu:

distribute-widgets

What is also new, is the ability to indicate selected item in widgets with lists, in other words Dropdown, List, and Tree. To make an item selected, suffix it with ‘#':

item-selection

To download new version 4.89, go to the main MockupScreens website.

Existing users: just download the trial version and use your existing license key to unlock it.

The full list of improvements and changes is below. Enjoy!


 

Complete List of Changes and Fixes in 4.89

New:

  • Use # suffix to indicate item selection in Dropdown, List, and Tree widgets.
  • Commands to distribute widgets evenly.

 

Improved:

  • Ability to open multiple MockupScreens instances on Mac by double-clicking .mck project files.
  • Image can be exported from an Image widget.
  • Toolbar toggle buttons for controlling panels’ visibility.
  • Field and Text widgets default vertical alignment is top-aligned now.
  • Comments are disabled on Master screens.
  • “Snap to Grid” option added to the View menu.
  • Deleting a screen asks for confirmation.
  • “Group” context action is disabled when only a group is selected.
  • Moved maximum comment dimensions options to the “General” tab.
  • Applying a master should not rename the screen.

 

Fixes:

  • Fix how special system folder locations are retrieved (some conditions stopped MockupScreens from starting).
  • Centering Dialog and Form captions (Mac OSX and Safari skins).
  • Now able to select Screen using ctrl key (Cmd on Mac) when other widget(s) are already selected.
  • Fixed issues with the CheckBox.
  • Images from external program can be dragged and dropped onto the current screen in MockupScreens.
  • Fixed issues related to widget-alignment commands.
  • Fixed issues related to widgets movement and selection.