We’re happy to announce the release of ProtoShare 9.4.7 scheduled for June 7th. This release features the addition of support for mobile swipe gestures, as well as support for both mouse-over and mouse-exit (in addition to hover). We’re also adding support for multiple pin colors in Review to help you segregate your topics into different groupings.
When configuring a component to trigger state changes, you have the option to toggle between touch settings and standard settings. Both sets of settings will usually work on either desktop or mobile. The main exception is the hover settings – as there is no mouse on mobile, hover, mouse-over and mouse-exit don’t trigger events on mobile. By using touch events, you gain access to swipe events, and your prototype will use native touch events when available to provide a better mobile experience.
Mouse in, Mouse out:
While we’ve long supported a hover action, we’ve added mouse in and mouse out, to provide you with additional control. You can still use the hover action if that suits your needs (it requires a little less configuration).
We’ve added support for 5 different pin colors in review. You can switch the color when you create a topic, or when viewing a topic you own. When creating a new topic, ProtoShare will also remember the group of users you last used for that color, which ensures that you can quickly invite the right group of users to the right discussions.
We’ve also added a checkmark to all ‘Resolved’ topic pins, so you’ll be able to see at a glance which topics have been resolved.
We hope you enjoy these changes. Keep the feedback coming, we love to hear from our users!
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From our friend Jeromy Wilson over at Niche Acadamy: they have just released a course on prototyping which you can sign up for today. I’ve looked at the course material, and there is a fantastic amount of instruction and information, so if you’re looking to learn, give this course a try. Jeromy has been a ProtoShare user for years, and we’re featured in the course.
Jeromy also has an interesting article about prototyping called “The most important skill of the decade” over at Linked In, so take a look.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the course, and let me know about any other prototyping resources you find useful.
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We frequently use Google Page Speed insights to make sure that our websites are running as fast as possible. If you haven’t tried it on your site, give it a go – its fun to see, and there is inevitably a lot of low-hanging fruit you can access to improve your score. ProtoShare.com currently scores a 92/100.
Some of the suggestions are easy. Like setting an expires header on your content so that browsers can cache it for up to a week. While its true that you can’t do this for everything, if you can do it for part of your site, you can and should. Even frequently updated libraries can be versioned so as to support a long expiration time (and long cache times).
So – the easy ones we did – we currently have only one file that google is telling us to increase the cache time:
Yes – that’s right, its google analytics. My OCD really really wants them to bump this up to a week. Or they could just exclude it from their page tool.
At any rate – take advantage of page-speed, and all of the other great tools Google offers for web development. Just don’t expect perfection.
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