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Google Product Design Sprint

Wanted to share a link to Google’s ‘Product Design Sprint’ playbook, which includes a prototyping phase.  I love these phases as way to rapidly develop and refine ideas, and to get real feedback on the outcome.  Get your ideas out of your head and in front of real users as fast as you can!

https://developers.google.com/design-sprint/product/

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Infinite Scrolling vs. Pagination

I love the incredible depth of information you can find online.  If you’re considering a particular UX solution, you can find examples, discussions, and frequently data-driven studies on the particular topic you’re interested in.  Ran across this article discussing the pros and cons of infinite scrolling and wanted to pass it along:  http://www.nngroup.com/articles/infinite-scrolling/.  I was linked to the article from a really useful discussion in the IXDA Linked-In group, which you can view here if you’re a member of the group.

What resources do you rely on day-to-day for your UX practice?  Let us know!

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Happy Fourth of July!

The ProtoShare offices will be closed Friday, July 3rd, 2015 in observance of Independence Day. Our engineers will be monitoring for critical issues but standard customer support will be unavailable. We hope you have a fun and safe holiday.

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Creating Your Own Library

Have you ever wanted a quick and easy way to reuse content for future projects? The Import function allows you to share Masters and Templates between any of your projects, but it might be hard to keep track of all of the different elements that you want to reuse if you have many projects.

The best workflow to help mainstream the sharing process is by creating a unique project that acts like a central hub for all of the content you wish to save. You can create a Master or Template with the components that you wish to save and import it into your special library project. This will let you import your saved Master or Template from your library project into any future projects that you work on.

Import Menu

Moving My Template Between Projects With Import

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ProtoShare 9.4.7 releasing on June 7th

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.

Swipe Gestures

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.

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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).

Pin Colors

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.

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We hope you enjoy these changes.  Keep the feedback coming, we love to hear from our users!

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