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Astound Commerce 2016 Mobile Ecommerce Survey

Astound Commerce, the parent company of ProtoShare, has just released Lauren Freedman’s latest survey on Mobile Ecommerce.  For those of working in UX, this research is a great place to start understanding what the biggest e-tailers in the country are doing to meet their users’s expectations on mobile, and what is still left to be done.

For those of you interested, you can download the report here.  Lauren has been working in Ecommerce for 20 years, and has been doing these annual surveys and reports for over a decade. She’s the SVP of Digital Strategy at Astound, and if you do UX for Ecommerce, you’ll find her comments and research insightful.

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Happy Labor Day!

Our offices will be closed Monday, September 5th in honor of Labor Day. We hope you have a happy and safe three day weekend!

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Guide: 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

Text Fields in Order

The screenshot above shows an example of text fields in order. 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 Component Outline or using the Send Forward/Backwards buttons.

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ProtoShare Tip: Canvas Space

With ProtoShare, the canvas is the backdrop for all your designing and prototyping needs. The canvas space dictates just how much of your design you can see at once and sometimes it may be useful to see more of your content.

ProtoShare includes many features that allow you to free up canvas real estate. First off, to the right of the canvas is the Sidebar where you can see all of your components listed out, see the states being used on the design and the design properties. You can close the Sidebar completely just by clicking the Sidebar button above the canvas. You can reopen the Sidebar by clicking the same button.

Sidebar Palette Inspector Buttons

Palette, Inspector & Sidebar Buttons

You can hide and show the Palette and the Inspector windows by clicking their respective buttons found near the Sidebar button. When you have the Palette or Inspector window open, you may notice the small arrow in the upper right hand corner of the header. This button will minimize the the window so you can drag it to an area to free up space if you prefer not to have the windows hidden completely.

Pages Tab Minimize

Arrow tab used to minimize or maximize the Pages tab


Lastly, you can close the Pages tab to the right of the canvas. Midway down the page you’ll see a small arrow and tab (see image to the left) that you can click to close or reopen the Pages tab.


If you’ve made changes to the visual layout that you’d like to remove, you can always set your layout back to default by opening the menu under your name in the upper right hand corner of the ProtoShare header and choosing the Reset Preferences option.


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Happy Fourth of July!

The ProtoShare offices will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We hope you have a fun and safe holiday!

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