Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome to ProtoShare the newest member of our Customer Service team, Nick Jennings. As a new user of ProtoShare, Nick shares a couple tips others may also find helpful in his first blog post below.
As a new member to the Customer Service team, I use ProtoShare on a daily basis. When I first tried ProtoShare, I found it to be a very exciting process. Right away, I was able to jump into designing a wireframe with little prior knowledge. With so many rich components available, I was able, with ease, to create the wireframe that I had planned in my head. While creating my “perfect” prototype, I learned a few tricks along the way that I think are worth sharing.
Create a Simple Header Navigation
One thing I find useful when creating a page header is to have a sub-navigation bar. This way I can separate out certain pages from the main navigation. For instance, a navigation bar with only utility pages, such as Contact Us, About, and Login. You can easily build the page structure for this menu by creating a page with no content and making it hidden from navigation. Then place the pages you want for your sub-navigation underneath the hidden page and set the starting page in your navigation component to the hidden page.
Save Time Testing Your States
For one of my pages, I had a popup window that contained two buttons allowing for multiple choices. Depending on which button was picked, another window would pop up and lead to another multiple choice window.
It got a little confusing when trying to test the states in Review mode since there were so many windows. Instead of creating a button that would allow me to go back to the previous window, I placed a Vertical State Navigation component to the side of the page. This allowed me to quickly test each state value to make sure that the correct window would appear.
I am really excited to be a part of the ProtoShare team and hope to learn the more advanced features ProtoShare has to offer. I also look forward to working with all of our fantastic customers as you create your own prototypes.