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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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Memorial Day

Our office will be closed Monday, May 30th as we observe the federal holiday. Here is a list of 10 things to remember about Memorial Day that give the holiday some perspective. Have a wonderful three day weekend!

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ProtoShare Tip: Add a Google Drive Spreadsheet

With Google Drive, you can create your own spreadsheet that you can share with others. Using an iFrame component in ProtoShare, you can add a live view of your spreadsheet which can be edited in real time (if the user has editing permissions).

The easiest way to allow any user to be able to view the spreadsheet is to set the Share Settings to allow those who have the link to view it. This will allow any user who views your design in ProtoShare to also see the content of the spreadsheet. If they are signed into Google and you have allowed them to have access to the spreadsheet, they will also be able to edit it real time from within ProtoShare using Test or Review mode.

Setting up a live view of your spreadsheet in ProtoShare is very simple. First, place an iFrame component onto the canvas. Next, right-click the iFrame and select Get Info which will open the property inspector for it. Place the URL for the spreadsheet into the Source URL field. You will now see the iFrame change to display the page with the spreadsheet.

This Spreadsheet Needs Room to Breathe

Since a lot of the menus for Google Drive are based on the viewing area, you may not see your spreadsheet right away (Google will usually give you a message saying to resize your browser window). You will want to increase the size of the iFrame until your spreadsheet is completely viewable.

The Finished Spreadsheet

Once you are satisfied with the viewable area, you may want to make the spreadsheet more presentable by placing it into a container and cropping just the spreadsheet itself.

This will allow you to have an interactive spreadsheet for your design. Remember to be signed into Google and have permission to make changes to the spreadsheet if you want to edit it.

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Collaborative Prototyping, Groupthink and Design by Committee

Do you think that collaboration is something to avoid or to embrace? Still relevant, 4 years later, Collaborative Prototyping, Groupthink and Design by Committee is an excellent read that addresses this question and just so happens to be authored by our own Andrew Mottaz.

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We’ve joined forces with Astound Commerce!

I’m happy to share the news with you that we have been acquired by Astound Commerce.  Astound Commerce have been building and delivering ecommerce solutions for leading brands like Adidas and L’Oreal since 2000. They’ve also been ProtoShare customers for many years.

We’re excited about this combination. Working with Astound will give us additional resources and years of experience to help us continue to grow and improve ProtoShare. Astound has helped us in the past with new feature development derived from their work. Having access to Astound’s deep experience with practical UX development approaches and using prototyping will keep us flush with ideas and insights for continuing to improve ProtoShare.

Other than seeing continued improvements and the Astound name alongside ProtoShare on communications from us, you probably won’t notice any changes with ProtoShare.  We’ll continue to provide the same great customer service and product experience you’re used to.

I’m really looking forward to this new relationship, and I’m looking forward to continuing to make ProtoShare great for many years.  As always, I would love to hear your thoughts or questions!

Andrew Mottaz
Founder and CEO

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