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UX Resources

Wanted to share a really nice article cataloging and categorizing many different UX articles.  Mariusz Ciesla provides links for everything from design process to user psychology to learning technology.  Check it out!

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Tips for handoff between designers and developers

Came across a nice article about smoothing the handoff from designers to developers.  This article reiterates something we’ve talked about a lot – prototyping and process can help create a shared understanding between developers and UX’ers.  Ultimately, the best hand-off is no hand-off at all, but rather a continuous, iterative process based on communication and working closely together.

I love to see ideas bouncing from UX and developers, and from developers back to UX’ers.  Creating a shared understanding, getting everyone on the same page early and keeping communication open and easy will make your projects run faster, smoother and produce better results.  Using ProtoShare is a great way to make this communication part of your team’s DNA.

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ProtoShare 9.4.5 releasing on January 10th

We’ll be releasing ProtoShare 9.4.5 this Saturday, January 10th.

Features this release are:

Design Settings Panel

We’ve updated the ‘template’ panel in the inspector to include other design settings.  This provides an easier, more visible way to edit design settings.

ProtoShare Design Settings

Design Settings

Design Settings Panel Detail

In addition to adding existing attributes to the design settings panel, we’ve also added several new settings:

  • Page background color:  You can now set a background color for a given design.  You can set backgrounds on templates as well, which will be applied to designs using the colored template.
  • Custom Screen Guides:  In addition to the available pre-set screen guides, you can now choose custom guides to add any dimension screen guide to your design.
  • Minimum Width and Minimum Height:  In ProtoShare, the design canvas will expand to accomodate the size of your design.  To add an item ‘below the fold’ on a design required dragging objects and scrolling the screen size, which we heard from our users was a cumbersome experience.  You can now set a minimum height and a minimum width for a design to force the design to have the dimensions you want.

Color Picker with Recently Used Colors

Recently Used Colors

 We’ve also added a ‘Recently Used Colors’ section to our color picker. This will track your 10 most recently used colors, including custom colors that you enter using the design inspector.

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Guide: Make a pop up!

Create a pop up in ProtoShare in four steps:

 

 

1) Set up your components

a) An original component that will “trigger” the interaction

b) A pop up component that will become visible/hidden

2) Create a State with 2 values

a) Two values are necessary because the first value will be tied to when the pop up component is hidden and the second value will be tied to when the pop up component is visible.

3) Tie up loose ends by setting each component’s Action and Visibility settings

a) The trigger component needs to have an Action set up, like On Click –> Activate State Value 2

b) The pop up component needs to have a Visibility setting, such as Visible only when: State Value 2 is active

c) State Value 1 is associated with the pop up component being hidden by default

4) Test the interaction

a) In Test Mode, the pop up component should remain hidden until the specified action (On Hover, On Click, etc.) is performed on the trigger component.

I’ve created an interactive guide using ProtoShare to help illustrate the above mentioned steps. Click here or the image below to view the guide:

Interactive Pop Up Guide

Click the image to view the interactive pop up guide

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Years!

The ProtoShare offices will be closed Thursday, January 1st, 2015 in observance of New Year’s 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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