1. track5things

    March 31, 2011 by accidentalfish

    Last night I put a new website online: www.track5things.com. It does pretty much what its URL suggests: it lets you track (and draws graphs of) upto 5 different things.

    It’s insanely rough and basic at the moment and is by far the earliest in development I’ve ever put anything online but it does the bare minimum I need to use it myself so I thought I’d go with the “ship early ship often” mantra and see what happens.

    The plan is to iterate on this starting point over the next few weeks.

    Oh and to use the site you’ll need a Twitter account. I didn’t want to get involved in capturing personal details, email addresses or passwords and so am using Twitter as an OAuth provider, it will then tweet your progress back to Twitter for your friends to see.

    For those who are interested: its written in Ruby on Rails and is hosted on Heroku.

    If its the kind of thing you’re interested in using then as ever I’d love to hear feedback.


  2. Mocking Pad Lite – Help Wanted!

    March 24, 2011 by accidentalfish

    A quite rightly but sadly unhappy user has reported to me that Mocking Pad Lite effectively crashes after showing the welcome screen and tapping the Projects button: it doesn’t shut down but results in a white screen.

    Try as I might I can’t replicate it but the issue occurred on an iPad 2 and we don’t have them here in the UK yet. It might or might not be related to that but if anyone else is seeing this please let me know. If there are any problems my number one priority is to fix them.

    I’ll be ordering an iPad 2 as soon as pre-orders open tomorrow but goodness knows when it will arrive given the demand.


  3. Mocking Pad v1.21

    March 18, 2011 by accidentalfish

    A couple of bugs made it into both versions of Mocking Pad (full and Lite) due to a last minute change and a user reported a bug in image generation. Apologies for the defects  and thank you to the users who got in touch with detailed descriptions of the problems and by doing so enabled me to get fixes in place so quickly.

    The following bugs are fixed:

    * Mocking Pad was generating empty zip files during sharing (only applies to the Lite version when upgraded)
    * The keyboard now hides and the view scrolls down if you tap a project preview  while renaming  project.
    * Exporting an image with a button to the photo library could result in too large a font being used.

    An update has been submitted to Apple for review and hopefully will be released shortly.


  4. Mocking Pad Lite

    by accidentalfish

    I’m happy to be able to announce that Mocking Pad now has a companion Lite version available in the App Store.

    Like Mocking Pad the Lite version lets you build wireframes with a clean UI using a selection of prebuilt stencils and has many of the same editor tools. However it is limited to 3 pages per project, does not have the sharing tools, the new galleries or the mobile and review stencils.

    However an in app purchase will upgrade Mocking Pad Lite to the full version giving access to all those features making the app a great low cost way ($1.99) to try before you buy.


  5. Mocking Pad v1.20 Now Available for iPad

    March 16, 2011 by accidentalfish

    This made its way onto the App Store late on Monday (GMT), its a free upgrade for existing users. It contains the following improvements and as ever feedback is very welcome:

    Features and Functionality  

    • Reuse sets of stencils by adding them to the project or global template galleries.
    • No longer limited to 12 pages per project.
    • Master pages – set a page as a master page and every page created after that will be based on this page
    • Copy whole pages
    • Support for iTunes file sharing
    Stencils
    • Removed minimum size from iPad and iPhone stencils

    Bug Fixes

    • Small movements of stencils were not registering in the undo/redo chain
    • The group stencil property editor now allows the group title to be changed
    • An error in stencil ID allocation could cause grouped stencils to eventually cause unpredictable behaviour in the designer.

     


  6. Mocking Pad v1.20 Submitted for Review

    March 13, 2011 by accidentalfish

    Yesterday afternoon I completed work on the new version of Mocking Pad and submitted it to the App Store for review. Hopefully it will be accepted first time round. It contains lots of new stuff:

    Features and Functionality  

    • Reuse sets of stencils by adding them to the project or global template galleries.
    • No longer limited to 12 pages per project.
    • Master pages – set a page as a master page and every page created after that will be based on this page
    • Copy whole pages
    • Support for iTunes file sharing
    Stencils
    • Removed minimum size from iPad and iPhone stencils

    Bug Fixes

    • Small movements of stencils were not registering in the undo/redo chain
    • The group stencil property editor now allows the group title to be changed
    • An error in stencil ID allocation could cause grouped stencils to eventually cause unpredictable behaviour in the designer.

    I was hoping to also move the cut, copy and paste buttons to make them quicker to access but I’m still thinking about the best way to do that. I’m thinking the second toolbar is, overall, a good thing but I’m concerned about information overload for new users.


  7. Mocking Pad Secondary Toolbar – Feedback Wanted!

    March 6, 2011 by accidentalfish

    As part of Mocking Pad 1.2 I’m contemplating the addition of a second toolbar to the main Mocking Pad screen. The idea behind it is to bring a set of “selected element(s)” based common actions to the top level. For example right now to group a set of elements you need to drop down the tools popover and then click group. Same goes for cut, copy, and paste etc. I’ve attached a very much “work in progress” screenshot below:

    In use it definitely makes it quicker to use the application and layout a wireframe but for a first time user its a lot to take in (particularly as I have about 8 more buttons to add there).

    I’m currently thinking this is a “good thing” but I’m very very close to the application and worry my judgement is skewed by that.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts.


  8. The UK Computer Museum – Fund Raising

    by accidentalfish

    Its not often I stray off topic here (the topic vaguely being my apps, iOS devices and Apple in general) but I wanted to draw attention to the UK Computer Museum.

    They’re on a fund raising drive at the moment and, I think, are worthy of your / my / our support. You can read about them and the fund raising here.


  9. Mocking Pad and iPad 2

    March 5, 2011 by accidentalfish

    As iPad 2’s screen resolution is the same as the original iPad’s and that I’m testing it on iOS 4.3 Mocking Pad should work just fine but needless to say I’ll be testing it on a physical device just as soon as Apple will let me hand my money over to them here in the UK.

    Based on the announced updates one of the things I’ll be looking to do is take advantage of that extra core to speed up the creation of assets (Mocking Pad exports to HTML with PNG files for images and also to SVG for use in Inkscape or Illustrator) when exporting large projects.

    I’ve also got some ideas to take advantage of the screen mirroring but I’ll wait until I’ve shipped v1.2 before talking about that, but it fits nicely into something I already had planned.


  10. More Page View Improvements

    March 4, 2011 by accidentalfish

    As I mentioned recently the upcoming version of Mocking Pad no longer has a limit of 12 pages (actually I said 9, but I was tired and got this wrong!) but it also has additional improvements triggered by tapping and holding one of the page previews:

    1) Set (or unset) a page as the master page. Every subsequent page that is created will be based on the master page.

    2) Copy a page to create a new page.

    3) Edit: While testing I realised it made sense to be able to delete a single page from this menu too so, yup, now you can.

    Depending on the nature of your project one or both of these options can help you get the job done much faster.