1. Mocking Pad 1.45

    April 14, 2012 by accidentalfish

    As I write this I’m still waiting for Mocking Pad 1.40 to hit the App Store but in the meantime I’ve been working on another update that contains two of the most common user requested features and a minor improvement I’ve wanted myself. These features only appear in the full version (either purchased outright or by using the in-app upgrade in Mocking Pad Lite) and are:

    1. Reorder pages by dragging them
    2. Use images from your photo library in your wireframes
    3. Tap and hold in the editor to select all stencils or select all the stencils of a particular type

    I may also drop a couple more improvements I’ve had in mind into the update – watch this space!


  2. More on Mocking Pad v1.40

    April 9, 2012 by accidentalfish

    Had a last minute change of heart over the features going into the new Lite version of Mocking Pad – I’ve decided to include the stroke width selection and font picker for all users whether upgraded or not.

    On the new iPad things just look so much smarter and crisper with a narrower stroke width and using Helvetica as the font that I wanted to let everybody use these styles.

    In fact if you’re a new purchaser of Mocking Pad then the new style is the default out of the box – if you’re an upgrading user then go into the Settings menu on the project screen and change to Helvetica and 2 pixel stroke width to set the defaults for the application. I’ve left the old defaults in place for existing users as I figure you’re probably in the middle of working on UI designs and won’t appreciate me whipping out a new stencil style half way through!

    I submitted both versions to the App Store today so all being well they should be out in a few days.


  3. Mocking Pad v1.40

    April 6, 2012 by accidentalfish

    I’ve had a change of plans over the content of this release – I had hoped to deliver user defined stencils but I’m not happy with the approach I was taking. I’ve got a couple more ideas that I think will work better (dropping the web application and moving design fully into the application) but in the meantime I wanted to get some improvements out there.

    The update is in final testing and should get dispatched to Apple for review this weekend and includes:

    1. Retina display support
    2. Stacked bar graphs
    3. Multi series line graphs
    4. Font selection (change the fonts on stencils) – full version only
    5. Change the width of lines on stencils – full version only

    I’ve always liked the sketchy feel to wireframes but many people like a crisper look and you can achieve that now by switching the font to something like Helvetica and the width of the stencils to a thin line.

    The release also includes a number of bug fixes:

    1. A group box with no title no longer leaves a gap
    2. Removing a graphs title no longer leaves a gap
    3. Improved stability around document loading

    This version of the app will require iOS 5.1.

    As ever I’m indebted to the users who have got in touch with feedback.


  4. Simple Paging Grid

    April 3, 2012 by accidentalfish

    A bit of a techie post I’m afraid.

    I’ve just pushed a jQuery plugin onto GitHub called the Simple Paging Grid – it’s aim is be a lightweight grid control that plays well with plain vanilla CSS and specifically with the Twitter Bootstrap library. Key features include:

    • CSS friendly
    • Doesn’t come packed with “theme” baggage
    • Lightweight
    • Paging
    • Embedded client data
    • Dynamic paged server data
    • Sorting
    • Hyperlinks
    • Permissive MIT license

    It’s fully documented and released under the MIT license and has been spun out of the codebase of a non-profit website I’ve been working on.

    You can find it here. Hope it’s useful to someone, any bugs then let me know.