1. Mocking Pad v2.00 – Submitted for Review

    November 4, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I’ve just submitted the new release of Mocking Pad to Apple for review. Hopefully it will sail through the review process and hit the store quickly. I’m hoping to submit a similar update for Mocking Pad Lite in a few days – it’s basically the same codebase but I need to do more testing to ensure the in app purchase works.

    I’ve submitted the app with the following promo materials.

    What’s New

    • New flat design
    • Every icon has been replaced with an iOS 7 equivalent
    • The default stencil design has been made thinner and lighter
    • Completely redesigned stencil palette
    • New project browser view
    • Updated Dropbox support to use an application folder (more secure) and included a fix for the logon
    • Updated Live Publishing support

    Promo Images

    App Store 1App Store 2App Store 3App Store 4App Store 5

     


  2. Mocking Pad – More iOS 7 Screenshots

    November 2, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I really am quite excited by this new update and so wanted to share some more screenshots. I still have a few rough edges in the visuals to sort out but I think this design is leaps ahead of the previous versions of Mocking Pad and so I’m pushing the boat out and calling this Mocking Pad v2.00. Under the covers I’ve chopped out a lot of the outdated code from iOS4 and replaced it with a more modern approach, I’ve also completely rewritten the stencil palette, project browser, page browser, Dropbox integration and Live Publishing. Nearly every icon in the application has been replaced with an iOS 7 style replacement.

    Its still a free update however.

    I’m particularly pleased with the new stencil palette as I think this both looks better and is easier to use.

    iOS Simulator Screen shot 2 Nov 2013 19.42.22  iOS Simulator Screen shot 2 Nov 2013 19.16.35  iOS Simulator Screen shot 2 Nov 2013 15.30.35

     

    I think, I hope, that I’ve gotten better at user interface design since I initially released Mocking Pad and I think it shows in this new version. I hope you agree.

    I’m hoping to push it to the App Store this weekend.


  3. Mocking Pad – iOS7

    October 29, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I’ve been making good progress on refreshing Mocking Pad for iOS 7 – it’s a significant piece of work and I want to get it right but I don’t think it’s too far off now.

    I really think the simplicity of iOS7 lends itself to Mocking Pad:

    iOS Simulator Screen shot 29 Oct 2013 20.28.02This is quite a big update under the covers too. I’ve moved the source code on to use all the XCode and Objective-C updates introduced since I originally wrote the app and am reworking the DropBox and Live Publishing features.

    It’s a big change so if anyone is open to doing some beta testing for me that would be fantastic.


  4. Fluent Mind Map v1.2.1.0 (and Mocking Pad news)

    October 9, 2013 by accidentalfish

    I pushed a new version of Fluent Mind Map to the App Store last night. This is mostly a bug fix release and a few tweaks for iOS 7 – which this version now requires.

    • Visual tweaks for iOS 7 – primarily the status bar now drops down with the toolbars.
    • Bug fix for node clipping on the first show of a mind map
    • Bug fix for Dropbox preview loading when an unexpected file is in the DropBox application folder and more previews need generating
    • Bug fix for an intermittent crash in the editor

    If anyone see’s an editor crash following this release please do get in touch. One user has reported a frequent crash in the editor but I’ve struggled to replicate it – I found one crash, whichI fixed, in a lot of testing. It may be my own habits are biasing my testing and leaving me blind to something so if you do see a crash please do let me know – I take such issues very seriously.

    Finally some, I hope, welcome news if you’re a Mocking Pad user. Firstly I’ve had a problem with the DropBox integration reported to me that I am working on resolving, however I’m also in the middle of an iOS 7 update so that it better fits into the new platform. Visually this is quite a big overhaul as its a large application however I think the benefits are worth it: the cleaner style of iOS 7 should really help focus on the content and that was always one of my aims with this application.


  5. Mocking Pad v1.45

    August 14, 2012 by accidentalfish

    I’ve just submitted a new version of Mocking Pad to the app store. It includes the following enhancements:

    • Page reordering (by dragging)
    • Tap and hold to select all stencils of the same type or all stencils on the page
    • Image stencil (embed images from your photo library)
    • Horizontal bar graph
    • Stacked horizontal bar graph
    • Funnel chart
    • Asymmetrical horizontal bar graph
    • Rev counter

    There are also two bug fixes included:

    • Two users had reported a crash on startup – this has been fixed but it’s rare (as far as I’m aware it’s only effected the two users who reported it) so if you see this please get in touch.
    • The context help locations in landscape orientation were out of place.

    The Lite version will be following in the next few days however all the enhancements (except the bug fixes) are only available in the upgraded version of Mocking Pad Lite.

    Hopefully the upgrade will hit the store front in about a week – as per usual it’s a free upgrade for existing users.

    As ever if the improvements are useful please consider leaving a review on the App Store.

    A new version of Padd Trek is also nearly ready – just balancing things out.


  6. 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!


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. Mocking Pad 1.40 – User Defined Stencils

    October 10, 2011 by accidentalfish

    I’m really excited to be able to share news about this update as it contains possibly the  biggest single addition to Mocking Pad since its launch last year: the ability for stencils to be created by users and shared through a new website.

    I looked at a couple of ways of doing this. My favoured approach was to use the Lua scripting engine to allow massive amounts of flexibility in terms of template creation but unfortunately this falls foul of App Store guidelines: you’re not allowed to execute downloaded code. That being out I’ve gone for a markup type approach – its not as flexible but is easier for non-developers to use. I intend to iterate quite extensively on this over the next few releases as, as far as possible, I’m aiming to deliver new stencils using this mechanism myself.

    The website I mentioned earlier includes an online design environment for building stencils and a gallery from which stencils can be downloaded. You can browse this gallery from within the Mocking Pad app or download stencils and install them via email or iTunes file sharing.

    There’s a preview of the design environment below (this is using the Lua variant I prototyped but the markup version is otherwise very similar, excuse the Comic Sans font!).

    Design Environment

    The feature will only be available in the full version of Mocking Pad (either purchased directly or an upgraded Lite version) and there will be no charge for access to the website – if you’ve got Mocking Pad you’re good to go.

    I’m also looking to include a stencil to allow you to select an image from your iPad’s photo gallery.

    I’m really excited about these changes, I think they’ll massively increase the usefulness of the app and are proving to be really fun to build.

    Technical Footnote: For those that are interested the website is built using Asp.net MVC3 and makes pretty extensive use of the KnockoutJS JavaScript library along with the ubiquitous jQuery. It’s hosted on Microsoft Windows Azure.


  10. Mocking Pad 1.35 – Finally!

    September 25, 2011 by accidentalfish

    I’ve finally completed work on Mocking Pad v1.35. Its on its way to the app store today for review and contains the following new features:

    1. Line drawing – you can now drop a line stencil, set its thickness and pattern (solid, dashes etc.). I’ve had a lot of email requests for this feature.
    2. Drag selection – tap the new button on the toolbar and drag a box over the stencils you want to select.

    There are also a number of bug fixes, thanks to the users who reported them:

    1. Project name editor now behaves more consistently.
    2. Grab handles now position appropriately when you change the orientation of sliders, scroll bars and progress bars.
    3. Double tapping the settings button no longer causes a crash.
    4. The “Get Support” email editor now behaves correctly in landscape mode.

    It normally takes around 5 to 10 days for the app to get approved, I’ll post again once it is.

    Update: Just to add, all the above are available in the full version of Mocking Pad and in Mocking Pad Lite.