Visual Website Optimizer: 25% Off The First Month

November 7th, 2013

VWO
Visual Website Optimizer is an awesome A/B testing tool and I still have a few coupon codes remaining for a 25% discount on the first month of a subscription. They are valid for just one more week until Nov 15th. I received them for a GoodUI promotion and didn’t want them to go to waste. To make use of a code, do enter it upon purchase after you sign up (if someone else didn’t grab it already). So if you’re interested in split testing, here they are:

GOODUI-K8R50
GOODUI-MANXK
GOODUI-UPT1E
GOODUI-Y96TJ
GOODUI-40N3U
GOODUI-03Y8G
GOODUI-5EVOF
GOODUI-XJ1VG
GOODUI-KC8GU
GOODUI-W00SQ

Happy Testing. :)

As a side note, here is a little story how I’ve used VWO to increase the conversion rate on Wireframes Magazine from 1.4% to 4.7%.
Cheers,
Jakub

Introducing Proto.io 5

October 7th, 2013

Proto.io
Less than two years ago Proto.io introduced to the public the first release of its popular mobile app protyping platform. Today, Proto.io introduces the 5th and most powerful release Proto.io 5.

The new release promises to help designers and developers to unleash their creative freedom and create unique user experiences even faster than before. Among various enhancements, Proto.io 5 takes prototyping a step further by adding animation states, timelines, draggable functionality and variables. Check out the new features and demos.

Proto.io continues its full HTML5 and cross ­device, cross ­browser support that allows prototyping for virtually any device including smartphones, tables, Smart TVs, game consoles and more. Prototypes can run in any web and mobile browser (on the actual device) making the testing experience as realistic as possible.

Proto.io 5 Highlights

As listed on their website the most important new features in version 5 include:

Animation States + Timelines

Proto.io 5 introduces Animation States and Timelines, a fast and intuitive way to build HTML5 interactive animations. Easily create different states of the same screen and intuitively define the tween transitions, animations and interactions between each state using the powerful new timelines to create animations in a better, faster and easier way.

Drag & Rotate

Making any item on the screen draggable or rotatable is now just a checkbox away. You can now enable drag functionality for any UI element on the canvas, set various properties to define how drag behaves, and interact with various drag callback events to do sophisticated interactions.

Variables and Item property interactions

Start capturing user input, record user events and calculate data from interaction callbacks. Variables can be used to set and get values to and from UI elements, do math calculations, and modify text and other properties on the fly. You can easily combine variables with any touch events and interactions to create interactive content that changes based on user input.

New touch events

More mobile events like touch, release and pinch have been added to the long list of touch and mouse events to enhance user interaction. All events are compatible with mobile and web, thus
allowing the development of multi platform experience with no hustle.

Sign up for free or Try it for 15 days

 

AppSeed – KickStartIt!

September 23rd, 2013

AppSeed
AppSeed is a KickStarter project that intends to blur the lines between sketching and prototyping. Actually, that’s real world sketching and digital prototyping we’re talking about here. Imagine pencils merging with pixels. Anyhow, it’s a few more weeks till it can get funded and probably still needs a nudge to make it happen. Hence sharing it here for those interested in backing this interesting project. It’s from Toronto as well and I like sketching, so here it is. :)

Credits: Greg Goralski

Indigo Studio v2.0

September 19th, 2013

Indigo Studio
Less than a year has passed since the Infragistics team released their first version of their awesome prototyping application. Here is Indigo Studio v2.0. Amongst a bunch of improvements, the new version promises to help designers bring in the customer into the process even sooner by allowing you to iterate quicker. George Abraham, the product manager behind this app, did a pretty good introductory video outlining the clear vision of this tool – one of which is to “help you tell and experience stories”. I personally think with and design using stories and this mental model definitely resonates with how I work.

The other big thing behind the new release is support for Mobile and specifically iOS Phones. There is another screencast video which really shows how you can work with mobile viewports, canvas size, as well as easily adding in interactivity using their precanned iOS controls. A pretty slick way of defining what is viewable, scrollable and how you can pan. :) The new version also comes with touch gestures to drive your prototypes. You can see one demo prototype for mobile that was built using this app.

So What Else Is New Since 1.0

As listed on their website, some of the changes since the first release include:

Sharing to your own servers – this enables two important scenarios for Indigo users–privately sharing prototypes behind firewalls, controlling when and if your prototype is removed, and being able to “update in place” so that you don’t get new URLs for each update.

Improved Exporting – along with more sharing options, we added more control (and a better UX) around exporting, including exporting selective parts of a project for others to work on, as well as a new “Quick Snapshot” global feature to quickly grab an image of what you are working on.

More Options for Preview/Run – you can now choose to run from your prototype home, the current screen’s Start state, current state, and “try interaction” to start at prior state in order to quickly try the interaction you are designing.

New PasswordBox – adding a password input box is as easy as a drag and drop now.

Distribute/Space Out Elements – you can now easily evenly distribute/space out selected elements.

Storyboard Enhancements – we made it much easier for you to quickly bang out stories by dropping in images, and then you can simply double click to start new screens based on them, which is great for making literal sketches interactive.

Lots of other little tweaks, enhancements, and bug fixes, but by far, the biggest enhancement we made to V1 was the new HTML5 viewer, so you can now share and run your prototypes on any modern device. That’s a big deal, and it was especially important because it paved the way for us to add even more mobile design deliciousness to Indigo.

Try it for 30 days

Download and give it a try to see if it works for you.

Basiliq

September 5th, 2013

Basiliq
I am not sure that Photoshop and sketching mix well together. If you do end up sketching in this beast of a tool, please also consider eating soup with a fork and let me know how it tastes. Nevertheless, the awesome team over at Cloud Castle has recently released Basiliq – a handcrafted set of mockup elements for Adobe Photoshop. I think it comes with 300 or so UI elements and icons – maybe even a free cake or something.

Ok joking aside, I think this hip template is more geared at printing bits and pieces for the purposes of paper prototyping. If you do sketch in Photoshop, do let me know how it goes. :)

Credits: Cloud Castle

Sketchnote Typeface

July 15th, 2013

Sketchnote Typeface
Just learned that there is a cool new sketching font out there. It’s called Sketchnote designed by Mike Rhode. He has used it extensively in his sketchnoting book as well. Looks pretty solid to me and could be beneficial alongside any electronic sketches. Enjoy. Cheers.
Credits: Mike Rohde

Sketchplanations

July 1st, 2013

Sketchplanations
So it turns that Jono, a UX designer at Nutmeg, has picked up some Moleskin Storyboarding Sketchbooks and set himself a goal of explaining something in sketch form each day. Hence Sketchplanations was born. Oh and beware, as these are all first time sketches, 100% authentic, with no corrections whatsoever. A great little inspirational project. Thanks Jon!

Credits: Jono Hey (@jonohey)

MicroPersonas – 41% Off

June 17th, 2013

Hey All. Just a quick announcement that I’ve been running a discount on the MicroPersonas icon set that is about to expire today. Instead of $29, it’s $17 for another 15 hours or so. Just wanted to share in here as well. Cheers. :)

Update: just realized that MightyDeals has extended the deal by another week.

InVisionApp: Now With Sketch Commenting

June 11th, 2013

InVisionApp Sketching
What do you get when you merge a pretty cool web based prototyping tool with some sketching capability? You got it – InVisionApp. These guys from NY have just launched a Sketch Commenting feature in their latest build. This now allows designers to express themselves more easily as words and pictures are more powerful together. They’re already awesome so no need to write anything else … “design on my friends” as they say. :)

Sign up for an account and give this tool a try (1 project always free).

Fries

June 10th, 2013

Fries
Fries (github) is a prototyping tool for Android devices. I think it allows you to spit out Android styled UIs just using HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Yes, it apparently plays nice with PhoneGap …

Description pulled from Github:

Fries is an awesome mobile development framework (yes, not just for prototyping!) for Android apps using just HTML, CSS, and Javascript and was inspired by Ratchet. We all know that you can find loads of iOS development tools out there, so this time let’s give some love to Android.

Credits: Jaune Sarmiento