Posts from "October, 2012"

Halloween Special – The Pidoco Case Study

At Pidoco we use our software for planning changes to our software and website. We’ve written before about how we use Pidoco in our work process for updating the software design, but we also use Pidoco to communicate about small changes to our website.

This week we’ve had a Halloween Special for new customers, and in the marketing team we thought about how we could let test users know about this discount. Rather than writing everything in an email, we made a prototype. This was shared with one of our designers and a developer, so they could give us feedback in the prototype about what was possible. The two main pages we wanted to make changes to were the Home Page and My Prototypes. We made screenshots of these pages, which we used as background images and then got creative!

We wanted to add an overlay to our existing image on the right-hand side of our home page. You can upload an image to do this, but we thought we’d use the free-hand drawing stencil instead. We were open to suggestions for Halloween-themed images from our designer, so the sketched look was useful in this case. We also added a couple of comments using our comment stencil to let our designer know he had freedom to choose his own images. Another comment marker was all we needed for the German translate of our overlay text and we could proofread this in the prototype itself.

Halloween Special Prototype

Our mockup. We never said it had to look pretty

Final Home Page Image

Fortunately, our final version doesn’t look like a mockup

Our designer created some images in CSS and then did some technical wizardry to make these Halloween-themed images move when you hover the mouse over them. We’re very impressed!

My Prototypes

We often include a box in My Prototypes to show our users about special offers. (Watch out for this in future). We added a white rectangle to cover the existing text in the specials box and included an image holder on the right, for one of the images from the home page to be replicated here. We also dragged in a text stencil, right-clicked and selected ‘styled text’ and then typed in the text we wanted and formatted as needed. Our designer then used this as a basis and made the changes using HTML. Simple!


Test user account prototype

Prototype of ‘My Prototypes’

Our final message in the repository complete with picture

If you’re working across teams, using a prototype can be a useful way of communicating ideas. Next time we have a special offer, I will just make a copy of this prototype and change the text and upload some different images. Please comment below about how you communicate changes like these accross your teams, or how Pidoco has helped you on your projects! Remember to look out for more Pidoco deals on our Home Page and My Prototypes section. Happy Halloween!

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6 Years of Being Entrepreneurs!

It’s been six years since Volker and Tino went to their first entrepreneurship lecture and it’s been four years since Volker decided to reflect on that in the lovely blog post “How everything began…

Let’s take a look at some of the things that have happened at Pidoco since that blog post four years ago:

1. We hired our first employee – and we thought we should hire a few more people

2. We moved to our amazing office – and Volker has been sat in the same place ever since

3. We officially became Pidoco GmbH

4. We organized UXcamp – and then another – and then another. Wow!

5. We updated our website design

6. We introduced the prototype view and got rid of tabs

7. We introduced plain and sketched modes

8. We added Pidoco to the Chrome Web Store

9. We released our iOS app

10. We made tutorial videos

Pidoco Team

Thanks to everyone who’s followed this blog, been a customer, or who has supported us in our journey!

We really appreciate all the feedback you’ve given us over the years to help us make our software as good as it can be.
We have lots planned for the future, so subscribe to this blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news!

Best wishes from Silvan, Tino, Volker and Philipp

Introducing – Pidoco Tutorial Videos

Want to be a prototyping superstar? We’ve been making tutorial videos with all our secret hints and tips to help you get the most out of Pidoco. Watch how to use our latest accordion stencil or see how to create a popup in your prototype. You can watch all of these on our YouTube channel. Just click the subscribe button to make sure you don’t miss any of our new releases!

This is our image tutorial video, which shows how you can upload and crop images in Pidoco.

Of course if you would like to talk to an expert from Pidoco, we offer free online demonstrations. Just fill out the contact form and let us know when would be best for you. We’re based in Berlin, so we’re free Mon-Fri 9:00 – 19:00 (CET).

Do you have any suggestions for future videos? We’d love to hear from you. Just comment below!

Pidoco meets Qipoqo

It’s great hearing from Pidoco users and it’s even better to meet them in real life. The best part is that you never know what they might say about your product. When I took part in a Rails Girls Berlin workshop last month, I met Celine and Saskia, cofounders of promising Berlin startup Qipoqo – a task-swapping platform where you can swap tasks you don’t like for those you do. Saskia was the first person who had ever described the UI of our software as “cute” before and I couldn’t wait to hear what else they had to say about Pidoco.

Saskia and Celine discovered Pidoco after they won a startup competition. They were lucky enough to win free agency help to develop their website, but needed a way to communicate how they wanted the layout and structure of their online platform to be. Having worked with PowerPoint initially, they wanted software that could add more interaction and also give them more ideas of what elements to include in their website.

The Two Founders

Even though both founders have no programming background, they found that Pidoco was quick and easy to use and helped them see the bigger picture of the technical requirements of their project:

Using the mockup was a revelation, because we had no clue how complicated it was. Unless you try to build it yourself even with a mockup, you’re not aware that there are several different ways to get to the same page and that the same page maybe doesn’t look the same depending on where you come from” – Celine

Celine also talked about how they took their prototype to Usability Fix at You Is Now to show potential users. Because prototypes created with Pidoco are interactive, you can get your potential users to click through and see what problems arise with your navigation and layout. This made Celine and Saskia rethink their navigation to make it more intuitive for their users.

Help is the new currency

We think it’s awesome that they’ve been using Pidoco in their startup journey and of course, we are huge fans of the name. You can sign up for the Beta version of Qipoqo here. In the meantime Celine and Saskia are busy getting support for their crowdfunding campaign. We can’t wait for the task-swapping platform to go live and we wish them the very best of luck.

If you’re a startup and would like to use Pidoco, email to see if you could qualify for a 25% discount.