Posts from "December, 2014"

EU changes applicable VAT

As of January 1, 2015, European Union regulations, in particular the so-called “VAT Directive”, require that suppliers of electronic services such as Pidoco charge value-added tax (VAT) according to the customer’s country of residence (place where the recipient is established) instead of according to where the supplier is based. This applies for all our customers who are not based in Germany, but are a European taxable person (e.g. a non-business customer). If you are currently using Pidoco on a subscription and are not a business, i.e. you do not have a European VAT ID, this may affect you.


So what does this mean for me?

If you are currently using Pidoco on a subscription, are not based in Germany and have not supplied a valid VAT ID to us, your current plan will be subject to a different VAT rate starting on January 1, 2015 (unless your country of residence happens to have the same VAT rate as Germany). Any renewals after that date will carry the VAT of your country instead of the currently charged 19%, the VAT rate currently applicable in Germany. Unless you are using PayPal to pay for your subscription (see below), there’s nothing you need to do. We will automatically adjust your subscription and invoices at the first renewal on or after January 1, 2015. If you need to take any action, we will notify you in advance.

Sounds complicated? Here’s an example! Let’s say, you live in France and are on a Starter plan, which renews every month. Currently we are charging you VAT according to the German rate of 19%. So you are paying: 12.00 Euro + 2.28 Euro (19%) = 14.28 Euro. As of January 1, 2015, we will have to charge you according to the French VAT rate of 20 %, because you are based in France. Hence the invoice amount will change to: 12.00 Euro + 2.40 Euro (20%) = 14.40 Euro.

Of course, the new rates will also apply to any new purchases made on or after January 1, 2015.


Paying via PayPal? 

If you are using PayPal as payment method for your subscription you will need to authorize the new subscription value directly on PayPal before the next renewal of your subscription and will be notified separately via email.


Are you a business?

If you are a business and qualify for participation in the reverse charge scheme, you may supply us with your VAT ID number in order to be able to use Pidoco under the reverse charge scheme and avoid any VAT charges from our side. Please send your VAT ID to including your registered email address as well as your customer ID, which you can find on your invoices.


If you have any questions, please contact us at or +49 30 4881 6385.


Happy Holidays!

Your Pidoco Customer Service

How To … Create A Linkable Menu

The menu is a commonly used UI element that facilitates navigation through the pages of an application. The menu stencil is one of the core stencils in Pidoco. Today I want to show you how easy it is to create such a menu. So here is how it goes …


Step 1: Create pages

First, create the pages that the menu stencil will link to.

Screenflow showing a menu serving as navigation element

Screenflow showing a menu serving as navigation element


Step 2: Add menu stencil and content

Now add the menu stencil from the Stencil Palette and place it in the desired position. Usually, you will want to include the same menu on all of the pages it links to, so consider placing it on a layer. (Here: I placed on the menu on the layer called “Header”.)


Adding the menu stencil to a prototype


When dragging the menu to your page, the text field will open directly. But to edit the content you can also double-click on the menu. The menu stencil comes with a few default entries. Each line represents a different menu entry marked by asterisks. One asterisk represents the top level of the menu, which is visible at all times (e.g. * File). Two asterisks represent the first level of sub-entries, which are only visible when the user hovers her mouse over the menu in the simulation (e.g. ** New file). Three asterisks respresent sub-sub-entries, and so on.

You can add more entries to any level or replace existing ones using a new line and the right number of asterisks for each. Entries will appear in the order you specify, but at each given level, only the corresponding entries with the right number of asterisks will be visible in the simulation.

Hint: If you add entries to the top level (1 asterisk), you may have to resize the menu stencil to see all of them on the screen.


Step 3: Insert links

To link a menu entry to a page in your prototype select the entire entry with your mouse and choose the desired target page from the dropdown menu above. The dropdown includes all pages you have created so far. Selecting a target page will insert brackets ([ ]) around the menu entry (also called the anchor text) to signal that it is now linked up and add the ID of the target page after the opening bracket (e.g. page0001). Make sure not to introduce spaces between the target page ID and the bracket, erase page IDs or change the position of brackets and spaces when you edit the menu because this may break the links.

Linking up individual entries of the menu via the text field and the dropdown menu

Linking up individual entries of the menu via the page dropdown


Hint: You can also link to external URLs. To do so replace the target page ID with the desired URL, leaving the brackets intact. Be careful not to leave a space after the opening bracket.


That’s it. You have successfully created your first linked menu!

Do you need help with the menu? Just send us a message via or FacebookTwitter or Google+.


Happy Prototyping!