Posts from "April, 2015"

How To … Work With Versions

In Pidoco, every change you make to a prototype is automatically saved. In addition, prototypes as a whole are automatically saved at regular intervals. This auto versioning creates a copy of your prototype in a certain state and allows you to switch back to each copy and continue work from there. But you don’t have to rely on auto versions: You can manually save a version of your prototype, for example to capture a certain milestone. And here is how it goes …

 

1. Create a milestone 

To save a version of the current state of your prototype, go to the toolbar and click on the “Save as” button. A pop-up will ask you to enter a name for the new prototype version. Enter a name such as “Version 1” and confirm. Et voilà, you have created your first milestone!

Save and name the latest version of your prototype

Saving a copy of your current prototype for versioning purposes

 

2. Open the milestone

At any point in time, you can switch back to previously saved versions of your prototype (almost like in a time machine). To do so, go to My Prototypes and open the Versions tab of your prototype. The “Base version” dropdown shows a list of all available versions of your prototype including your milestones and autosaved versions. The version date and author are listed after each version.

Create a version of your prototype

Accessing an older version of a prototype

To access an old version, select it from the dropdown and click the “Create a copy of the selected version” button. This adds the selected version as a new entry to your prototype list in “My Prototypes”. It will carry the same name as the original with the word “Copy” added at the end. You can choose whether existing collaborators or discussion entries should be included in the copy.

Versioning creates a new prototype

Accessing an old version creates a copy of the prototype entry

 

That’s it! You have successfully created your first milestone! Do you need help? Just send us a message via support@pidoco.com or FacebookTwitter or Google+.

 

Happy Prototyping!

How To … Insert Links Into Text Elements

A while ago, we added a new text stencil to Pidoco that makes editing text much easier than before. With the new text stencil, you can insert links to other pages or external URLs directly into your text. Today, I want to show you how…

 

Step 1: Insert a text element

Let’s start off by dragging a text stencil from the palette to the canvas. Once you have placed the stencil, a toolbar will appear directly above the text, allowing you to format the text. You can immediately start typing or pasting copied text. When you are done, click outside the text stencil

Insert the new Text Stencil

Inserting a text element into a prototype

Hint: The width of the text stencil will adapt while you type. If necessary, you can resize it manually.

 

Step 2: Link (a part of) the text

Linking to another page: Once you have entered your text, select the text or text elements, that should become the link, with your mouse. In the toolbar, click on the arrow next to the field “Insert link”. A dropdown menu will open and let you select the page of your prototype you wish to link to. The linked text will be underlined.

Create a link to a prototype page

Creating a link to another prototype page

 

Linking to external content: To link text to an external website, select the text to be linked and type the URL of the website into the field “Insert link” in the toolbar.

Create a link to external content

Creating a link to an external website

Hint: To remove a link, select the linked text and click on the “Remove link” icon right next to the “Insert link” field.

 

What do you think about the new text stencil? Drop us a comment here or via FacebookTwitter or Google+ or contact us via support@pidoco.com. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Happy Prototyping!