Live at Mensch und Computer

After some work this morning our booth is ready for all the visitors. We have set up the live collaboration of the Prototype Creator, such that you can see on our second laptop what we are presenting at the first one. We are excited to get the first feedback for this feature, since we have installed the feature on friday.

In addition, we are playing the Usability Quartet. It is definitively fun to play this game. From time to time we will post the highscore in here. Come over and play with us!

Remember: on monday, 4pm, Tino will present our tool in room AMS2. Hope to see you there!

New Features II: Image Cropping

The second feature I would like to present is image cropping. At first I didn’t see the big value and Tino had to convince me to focus on this feature. But having used image cropping it is lightning fast to assemble a prototype out of a sample image of interaction elements.

The screenshot below shows in the center the stencil image in its full size. Around this image there are four copies of the same image with different cropping. When you have opened the editor, set the url of an image to your favorite stencils. Then start resizing the image. By pressing the shift key you keep the ratio of the image. By pressing the control button you start cropping the image. You can start cropping or resizing and to both actions in any order for several times until you have the right section of the image.

In case you need a button, take such an image, select the right section and then use a click area on top. The click area then specifies the target of the fake button. No matter whether you use some iPhone stencils, your own design, or the corporate design of your customer, it is very easy to get a prototype with some initial graphical design.

Use image cropping and accelerate your prototyping!

New Features I: Collaboration

As I already announced, by this series of blog entries we want to introduce some new features that you will be able to see and experience at the Mensch und Computer next week. The first feature are our Collaboration capabilities.

If you ever have used Google Docs with two or more people at the same time, then you know that you can just edit the document and the software cares about how to send the changes to the other users. We have implemented the same mechanism, but for our prototypes. Thus, if several users are logged in to the same prototype, every change you make will be distributed automatically to the others.

While you are editing the login part of your prototype, your colleague can design a content page. After just some second the changes will be available to the others, without any need to take care.

The same applies for running the prototype: while a test user is viewing the prototype, you can modify the same page. If the user reloads the page, the changes will be visible. This way, you can demonstrate different variants of the same page and ask for feedback to both variants.

In case you think this feature is not very interesting to you, give it a try in your next project. You will see how easy collaboration can be.

pidoco° among the winners of the “Gründerwettbewerb”

Yesterday, the winners of the German business plan contest “Gründerwettbewerb – Mit Multimedia erfolgreich starten” were anounced at the IFA in Berlin. Luckily, we were among the 14 winning teams of the second prize.

The funny thing about such occasions is, that you meet other startups that you already know from different events. This time, we met MeinKartenspiel and Telewebber. We know both founders from the first German StartupWeekend 2007.

Congratulations to all winners!

Prototype Creator in Google Chrome

The new Google browser Chrome is available since today. As it is based on Webkit we immediately tried to run our Prototype Creator in Chrome. We’re happy to see just another browser supporting SVG and therefore being a candidate for our Prototype Creator. Just Microsoft is still missing….

The screenshot shows our development version, with the improved design, running in Chrome. You will be able to see the new design together with new features at the “Mensch und Computer” next week. During the next days we will introduce some of the new features in here. So stay tuned!

Meet us at Mensch und Computer in Lübeck

We will be in Lübeck from 7.9. until 10.9. and present pidoco°. Visit us and test our Prototype Creator live at our booth.

As part of the “Usability Tools” session on monday, 8.9. we will showcase pidoco° at 4pm in room AMS2. Attend the session and get your own free account!

New Preview – Now also in Safari

Our new design (at least an early version) is running in our productive system since some days. Today we deployed a new preview with the new design, too. The new preview shows the latest development of the Prototype Creator, free to explore for you.

Use your Firefox or Safari browser and open the Prototype Creator preview. Feel free to try everything you like. Use the feedback form to tell us what you think of it.

Exploiting the possibilies of pidoco°

Today, we were surprised by a work of art done in our editor. Our friend Christian has been playing around with pidoco° and came up with a nice diagram. Amazing. Nothing more to say…

Because we didn’t really know, whether he linked some image files or whether he really drew everything with pidoco° we had a look at the sources.

If you want to do the same, open the original result.

From Paper Prototype to Implementation in 3 days

Since yesterday we have support by three students from Hasso-Plattner-Institute, Marika, Michael, and Sebastian. They will help us implement pidoco°, such that we can reach a version 1.0 in September. Our first impression after one day: excellent students and great support for us!

However, we faced the problem that our not so large office has to accommodate three more people. Being (kind of) usability professionals with engineering background we started with a nice paper prototype…

… then tried some high fidelity implementations …

… to finally have an arrangement that made us happy:

Sponsoring the Mensch und Computer

Now it is official: pidoco° is a Sponsor for the conference “Mensch und Computer 2008”, which is part of the multi conference “Viel Mehr 2008”. We are very proud to be among such great companies that are sponsoring this year.

We will have our own small booth and we will give a short presentation of pidoco° in a tool session. Further details will be posted in here, once they’re fix.

It would be a pleasure to meet you at the conference in Lübeck. I’m sure, there will be excellent sessions and you can meet all the usability guys from the German speaking area. See you there!