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Interview with Pidoco CEO

Creative artisans

We want to thank Jan Jursa for having our CEO Philipp Huy as a guest on his show “Abends in der Kreativwirtschaft” last week. Philipp talked about the origins of Pidoco, the importance of collaboration in our software, and why Berlin was the perfect place to found a company. You can listen to the full interview in German above. Below is a summary of some of the topics.

You can hear the original audio of the interview at Abends in der Kreativwirtschaft.

The origins of Pidoco

Pidoco just turned 5, although the origins go farther back, of course. We chose the name from suggestions made by our users in the course of a name-finding competition. It can be interpreted as “Picture, Document, Communicate”. The most important thing for us was that it had to be memorable.

Collaboration

Collaboration is becoming increasingly important for companies. Pidoco’s real-time collaboration features are an important reason for users to choose our solution, especially with international projects. Collaboration has also been at the core of our product from the beginning on, in addition to our focus on keeping the tool as simple as possible, yet powerful for anyone to use.

The founding team

It’s the people that matter, and it’s certainly not always true that a founding team of four members sticks together through five years of business like at Pidoco. For Philipp, it was important to have a common vision and work towards the success of the company as a team. It’s also important to the Pidoco founders that work remains enjoyable, which is why we encourage collaboration through daily standup meetings where the team joins together, as well as presentations over cake on Fridays or occasional barbeques on the Tempelhofer Flugfeld.

Berlin v.s. Silicon Valley

The hype of the Berlin startup scene is widely known, but why Berlin over places like Silicon Valley? We decided Berlin was attractive for Pidoco because of the relatively low costs and the proximity to great universities, which meant there would be fresh talent looking to work at startups like Pidoco.

How does Pidoco help Startups?

We have a startup program because we want to give back to the community and encourage success. Startups are often looking for ways to make their ideas more tangible and convincing or test them on potential customers before they invest a lot of money. Pidoco can be a great tool for that since what better way is there than to quickly build a low-cost prototype? If you are a startup and interested in trying out Pidoco, contact us at support@pidoco.com to let us know about your project and see if you qualify for a discount.

Jan Jursa is a UX consultant, editor in Chief of UX Storytellers and Co-founder of MobX. You can find out more about Jan on his website. We also recommend that you follow him on Twitter for your UX news.

Prototypes support communication in outsourcing IT projects

Screenshot of Plixos platform

Pidoco is partnering with a new B2B marketplace for software development projects. Outsourcing in software development can help to save costs and to bring new products to market more quickly. While it can offer huge benefits for companies, many have reservations about outsourcing: “How do I find the right partner?” or “How can I be sure that the result will meet my requirements in terms of product design and quality?”

The first question is solved by the new B2B marketplace which pliXos GmbH, a young German company specializing in IT sourcing optimization, has just launched. On the pliXos platform, companies who are looking for service providers for their software projects can issue invitations to tender to registered and pre-validated service providers. The service providers can respond with an appropriate offer. With this system, both customers and service providers benefit. Along with a detailed project description, the marketplace offers a convenient toolkit for creating calls for tender instantly using ready-to-go templates. The participants of the tender can easily be compared and rated according to pre-defined criteria. Once the best partner has been identified, customers can control projects according to certain metrics, such as project cost, the task burndown or time consumption.

The second question is solved via an integration with Pidoco which helps customers ensure that requirements regarding product design and quality are met. The pliXos platform allows customers and service providers to attach individual wireframes or entire UI prototypes to tender documents, which describe in a visual form how the customer envisions the application or which solution the service provider proposes. Not only do the visualizations help overcome language barriers and misunderstandings between customer and service provider, but they can also serve as part of the requirements document, according to which offers and work results can be assessed or approved. The service providers in turn can use the wireframes to illustrate their offers or make their proposals stand out in a tender.

If you would like to try the marketplace out, you can register at: www.plixos.com/market.

Birthday Wishes

  • Pidoco's Screenflow View in 2007: Volker described this as his Pidoco's Screenflow View in 2007: Volker described this as his "masterpiece of graphical design"
  • Pidoco's Screenflow View in 2008 with 8 stencil elements and a properties table on the right.Pidoco's Screenflow View in 2008 with 8 stencil elements and a properties table on the right.
  • Pidoco's UI in August 2008 during beta phasePidoco's UI in August 2008 during beta phase
  • Pidoco's refined UI in late 2008Pidoco's refined UI in late 2008
  • Pidoco's Screenflow View in 2009Pidoco's Screenflow View in 2009
  • Pidoco's UI in 2012 featuring the breadcrumb navigationPidoco's UI in 2012 featuring the breadcrumb navigation
  • Pidoco's current UIPidoco's current UI

New Version: Saving Clicks in our Context Menu

This weekend we installed a new version of pidoco with an improved context menu. It is not a lot that has changed. For example, we now have simple check boxes for all those yes / no properties of the elements. We also improved the Target selector, which now contains collapsed folder entries and grows in width for long page names. This helps you find the target pages for linking even faster. The options menu in Pidoco

In addition to the context menu, we also made a lot of changes in the background. With this new version we finished about half a year of work on many internal components that serves as a preparation for new features. Throughout the next months we will add several new versions that will allow for designing more interactions in your prototypes.

Until then we hope that you enjoy working with the new context menu!

Check out our new design!

Our new editor design finally went live this weekend! We hope you like our fresh new look and take advantage of its new features. We’ve updated the ‘My Prototypes’ section, where you invite others to view, review and collaborate on your prototypes. In the prototype creator itself, we have included new stencils (such as the much-desired “accordion” stencil – thanks to your feedback!) and updated our export function, so now you can specify the components to be included (or excluded) from your Word and PDF exports.

New UI design of our prototype creator

Our new UI design

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Until next time, Happy Prototyping!

Breadcrumb Navigation

At Pidoco, we’ve updated our navigation system. We’ve made it even easier for you to move between the pages and layers of your prototype, helping you get to the parts of your project you need quickly and easily. We have now included forward and back buttons to help you go back to the previous view of your prototype, just like in your browser bar.

Breadcrumb navigation in prototype creator

Moving to a new page in your prototype

We’ve introduced a breadcrumb system, which enables you to see where you are in your prototype at any time. Boxes will appear at the top of your screen showing you which prototype, folder and page you are working from. These are clickable, which means if you are working from a page, you can go back to these sections. When you hover over the arrows in your breadcrumbs, a menu will also appear. You can then use this to switch to a different page or layer in your prototype, without having to go back to the prototype view. This is a fantastic feature, which should make finding your pages even easier.

Prototype global layers in breadcrumb navigation

The breadcrumb navigation in our prototype creator lets you see what global layer you're working on

Thanks to another great feature we have added, you can work on different pages of your prototype in different browser tabs. What’s more, if you do this, the tabs in your browser will be clearly labeled to show what pages or layers you are working on. In your browser, you will then be able to change the order of your tabs to suit you and use shortcuts to flick through these tabs. To open a page in a new browser tab, simply click on the page whilst holding down the ctrl button. You can also click on the special icon in the breadcrumb menu. With Pidoco, you can save the URLs of these tabs for the next time you work on your prototype. What’s more if you send the URL to someone collaborating with you on a prototype, they will also be able to open this page automatically.

These are just some of the new features we’ve added to make working on your prototypes even easier. We hope you enjoy working with our new navigation system. To see how the new Pidoco navigation system works, you can also check out our YouTube video! Pidoco explained: the new breadcrumb navigation pidoco