Here’s the first beta release of the 3.0 version. This is huge, so be gentle. I NEED YOUR FEEDBACK.
So head to the install page and install the beta version.
There are so many changes into this release that I can hardly can keep a track of them all. But I’ll try to give you a quick change log.
One project at the time – Only one project can be edited at the time. This simplifies the UI and makes it highly improbable for a nasty bug to show up again.
Page layers – I’m particularly excited about this. You can add layers to a page and open them in any order you want. This simplifies and replaces the Floating Panel functionality. More details soon.
New editor – Completely new editor, I mean. You’ll notice a ton of usability improvements in the editor. From selecting components, adding/removing to selection, moving around and resizing, all got better. Hopefully for good, although your precious feedback will certainly help improve it even more.
Sitemap – It’s now easier to have an high level view on your project. Folders are gone. Now you can structure your project on a page-subpage hierarchy, so the concept of sitemap makes sense.
Annotations – Now you can easily comment on your wireframes and have the comments automatically numbered. The comments you make will be displayed on the side of the wireframe. Highly requested feature.
Improved action editor – Much faster and more intuitive ways to add actions to wireframe components. Easily reorder actions with drag’n’drop. What a joy that will be! Go to page action (used in more than 80% of the cases) is now only one click away. 1 click!
When configuring the Resize action, for instance, you’ll be able to simply hand pick (point and click) the components you want to resize. More than that, just move/resize them to the final position. FlairBuilder will remember that for you, so you don’t need to input the exact coordinates anymore. Sweet, huh? With green is the old position, with blue is the new one.
Improved component palette and new components/shapes – A bunch of new components were added, mostly to get to a full compatibility with Balsamiq (import from balsamiq has been currently removed until the final 3.0 release). Notice the top of the palette, how you can now choose the components categories to be displayed. Faster.
Flip shapes, dashed border and easier to access style toolbar – Notice the little toolbar that shows above the polygon. For some components it will show up and follow closely the selection, so you can make on the spot changes on the component. It’s but better than in toolbar far right-hand side. People never noticed it. And better, it will show up only when you select the component, not on hover.
Page settings popup – When you double click a page in the Pages pane, a settings popup will show up that lets you configure everything abou that page. Everything in one place. Much better I dare to say!
And more – Yes, more! There are some more things to be added, and some that I won’t mention now. Let me get them right first, and I’ll tell you about them in the next few days.
What I badly need from you is to give this version a quick try and let me know your experience with it. I’m sure there will be some dragons around, right from the gate.
Excited! Highly excited.