Other changes in Antetype 1.3

Our recent posts have highlighted a lot of larger changes in Antetype 1.3, but there have been a lot smaller changes too. This post covers some of the smaller changes like JPEG export, re-set presentation mode, screen numbering on export and more.

JPEG Export

One change that has been often requested is to export assets in the JPEG format so we have gone ahead and added it to all export dialogs as valid format.

Export as JPG

New Context Menu

Context Menu 1.3
We have reordered and reorganised the context menu in Antetype 1.3 to make it quicker to find the functions that you need.

When you have a widget selected the list starts with the states of the widget.

Next come the Style Editors with the most common on the main list and the others in the More Styles sub menu. N.B.all single letter keyboard shortcuts for the Style Editors are shown in this menu.

Next come the pasteboard operations.

Then sub-menus for Group and Arrange.

Styles can be copied and pasted or copy the CSS text to style with CSS like the current selection.

Export will export the current selection as an image.

Create Specification is only active when widgets are selected and will create a specification screen for the selected widget.

The final entries should be self explanatory some have been grouped into sub-menus to reduce the menu size.

Re-organised Menus & new default toolbar

The View menu in the application has been altered to reduce the height of the menu now the new Style Editors have been introduced. The changes are not large, but some of the shortcuts (especially for the inspectors) have changed.

The default toolbar has been reorganised and now contains some new buttons.

Default Toolbar Antetype 1.3

A significant change is that the present button is now on the left and is a menu with two options now. There are new buttons for widgets and text and the screens button is now a menu that works with Screen Templates.

Alt key to highlight cells

The status bar has been introduced in 1.3 and using this with the alt key elements can be highlighted on the canvas as the mouse moves over the element names in the status bar.

This facility has also been added to the screen inspector so that when alt is pressed and the mouse passes over an element in the screen inspector it is highlighted on the screen.

Reset / Reload Presentations

When presenting in Full Screen the state of the prototype is changed as various interactions trigger changes in the User Interface. When presenting it can be useful to revert the entire prototype to the state it was to begin with and restart a user journey through the prototype.

This is now possible from the View Menu – Refresh Prototype (⇧⌘P). This causes the entire presentation to reset to the start, back to the original screen and rebuilds all screens.

Screen Numbers on Export

An often requested feature has now been added to the screen export dialog.
It is possible for the names of exported screen images to be prefixed with a number indicating the order they are in the document.

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In the example above the screens would be exported as:

  • 1 Home Screen.png
  • 2 A Detail Screen.png
  • 3 A Further Screen.png

Performance updates

A few performance updates have been included in Antetype 1.3 including:

  • Screen switching – screens are built for display via a cache to reduce the time it takes to rebuild a screen
  • Faster import of resources into the Resource Inspector
  • Faster switching back to the application – there was a pause (up to 30 seconds) when the widget inspector was active.

Scrolling improvements

Antetype 1.3 is now using the fading OS X scroll bar on the main canvas so that the scroll bars do not take up any space when they are not needed.

Scroll positions are now accurately remembered when you switch between screens so that you should be able to jump between two screens and retain your position in each screen.

Related Posts

This post is part of a series of posts about Antetype 1.3.

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