Speed up interaction editing with Antetype 1.3

At Ergosign (our parent company and full of avid Antetype users) the biggest boost to productivity from Antetype 1.3 has been the new In-Place Presentation mode and accompanying interaction tool.

In this post we will explain more about how In-Place presentation mode and the interaction tool can significantly speed up your workflow when working with interactions.

Testing and debugging interactions prior to 1.3

Once a project contains a few interactions the interactions need to be tested and it is useful to also debug those interactions so that they work as expected when different interaction paths are used.

Interactions are often used to show hidden or collapsed elements in a screen elements and prior to 1.3 these elements would appear in Full Screen Presentation Mode only. When a designer returned to editing mode it would take them a while to locate the hidden elements, which would then have to be made visible, edited and again hidden before returning to presentation mode to test again.

In projects with many screens starting presentation mode can take a while because Antetype builds all of the screens upfront so that screen changes in presentation mode can happen quickly.

An idea, some tests and a new feature was born.

The original idea for In-Place presentation mode came from a conversation between Felix (one of the developers) and one of our Ergosign users. The conversation started around the frustrations regarding updating and testing interactions and soon the idea of the run mode was born.

Felix realised that with some quick changes to Antetype he could create a feature that enabled users to switch into a presentation mode without going full screen and without loading all the other screens. This test build was tried by our team and the original user and some changes were then made so that editing was possible.

The basic In-Place presentation mode was added into an EAP build for 1.3 and via our regular EAP webinars we gathered feedback about how useful the feature what problems there were.

From the feedback it became clear that the usage of In-Place presentation was confusing people so we discussed ways to make it simpler and a new feature was born.

Speeding it all up…

In Antetype 1.3 there is no longer a need to start the Full Screen Presentation Mode to test and debug interactions. Instead of a full screen presentation a designer can choose to start an In-Place Presentation.

The first advantage of the In-Place Presentation is that it starts much quicker than a Full Screen Presentation because it doesn’t build all the other screens for a project.

The next advantage of the In-Place Presentation is that once hidden or collapsed elements are revealed Via interactions the user can change their selection tool to Direct Selection and the elements will stay revealed for them to edit.

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This is not only relevant to hidden or collapsed cells, but also the hidden states of a widget that can be revealed and edited without having to reset the active state of a cell.

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Usage of the In-Place Presentation will speed up the building, testing and debugging of interactions in a project. I hope it now clear to see why our colleagues at Ergosign found this feature to be the most beneficial in Antetype 1.3.

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

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