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The 1.4 release of Antetype has been focused on one theme – Widgets. In Antetype 1.3 the groundwork was laid to overhaul the way widgets are managed and in 1.4 we have overhauled the standard widgets, widget inspector and widget organisation.
The most noticeable change in Antetype 1.4 is the new Widget Inspector. All areas of this inspector have been redesigned to make working with widgets faster and more intuitive.
At the top of the inspector we have moved the filters and to a menu. The top of the inspector switches between two views of the widgets:
At the bottom of the new widget inspector you can now change the background color for the inspector (using the Antetype Color Editor) and resize widget previews. Resizing of widgets no longer results in a blank space left to the right of the widget previews.
The preview that is displayed for each widget in the inspector have been updated to focus on the visual aspects of the widget.
The aspect ratio of the previews has been change to a rectangle because we have seen that most widgets used in Antetype tend to be wider than they are tall. This change optimises the space per widget and more widgets can now be shown within the widget inspector.
Another change to the previews is that the name of the widget been removed from the preview by default and only shows upon mouse over.
The dot that displayed the status of the widget in prior versions of Antetype has been updated. The red dot that was visible on widgets that did not match the widget library version, has been replaced with a new (non-red) sync icon. Clicking on this icon brings up the context menu for the widget preview.
If a widget matches the version in the widget library then only when the mouse is over a widget does a circle icon appear for the context menu.
In Antetype 1.4 it is possible to add tags to widgets.
All widgets in the standard widget library are setup with a set of predefined tags, but any tag can be applied to a widget. When tagging a widget, autocomplete will prompt the user with the details of similar tags.
Now that widgets can be tagged we have added new widget groups to the widget inspector. Each widget group can be setup to group widget that contain specific tags. For example a widget group can be created to show only widgets tagged ios7 and tablet. When Antetype 1.4 is first installed the default widgets groups compliment the standard widgets in the widget library.
N.B. Empty widget groups are hidden by default – but this can be changed in the widget inspector menu.
We have chosen tagging as the organisation solution for widgets because tags provide an open ended and flexible way for designers to organise their widgets. With our standard widgets we have chosen to organise by platform and control type, but widgets can be organised in any way. For example you might want to organise by project, client, year or even widget status (draft, in-review, approved etc) the choice is now yours.
N.B. Widget groups are configured and stored locally for each computer, if you would like to copy widget groups to other computer please see the file:
The filters are now available in the menu for the Widget Inspector:
An oft requested feature for Antetype has been to be able to remove unused widgets in a way similar to the resource inspector’s remove unused resources. This is now possible from the widget inspector menu – “Remove unused from Project”
Antetype 1.4 no longer allows the creation of new Look & Feels. This change is part of our plan to eventually remove the Look & Feel functionality within Antetype. Existing documents that have multiple Look & Feels will continue to work, but newly created documents can not contain multiple Look & Feels.
All the standard widgets from Antetype 1.3 are in a single Look & Feel. Using a single Look & Feel for all our widgets means that it is now possible to use widgets from different platforms in a single Antetype document. For example screens for iOS and Android can now be created in a single document and not two separate documents with alternate Look & Feels.
It is our plan to remove all Look & Feel support in a future version of Antetype and we making these changes to the functionality over a series of releases to make the change easier. If you are currently using Look & Feels in your documents and would like to influence our future plans – please contact us so that we can understand how best to support your needs.
A more minor change in Antetype 1.4 is that some items within Antetype have now been renamed and relabelled to remove confusion about their purpose.
In Antetype 1.4 the Shared Library is no more and has become the Widget Library. We have made this change to remove any confusion about the sharing of widgets. Widgets stored in the widget library can only be used across projects on the same computer and we believe this is more easily understood with the new name.
In the new widget inspector we have also updated the terms used when using the widget library. The terms update and revert have been replaced with “Send Changes to Widget Library” and “Get Widget Library Version”.
All new standard widgets have been redesigned in a single Look & Feel. This has meant each widget can have a reduced number of elements because the element hierarchy for each widget no longer requires styling elements for flexibility across different Look & Feels.
We recreated all of our standard widgets in Antetype 1.3, but the widgets were contained within the templates for each platform. In Antetype 1.4 the provided widget library contains all of the new standard widgets so that they are accessible without opening a template from a specific platform.
We let our focus on widgets in Antetype 1.4 slip for one single bonus feature. This feature is that the upgrade process for files has been greatly improved and users of larger files should notice that files are converted to the new format in seconds rather than minutes.
Version 1.4.0 (201402110820)