Text bar – Antetype 1.3

Two new editing bars have been added to Antetype 1.3, the Style bar and Text bar.

We have previously written about the new Style bar and this post focuses on the new features in the Text Bar.

Text bar - Antetype 1.3

The editing bars that have been added to Antetype in version 1.3 have been designed with two goals:
1. Provide designers with a quick method of browsing the properties of selected elements
2. Provide a quick method to edit common properties without the Style Inspector.

Enabling the Text bar

The Text bar is only displayed for cells that have text associated with them.
An element can be converted to show text in three ways:

  • Select the element and press ⌘+⏎, which starts text editing mode
  • Double click the element to enter text editing mode
  • Using the Style Inspector, find the Text input area in the Text section and enter some text

At-a-glance information

The Text bar provides a designer with all the information about the text properties of a selected element.
From the example above the following information can be seen:

  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The font family of the text in the selected elements is Lucida Grande
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The font style of the text in the selected elements is Bold
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The font size of the text in the selected elements is 12
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The color of the text in the selected elements is black
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The text of the selected elements is left aligned
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The text of the selected elements has no text shadow
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The line height of the selected elements is set to Auto
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The text is top aligned
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ Text wrapping is switched off for the selected text
  • Untitled__New_Blank_copy_ The selected elements do not use Rich Text

3 separate type face controls

One important difference about using the Text bar from editing in the Style Inspector is that the font information is displayed in 3 separate controls.
Not only does this change mean that the information about selected fonts is displayed in a more standard way, this also means that changes to font attributes can be more rapidly made.

If you have 3 text elements that are using 3 different families it is now possible to edit their font size with a single change rather than having to change each element individually.

This is also works if you have 3 elements in the same font but using different font sizes you can now change the font family or style and preserve the various sizes.

Multi select

When multiple blocks of text are selected the information about the different selections is displayed in the drop down lists for font family, font style, font size and line height.

The lists will have a blank entry but when the list is displayed it is possible to see which values are active in the current selection. The currently selected values all have a dash to their left to indicate the selection.

Rich Text

When rich text is selected the information in the text bar is reduced because we can not easily configure and control all of the formatting information that is held in rich text.

Further Reading

Read more about Antetype 1.3.

Find some hidden secrets in the new Style bar in Antetype 1.3 or the new Style Editors.

Read about the new navigation and selection possibilities with the Status bar in Antetype 1.3.

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

Style Editors – Antetype 1.3

The Style Inspector in Antetype contains all properties that can be edited for any element in Antetype. Unless you have an enormous monitor it is not possible to see all of the entries in the Style Inspector and styling tasks often involves at least one scroll of the inspector and often groups must be expanded and collapsed.

In Antetype 1.3 we have introduced pop-up Style Editors than can be shown either in-place next to your content (using a keyboard shortcut) or from the new style bar with a button press.

Border Style Editor

This post covers the details of the new style editors and uncovers a couple of hidden features that will speed up workflows with Antetype.

Focused

In an effort to help designers focus on their designs we have created the style editors so that focus on a single styling tasks. We have Style Editors for these styling areas:

  • Visibility
  • Size
  • Fill
  • Border
  • Layout
  • Rounded Corners
  • Margin
  • Padding
  • Drop Shadow
  • Inner Shadow
  • Float
  • Text Color
  • Text Shadow

Each editor focuses on just the task in hand, so for example the visibility editor only has two controls one to select the visibility mode (Visible, Hidden or Collapsed) and another to control opacity.

The editors can easily be accessed from the Style Bar in Antetype 1.3 by clicking on the relevant buttons.

There is another way to open the Style editors though…..

Open in-place

It is also possible to open Style Editors using Keyboard shortcuts. When a Style Editor is opened using a keyboard shortcut rather than from the Style Bar it will open right next to the element to be styled within the document. By opening the Style Editor next to the selection there is less distraction and focus remains on the design.

There are two types of Keyboard shortcuts that will trigger the Style Editors to pop-up, modifier shortcuts and single character shortcuts.

Screenshot 2013-12-06 14.06.44

The modifier shortcuts work as standard Keyboard Shortcuts in OS X – they can be seen in the View menu under Inline Editors. Modifier Shortcuts can also be customised in the System Preferences for OS X.

Screenshot_2013-12-06_14.07.04-2

The single character shortcuts will only work when the main window in Antetype has the focus and are not customisable you can find these shortcuts in the Context menu.

Using Arrow keys and Scrolling to manipulate number fields

Unlike the Style Inspector the Style Editors have custom behaviour that allow any number fields to be manipulated with arrow keys or with the scroll wheel on a mouse or two finger scrolling on a trackpad.

All number entry fields in the Style editors will increase or decrease their values using the up or down arrows respectively. Using the shift key will jump the value by 10 rather than single digits.

A number field does not need to be the focused control either to have the value manipulated with a mouse or trackpad you can change the value by hovering over the control. Once your pointer is over the control then you can use the scroll wheel on the mouse or a two finger scroll on the trackpad to increase or decrease the values.

Single Undo Entry each time you use a Style Editor

An advantage of making changes using a Style Editor is that all changes that are while the style editor is open are grouped together into a single undo entry. This enables designers to try out many different values for style properties such as the exact colours in a gradient without polluting their undo list with hundreds of entries.
While a Style Editor is open changes can be reverted to their state prior to opening the Style Editor using ⌘ – Z or ESC.

Changes can be committed by clicking outside of the Style Editor or by pressing ⌘-⏎ or just ⏎.

Enable keyboard access to all fields in the Style Editors

The default System Preferences in OS X do not allow all controls in the Style Editors to be able to take the focus. This means that keyboard manipulation of segmented controls and stepper controls is not possible.

If you open System Preferences in OS X and Choose Keyboard and then Shortcuts you will see a preference for Full Keyboard Access – ensure that his is set to All Controls – see below.

Screenshot 2013-12-06 14.42.03

Further Reading

Read more about Antetype 1.3.

Find some hidden secrets in the new Style bar in Antetype 1.3.

Read about the new navigation and selection possibilities with the Status bar in Antetype 1.3.

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

Style Bar – Antetype 1.3

Two new editing bars have been added to the main window in Antetype 1.3, both are designed to provide at-a-glance information about the currently selected element and enable quicker editing.

This post explores the functions available from the Style bar and some hidden features that will improve your workflow.

At-a-glance styling information

The style bar has been designed so that designers can quickly see information about the most commonly used styling properties.

Style Bar - Antetype 1.3

In the above image we can see the following information:

  • quickbar-visible The cell is visible by default
  • Style bar - Size The width is controlled manually (SizeManual-gray) at 100px and the height is also manually controlled at 30px
  • Style Bar - Fill The fill of the element is a gradient that goes from red to a light grey
  • Style bar - Border The border is dotted and 1 px thick, there are multiple colors used in the border
  • Screenshot_2013-12-05_09.04.39 11 The element uses a vertical layout ( LayoutVerticalFlow-gray ) and all child elements will be laid out from the centre (quickbar-alignment-middle)
  • Style Bar - Rounded Corners The two top corners are rounded with a value of 5
  • Screenshot_2013-12-05_09.04.39 5 The left and right margins are 3 and there are no margins on the top and bottom
  • Screenshot_2013-12-05_09.04.39 All 4 sides internally use a padding of 4 for any child elements
  • Screenshot_2013-12-05_09.04.39 6 There is a drop shadow applied to the element
  • Screenshot_2013-12-05_09.04.39 7 There is no inner shadow used by the element
  • Screenshot_2013-12-05_09.04.39 8 The element is not floating
  • Screenshot_2013-12-05_09.04.39 9 The element can be nested

Please note that not all properties are available for all elements, e.g. you can’t alter the visibility of a screen.

Single update / revert indicators for widgets

At the end of the style bar there are two controls that only appear when the properties of an instance of a widget do not match the definition of the widget.

  • quickbar-update Using the update control the properties of the currently selected widget will overwrite the widget definition and all other instances of the widget will also get those properties
  • quickbar-revert Using the revert control the properties of the instance will revert back to the values from the widget definition.

For more detail about which properties have changed – please consult the widget inspector.

Change widget state

When a widget is selected the first control in the style bar is a control that shows the currently selected state of a widget.

Screenshot 2013-12-10 12.34.57

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In this case the selected state is Normal – this control can be used to change the state of a widget from one state to another. You can also choose to Select All States, to make a more complex selection of states or to add and remove states from a widget chooser Manage States to show the Style Inspector where you can make changes to the states.

Focused Popup Editors

A few controls in the style bar can be interacted with directly in the style bar, e.g. state and nest. Most of the controls will open a Style Editor when they are clicked e.g. Visibility, Size etc.

The Style Editors are designed to be focused on single task and a separate blog post will cover Style Editors in more detail.

Copy / Paste Styles

All controls in the style bar come with a hidden feature that allow the designer to copy or paste all the styling properties for that control between elements.

If you ctrl-click on any of the controls in the style bar that open a Style Editing popup you will see a context menu that enables you to copy or paste the style relevant to that particular part of the style bar.

Pasting can also be achieved with the keyboard shortcut ⌥⌘V.

Further Reading

Read more about Antetype 1.3.

Read about the new Style Editors used by the Style bar in Antetype 1.3.

Read about the new navigation and selection possibilities with the Status bar in Antetype 1.3.

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

Updated Antetype OS X Color Picker : 1.3.1

UPDATE: New Version available (1.4.1) with up / down arrow and scroll support.

Antetype 1.3 was recently launched with a new feature called Style Editors. The Style Editors are focused on a single styling aspect and open inline in the document. One way that editing a document is quicker with the Style Editors is that values can be changed using the up and down arrows and the scroll wheel on a mouse.

We have added these changes into the stand-alone Antetype Color Picker too which has been released today with these modifications and some performance improvements.

Antetype Color Picker 1.3.1

The 6 number inputs (H,S,B,R,G & B) have been enhanced by adding support for mouse / trackpad scrolling or keyboard up and down arrows.

Up / down arrows

To work with the arrow keys, once a field has focus you can use up or down arrow to increment or decrement a value by 1. You can jump in steps of 10 rather than 1 by pressing the shift key with the up or down arrow.

Scroll wheel support

The input field doesn’t need to be focused if you work with the scroll wheel (or 2 fingers on a trackpad). To use the scroll wheel support mouseover the input you would like to change and then simply scroll up or down.

Steppers

All the number controls also have steppers to their right so that you can if you choose use these to change the values. As with using the arrow keys on the keyboard you can increase the steps from 1 to 10 using the shift key.

64 bit only support

With this version of the Antetype Color Picker we have dropped support for 32 bit programs. This is an issue if want to use the Color Picker from 32 bit apps, for example Pages 09, Numbers 09 or Keynote 09, only the latest versions of these apps are 64 bit.

If you rely on the Antetype Color Picker in these apps then we would suggest you remain with version 1.2.0.

Installation

You first need to download the zip file that contains the Color Picker.

To install the color picker, first extract the zip filecopy the extracted

AntetypeColorPicker.colorPicker 

file to the folder:

“~/Library/ColorPickers”

N.B. To navigate to your Library folder hold down the option key when viewing the Go menu in Finder.

As ever please post any feedback.

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

Creating Custom Templates – Antetype 1.3

The new template chooser in Antetype 1.3 comes with predefined templates but it possible to add custom templates to the template chooser too.

This post will take you through the process of adding a new custom template to Antetype.

Location of templates

All templates are held in the Application Support directory for Antetype – the path for this directory is:

~/Library/Application Support/Antetype/Templates

or if you are using the Early Access build:

~/Library/Application Support/Antetype EAP/Templates 

Default contents of Templates folder

By default inside the Templates directory are a number of folders prefixed with ‘default-’ these folders are used for the standard templates. There is also a file called AntetypeTemplateDetails.plist – do not edit this file as it used when updating templates.

This directory is created the first time Antetype 1.3 is run so if you cannot find it please ensure that you have started Antetype 1.3 automatically.

Adding a new category

If you look into the default-gettingStarted folder you will see the details of a category.

Contents of Getting Started folder

The most important part of a category is the ‘template-category.plist’ this file is where the display name of the category is set along with any notes for the category.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
        <key>category-title</key>
        <string>Getting Started</string>
        <key>category-notes</key>
        <string></string>
    </dict>
</plist>

For example the category-notes field is used in the Android and Microsoft categories to highlight that the templates require certain fonts to display properly.

So to create a new category first create a folder in the Templates folder called ‘My Templates’.

Inside this folder copy the ‘template-category.plist’ file from default-gettingStarted and edit the category-title from ‘Getting Started’ to ‘My Templates’. Your edited plist should look like:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
        <key>category-title</key>
        <string>My Templates</string>
        <key>category-notes</key>
        <string></string>
    </dict>
</plist>

If you restart Antetype you will now see your empty category in the template chooser.

Adding a new template

Going back to the default-gettingStarted you will notice that there are three files with the prefix gettingstarted-Tutorial1:

  • gettingstarted-Tutorial1-thumb.png
  • gettingstarted-Tutorial1.atype
  • gettingstarted-Tutorial1.plist

These are the three files that are needed to add a template to your new Category.

The png file is a the image that will be displayed in the template chooser for your template – this can have whatever content you wish in it to best show the contents of your template.

The atype file is your template – this file will be copied and opened as a new document when a user selects a template.

The plist file is where you set the name of the template and any notes about the tutorial to appear in the tooltip in the template chooser. The format of the plist is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
        <key>template-name</key>
        <string>Getting Started</string>
        <key>template-notes</key>
        <string>This template contains a interactive tutorial</string>
    </dict>
</plist>

So to add a new template to your category you will need a png file and an atype file as the basis of your template – please set their names to have a matching prefix as shown above.

Then create a plist file with the same prefix as the atype and png file.

The contents of your plist should look something like:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
        <key>template-name</key>
        <string>My First Template</string>
        <key>template-notes</key>
        <string>This template is amazingly useful</string>
    </dict>
</plist>

Now restart Antetype and you will see your template inside your template category. Double click on the template to create a new document based on it.

Adding screen templates

Documents that have been created from a particular template category can have a custom menu configured for the new screen toolbar button.

The Getting Started category doesn’t offer a custom new screen menu so we will need to look in another template folder to understand this better. Let’s look into the ‘default-ios7Phone’ folder where you should find a screens.atype.

The screens.atype file is a normal Antetype file. The screens held in this file are used to populate the New Screen toolbar menu. The screen names become the menu names and an image of the screen is used as the image on the left.

To customise the New Screen menu for your category just add an Antetype file to the category folder and rename it screens.atype. If you restart Antetype you will see your custom New Screen menu is available for all documents created from templates in your category.

Tip: When a document is created from a template Antetype stores the template-code (which is the folder name) inside the document. If you change the name of your category folder in Templates you will find that older documents no longer have any entries in the New Screen Menu.

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

Document & Screen Templates – Antetype 1.3

Antetype 1.3 comes with a set of predefined templates and widget sets.

Template Chooser

When creating a new document in Antetype 1.3 the only route is via the Template Chooser. When starting Antetype or by choosing new from the file menu (CMD N) you will see the Template Chooser.

Antetype 1.3. Template Chooser

Templates within the template chooser are split into categories based on platforms or other logical groupings.

We provide templates for the following platforms:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Windows
  • OS X
  • Wire framing

When starting a new design you may want to keep an eye on our community site where you can find inspiration from many different designs uploaded by Antetype users.

New screen templates

New Screen Menu - Antetype 1.3

The new screen button in the Antetype toolbar has bee

n update in version 1.3 to be a menu so that new screens can be based on templates.

The set of screens in the menu come from the template that the document was originally created from.

When a new screen type is added to a document the new screen will also add any required resources or widget that it needs. If the document already contains versions of these widgets or resources it will use the existing versions of the widgets and resources and therefore will incorporate the latest changes to those widgets and resources.

Placeholders in templates

Placeholder - Antetype 1.3

You may notice in some templates that there are prompts to add elements to a container. These content placeholders disappear as soon as new elements are added to the container.

Placeholders do not show in exported images or in presentations they are only visible in design mode. If you do not require placeholders in your design you can hide all placeholders using the view menu – Show Placeholders option.

Widget sets

As an aside it is probably useful to note that Antetype 1.3 no longer contains widget sets by default. Previously widgets sets were bundled with Antetype inside the Shared Library. We have decided to change the distribution method for widget sets in Antetype 1.3 and widgets are now bundled inside the templates for each platform.

One consequence of this change is that widgets from different platforms can now easily be included in a single project and moved from project to project using copy and paste.

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

Status Bar – Antetype 1.3

A status bar has been added to the editing window in Antetype 1.3 to provide at-a-glance information about the design, but it offers other ways to speed up your workflow.

This post explains all the functions of the new status bar and uncovers a non-obvious functions.

Hierarchy

A key aim of Antetype 1.3 has been to enable designers to maintain focus on their design and reduce the need to move to other windows to review and change details of a design. The status bar has been added to provide at a glance information about the current selected element and its place in the hierarchy of the document.

Status Bar with Hierarchy in Antetype 1.3

From the icons in the above status bar we can see the following:

  • TreeScreen Screen – this is the name of the screen
  • TreeCell Settings – this is a basic rectangle cell and is at the top of the hierarchy
  • TreeWidgetContentCell List Container – this icon shows that this is a widget that contains other widgets
  • TreeWidget List Entry with Icon – this is an instance of a widget
  • TreeWidgetCell Icon – this is is a cell within a widget
  • TreeWidgetCell Rectangle – this is a cell within a widget

If the names of elements in the status bar do not directly mean anything to you, you can use the ⌥ modifier while performing a mouse-over on the status bar to highlight the parent elements in the hierarchy.

Status Bar Highlighting targets

Navigation

The status bar can also be used to navigate the hierarchy of your document.

Simply ctrl-click on any of the elements in the status bar to see a list of the child elements, as you mouse over the child elements they are highlighted in the document.
Selecting an element from the list will then change the selection to that element.

Status Bar - Changing Navigation

The same technique can also be used to navigate screens too. If you ctrl click on the screen name you will see a list of the screens in the document – choosing a screen from this list will then navigate to the selected screen.

Renaming elements

The status bar can also be used to rename an element – simply double click on the element in the status bar and you can edit the name of the element.

Status Bar - rename element

Zoom options

In addition to the hierarchy, navigation and renaming options provided by the status bar on the right of the bar is a zoom control.

This control offers all the options that were previously available but also supports two new options:

  • Fit to width – will zoom so that the width of screen fills the window
  • Fit to screen – will zoom so that the whole screen fills the window

 

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

Smart Dragging – Antetype 1.3

In Antetype 1.3 we have added two the ways in which you can edit and interact with your screen designs using only your mouse.

 

Re-order without the screen inspector

Prior to Antetype 1.3 re-arranging the order of elements in a container required the user to shift their focus from the design canvas in the main window to the screen inspector.

A key aim of 1.3 has been to remove the need for the user to shift their focus to the screen inspector and to allow them to keep their attention and focus purely on the design canvas.

With Smart Dragging a user can easily re-arrange elements within a container directly on the canvas, by simply clicking on the item and dragging it to the preferred ordering position.

Re-ordering a container with Smart Dragging

This works for vertical, horizontal and stacked layouts in free layouts the ordering of elements is not important.

Nest mode is dead – long live nesting

Moving an element to another container with Smart Dragging

Moving an element to a new place in the hierarchy in Antetype 1.2 involved using either the screen inspector or enabling “Nest mode”. Nest Mode was enabled using a button on the toolbar or a modifier key while selecting elements.

In Antetype 1.3 nest mode no longer exists, changing the parent container of an element can be done either using the screen inspector or via Smart Dragging.

Just as Smart Dragging can be used to alter the order of elements in a container an element can also be moved between containers. Simply drag an element out of the container it is currently in and place it over the container you would like to add it to. Do not yet let go of the mouse, the new parent container needs to become the target for the drop and while this is happening you will see the target flash blue. Once the new parent container is set as the target you will see that it has a blue outline to indicate as much, you can now let go of the mouse.

Responding to layout changes during a drag

Changing the ordering of elements in a container or moving an element from one container to another will often have an impact on the layout of a screen. This is highly relevant when a container is set to shrink to fit its contents or a element is set to stretch to the size of its container. As an element is dragged using Smart Dragging these changes are reflected immediately in the design, even before you let go of the mouse and commit to the change.

Changing your mind

Should you change your mind in the middle of a drag and decide not to re-order or change the parent container of an element – then just press ESC and everything will snap back to how it was before the drag started.

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

Antetype 1.3

After 6 months of development we are proud to release Antetype 1.3.0.

Antetype 1.3 contains many new enhancements and bug fixes and is available now as a free upgrade. You can download it directly – or use Check For Updates… in the Antetype menu.

This post serves as an overview of the changes – in the coming days we will post more details for you about the details of each of the changes. We will update this post with relevant links to other as they are added.

Document & Screen Templates

The first noticeable change when starting Antetype 1.3 is the Template Chooser that is presented to help you start a new document, load a recent document or open an existing document.

Antetype 1.3. Template Chooser

There are a number of categories and within each category a number of templates – expect new templates in future release but do keep an eye on our community site for more inspiration.

Read more about Document & Screen Templates.

Learn how to add your own custom document and screen templates.

Getting Started Guide

The first template presented to new users is the Getting Started template which we have designed to give a quick (less than 5 minutes) introduction to the key concepts of Antetype.

Antetype 1.3 Getting Started Template

Smart Dragging

smartdragWe have removed the nest mode in Antetype 1.3 and instead created a whole new way to move, re-arrange and re-layout your designs that happens as you drag cells and widgets around a screen.

It is hard to demonstrate in a static image – you’ll need to try it yourself, but smart dragging reduces the time taken to re-order your hierarchy, add new items to the hierarchy and play with different layout ideas.

Read more about Smart Dragging.

Style bar & Text bar

To further speed up the process of designing a screen we have added two alternatives to the Style Inspector that are available under the normal Toolbar. These are the style bar and text bar.

stylebar

 With a glance you can review the key styling information about a selected item. Pop-up windows appear to enable you to focus on editing styling aspects of your design, and disappear when you want to review your changes.

Read more about the Style bar.

Read more about the new Style Editors.

Read more about the new Text bar.

Status bar

At the bottom of the screen we have also added a status bar. This is the new home of the zoom control, but also holds a path component to provide information about the current selection and its parent components in the hierarchy.

statusbar

The path control can also be used to change the current selection (select a parent or try a ctrl-click), highlight objects (⌥), change screen (ctrl-click on screen name) or rename the selected item (double click).

Read more about the Status Bar.

In-Place Presentation

inplace To speed up the testing and editing of widgets in different states and interaction objects that are normally hidden or collapsed we have added a new presentation mode – Present In-Place.

When Present In-Place is started a new tool is enabled by default that allows you to interact with your screen as if it was in a Full Screen Presentation. For example when the mouse moves over a widget you can see the mouse-over state, when a click happens you can see the pressed state. During an In-Place presentation you can change to normal selection mode to edit your design while it is in the altered state.

Shared Library / Look & Feels

We have decided to change how we distribute widgets and rather than include them in a shared library for each release we will now provide them in separate templates or via our community site . This means Antetype now ships with an empty shared library, containing a single Look & Feel called Antetype.

By default the ability to use the Shared Library and the Look & Feel Selector is now switched off in Antetype. This can be enabled again via a preference panel.

Other changes

There are a host of other changes that have been included in Antetype 1.3, but to keep this post as short as possible we will only list them for now – look to other posts to expand on the details.

  • New Color Editor
  • Support for OS X Color Palettes
  • Faster Screen Switching
  • Performance updates for loading resources
  • JPEG export
  • Updated context menu
  • New default toolbar & new toolbar items
  • Re-organised View menu
  • Reset / Reload presentations
  • Improved Scrolling
  • Presentation mode zooming
  • Trackpad and mouse zooming
  • Spacebar pan mode
  • Prefixes on screen exports
  • Horizontal and Vertical Layout support for percentage stretching
  • Single state selection by default

Read More about the smaller changes in Antetype 1.3.

Related Posts

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

Encouraging better community discussion

It has only been 5 months since we launched our support portal at http://support.antetype.com and we have now had 117 public questions, ideas and feedback via the site.

We have been getting consistent feedback that the community tools provided by our support portal are not good enough to encourage proper discussion.

The three main complaints have been:

  • Not possible to attach images or other files to a post
  • Not possible to add links to posts
  • Notifications are only sent to original poster and not commenters

Our Support Portal is provided via salesforce.com via their desk.com service and these restrictions are general restrictions from the desk.com service and not something we are able to control.

We have given specific feedback to desk.com around these issues but they are unable to commit to making any changes currently so we have decided to change things ourselves and for the moment move community discussions back to getsatisfaction.com.

Ask Community Link on Support Site

If you visit the support portal now you will find a link “Ask Community” on the right of every page above the link to “Email Us”. This link is to the post new topic page on Get Satisfaction.

We would encourage users to still initially use the search box on http://support.antetype.com when searching for a topic as this searches our help files, FAQs, announcements, previous desk.com posts and get satisfaction.

As ever we welcome feedback on how we can better serve our community of users in discussing Antetype together and with the Antetype team.

 

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