August 23rd, 2012
The new 4.4 versions of GUI Design Studio Professional and Express, along with a new Viewer, are now available for download.
For users of versions 4.0 to 4.3, this is a free upgrade and the Viewer is, of course, always free. Users of GUI Design Studio version 3 or below can install v4 in parallel and try it out before upgrading.
We had two primary goals for version 4.4:
We’ve also made a few other tweaks and fixed some bugs along the way. While most of these new features are only applicable to the Professional edition (and the Viewer), many of the tweaks and bug fixes also apply to the Express edition.
Data tables are CSV text files containing rows and columns of data. They act like tables within a relational database. The first row contains the name for each field in the table and each subsequent row represents a data record.
The new Data panel provides access to CSV files stored within your project:
The Help file has a brand new chapter that describes “How to Use Data Tables” so I won’t go into detail here. We have big plans for extending the capabilities of data tables but there’s still a lot you can do with them now to display data and navigate between data records within your prototypes:
Not to be confused with the new data tables feature, here’s a quick Table element example, showing off some of the changes, without the need for any overlay elements:
Up until now, the Table element has been rather static. You could scroll the content and, through properties, indicate selected rows but you couldn’t interact with it further. Adding interactive features has been a primary request from users.
This almost went under-the-radar as one of those relatively small features that could make a big difference, especially for all those people that asked for it.
We’ve added native support for animated GIF files. Very useful for loading graphics like this:
These will also work as spliced, resizable images and when monochrome mode is engaged.
The second animation feature is the ability to transition integer variables between any two values over a specified time frame. And that includes the possibility of animating the active record of a data table or a conditional content selector, opening up many options for slideshows and other presentations.
What makes this even more useful is the ability to set onward actions and navigations once an animation has completed, including further, chained animations.
Definitely something to have fun with!
We hope you enjoy using the new features in GUI Design Studio v4.4. As we get busy on the next release, please let us know how you get on by leaving a comment below, contacting Support through the usual channels, or on the new Forums.