GUI Design Studio 2.2 Introduces International Features

October 6th, 2006

GUI Design Studio version 2.2 will be released next Tuesday (10 October 2006). It’s a little later than we’d initially planned but we wanted to make sure it was well tested and as robust as possible before release.

With so many users finding new ways to use the tool, we encountered a few behavioural hiccups with certain aspects of component design usage that needed to be fixed, particularly when you start layering component storyboards within each other!

Version 2.2 now fully supports International language text on designs. If you need to design for a right-to-left language such as Arabic or Hebrew, right-alignment and full mirroring is supported for all appropriate elements. We’ll post some examples of this next week.

The most notable new feature is the ability to use any font for all text based elements. In addition, the new default font preference, when used in conjunction with the look and feel preferences, opens up an interesting way to switch between the ‘final’ look of a design and a ‘wireframe mockup’. There are new sections in the User Manual to explain all of this.

With some further minor fixes and tweaks, version 2.2 has been significant in creating an even more robust platform for new feature development.

Comments welcome!

 

4 Responses to “GUI Design Studio 2.2 Introduces International Features”

  1. raghu says:

    do forward related gui articles in microsoft vc++ and vc++.net applications

  2. Turtle says:

    Raghu,

    Thanks for your comment. Could you explain what you mean a bit more please?

    GUI Design Studio is a design and prototyping tool that is independent of any programming language. It’s certainly been used to design VC++ and .NET applications.

  3. Erik Lidman says:

    Question: Your software looks great. I have downloaded the trail version. And it’s more or less what we need. BUT – there is one important issue. I’m testing the 2.1.52 version, and there seem to be no way to change the “stylesheet” of forms, controls etc. Our web-based application is green – not blue, etc. Are there some feature/setting I have missed? Or must we change our app to fit your layout…

    Regards
    Erik

  4. Turtle says:

    Hi Erik

    I’m glad you like our software. The closest thing we have to a “stylesheet” is the Colour Schemes preferences. It has many different colour sets to choose from, including 2 or 3 greens, that affect all of the standard control elements. See the “File | Preferences…” menu command.

    Elements that have colour choices allow you to choose a “System” colour (controlled by the active Colour Scheme) or any other colour you like.

    The other thing to consider is how accurate your prototype colour scheme needs to be. You can always implement your actual application using a different colour scheme if you want.

    We’ll certainly be looking at more extensive stylesheet support in future though.