October 10th, 2006
Caretta Software GUI Design Studio version 2.2 is now available for immediate download. If you’ve already tried it then check your email today for download instructions otherwise you can request a trial.
In the last post I mentioned the new fonts support in 2.2. You can see from this screenshot that the Typeface picker has a useful history feature that places recent selections near the top.
This also includes active fonts in open documents so that you can easily maintain a consistent look. There’s also a Quick Pick field to grab not only a recent typeface but also the size and attributes too!
I also mentioned the International language support. We put a lot of effort into getting this right and ensuring that our file formats remained completely compatible.
To serve as an example, we’ve created a contact information dialog that’s been translated into Russian and Hebrew.
The Russian version is fairly typical of user interface translation projects where subtle layout changes are required to adjust for the differing text lengths.
The Hebrew version was more of a challenge. Not only were there text size differences but the whole design needed to be flipped horizontally for right-to-left reading.
Fortunately, GUI Design Studio 2.2 includes full mirroring support that correctly reverses frame window caption bars and places scroll bars and combo drop-down arrows, etc. on the left where they belong instead of the right.
You can take a look at the example and download the designs from our International Dialog Gallery Page.
Next time, I’ll have something to say about wireframe mockups.