Wow, Patrick, this is great! Thank you for taking the time to give us such detailed (and thoughtful) suggestions. I have some questions and comments about all of this stuff, but before I jump into that, I want to give some context.
There is a significant UX difference between myBalsamiq and Mockups 3 for Desktop. That's because myBalsamiq was the last version 2 product we shipped. After we shipped myBalsamiq, we sat down and rethought the entire UX of the app, and version 3 was the fruit of that labor.
The reason that myBalsamiq and Desktop can be cumbersome to use together is because of that UX divide. We have been band-aiding as best we could, but we knew we would have to go back and revamp the web app completely in order to make it more friendly. The result of that will be Balsamiq Cloud, hopefully later this year.
With that out of the way, let's jump into it.
Totally agree with this. I think this is something we have discussed before, but I think we should talk about it again.
This all should be better in Balsamiq Cloud, as both Cloud and Mockups for Desktop will use the same project format. The problem with myBalsamiq and Desktop is, again, those UX decisions we made when we redesigned version 3.
This is a good idea too. Let me see if there is anything we can do about it. I can't make any promises, but I will check on it.
Both of these should be fixed in Balsamiq Cloud. Another victim of the rethought UX.
Do you see this in both Desktop and myBalsamiq? I'm not sure if it's a Flash/Air bug, or if it's on our side. It's something I'd like to test in Cloud.
Balsamiq Cloud projects are 10k by 10k. And if we need to go larger, it's going to be a lot easier to change in Cloud. This actually wasn't an Adobe Air limitation completely - but it was super risky to implement.
Something I can talk to the team about.
I believe this an Adobe Flash thing, but I can double check. As I understand it, the native attach screen tells the browser you want to use this file, and then the 2nd attach is the browser telling flash. I'm not sure there is a way to bypass that...but it will be better in Balsamiq Cloud.
Adobe Flex's image handler only works in bitmaps. So image manipulation, and resolution, are not up to modern standards. There isn't much we can do about this now, but Balsamiq Cloud is completely SVG based, so both of these issues will be better.
When we go back to look at the Block of Text, we will definitely talk about this.
The Paragraph/Text confusion was a pain point for users with version two, and that's why we swapped it. We think it makes more sense to add "text" than a "paragraph". That being said, why not both?
This is something we could be doing better with the documentation. Or maybe a lock symbol in the corner of the inspector, when you have controls selected? What do you think?
I'm hoping this is better in Balsamiq Cloud.
We based a lot of our Text Markdown on Markdown. In traditional Markdown, underscores are used for italics, which is what we use them for here. We have made some changes for usability sake, but I think _ is associated with italics.
These should all be better in Balsamiq Cloud.
Added to the feature tracker - we will talk about it.
You actually can swap fonts in both myBalsamiq and Mockups 3 for Desktop.
- In myBalsamiq, goto View > Use System Fonts to swap the font to whatever the default system font is for your OS/
- In Mockups 3 for Desktop, you can use the Project Info Panel
Sorry that this wasn't surfaced better!
This is an interesting idea...I can definitely see the use.
Agreed! We will talk about it.
Another thing I will talk to the devs about.
Sorry if some of the responses are brief here, Patrick. Doing a point-by-point breakdown is often the easiest way to address suggestions like these. I'm also sorry if some of it became "it's better in the next thing" but a lot of the issues you are having are issues everyone is having - and we hope we have fixed them with Balsamiq Cloud.
Thank you again for taking the time out of your day to post this, my friend. I look forward to chatting with you more about it!