Exporting mockup image to clipboard


#1

As part of our workflow we paste mockups into functional specs (in google docs). With desktop, the flow worked very well because you could export the mockup to a clipboard image and then jump into the document and paste the image. (either into a new location or by selecting the old image and replacing it)

I am trying out the Google Drive v3 plugin and can’t seem to get this to work. I see the option Project > Export > Mockup to Clipboard but it doesn’t seem to put anything into the clipboard.

Is this a known bug or am I doing something incorrectly?


#2

Sorry @abierbaum, it looks like that is broken. I’ll get it written up and we’ll knock it out soon. Sorry for the snag!

As a workaround, you could use Project > Export > Mockup to PNG instead and then import the image. Slightly less convenient, but hopefully still workable. Thanks!


#3

Hi @abierbaum, we found out more about this. I checked with our developers, and the problem is that we are a Flash-based application for right now, and they have security limitations that we can’t put image data on the clipboard. So this is a feature in the Desktop app, but unfortunately won’t work in the browser. We are removing that option from the menu so that it’s not so confusing. Thanks!


#4

This is a major bummer. This issue is over a year old… is there going to be a fix ?
Without being able to actually insert images of the mock-ups into other documents this tool is useless.

Sure we can all work remotely on the same project, but what can we DO with it ? Tell the client to install plug-ins so they can see our wire-frames ? And read the text elsewhere which describes it… I don’t think so.

Without a proper export, I’m going back to PaintShopPro.
~AS.


#5

Hey @Andrew, I’m really sorry for the inconvenience this is causing you.

As Ben mentioned, this is a security limitation of being a Flash application that lives inside a web browser. We are hoping that this will change when we launch our native editor. We are hoping to have a closed beta later this year.

I’m sorry that this process hasn’t been faster, but it has been a huge project for our small team. But the wait is almost over. :slight_smile:


#6

S’ok. Well I discovered you can export to PNG (not my format of choice -
but, there you go)
It’d be nice to be able to export all to separate files - rather than
generate a ZIP with them all in, but then… it’d be nice to have linked
images in Google Docs to start with - so that this feature was usable - but
again… there you go. Perhaps Google will address this in the future,
then your plug-in can make use of it.
:]