Possibilities to export mock-up to HTML


#1

Hello!

I am new to using this mock-up (or any mock-up for this matter). Let me start by congratulating you for making the simplest-to-start-with mock-up tool, I registered for free trials at 5 different and this on is by far the most comfortable to work with, even if some of the others offers deeper functionality.

The purpose of my mock-up is to create instructions and rough layout for an iphone application, but during the testing phase we need it on a webpage where it can register information from beta-users. The project relates to environmental awareness so there will be questions like “how much meat do you eat”, and we want to register the answer from X users, so we need to connect it to some sort of data-base in addition to getting logic/design feedback.

I understand in the older version of Mosambique it was possible to export a mock-up to HTML code, then I could ask a programmer to do the finetuning. From what I read that is no longer possible in v.3. Is that correct? If so, is it planned to be incorporated at a future time? There are references to add-ons that might be able to do this, can anyone recommend me one such?

Thanks


#2

Hello Fred!

Export to HTML is not planned, and as you said there aren’t any 3rd party tool that understand our new BMPR data format yet.

I would suggest exporting your project as a BMMLs ZIP (from the Project > Export menu). This will create a zip with files in it that use our old BMML format. You can then feed those files to a 3rd party tool.


#3

Ok thanks for your quick answer. If you have done it; what quality of HTML code would come out of such a method? How far from the mock-ups functionality? If you have not done it, I guess we will just have to test it and assess ourselves.

Another question: Is there any way to view a “functional” prototype on a computer that does not have Balsamiq installed? Meaning a clickable version that keeps the links between screens. I saw other tools could export so a mock-up could even be viewed on a cellphone, but here I see picture/pdf format or java code as the standard options. If I make a mock-up and take the time to link all the screens together, I would like to be able to send it to a programmer to make it into HTML without having to buy a Balsamique copy to him just to view the connection between screens. This I could of course do by drawing flowcharts in powerpoint or similiar together with pictures, but would be time-saving to be able to showcase it directly from the mock-up since the link function is there.


#4

Hi again. I don’t know the quality of the HTML, I haven’t tried the tools myself.

As for your second question, look here: http://support.balsamiq.com/customer/portal/articles/98989 - export to PDF should work well.


#5

Thanks, I should have read that one first I think :slight_smile: I just assumed PDF would be unclickable, my bad.