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Friday, August 16, 2013

Free UI Prototyping Tool For Desktop, Mobile, Web Apps: Indigo Studio



Indigo Studio, by infragistics, is a cool application that lets youcreate fast interactive prototypes for desktop, web, or mobile applications. It is a creative designing tool with all the user interface input options with which you can quickly create a prototype model for any application. It has a very nice interface based on Silverlight. Plus, it is free to download and very easy to install.


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You will get the above screen once you install Indigo Studio. Select Project under“Select a brand new Design” option. You can then chose to make Screen orStoryboard. Screen lets you create designs or wireframes for your project, while Storyboard lets you create a story plan for the people who will be using your application.

Now for the sake of explanation, I would be creating a login form using Indigo Studio, see screenshot below:



The New Screen window has a toolbox on the Right hand side, having all sorts of possible user interface controls. I have added two Textlabels, for Name and for Password, and one Textbox to enter name and one to enter password.

You can add tools by simply dragging and dropping. It lets you rename the tools while adding. You can add further interactions to any of the tool content by simply right clicking on it. You can also change the properties like color, shape etc., of the tool. To run the prototype, simply click Run Screen button at the top of window; this file can be executed on any machine or mobile.



Indigo Studio offers cool animations like transitions from one state to another. You can tweak any screen to display next screen that you want to see after any user input, simply by clicking on “Change this Screen” button. Apart from that you can add user interactions on mouse click, mouse double click, mouse hovering, or on right click to let the control go to any other screen or web URL.

While creating Prototypes, it lets you take screenshots for documentation purpose, and also lets you zoom in and zoom out content.
Key Features of Indigo Studio
A great tool for rapid prototype designing having various advance features.
It lets you quickly understand the client requirement by providing you highly interactive and ready to use input tools.
High quality prototype designs which can even be shared with clients.
It lets you create Storyboards to incorporate real scenarios.
It lets you add various interactions to navigate and for transition to another screen.
Further it lets you add animated transitions.
You can create Web, Desktop, and Mobile applications.
It is free and easy to use.
It has an intuitive user interface.

Also check out MockFlow, free wireframe mockup design software.
Verdict:

Indigo Studio is a great tool with unique features to create highly interactive prototypes to show to clients. Not just for desktop application, but it lets you create prototype for mobile and for web applications as well. It is based on Silverlight, so install Silverlight before installing Indigo Studio. It is an extremely useful application for budding developers.



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Smart Messenger Might Be The Most Customizable & Intelligent Messaging App For Android

If you’ve been using Android phones for a while now, you should be no stranger to messaging replacement apps. Some focus on the aesthetics and others on extra functions like auto-reply, scheduling, filters, etc., but none of the current lot offer an example that sets a high bar for all future SMS apps. Enter Smart Messenger by XDA-Developers forum member ‘deanwray’ – the messaging app that we believe all others will bow down to. The app – currently in beta – is wrapped up in a great UI that takes cues from Google’s ‘Holo’ design guidelines. The app also comes bundled with a few eye-candy themes (with more likely coming soon), and has plenty of features and advanced settings that will keep you hooked. For example, the app sports a Filters & Rules feature that left my Editor calling it the ‘Tasker for SMS’. Yes, it is that customizable. It also supports scheduling, Google Drive uploads, syncing with the stock SMS app, all while it is still in the works, with a bunch of more features in the pipeline. More on this brilliant app right after the jump.
Smart Messenger Beta 01
As mentioned earlier, the app is still in its beta stage, hence there are certain features that are unavailable for now but should be running fine once the final version hits the the Play Store.
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The interface is very polished and gives you that clean, minimal look, reminiscent of Google’s Holo design philosophy. The developer has added support for emojis. For now, if you don’t have a contact saved, you will not be able to enter the phone number manually, as the app just wont recognize it.
Sending pictures via SMS is a fairly simple concept, but a neat feature nonetheless. The app uploads the image to your Google Drive account synced with the app and shares the link with the receiver. More on this later on in the review.
Smart SMS is not functional as yet, and regarding it’s purpose, the developer is yet to reveal that. You will also notice the lack of MMS support right now, but again, it is because the app is in beta.
Smart Messenger Beta 1 Smart Messenger Beta 04
The app opens to your last viewed conversation thread. When viewing a thread, swipe leftwards across the screen to see a list of all conversations, scroll through them and quickly jump to your selection. The ‘More’ button in the top-right corner of the main screen calls he app’s main menu, which is divided into Settings, Schedules and Filters & Rules sections.
Smart Messenger Beta 05 Smart Messenger Beta 06 Smart Messenger Beta 07
Using this feature, you can automate SMS consumption by defining multiple simple and complex rules that are then executed by priority. For example, you can set the app to display or hide texts from certain contacts in the notification area, move them to a different message box, or delete them as soon as they are received. You can also define rules for auto-reply or forwarding and pair them up with the aforementioned rules. The list of possibilities is already quite long, and the developer intends to further enrich this section of the app.
Smart Messenger Beta 12 Smart Messenger Beta 11
Custom message boxes can be created and managed from the More menu. A passcode can be assigned to each message box to restrict unauthorized access. Want to keep stuff away from prying eyes? Simply enable ‘Hide this destination’ and the message box will not appear in the Message Boxes screen. You can currently manage message boxes and assign messages to them, but the locking feature is still in the works.
Smart Messenger Beta 11 Smart Messenger Beta 12
Scheduling is much simpler and contains all the usual options – defining a name for the task, the recipients of the text, the message body and the time & date of the first occurrence. You can then set a scheduled text to be sent repeatedly by selecting an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly or custom cycle from under ‘Repeat Options’. You can also define till what date or number of texts should the task be repeated.
Smart Messenger Beta 14 Smart Messenger Beta 16 Smart Messenger Beta 20
The ‘Settings & Tools’ section is where you can tinker with the the theme, link your Google Drive account to the app to store pictures and other multimedia, sync with the stock SMS app, etc. The Backup/Restore option isn’t available right now, but will be added in future iterations.
One feature of the interface that really stands out, is the ability to choose between right-handed or left-handed controls. So if you’re a lefty, you can choose the left-handed arrangement to move all the buttons and menus on the far-right of the screen to the left for easier control.
Smart Messenger Beta 08 Smart Messenger Beta 09 Smart Messenger Beta 19
The themes are applied to the entire interface of the app and not just conversation threads or the main screen. The developer plans on including a dedicated theme gallery for the app instead of the simple drop-down menu that’s there at the moment.
Watch the following demo video to see the app in action:
Video courtesy of the developer.
Smart Messenger isn’t available to all on the Play Store right now, but you can grab a testers copy by joining the XDA Android App Testers community on Google+ and following the app’s Play Store link from there. If you’re having trouble finding the entry for the app on the community page, simply hit Ctrl + F in your browser and enter “Smart Messenger”.

Add Batch Attachment Management & Rule-Based Cloud Uploading To Gmail In Chrome

Although social networks and cloud storage services have made file sharing a tad easier, many people still use email to share photos and other files with their friends, family and colleagues. However, if you’re a heavy user of email attachments, you are probably aware of the hassle involved in managing them, for example, sharing a group attachments with multiple contacts or downloading multiple attachments to your local storage in one go. Not to mention, they also take a lot of space on your email account. MetisMe Attachments Management System is a Google Chrome extension for Gmail that aims to take care of this nuisance once and for all. It lets you manage your attachments in a super fast way, allows batch-downloading to local storage as well as manual and automated (rule-based) attachment uploads in bulk to Google Drive, Dropbox or Evernote.
MetisMe’s extension works in conjunction with your Gmail account, and thus, requires appropriate authorization in order to sort all your attachments. The app syncs the data between your email account and MetisMe servers via 128-bit AES encryption. Once the extension is installed, just sign in to Gmail and click Next when asked to grant the extension permission to access your account.
MetmisMe Start
MetmisMe then displays the permissions it requires to work. Click the Accept button at the bottom to get started.
Permission
The concept behind MetmisMe is to provide access to all your email attachments from a single place. Hence, after the setup, it adds an Attachments section to the left sidebar of the Gmail interface.
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When you switch to this section, the extension automatically scans through your emails and presents a list of all attachments it finds along the way. These attachments can be easily sorted by type, filename, subject (of email), name, date and size, giving you a ton of flexibility and control.
That’s not all, of course. Like in all other sections, there are a bunch of options lined along the top of the attachments list. You can use the search bar at the top to search for desired attachments, then after you’ve marked one or more attachments from the list below, you can delete them and their corresponding emails, download them to local storage, forward them and upload to Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive in bulk.
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That covers the manual management part of the extension. It also allows you to define multiple custom rules to automate the uploading of old and incoming attachments to the aforementioned cloud services. You’ll notice a new ‘MetisMe’ drop-down menu in the grey bar above the Gmail interface. Click it to create a new rule or modify existing ones.
MetisMe-cloud-uploading-rules
Selecting ‘Set Rule-Engine’ opens a separate window where you can specify multiple email addresses and/or mail subjects that will be subject to automatic cloud upload.  Any attachments that comes with emails from these addresses and/or with these subjects will automatically be uploaded to the cloud directory you specify below. Every rule can be applied to older mails as well. You can also set the mails themselves to be deleted after their attachments are uploaded.
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In a nutshell, an excellent extension that seamlessly integrates convenient and effective attachment management with Gmail. Note that during our testing, the extension did not seem to work with Google Apps accounts.