31
Oct 13

Now drag files onto the project view!

You can drag and drop multiple files onto the project view now.  If you drag it onto a folder you can quickly move several files into your project.

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Once you drop the files a dialog will appear asking you how you want those files added.  You can pick to add them as Files, Interfaces, or Webshots.

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Upload as:

  • JL Files – If you want to store them as basic files
  • JL Interface – If you want to use them as interface backgrounds (great for editing/reorganizing existing interfaces)
  • JL Webshots – If you want to mark the interface up with markers, highlighters, or notes (annotation)

We wanted to make it easier to edit and define changes to existing web/mobile applications.


15
Oct 13

Support Forum on its way!

We’re adding a support forum to your JumboLogic accounts in the next few days.  We will use it as the primary means of communication with our customers.  We hope that our customers will also help each other.  JumboLogic staff members (including Eric and Greg) will respond to your posts freakishly fast!  We promise!


15
Oct 13

Now optimized with SuperRender!

We got feedback saying that the rollovers, printing, and reference embed for images was too slow.  This was a long time coming but we completely rewrote how that works.  Now it uses SuperRender – a much faster, more efficient method of rendering images of aspects and objects.

Instead of waiting up to 30 minutes for PDF and Word exports they now take seconds.

Reference images are updated on the fly.

The flowchart master now updates all slides in real time and takes less than 5 seconds.

This is a great improvement and we’re very proud that we got it to work.  Bare with us as we kink out some of the bugs.  In a few days it should be flawless!


14
Oct 13

Get better quotes for website projects using JumboLogic

I’m sure you’ve had the pleasure of trying to get quotes from web/mobile app development companies.  Not fun is it?

Everyone starts out by calling or meeting and trying to get quotes but find yourself retelling your requirements over and over and getting quotes that are all over the place.

Eventually you wise up and write a RFP explaining some of your basic requirements but for some reason you get the same wildly differing responses.  A recent RFP we sent out for a webapp project got back quotes ranging from $2000 to $80000 in cost and between 2 weeks and 9 months to construct.

The reason is that unless you are in the know and have a lot of experience developing webapps the description that you provided still requires a lot of imagination to fill in the gaps.  Translation – you aren’t comparing apples to apples.

A better method is to hire a JumboLogic professional and have them work with you to come up with a definition of your project.  You can opt for one of two methods:

  1. Outline – This is an outline of what you are trying to accomplish.  It is typically a document with a few interfaces, screenshots, or flowcharts to explain its function.  This document can be as in depth as you want it to be or need it to be.
  2. Specification – This is a more in depth document explaining what you are trying to accomplish.  It shows all the interfaces in your webapp.  It explains the functionality of your webapp with documents and flowcharts.  It can even cover technical details such as databases and classes that you expect to use (though this is optional).

Outlines are cheaper and faster but still leave wiggle room.  It is a dramatic improvement over any RFP you are able to produce since its scopes the project to a degree.

Specifications are much more time consuming and expensive to produce but its worth it.  With the additional detail it leaves very little wiggle room.  What you have is what you’ll get and the quotes you receive will truly be apples to apples.

JumboLogic – built to help you define web and mobile apps – doesn’t just streamline the planning and definition of your project but can also help you get better quotes!

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10
Oct 13

Now take screenshots and mark them up using JLWebshots!

Our goal with JumboLogic has always been to create the best web/mobile app definition tool out there.  One big drawback was that you couldn’t define changes to existing apps really well.  Well, we took care of that with the addition of JLWebshots.

JLWebshots allows you to take screenshots and mark them up.  Simply select JLWebshots when you add an aspect.webshot1

You’ll have two options to take screenshots:

Option #1: Specify a URLwebshot2

Option #2: Install the Chrome pluginwebshot3

The Chrome plugin will allow you to take screen captures directly from your browser.  This is faster and allows you take screen captures of webpages that aren’t publicly accessible such as those behind login pages or firewalls.

Marking up your screenshot

Once you grab a screenshot you’ll have several options to mark it up.

  • Annotate with text
  • Draw with a pencil
  • Highlighter
  • Draw rectangles
  • Eraser
  • Do it all in different colors

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What do you get when you’re all done?  You get this:

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08
Oct 13

New Feature! Collaborate with the Whiteboard!

We’ve added a supreme collaboration tool called the Whiteboard.  Anyone looking at the whiteboard can see updates made by other people in real time as though you were all sitting in front of a real whiteboard.  Highlight, draw, annotate, add notes, etc.

Even better ~ Embed references to aspects and objects in your project for easy reference and fast feedback and collaboration.  Below we’re discussing the sample project and how we can improve the interfaces.  Different users show up as different colors.

We’re exited with this new feature and can’t wait to see where it goes!

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03
Oct 13

JumboLogic has a new website!

Next step on our re-branding was our website.  We got a new look!  Now its all consistent color schemes and our marketing message resonates better.  Printed graphic materials and our Marketing video are up next!  We’re exited!

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