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!
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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!
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.
You’ll have two options to take screenshots:
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
- Draw rectangles
- Do it all in different colors
What do you get when you’re all done? You get this:
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!
The 6 month projected timeline became 2 years but we’re almost done with coding the commercial release version of JumboLogic. We have to admit… boy does it feel good!
Time to get cracking on marketing. First up, a rebranding. Our original logo was designed by Eric using Microsoft Word and Paint so we figured we’d get a pro to do our logo. This is the result. Hope you like it!
Here’s an excerpt from the article by Bryan R Krause:
“Other benefits of usable specs
Usable specs can also be helpful in usability testing, marketing, and to crystallize leadership. You can even get the manual finished at the same time as the product.
A well-crafted usable spec can be easy enough even for potential users to understand, so they can be valuable tools in usability testing. For example, full-blown prototypes can be put to use almost immediately to get feedback on the most common tasks. An audio recording can be broken apart and played to potential users to get reactions. Showing screenshots in sequence can be a good way to get users to talk through problems.”
Read the full article here: http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/getting_creative_with_specs_usable_software_specifications
If you’ve ever tried to get a quote for a webapp project, you’ll notice that the quotes will be all over the place. On a recent project, a client of ours gave the same project description to 5 different webdev companies and got back prices ranging from $10k to $120k. Yikes!
The reason the numbers were so far apart is that so many details go into building a webapp. Without that detail it’s really up to the manager at each company to fill in the blanks. They start with their own standards and then often imagine the rest.
So how do you ensure that the quotes you get back are meaningful? Use JumboLogic!
With JumboLogic you can design the interfaces and describe how the webapp is supposed to work. This creates a baseline from which every company bidding on your project can provide you quotes.
If you have the idea but not the expertise to design the interfaces and flowcharts needed to explain your product we suggest you hire a project manager/system architect who can take your ideas and turn them into a specification. This may cost from a few hundred dollars to a a few thousand but its worth it.
The time and/or cost needed to write it up is worth it. You will more than save an equivalent amount from time and money spent trying to digest quotes and explaining your project to different companies.
A common issue with interface design tools is that if you want to re-arrange your template then you have to go to every page to make the change.
JumboLogic solves this problem with interface layering.
Unlike grouping, layering lets you keep a hierarchy of interface elements. You can define certain elements as “children” of another element, the “parent”. Moving the parent moves all of its children. This relationship can span pages and the page hierarchy.
This means – you can re-arrange your template at will, and so long as you use layering, your entire website and all its contents will re-arrange with the template saving you time!
A video tutorial of how this works has been posted to JumboLogic U: