I posted some information back in August about GUI mock-up tools. Since then, I have tried a variety of tools, including the hosted Protoshare and the multi-platform desktop application Balsamiq Mockups. In the end I selected Balsamiq Mockups as the preferred tool to use.
The following shows an example of the type of prototyping that Balsamiq Mockups can deliver. It also provides the ability to automate the navigation to more easily show the flow and intended behavior of the application.
The following video provides a good overview of the tool and its features:
The reasons for selecting Balsamiq Mockups:
- fast creation of mock-ups
- intuitive and easy to use
- free user-contributed extensions
- easy to extend with new media assets
- active community
- regular application updates
To make it easy to share the mock-up files within the team, we also decided to use dropbox.com. Dropbox allows seamless sharing of files with a team, provides backups of the files, allows multiple computer access…
This blog entry has some good pointers to various templates and stencils that are useful for doing iPhone mockups – http://iphoneized.com/2009/03/roundup-iphone-stencils-graphics-templates/, as well as additional insights into iPhone mockup tools (both computer and pen and paper!) – http://iphoneized.com/2009/11/21-prototyping-mockup-wireframing-tools-iphone-app-development/
Come “Jobnob” with cool new startups and other job seekers at this informal networking happy hour where unemployed people who want to keep their skills sharp are matched up with startups that could use their help.
- Bummed Out Job Seekers – are you willing to volunteer at least 5 hours a week for a startup? Help out a startup and you’ll get a leg up on the competition, keep your skills sharp and have some good experience to put on your resume. And when the giant gears of the economy start churning again, you could well be one of the first ones back on the payroll.
- Cash Strapped Startups – are you willing to buy a smart, talented, unemployed person a drink? Come with one or two specific projects that you need accomplished and we’ll help you find the perfect person to get the job done. And if you get funded you can always hire them!
They have run three JobNob events so far and have two more scheduled for August and September.
This would be a great program to have running in Ottawa. Organizations such as Lead to Win, OCRI, The Ottawa Network, CATA or Ottawa Talent Initiative would be good sponsor organizations to make this happen locally.
Reports from Mercury Press highlight the continuing decline of Venture Capital in the US:
Nationally, VCs invested $3 billion into U.S. companies, down 61 percent from the $7.7 billion invested in the first quarter of 2008. It was smallest quarterly sum since 1997, and the sharpest decline on record.
In the Bay Area, the world’s leading hub of innovation, $1.2 billion was invested in 172 deals during the quarter. That was a 43 percent decrease in dollars and 26 percent decrease in “deal flow” from the previous quarter.
Industry Canada reports that foreign VC investment in Canada is down 53% in 3Q08 compared to 3Q07.
The bulk of investment is going towards ICT and Life Sciences deals.
The good news is that BDC investments of tax payer money continue to get good leverage -
California is into double digit unemployment.