sketchboard blog

Changelog

All New Shapes with Search

Happy to introduce a bunch of new shapes, new context menu with shape search. Until now Sketchboard.io have had a limited set of shapes. That has worked quite well, though from time to time there are requests to new shapes. It is always possible to describe entities with boxes and it is still one of the fastest way to sketch your ideas, but sometimes it is more fun to have shapes that looks like the entity.

Sketch Gallery

Sketch Gallery is a new service that supports a way to share how you think about Sketch Design. Share how you approach problems by sketching. Site is like GitHub for public projects, get inspired or inspire others. You can publish sketches through Sketchboard.io. Sketchboard.io supports public and private boards. Public boards are automatically published on Sketch Gallery. Private boards can be manually published from the menu “Publish on Gallery”. Private boards are never published automatically.

Sketchboard API

Create Board Creates a board and shares the board on a default team of the user. POST https://sketchboard.me/api/v1/board/new/:application_secret_key Header Content-Type: application/json Parameters NameDescription user_email Required User in Sketchboard.io service. Board will be created on a user_email default team and always shared between team members even if board_password is given. board_name Name of the board to be created. add_users Users to be added on user_email default team.

Search Sketch Diagrams

Paper sketches are best for understanding and communicating with others. There are still some problems with paper sketches especially from search perspective. Paper sketches get lost easily. This is due that paper sketches are thrown away and to support creative thinking. Most of the time it is even good thing that those get lost. On the other hand, sometimes you want to find your old creative ideas. E.g. you might create ideas before you actually work with the idea.

Sketching Linked Ideas Quickly

Do you feel that you could create related ideas faster, but tools slow you down? You want to create ideas and link them fast. Most of the time you need to create nodes separately and draw connection between them, lot’s of clicking, typing and drawing connections. Could be little bit tedious job. Sketchboard.io is also guilty for this kind of behavior, so users have requested to have possibility to create linked ideas quickly.

3 Steps to Sketch Design

Sketch Design helps you and your team to focus and orientate quickly to a story at hand. It helps you to better understand problems related to the story. It supports thinking what kind of tasks are related, which concludes to a better story estimation, e.g. as story points. Ultimately you’ll get a better feature implementation and expectations are communicated well to different stakeholders. Sketch User Interface ——– Sketch user interface could be many things.

Never Lose Sketch Design Again

At first I thought that versions might not be important for Sketchboard. Since Sketchboard concentrates creating sketches and concepts, not final products. Originally version control feature was added to the backlog due to “Three reasons why wireframing tools suck.” as a potential feature candidate. How wrong was I, there are many situations that versions are good for sketch diagrams and especially for concepts. I still wanted to have a proof that it is important for Sketchboard users, not to implement a complex feature that is not significant for them.

Sketchboard.Me Confluence Plugin

System Requirements Sketchboard.Me Confluence Plugin editing requires modern web browser like Chrome, Safari or Firefox Since version 3.1.0 plugin supports SVG rendered clickable elements directly on Confluence page. Support requires a modern web browser that supports SVG like Chrome, Safari, Firefox or IE11. Confluence installation server needs to support Arial or Helvetica font for PNG image generation. Add Sketchboard.Me Macro You can add Sketchboard.Me Macro to a page by editing the page.

Security Response to Heartbleed

On April 7, 2014 information was released about a new vulnerability in OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160). Security bug is called “Heartbleed”. This affected most of internet service, and Sketchboard was also affected. As of right now, we have no indication that the attack has been used against Sketchboard. What Sketchboard has done? Sketchboard updated it’s OpenSSL library version that fixed the bug on April 8th, 2014. New SSL keys were deployed.

Introducing Images

Happy to introduce images on Sketchboard. This has been one of the most requested features. Images can be now dragged and dropped on a board when using one of premium plans. first open a board drag image from your desktop to the board Images can be used as normal elements, connect and resize images as you wish. Uploaded images are found from an image library. The image library is accessed through board context menu or from the right-hand side image library.

Introducing New Shapes

We are happy to introduce new shapes. Most of users requested new shapes in the Sketchboard survey. Clear trend of the survey was to be able to create better looking content with version control. So that’s what we are working on. First features to roll out are new shapes and move elements to foreground/background. Now Sketchboard provides generic shapes category. Feature would not have worked out very well without move elements to foreground/background, so that is implemented as well.

Diagrams in GitHub

We are exited to announce Sketchboard initial integration with GitHub. Now you are able to upload diagrams directly from Sketchboard to GitHub. You can keep documentation and images on a same repository. Example usages: Create project intro with a diagram that makes it easier to get into the project. You can refer images from the repository README.md file Have an overview project design at GitHub wiki Update GitHub Pages technical blog with sketch diagrams See e.