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New Release: Partial PNG Export and More!

Hello friends! We're back from our retreat and excited to be back at work.

Today's release is a fairly small one, but it introduces a little feature that has been on our list for a long time.

So without further ado, we give you...

New feature: Partial Export to PNG

Starting with this Mockups for Desktop release, if you have something selected when you go and choose "Export Mockup to PNG" you will see the following dialog pop up:

Select what you want to export and voila', your PNG will only contain what you wanted.

This is very similar to the "Export Mockup to XML" feature we've had for a while, and it will be very handy for when you only want to export a subset of your mockup at the time (when you're developing a mobile application with multiple screens on the same bmml file for instance).


Thanks to jhatrc for requesting this feature a year ago, to DanM for requesting it 9 months ago, to Matthew for requesting it 3 months ago and to Lauren Shupp for requesting it again 28 days ago. 🙂

New feature: copy image to clipboard on Copy

Enabled by the feature above, we now place a bitmap representation of the data you copied into the clipboard as well as the BMML source data. This makes it much quicker to work between Mockups and other graphic software: select what you want to export, copy, switch to the other software and paste! If you see text instead of the image, you might have to use "Paste Special" instead. Still, quicker than exporting to file and importing the file!

Other enhancements and bug fixes

  • All versions: we now automatically delete empty groups when you exit them.
  • All versions: fixed a bug with the text property inspector not showing bold as the default. Thanks to Andreas Weber, Tom Simpson and Jan.mysior for reporting it here, and to B for reporting it here.
  • All versions: split up position and size property inspector editors in two. Thanks Nadeem Bakhsh and Dave for the feature request.
  • All versions: you can now use commas, spaces and x's in both position and size text inputs, we'll understand them all.
  • Mockups for Desktop: cloned mockups now properly show the project assets (from the source mockup). Thanks to Chris Velevitch for the idea. It also fixes the last bit of this bug reported by Bruno and Besi.
  • Mockups for Desktop: cloned mockups are now marked as dirty right away.
  • Mockups for Desktop: changed the program icon at small sizes (29x29 and 32x32) to be just the smiley face, which is more recognizable.
  • Mockups for Confluence: fixed an injection which broke the ability to create new links between mockups.
  • Mockups for FogBugz: fixed errors 2032 when editing mockups (sorry about this, it was an injection from the last build).
  • Mockups for JIRA: we now accept license keys containing special accented characters (like ø for instance).

How do I update?

Easy! Just install from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! 🙂

For posterity, these are the version numbers of today's release:

  • Mockups for Desktop: version 2.0.22
  • Mockups for Confluence: version 2.0.22
  • Mockups for FogBugz: version 2.0.23
  • Mockups for JIRA: version 2.0.22
  • Mockups for XWiki: version 2.0.20
  • Web Demo: version 2.0.19 launch it

What else is going on?

We're pushing with all our strength towards a myBalsamiq release. The last feature before we can release is clustering so that we can handle the load on launch, and Luis is making great progress on it.

Other than that, we have made a bunch of great TODO lists while on retreat, so now we have our work planned out for the next few months, all we have to do is execute. 🙂

Check out some photos of the retreat on this facebook album!


[Update: we just released 2.0.23 of Mockups for Desktop to fix this injection, sorry about that. Download it.]

Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

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Comments (5)

  1. @Peldi:
    Thanks for your answer.
    I’ve got the version with the function ‘Export selected to PNG’, and it works great, but this function creates a PNG-File.

    In my opinion the function ‘Export Image to Clipboard’ should support the export-options: ‘selected or all’ too, e.g. to paste only a part of the mockup in an email or document.

    Acutally I copy the needed part of the hole mockup in a new mockup an export this new mockup image to clipboard…
    Works, but not best way.

    Best regards!

    S. Kleiss
  2. “Export Image to Clipboard”-Feature is great!
    I need it several times a day.

    But why does this feature just copy the hole Image, even I selected only a part of the Image, and not partial like “Export to PNG Image”?

    [Peldi: Hi there, we did implement export selected to PNG: – just updated from to use it]

    S. Kleiss
  3. Thanks guys! We much appreciate the effort you put into following up with our wants and needs. What a team! I’ve been enjoying this feature tons. As Nadeem says… I need to get back to it now too!

    Lauren shupp
  4. Good timing with Google’s new feature yesterday which allows you to paste images from the clipboard right into the body of a gmail.

    Keep it coming!

    +1 crop!

  5. Great post, thanks for adding my request and the mention! Use and love balsamiq all the time, and need to get back to it now!