Hello everyone!

Today’s release brings support for the latest release of Eclipse 4.10, removes support for 32-bit platforms, and brings other changes and bug fixes. Read on for more details.

Eclipse 4.10 support

The newest release of Eclipse 4.10, also known as Eclipse 2018-12, was just released. We’ve immediately updated the standalone version of WireframeSketcher to this more platform so that we can benefit from various improvements and bug-fixes.

Eclipse 4.10

One major bug-fix in this version concerns Linux users that run WireframeSketcher with GTK3 toolkit. Some users have reported a significant application slowdown when using version 5.1.0. We’ve reproduced and reported the issue so that it could be fixed. We are happy to announce the this version fixes the performance issue.

Switch to 64-bit

Until now we’ve been supporting both 32 and 64-bit operating systems. Starting with this release the support for 32-bit platforms was dropped. This most notably concerns Windows users who until now were using 32-bit version of WireframeSketcher. Starting with this release we’ll only be distributing 64-bit version of WireframeSketcher.

macOS users are not being concerned by this change, but if you are a Windows or Linux user who still uses a 32-bit system then you’ll need to keep using an older version of WireframeSketcher until you can upgrade your system.

Other changes

  • Updated Font Awesome icons to version 5.6.1

Updating

Due to some major changes in this version we recommend manual download and installation of WireframeSketcher. Using Help > Check for Updates should still work but the application will only be updated partially.

The version number of this release is 6.0.0

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Hello everyone!

Today’s release brings support for the latest release of Eclipse 4.9, and other changes and bug fixes. Read on for more details.

Eclipse 4.9 support

The newest release of Eclipse 4.9 was just released. As announced back in June, we’ve migrated the standalone version of WireframeSketcher to this more recent version of Eclipse to benefit from better HiDPI support and improved support for Linux platform.

Linux version has now moved to using more modern GTK3 toolkit instead of GTK2 which solves compatibility issues on various distributions, most notably Arch and Fedora.

Eclipse 4.9

Other changes

  • Updated Font Awesome icons to version 5.3.1

Updating

To update to the latest version of WireframeSketcher use Help > Check for Updates, or just download it from our website.

The version number of this release is 5.1.0

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Hello everyone!

Today’s release brings support for the latest release of Eclipse 4.8 Photon, and other changes and bug fixes. Read on for more details.

Eclipse 4.8 Photon support

The newest release of Eclipse 4.8 Photon is almost there, bringing many improvements, especially better support for HiDPI. This release makes sure that the plugin version works correctly with this version. We’ll also be shortly migrating the standalone version of WireframeSketcher to this platform.

Eclipse 4.8 Photon

Font Awesome 5.0.12

We’ve migrated the Font Awesome icon pack to the latest and improved version which brings many more icons that can be freely used for wireframing.

Font Awesome Icons

Other changes

  • Fixed the issue with edit commit when quickly exiting group on Linux
  • Added support for HiDPI rendering for custom asset icons
  • Fixed the use of % character in folder and file names
  • Fixed the layout of icon dialog in Eclipse 4.6 and GTK3
  • Fixed the use of auto-size when overriding properties in components
  • Fixed text rendering issues on macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Fixed link alignment for icon cells in Table widget
  • Fixed auto-size issue for icons
  • Fixed transparent image pasting from browser on Windows
  • Fixed memory issues under certain usage conditions by increased available memory

Updating

To update to the latest version of WireframeSketcher use Help > Check for Updates, or just download it from our website.

The version number of this release is 5.0.4

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Hello everyone!

Today’s release brings full support for HiDPI monitors on Windows, Linux and macOS. Read on for more details.

Full HiDPI support

I’m happy to announce the addition of the long-overdue support for HiDPI monitors. Although partial support for HiDPI was already there for some time, the new version adds full HiDPI support on all platforms: Windows, macOS and Linux.

To achieve this we had to migrate WireframeSketcher to a new version of Eclipse platform: Eclipse 4.7 Oxygen. This upgrade in itself brings various other improvements and bug fixes to WireframeSketcher, including better support for latest OS versions.

To enable HiDPI support we’ve had to redesign most of application icons in order to provide a high-resolution version. So WireframeSketcher now comes with an improved look:

New Icons

And here what the UI looks like on a HiDPI retina display:

High DPI look

We hope you’ll enjoy this update! Please don’t hesitate to provide your feedback to us.

Known issues

There are still several minor aesthetic issues related to HiDPI that we’ll look into solving in next updates. These issues need to be resolved in the Eclipse platform, and although this is not ideal, we chose not to wait for their resolution and release support for HiDPI as is, since it’s still a net improvement over the previous version. Known HiDPI issues are as following:

  • Vertical ruler is not rendered at high-resolution when using View > Show Rulers option – all platforms
  • Integrated help accessed with Help > Help Contents has some rendering artifacts – all platforms
  • Integrated browser, which is used for Welcome screen and Stencils installation, is not scaled – Linux
  • Small controls (tree, check-boxes, radios) in some UI parts – Linux

macOS High Sierra support

Apple has released version 10.13 of macOS on 25th of September 2017. Unfortunately WireframeSketcher has an issue when running under this version of macOS, making it almost unusable. This issue manifests itself as missing text in some components, more specifically in components that use embedded icons wiki syntax.

Here’s a screenshot that shows what the problem looks like for Tree widget:

macOS 10.13 text issues

We’ve tracked down this issue to a low level problem in Eclipse platform that needs to be investigated and fixed. The progress on this issue is tracked as Bug 525465.

Note that this issue is unrelated to our migration to the latest version of Eclipse and all versions of WireframeSketcher are affected by it.

If this issue affects you directly then please take your time to create an Eclipse account and add your vote to Bug 525465, to bring more attention to it.

Our recommendation is, if possible, to stick with macOS 10.12 Sierra until we find a solution for this issue. If you’ve already upgraded, then consider using an older version of macOS in a virtual machine.

Updating

Since this version is a large update it won’t be available from the application itself. The recommended way to update is to download the latest version of WireframeSketcher from our website and install it manually.

Windows users should note that this version uses a renewed code-signing certificate issued to WIRESKETCH SRL publisher. Since it’s a recent change, you might see a Windows SmartScreen warning, which you can safely dismiss by clicking More info link and then Run anyway button.

The version number of this release is 5.0.0

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Hello everyone!

Today’s release brings a new Modal widget, that lets you disable content underneath, and other smaller improvements and bug fixes. Read on for more details.

Modal widget

Modal widget is a quick way to add a modal screen that lets you show the content underneath as disabled. This effect was already easily achievable using a Panel, but this possibility wasn’t obvious. Several stencils also provide a custom component for modals, but now it’s part of the standard library too:

Modal Screen

The Modal widget is simple a pre-configured Panel with some transparency applied. This means that you can adjust those settings to achieve different visual effects. For example simply changing the background from black to white will give you a more grayed out effect:

Modal White Screen

Eclipse Oxygen 4.7

The new version of Eclipse is just around the corner and we are making sure that WireframeSketcher works correctly with it. This release contains several bug fixes that ensure this.

Other changes

  • Improved SVG rendering to support icons from simpleicons.org
  • Fixed the issue with text editing in certain types of user components

What’s next

We’ll slow down new developments during the summer so please be patient with us. For the next fall and winter development cycles we are planning some major features, most notable being the migration to new Eclipse 4.7 platform for full HiDPI support, and improved diagramming.

Please don’t hesitate to suggest other improvements and features that you’d like to see added. We are listening!

Updating

To update to the latest version of WireframeSketcher use Help > Check for Updates, or just download it from our website. Mac OS X users that experience update issues should re-install the latest version manually from our website.

The version number of this release is 4.7.6

Enjoy!

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