- Compare Page: A new page type that uses two overlapping images and slider interactivity to show a 'before and after' or to reveal additional information. See this article for more information.
- Replace assets via drag-n-drop from media drawer
- Replace contextual ellipses with popover/image selection
- Updates to Story Size panel
- Open shared story automatically
- Adjustments to Support section under Settings
- Updates to webshare page to match new Ingage branding
- Updates to system emails to match new Ingage branding
- Improved file management system to ensure optiomal story sizes and faster downloads
- Rollout registration & purchase: Beta testers that come up against a payment trigger during use will receive continued free use of all features until at least February 16, 2017 upon continuing with the payment flow.
For instruction on how to update to this latest Beta version, see this article.
SimpleStudio Beta 11 is about engagement. Grab their attention with a video cover page. Hold it with new video and image type “Points of Interest” popups.
Video Cover Page
Simply replace the image on your cover page with a looping video. The video can give uses a glimpse into your story and entice them to open your story.
Image and Video Points of Interest
Points of Interest (POI) turn your still images into interactive experiences, delivering key details of your business story through touch. Beta 11 adds new image and video popups to existing POI text callouts. For more information, see How to Add an Image "Point of Interest" or How to Add a Video "Point of Interest".
We’ve added a panel to the bottom of the Storyboard showing you the current number and size of image and video assets in your story. Why? This will help you can keep an eye on the size of your story – size matters. Smaller stories = faster downloads for your viewers. Try and keep them under 500 MB.
File Management Improvements
We’ve made improvements to the file management and cloud sync systems in Beta 11 which means you will notice editing, sharing, and downloading stories is smoother.
SimpleStudio Beta 10 introduces the Media Drawer and gives you an early look at our partnership with Shutterstock, the popular stock photo and video service.
The new Media Drawer makes adding content to your projects faster and easier.
- More to See: The Media Drawer displays larger uncropped undistorted thumbnails of your content so finding the right image is faster.
- Faster: Scrolling quickly through 1000s of photos is now a thing.
- Start Where You Left Off: The Media Drawer’s All Photos and Albums now reopen at your last selected image. No more find it, pick it, find it again.
- Improved Auditioning: The Media Drawer opens below your page—not over it—and stays open enabling you to continue to replace and add images. And more improvements are coming…
- A Platform for More: In this release, the Media Drawer has enabled us to add access to Shutterstock alongside iOS Photos and Camera. In future sprints, we’ll be adding other popular sources to find and store content.
Shutterstock’s by-line is “Great stories start here” and with over 100 million pieces of amazing content we think they are a perfect partner for our customers.
In Beta 10, we’ve integrated Shutterstock right into the editing experience. With a few taps you can add Shutterstock’s stunning content to tell your business story with more impact. Easily search Shutterstock photo and video collections and add watermarked content for preview. In future sprints, you’ll be able to use your Apple ID to purchase high-res Shutterstock content at small business prices.
- Reduced App size to 80MB, 25MB reduction
- Updated Video Page with larger Play button and lighter live poster blur layer
- Updated default assets in template pages
- Automatic Ken Burns animation now applied to all cover page images.
SimpleStudio Beta 9 is a polish release, focused on improved memory management and bug fixes. The build offers significantly reduced applet download times at login, improved Library responsiveness, and a reduced memory footprint on the device.
- Reduced the memory footprint and download time at login by deleting non-essential app versions
- Improved Email Capture page custom submit button so that it matches edit text experience
- Updated Sharing panel embedded in Storyboard
- Improved feedback around Email Capture completion state. Users will better understand when setup is complete or needs work.
- Removed “Contacts” option from Email Capture
- Updated Email Capture error messaging to be user focused
- Added link in the Email Capture settings enabling user to create a MailChimp account.
- Added a button in the Email Capture settings enabling user to create a MailChimp subscriber list
- Modified Email Capture settings keyboard to show Next & Done instead of the Return button
- Sending Email Capture events to Totango and Answers
- Added ability for user to choose which icon/name set, user or business, to associate with account
SimpleStudio Beta 8 updates the Add Pages picker and adds MailChimp account setup functionalities to the Email Capture page. The build also includes asset caching that will reduce the footprint of SimpleStudio on your device.
New features to test:
- Add Pages Picker: The new Add Pages picker gives the user clearer guidance on available page types. For more information on this option, see this article.
- MailChimp Account Setup and Create List from Email Capture Page: Adding the ability to create a MailChimp account and subscriber lists from the Email Capture settings panel enables a user to start using MailChimp without leaving SimpleStudio. For more information, see this article.
- Email Capture Page: With the Email Page, your customers can sign up for a newsletter, request more information about your product, register for contests, etc. – all from within your project. You have the option of integrating with the most popular email marketing service, MailChimp, to store the user’s information. For more information, see this article.
- Image Swapping: Image swap enables an author to reorder images on Text and Image pages. For more information, see this article.
SimpleStudio Beta 6 enables you to share content updates with your viewers, includes important fixes to public sharing, and eliminates erroneous logouts.
New features to test:
- Share Updated Projects: Authors can push changes made to their shared projects by tapping the "Update" button in the Library view or by resharing the project. Your viewers will see a double arrow icon in their Library telling them an update is available. Tapping the project thumbnail will download the update. Once downloaded, tapping again will launch the updated project.
2. Quick Share from the Library: If someone has shared a project with you that you like, you can now forward that project on to someone else using the "Quick Share" button.
Simple Beta 5 introduces a brand new interactive page type -- the Points of Interest page! The Points of Interest page enables you to add detail to your visual storytelling with fun, interactive text pop-ups. Draw the user’s attention to special aspects of your product to capture their interest and reinforce the value of your offering.
Points of Interest
To add a Point of Interest to a page:
Within a Point of Interest page type, tap the “+” button, drag a text blurb onto an image, edit your text, and you’ve created an interactive moment that will connect with your audience
With SimpleStudio Beta 4 we are introducing sharing! You can email or text a link to your app to any other SimpleStudio user. Build something you love and share it. Facebook and Twitter sharing are coming soon.
You can now share your apps with other SimpleStudio users. If you want to share with someone who doesn’t have SimpleStudio send their email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send them a beta invitation.
To share your app, first, tap “Share” from the Storyboard.
Then, tap the “Share” icon and text or email your app to any other SimpleStudio user.
- A new “Swipe to Begin” hint animation replaces the old “Swipe to Begin” label so your app’s home page is not cluttered and the title is never obscured.
- The video page play button now includes the video duration.
Here are some great new features to test in this SimpleStudio release:
- Video Pages: Now you can tell your story with video! When you tap to add a new page, you’ll see a new video option.
- New Home Page Layouts: You can now choose from multiple homepage layouts, including more type options and header positions.
Home Page Examples
Video Page Example
In this release, you’ll enjoy a new auto-color feature and a 5x-10x reduction in image file sizes.
New features to test:
- Auto-Color Scheme - The color gradient background that displays in scrub preview mode is now auto-generated based on the app icon and homepage image. Simply open an app and scrub (touch-drag) the navigation bar to see it in action. Change the homepage image and notice the background gradient has been updated to coordinate with the new image.
- Image File Size Optimization - We implemented a more efficient way to store your image assets without reducing their quality. This means apps will be smaller and downloads (and other file related operations) will be 5x-10x faster!
Auto-Color Scheme Examples
In this release, we’re introducing a new and improved Library, enhancements to the new Navigation Bar, and a few power user features to Storyboard.
New features to test:
- Library 2.0 - We’ve revamped the visual design of the library, combining the functionality of Showcase and Workspace into one screen. You can now create, edit, view, duplicate, and delete apps from one screen.
Navigation Bar 2.0 - We’ve added additional refinements to make the navigation highly functional and fun!
- We’ve added a persistent Edit button that enables you to go directly to Edit mode on any page.
- You can now scrub (touch-drag) to any page in the app. Simply scrub the navigation bar to try it out.
- We’ve added section names to the scrub bar so you can find pages faster. If your app has too many sections to display across the bar all at once, the current section name appears above your finger and moves with you as you scrub forward and backward through your app.
- Finally, the Navigation Bar has received a fine polish from our Dev and Design teams. Notice changes to animations, fonts, positioning, and tap states.
- Storyboard 2.0 - We’ve added some new shortcuts that enable you to duplicate, delete, or hide a page with a simple gesture. Two finger swipe right duplicates the page. Two finger swipe down deletes the page. Two finger swipe up hides the page.
Navigation Bar 2.0 - Scrub to any page
Storyboard 2.0 - Two finger swipe down deletes the page
This release focuses on improving the user navigation experience with enhancements to the navigation bar, now visible at the bottom of the page on every app.
New features to test:
- Persistent navigation instantly shows the content of the app.
- Section names are now displayed inside the navigation bar.
- The current section name stays highlighted to indicate your place in the app. The highlight updates as you advance to a new section.
- If there are more than five sections in the app, the navigation bar becomes scrollable. You can quickly view all sections by swiping across the navigation bar.
- Tapping a section name takes you directly into that section – i.e. non-linear navigation.
- You can leave the app and return to the Library from any page by tapping the back arrow on the left side of navigation bar.
- This release also includes a new power-user feature called Scrub Preview. Activate Scrub Preview by long pressing on any section name. Once active, thumbnail views of nearby pages appear in the scrollable menu, and the user can scrub backward and forward to explore the entire app.
New Navigation Bar
- The focus of this release is an improved Storyboard and support for the larger iPad Pro screen.
- Using the Storyboard, you'll notice a simpler, better looking user interface, improved drag and drop, and an edit mode that is more consistent with Apple iOS apps.
- On the iPad Pro, you'll notice that SimpleStudio is now taking advantage of the larger iPad Pro screen. This means you can now see more apps in Library and pages in the Storyboard without scrolling.
- The following screens and components display at iPad Pro native screen sizes without scaling:
- Launch Screen
- Intro Screens
- Page Editor Chrome
- Intro - Getting started and sign up screens.
- User Login - Log in, request a new password, update a password.
- Studio - Create, publish, list, and view your apps. (Studio will change significantly before V1 release.)
- Storyboard - A bird’s eye view of your app where you can add, delete, reorder, and hide pages and sections.
- Image and Text Page - Include up to 6 images, a title and a paragraph in a variety of different layouts.
- Scrollmotion Page - Convert any video into a scrollmotion.
- Start Page - The first page in any app.
- Menu - A easy way to jump around in your app — i.e. non-linear navigation.
- Account Settings - A place to update you personal or business information, get help, send feedback, etc.