Tuesday, October 29, 2013

AXURE - $589 (Mac/Win)

Axure RP, business drawing software for creating mockups and wireframes of application user interfaces. Generate an interactive HTML website wireframe or UI mockup without coding. Then, send a link to clients or users to review. Or design an Android or iPhone app interface and view it right on your mobile device.

Is anyone out there using this yet for their business? And if so, what is your experience so far (pros/cons)?
Comments/Feedback that I have gotten so far:
Its easy to use and the prototyping is particularly useful.
The code it outputs being useless and the pricing being high.
I did a small project with Axure, and wasn't quite pleased with it. Some great things about it, as it is fast to put together generic wireframes. But for complex interactions, I found it tedious with the haven't to hide show all its states. You basically fake interactions.
I lean more towards OmniGraffle and Fireworks.
Not a fan of axure. I prefer "just in mind".
Other options include Balsamiq, Tumult Hype HTML5 (Mac only)

>> http://www.axure.com/
10 commandments of efficient design in axure
>> http://uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com/2013/10/04/ten-commandments-of-efficient-design-in-axure/
5 mistakes made using axure
>> http://www.webcredible.co.uk/blog/5-mistakes-made-using-axure
Axure Pro tips
>> http://axureprotips.tumblr.com/
Axure training
>> http://www.pinterest.com/huangv/axure-training/
Axure on youtube
>> http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=axure
Axure Chrome browser extension
>> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/axure-rp-extension-for-ch/dogkpdfcklifaemcdfbildhcofnopogp?hl=en-US
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axure_RP

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Apple iOS7, how to extend the battery and more

Here are some things to help you get to know the new iOS7
>> http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/18/a-few-tricks-all-the-new-ios-7-users-should-know/

Ive heard several things about how iOS7 tends to drain the battery faster than you expect. However, I used the settings below and the battery lasts longer than the previous OS - in the same iphone 4.

>> http://eldartech.com/news/ios-7-battery-life-saving-tips
>> http://itechnow.com/your-device-is-slower-with-ios-7-here-is-how-to-speed-it-up/
>> http://www.tuaw.com/2013/09/18/how-to-stop-ios-7-from-destroying-your-iphones-battery-life/

My questions are:
How to respring in iOS7? How to display available memory?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

H2O Wireless on an iPhone 4 running iOS7

I was using Tmobile unlimited text only plan for $15mo. Sure I could make calls for $.10min. Then I discovered there are a lot more MVNO options out there. So I decided to test out H2Owireless (an AT&T reseller).

I turned off iMessage. It didnt seem to send any messages for me without a data plan. Then I found the MMS fix (see below), and it resolved the issue. However, H2O charges more for MMS ($.10), and a text message is $.05.

H2Owireless MMS fix for iOS7
iPhone 4S H2O Wireless MMS Setting with no Jailbreak necessary
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbLIbokmIu0#t=215

100% Working MMS on H2O Wireless - iPhone 4S - No Jailbreak Necessary!
>> http://modmyi.com/forums/other-carriers-not-att-t-mobile/793863-100-working-mms-h2o-wireless-iphone-4s-no-jailbreak-necessary.html

Did the iOS7 Update Break Your AT&T MVNO iPhone's Data and MMS? Here's How to Fix it
>> http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2013/09/did-ios7-update-break-your-at-mvno.html

How to Manually Configure Your Phone (this did not work for me)
>> https://www.h2owirelessnow.com/pageControl.php?page=dataManualConfig

I also ordered a $99 refurb HTC from FreedomPop - and will post info when I get it.

I use Talkatone with my Google Voice to make and receive calls/txts.
Groove IP vs. Talkatone
>> https://help.ting.com/entries/23865208-Groove-IP-vs-Talkatone

Maximize the Value of Google Voice with Talkatone
>> http://www.techlifestyle.org/2013/02/maximize-value-of-google-voice-with.html

about talkatone
>> http://www.talkatone.com/faq.html

Vonage Mobile® App Vs. The Talkatone App
>> http://blog.vonage.com/mobile-app/vonage-mobile-app-vs-the-talkatone-app/

More information to come...