Recent Links: April 09 to April 16

Here are the most recent bookmarks that I have saved to Ma.gnolia.

Fight Thieving Restaurant Servers With Checksum Tips | Punny Money

An easy method to combat the most common type of tip fraud – wait staff changing the amount of tip left on a credit card receipt.

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How to create an interactive PDF prototype in Visio

“Visio users know that it’s pretty easy to create an interactive HTML prototype from a set of wireframes (File>Save as Web Page), but for me, the major drawback to this approach is that the prototype isn’t portable. I need a way to communicate designs via email, and there’s no way I’m emailing a bunch of HTML and GIF files to people (or even a web link, since not everyone has network access).

“PDF is ideal for emailing, but it takes a little work to create a clickable PDF prototype in Visio. Here’s what I discovered.”

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Designers Toolbox: OS Form Elements

A very useful set of form elements, providedas PSDs for each of the major browser/platform combinations to be used in comps.

“Need a Windows XP button when you work on a Mac? Or a Mac OS X pulldown menu when you’re on a Windows system? Download our free standard HTML form elements to use in your designs.”

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  1. says

    I use firework to create interactive prototype like you have mentioned above. Funny how you mentioned that HTML prototype is not portable. Not that I disagree with your point, I just had mentioned in my blog that one advantage HTML prototype has over the paper prototype is its portability.
    But once again, it is only portable comparing with the paper prototype.

    What’s your thought on the zip file? We can basically zip the whole directory of HTMLs and Gifs for a client’s review. Doesn’t it work as same as sending the PDF files?

  2. says

    Actually the text above is a quote from the bookmarked article. I think HTML prototypes, if done right are very portable in a zip format, though I like the idea of a PDF as there’s a lot less to explain (unzipping, possible security issues with running JS locally in IE etc.). Of course, HTML can be posted to a private server as well.

    All that said, one of the things I love about paper prototypes is being able to write on them directly, while sitting in a room with the client.

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