jueves, septiembre 10, 2009

New Toy: Balsamiq Mockups

Some days ago I need to bid a project on a freelancers site.

After I bid my first proposal, I was selected by the customer to make a more complete proposal. Then he send me a complete description of the project he need to develop.

Such description was a bit complex and with the idiomatic barrier the things got a bit more complex.

Then, thinking in a way of show him my ideas with no place to doubts, Balsamiq Mockups came to my mind by first time to this sort of use (Not to design a real project, else to build a proposal).

Not being myself an expert on Balsamiq, else only a novice (I used it only one time before and  for a few minutes) I clicked on the Balsamiq icon and, as usual on me, I started using without read nothing and trusting on the easy of adaptation of the product. And yes, it worked!.

In a few minutes I designed two mockups with not problems and showing exactly the things I wanted to show to the possible customer. I know the customer liked this way of show an early desing of the system because "A picture is worth a thousand words".

I can suspect that Balsamiq will be with me from now on for many tasks in my company.

viernes, septiembre 04, 2009

Retrobjects won!

The Retrobjects projects won the Innovation Technology Awards on ESUG 2009!

The main positions were:

  • 1st: Retrobjects by Gabriel Eduardo Honoré
  • 2nd: PhidgetLab by L. Kessler, S. Platz, T. Klingbeil, F. Schlegel, Ph. Tessenow, M. Haupt, M. Perscheid, R. Hirschfeld
  • 3rd: For the first time, we got a tie. ESUG board decide to give two 3rd prizes (and not splitting the prize)
    • SqueakNOS by V. Murgia, L. Notarfrancesco, L. Caniglia, G. Richarte
    • Glamour by Ph. Bunge, T. Gîrba, L. Renggli, J. Ressia, D. Röthlisberger

The 1st and 3rd projects are from Argentina and on the 2nd also works an argentinian Smalltalker.

Congratulations to all the winners and also to all the participants!

Check the complete list of winners and nominations.