Import Balsamiq mockups as Smart GWT screens
Nightly builds of SmartGWT 3.1d and SmartClient 8.3d now include an import tool that allows you to take Balsamiq mockups and transform them into a runnable, interactive screen backed by clean, clear code. You can then extend the screen into a real application by adding event handling and data binding, without losing any of the work you put into creating the original Balsamiq mockup.
Download the latest nightly at smartclient.com/builds, then take a look at the Balsamiq Import chapter - search for "Balsamiq" in the SmartClient Reference, or look at the "Balsamiq Import" chapter in com.smartgwt.client.docs for SmartGWT. This chapter explains the different ways to use the tool, how to move from an imported mockup to a final application, and so forth.
Here are a couple sample mockups you can try if you don't already have some on hand (or you're just trying to verify the tool is installed correctly):
If you have trouble with the importer, please create a new thread and add your Balsamiq BMML files as an attachments. If possible, please post BMML files that represent the minimum mockup that will reproduce a given problem - this will help us fix issues faster.
Note also that while the docs currently say this will be included in Pro Edition, this has not yet been finalized, although it is definite that it will be included in Power Edition.
A quick overview of some of the capabilities of the importer follows - these are excerpts from the Balsamiq Import chapter mentioned above, which you should definitely read before using the tool.
Last edited by Isomorphic; 11th Jun 2012 at 13:27..
Sorry to be thick about this, BUT...
I downloaded the 4/13/12 Eval, unzipped it, navigate to
No Balsamiq chapter? Jumps from AutoTest.html to BaseLine.html.
Please advise, thanks.
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