With the highly anticipated release of Axure RP 8, we look at the 3 features that will definitely speed up your design workflow.
Faster HTML prototype rendering times
Grouping Axure widgets is a regular activity to make moving them and applying a style easier. In Axure 8, the design team has gone one further and now provide interactions for groups of widgets. This means you can select any number of elements, like content blocks, calls-to-action or text and apply an action/interaction to perhaps open up a page or pop-up. Very cool. This can be a tedious exercise when the project comprises of numerous pages with widgets that need linking and where Masters and dynamic panels do not help. This feature will definitely reduce the time to link together an awesome prototype.
The Fire Event
A new inclusion in Axure 8, this event allows you to trigger an action or event on another widget. It works in a similar way to the OnClick event but actually allows for copying one widget’s event to be referenced on another widget or multiple widgets. What that means for you as the designer, is that you only need to change an action in one location and its applied wherever else it is referenced saving hours of debugging every occurrence of your action in your project. A definite time saver for large Axure projects.