Monthly Archives: February 2013

Beta 2.0 - Projects, Screen Linking, New UI, and 2.3.0

Posted February 15, 2013 by Max Lynch

We’ve been busy over at Drifty (makers of Jetstrap). We have a ton of ideas for Jetstrap, and our beta is truly the beginning of where we are headed. We are so excited to have you along for the ride.

Since we launched, we’ve had a ton of requests for being able to link between screens (or “pages”) in Jetstrap. The idea is you put together a set of screens, and then navigate between them to demonstrate a user experience in realtime.

Not only that, but our developers wanted to be able to group screens based on a project. You might have a project for the client down the street, and another for your own website. It’s nice to keep them separate.

Today we are excited to announce both screen linking and  project/screen grouping support. Now, to link between screens, it’s as simple as setting “Link to” to the desired target screen from a button. It’s easy to test the navigation by toggling “test mode” and clicking the button!

Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 12.54.55 PM

Project Support

Along with screen linking, we are happy to announce the release of a new dashboard. Now all of your projects and each screen are happily grouped and accessible from the dashboard. You can even download a zipfile for each project, or just a single screen:

Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 12.25.33 PM

Each project can contain any screens and can be exported in full (download all of the screens for a given project). Any screen links still Just Work in the exported code.

Interface Updates

We’ve also updated the interface of our builder to make it easier to navigate and use:

Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 12.20.35 PM

We wanted to make it easy to visualize the components you would use, so we made some nice pictures for them and added a search function to quickly find the component you need. We also added a sidebar for quick screen navigation.

Among other changes, we recently updated Jetstrap to use Twitter Bootstrap 2.3.0, so you’re all up to date without having to do a thing. We also fixed a TON of bugs, tweaked the way you edit the content of a component, improved our grid support, added more shortcuts and copy/paste functionality.

We know that a lot of our users are using Jetstrap to learn Bootstrap. To that end, we want to make it easier and easier to build and learn at the same time. Going forward, that dream is going to guide our future product development.

Next on our list of things is getting rid of the social account login/signup (lesson learned), UI tweaks, HTML editing, Javascript stuff, and then some completely new ideas that you probably won’t expect!

What do you think about the new changes? Has Jetstrap been helpful to you so far? Any crazy ideas or suggestions?