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Re: [ia-55] Annotated Wires

From: user 3.
Sent on: Monday, January 14, 2013 11:22 PM
Annotations have been a constant source of pain for IAs everywhere since the Beginning; a necessary evil to be sure.

As far as specialized tools Axure is the only tool I'm aware of that dynamically numbers annotations. I might add that compared to the cost of Adobe Creative Suite or Visio, Axure is a steal.

One thing to consider, wire frames change, often subtly. At Disney, Development relied on the annotations to guide their work. That means that once set, it was undesirable for the numbering to change, i.e., dynamically.

Axure numbers dynamically starting at "1". If you add a new element later in between 4 and 5, it assigns the next available number. So the visual sequence might go 4, 11, 5. When it's printed though, numbers are in order so the element that should be grouped with 4 and 5 is displayed out of context. That's problem for Dev.

Also if an element is deleted, the numbers reflow so the numbering changes. Again, that's a problem for Dev. Axure doesn't currently allow you to assign numbers, but I submitted it as a feature request.

If you have manual control, you can add point numbering, e.g., adding a new element between 4 and 5 might be 4.1, keeping the original numbering and sequence intact.

So though it's often inconvenient, manual numbering is usually more flexible and accurate than a dynamic system.

As far as real estate , I scale my wires up to a very large canvas to give me space for the wire and annotations, usually 1.5 to 2 times printer paper size. When I print, I shrink it to fit. Experiment. If you're on a Mac, Omnigraffle is very flexible setting up page layout, and it's very economical.

To share docs, I print to PDF, but I don't use PDF to annotate. I believe Acrobat Reader allows viewers to add comments/notes.

Sam R.

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Thomas Donehower <[address removed]> wrote:


Was wondering if anyone has stumbled upon a great workflow/tool for annotating, sharing and managing wireframes. 

Currently I create my wires in Keynote, export as PDF and then copy into a Keynote annotation template I use. I've been doing it this way for a long time and some of the biggest issues I run into are:

1. The little numbers: Seems like a no-brainer that there should be an automated numbering/ID system for annotations to automatically update whether you're adding or deleting annotations.

2. Space: Often times I'll run out of space on a single page for annotations and need to copy over to another page. Seems like there should be a better way. 

3. Client Comments: I used to use IWork to share and capture client comments, but now that's gone:-(. There's got to be something else just as good, I just haven't been able to find it. 

I used to use Axure a while ago and liked the annotation capability. However, I found the widget interface too slow compared to Keynote. If possible, I'd like to continue to use Keynote to create my wires and avoid having to use a new tool. However, open to suggestions and what others have experienced. 

Any suggestions greatly appreciated. I'll compile recommendations and send back to the group. 


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