Join Justin Putney for an in-depth discussion in this video Exporting as PDF, part of UX Design Tools: Balsamiq Mockups.
- [Voiceover] In this video, we're gonna take a look at exporting to PDF. Exporting to PDF has a number of advantages. First, if your client is reviewing using the Adobe Acrobat Reader, there's commenting built right in. So they can simply make comments and send it right back to you. That's really handy. The other reason you might want to export to a PDF is if you're working on multiple mock-ups for a single project. The nice thing is you can export that entire project together as a single, multipage PDF, and if you have interactivity, as we built in the interactivity chapter, that interactivity will be maintained.
So, here I've copied over the files. You can find them in the Chapter 6 06_02 start folder. This is the resources and tour section, and just to give you a refresher, I'll go into presentation mode, in the upper right hand corner, and if I were to click on Tours, it takes me over to the Tours page. And same, if I click on Resources, switches back to the Resources page. And hit escape to exit that view. And one other thing to note, where I have my tabs in the bottom left hand corner, is that I only have these two mockups open, okay? So I want to have all the relevant mockups open and no other mockups.
So go up to File, and I'll choose Export all mockups to PDF. And, I'll just leave the default settings. And Start export. Now it asks me where I want to save the export, I'm gonna put it in the Chapter 6 06_02 final folder. Let's just call this mockup for consistency. And I'll hit Save. It gives me an alert saying it's been saved. I'll click there to open it in the finder.
So, we'll just double click on the mockup. And, if you have an application that supports interactivity, button interactivity, in a PDF, you'll be able to click on one of these, like the Resources will take me to the Resources page. And Tours will take me to the Tours page. So that's really handy for review purposes when you're trying to show how your wireframe is ideally gonna function. So that's one of the main reasons you'd wanna export to PDF. Now that you're able to create and export mockups for view, we're just about done.
So now, not only can you create mockups using Balsamiq Mockups, you can also export them for review. You're just about done with the course, so the next chapter we'll wrap up and tell you where to go from here.
- Adding, aligning, and layering elements
- Adding and formatting placeholder text
- Building symbols
- Adding new control types using Mockups To Go
- Creating links and hot areas
- Making wireframes for tablets and smartphones
- Exporting mockups for review