Printing Axure flows

24 Apr 2008 - 12:33pm
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Eugene Kim
2005

Question for Axure users:

Is there a way to print out user flows from the prototype output without it messing up? Here's an example of how it turns out:

http://stang99.w1.com/ixd/img/axure_printout.gif

I'm not sure if this is the correct use of Axure, but I like to create flows and link the objects to various wireframes. I could use specifications but you lose the interactivity between the flow and wireframe. Note: I'm not trying to make this into a prototype, but I want to allow folks like dev to swap back and forth between the flow and wireframes. From there they can just print out specific pages.

Thanks,

Eugene

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24 Apr 2008 - 12:45pm
Fred Beecher
2006

On 4/24/08, Eugene Kim <ekim at ign.com> wrote:
>
> Question for Axure users:
>
> Is there a way to print out user flows from the prototype output without it
> messing up? Here's an example of how it turns out:

Eugene,

Open the flow page in Axure, then go to the Wireframe menu and select
"Export to Image."

There are a lot of fun goodies hidden in that menu.

http://stang99.w1.com/ixd/img/axure_printout.gif

That's really, really odd. I've never seen that.

I'm not sure if this is the correct use of Axure, but I like to create flows
> and link the objects to various wireframes. I could use specifications but
> you lose the interactivity between the flow and wireframe. Note: I'm not
> trying to make this into a prototype, but I want to allow folks like dev to
> swap back and forth between the flow and wireframes. From there they can
> just print out specific pages.

You can do this same sort of thing in Visio, and make an interactive PDF.
You may want to investigate that option. Here's a B&A article that talks
about this subject:

http://boxesandarrows.com/view/pdf-prototypes

Enjoy,
F.

24 Apr 2008 - 4:58pm
Eugene Kim
2005

> You can do this same sort of thing in Visio, and make
> an interactive PDF. You may want to investigate that
> option. Here's a B&A article that talks about this
> subject:

http://boxesandarrows.com/view/pdf-prototypes
>

I guess I was hoping to eliminate the need for multiple apps and do
everything in Axure. :( Doesn't Axure support flows, wireframes,
prototyping, and specs? Is that a pipe dream?

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24 Apr 2008 - 5:33pm
Shaun Bergmann
2007

I've had issues with the same problem. Axure exports the HTML based
flowchart with the wireframes which your partners/clients open in their
browser.
Printing from that browser window or even from Axure would produce exactly
what you show in the image. Messy black boxes.

However, now that I am running Axure RP Pro 5.0 Beta, that problem no longer
occurs
Perhaps they fixed it with this new version?

On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 11:45 AM, Fred Beecher <fbeecher at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 4/24/08, Eugene Kim <ekim at ign.com> wrote:
> >
> > Question for Axure users:
> >
> > Is there a way to print out user flows from the prototype output without
> it
> > messing up? Here's an example of how it turns out:
>
>
> Eugene,
>
> Open the flow page in Axure, then go to the Wireframe menu and select
> "Export to Image."
>
> There are a lot of fun goodies hidden in that menu.
>
> http://stang99.w1.com/ixd/img/axure_printout.gif
>
>
> That's really, really odd. I've never seen that.

24 Apr 2008 - 8:29pm
Eugene Kim
2005

> However, now that I am running Axure RP Pro 5.0 Beta,
> that problem no longer occurs
Perhaps they fixed
> it with this new version?

Hmm, I just upgraded to version 5 and I'm still getting the same
thing. But maybe there's a difference between that and the beta?

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25 Apr 2008 - 11:14am
Fred Beecher
2006

On Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:58:46, Eugene Kim <ekim at ign.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> I guess I was hoping to eliminate the need for multiple apps and do
> everything in Axure. :( Doesn't Axure support flows, wireframes,
> prototyping, and specs? Is that a pipe dream?

It does, but you said you weren't really making prototypes... in which case,
Axure probably *isn't* the right tool. If you *are* making prototypes, then
definitely. Currently, the only thing I use Visio for is sitemaps.

F

25 Apr 2008 - 11:25am
Ari
2006

i'm an avid fan of Axure but its flowcharting is best used for process flows
than very elaborate diagrams. for that, Visio, Smart Draw or Omnigraffle are
better choices - still, it's nice to have it handy.

On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 1:14 PM, Fred Beecher <fbeecher at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:58:46, Eugene Kim <ekim at ign.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > I guess I was hoping to eliminate the need for multiple apps and do
> > everything in Axure. :( Doesn't Axure support flows, wireframes,
> > prototyping, and specs? Is that a pipe dream?
>
>
> It does, but you said you weren't really making prototypes... in which
> case,
> Axure probably *isn't* the right tool. If you *are* making prototypes, then
> definitely. Currently, the only thing I use Visio for is sitemaps.
>
> F
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24 Apr 2008 - 12:36pm
Katie Pula
2007

Have you generated it as a Word doc or as HTML? Try generating at a word doc
first if not.

Katie Pula
Interaction and Usability Director | Experience Design

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