Using invisible hotspots in Fluid UI

Uploading your own images and using invisible links

  • Hotspots are widgets that are visible on your page when creating your prototype, but don't show in preview mode (unless you choose to show them in preview settings).

  • They let you link a particular part of an image to another page without having to chop up the uploaded image.

  • To use a hotspot, add one from the library and select the link button to add a link from that widget.

  • Hotspots are useful if you want to link from more than one area on an image. If you want to link from the whole image you can do this too with a normal link.

The complete guide to Fluid UI - Page 1

My uploads and introducing invisible links

  • You can either drag and drop the images into the editor window, or use the plus button in the uploads section to search your computer's hard drive for an image.

  • You should always make sure your images are 'saved for web' using a program like Photoshop or one of the free online image editors.

  • When you keep your image files as small as possible the editor will load quicker and previewing will be much quicker also.

Auto-scaling images

There are two ‘Autoscaling’ of images options, this will help you fit images to your screens quickly and easily. These options will appear in the widget menu as soon as you click on an image that you have uploaded.

  • ‘Expand to Fit’ allows you to expand a small uploaded image to the width/height of the page you're working on.

  • ‘Display 100%’ will resize an image widget to the original size of the uploaded image file.

Tip: You need to have a paid (solo) account in order to upload your own images.

The complete guide to Fluid UI - Page 1

Click on any text to edit it. If you want to increase the size of the box that the text is contained in, drag from any of the box's corners.

The text edit submenu will appear as soon as you click on a piece of text. The menu lets you change the:

  • Font type
  • Size of the text
  • Color of the text
  • Opacity of the text
  • Font Style (Bold, Italic, Underline)
  • Text Alignment (Left, Center, Right)
  • Vertical Alignment (Top, Middle, Bottom)

Tip: Remember to drag the text box as you make the text bigger so it is aligned as you want it to be. If you don't make the box bigger some of text may be hidden.

The complete guide to Fluid UI - Page 1

  • Widgets can be resized by dragging from one of the 4 corners or the sides of the widgets.

  • All resizable widgets have a clear box/outline indicator.

  • Holding down shift will maintain the aspect ratio of a widget while resizing it.

  • To get the size of your widget pixel perfect you can use the resizing tool. simply chose the height and width that you desire.

Tip: Some larger widgets cannot be resized as they are fitted to the size of your page and the device type you are designing for.

Moving, resizing and aligning widgets in Fluid UI

Use the grid view in view settings to align widgets pixel by pixel. You can set the number of pixels in each square in the grid.

The snap to grid option will also help align widgets to the nearest pixel.

Use your keyboard's arrow keys to align widgets by moving pixel by pixel.

Automatic alignment
Select two or more widgets and the vertical/horizontal align icons will appear in the widget menu.

There are 6 options in total:

  • Align Left - aligns the widgets/groups to the left.

  • Align Right - aligns the widgets/groups to the right.

  • Align Center - aligns the widgets/groups to the center.

  • Align Top - aligns the widgets/groups to the top of the selection.

  • Align Middle - aligns each widget to the middle of the selection.

  • Align Bottom - aligns the widgets/groups to the bottom of the selection.

Send to front/back

Select any widget or widget group and use the arrows to send them to front or back.

  • Send to Front - places the selected widget behind all others on the page.

  • Send to Back - places the selected widget in front of all others on the page.

  • Send Backwards - moves a widget behind the previous widget.

  • Send Forwards - moves a widget in front of the one above.

You can define the alignment and z-depth for a widget from the widget menu and in using pinned widgets (often used in conjunction with scrolling pages)

The complete guide to Fluid UI - Page 1

  • Click on widgets to select them.

  • Select components of widgets and edit them, such as text or boxes inside a menu widget.

  • Widgets can be grouped to move/copy/paste/align them together.

Selecting multiple widgets

Start dragging on the page frame (the dark grey area around the selected page) or on an area that does not already contain a widget other than the background.

All widgets that are contained in the blue box after dragging will be selected.

Creating groups

Use the group icon to create a group, and when a group is selected, you can ungroup them with the ungroup icon.

Keyboard shortcuts

  • Ctrl + A (Cmd + A) will select all the widgets on the focused page.

  • Holding down Ctrl (Cmd) while clicking on a widget will add or remove that widget from your selection.
  • Cut - control + X
  • Copy - control + C
  • Paste - control + V
  • Delete - control + delete
  • Clone/duplicate - control + D

Tip: Groups will be clearly indicated by a border when selected. In order to edit widgets in a group, they must be ungrouped first.

The complete guide to Fluid UI - Page 1

There are two ways to add widgets to you page:

1. A single click

A single click on a widget will add it to the selected page. The widget will automatically be placed on an area of the page that the editor predicts it belongs.

For example: A header item will go in the header section of the page. You can move it by dragging and dropping it somewhere else.

2. Drag and drop

Dragging a widget from the library and dropping it on any page (selected or not) will add that widget to the page at the location it is dropped.

Quick search the libraries

Use the library search function to find widgets by type. For example type 'tables' into the search bar to bring up all of the table widgets in that library.

Tip: You can close the widget library if you’re not using it to give yourself a bit more space.

How to use the Fluid UI library

The library has 3 tabs

Widget libraries

1. Pre-built widgets
The widget libraries include dedicated libraries for iOS, Android, Windows, wearables and website wireframing.

By default the ‘wireframe’ library is selected, this is a good option if you don’t want to worry about the exact device you are prototyping for, but just want to get a good overall feel for how your app's UI will flow.

2. Uploaded widgets
Upload your own images from Photoshop or the web and make high fidelity prototypes.

3. Saved design patterns
Save design patterns, screens and customized widgets to use again and again.

What can you do in the library?

  • Use the search bar to quickly find the widgets you need
  • Select and add widgets to your pages
  • Upload your own widgets to the uploads section
  • Save your own design patterns to the saved design patterns to speed up your workflow
  • Resize, open and close the library to give yourself more screen space.

Tip: To access the libraries, click on any page and the library will open on the left of the editor. Select your chosen library from the widget library dropdown menu and start designing.