Allow elements to be easily reused across pages.
Similar to a PHP include. Example: Site navigation menu. Right now, if I add a new element to the menu, I have to edit every page. It would be great if I could save my content as a snippet; editing the snippet on one page (or in a custom snippet edit view) would automatically update every page where it's been included.
all components from 'parent' pages should be visible on 'child' pages (i.e. master pages). In that way one could design menu/logo etc. (all the stuff that repeats itself) once, and then only fill internal part with the page dependet content.
its' elements would appear on all other pages ( maybe allow them to be hidden on some pages by double clicking and checking a hide box or something...)
I am so excited to have just figured out that you can copy grouped elements and paste them onto other pages using the "ctrl + C" and "ctrl + V" keyboard shortcuts. This is so much better than having to start from scratch.
Cameron Eldred commented
How about standard frames that give the look feel of mobile devices? I realize that wire framing is not intended to convey look/tone/feel style elements, but such an easy feature might make the viewing experience more engaging for non-tyechnical people like potential investors in a company.
Just throwing in my two cents...
I'm hating having to violate the "don't repeat yourself" maxim. I have multiple states of headers and footers that are reused across pages. Having to modify them on each individual page if changed will be tedious.
Please allow the page size to be set as a default at the start of a project - especially important for tablet design. Thanks
It's a must have feature, it's really boring to copy/paste elements through my different pages. And if i make a little modification, I have to repeat it to all others elements.
simply select all the content you want to use then copy and past it thats how i do it works for me seems to me its already there
This feature is the first thing I looked for when I trialled this. Desperately required.
Any ETA on this?
yeah having an include file system would work well.
Daren John Scott commented
Any update on this functionality? I'm having RSI (lol, no joke) having to redo every sub page when my 'master page' receives some retro-edits.
Robert Speer commented
Need this feature for larger sites. I've mostly been using mockingbird for describing new features for existing sites. I've just mocked up a whole app's mvp and making changes to the global header & footer requires editing every page, which is not an effective use of my time.
Anthony describes exactly what im looking for. i want to be able to design a "gadget" or page or component and then drag and drop it onto a canvas. now that i described it, it would be really cool if i could group something together and save that as a functioning widget that would display on my toolbar.
I agree with Luke, Anthony, Will etc, I'd like to reuse groups of elements which will change automatically through the site when adjusting the original group. Thanks.
Anthony Whitaker commented
Essentially, I would like to be able to design a Page. And then, drag & drop that Page onto the canvas, in exactly the same way we currently drop widgets. The dropped page would be uneditable... but these dropped pages should automatically update when the actual Page is updated.
1) Create a page called "Login" add user/pass fields.
2) Drag the Login page from the "pages" box onto the "Home" page and position accordingly.
3) As needed, edit the Login page and preview results back on the "Home" page.
If there is a way to donate, I will personally help fund this effort.
Anthony Whitaker commented
I don't really need Master Pages, per se. But creating re-usable template widgets would be awesomely useful. I would like the software to easily support the work-flow for http://www.slideshare.net/Titine/user-interface-design-in-practice (starting on slide 21). If that worked, I could get my whole company would move to this mockingbird.
Allowing a simple menu master page is kind of...essential...?
I frequently use nav bars (and button bars and tabs). Since they are reused on various pages a template element would be great. However, for this to be useful I would need the ability to change the * selected element on each instance of the nav bar.
I imagine templates would be uneditable -- but you could still allow editing of the asterisks to change which tab has the active state.
Yep, this is needed. I'd ideally like to be able to create a library of (named) groups of elements. A library of 'sets'. This would allow enough flexibility to allow different users to create their own workflows - letting users create page templates and smaller widget templates.
Very very need this feature. Still mockingbird havn't this function, our company is unable to fully pass. Because of this we have to use the Axura PRO =(
Luke Crawford commented
Yes, I'd love a way to create my own "meta objects", basically a "named group" like someone else mentioned. It would be a collection of items that I group into one, and if I changed the "root" item all uses of it would change correspondingly. Kind of like Sketchpad back in the day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOZqRJzE8xg