Utilizing Axure’s wonderful new svg to custom shapes feature, I created a free Axure library for the Entypo icon set. It contains 311 fully editable icons that you can use and adjust in a non destructive manner.
In their last major update, Axure quietly introduced a phenomenal new feature giving Axure users the ability to use SVGs in a robust way directly in Axure. Use this quick tutorial to find out how to incorporate SVGs into your next Axure project.
First you’ll need an SVG file. There are many great sites to find svg icons, such as Flaticon.com. Or you can create your own SVG in a program like Adobe Illustrator. The icon needs to be simple however. Axure still can’t support complex SVG that have multiple colors. I tested some logo SVG’s, and was unable to get an editable shape.
Once you have an SVG, drag it onto your canvas.
Then select the SVG and right click. You should get a menu that looks like the image below.
If you have an SVG that is editable in Axure, you will see the option to “Convert SVG to Shapes”. If your SVG is too complex however, that option will be greyed out.
Once you select this option the SVG will be converted into an Axure shape, and you will be able to customize the shape in all of the ways Axure shapes can normally be customized: colors, gradients, backgrounds, shadowing, stroke, and even changing the points and paths to create new shapes.
Voila! Edit SVG’s directly in Axure. What could be better?
I’m currently in the middle of a UX contract that is for a moderately large redesign. As is somewhat common, the wireframe phase has been cut into smaller phases in order to stagger some of the design work in. One of the issues working like this is making sure the client has a clear understanding of what pages have already been approved (and locked) and which pages are still open to revisions.
If Axure has a native solution to this I’m unaware of it. I know I can edit the sitemap to have certain pages not show up in the generated prototype. But this seems like an inferior solution, as the client might still want to see some of the approved pages in order to make more informed decisions about pages that are still in the approval process.
Enter unicode characters!
You can copy paste the above unicode character directly into your page names in Axure!
Internally it will look like this.
Clients and stakeholders viewing the AxShare prototype will get a nicely colored lock that appears in the sitemap, as well as within the page title and URL.
Your pages are now “locked” and your coworkers will think you’re a genius (even though you aren’t).
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