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BJ Clark
Posted Oct 28 - Read on Facebook

Two questions for everyone:

1. How do folks share prototypes with others in your company. We were using Invision previous to switching to Framer, but they don't support Framer.js prototypes (if you use Invision and want them to support Framer.js, email them please :). Dropbox doesn't seem to serve up HTML anymore. Other options?

2. Is it possible to reuse the same imported Sketch element over and over? I can't seem to figure out how to "duplicate" it to use multiple instances.

21 Comments

Andreas Mitschke

I'm not sure how inVision could import framer prototypes.

I mean I'd totally like to become inVision a Quartz/Framer with a simple visual control, but I don't know how they could import js files.

BJ Clark

Andreas Mitschke iFrame it with all their other tools still available.

Andreas Mitschke

ah well... got me. Simplest solution ;)

Christy Yang

Are you using framer studio? If it's just computer to computer, I just copy and paste the mirroring url and have them view in browser

BJ Clark

Christy Yang Yes, but we have two offices so I'm trying to share to folks in the other office. Wish we had a vpn between the two but we don't.

Nikola Durkan

I usually put my projects in the public folder on Dropbox and then just share a public link for index.html

Seoh Char

1. Google Drive/Dropbox Shared Folder could be an answer.
2. If you are opening Sketch, just import again. or just copy `imported` folder in your framer project.

Mike Meyer

Dropbox shared folders are (at least as of a few months ago) problematic. If you’re comfortable with the prototype being (potentially) publicly accessible, you can drop the prototypes into your Dropbox Public folder. Relative URLs work in the Public folder.

You can copy a link to your prototype by right-clicking on the HTML file in your Public folder and clicking “Copy public link”.

If you don’t have a Public folder (newer accounts don’t), you can enable it on the Dropbox website: https://www.dropbox.com/enable_public_folder

Koen Bok

One thing that I was thinking to make is supporting framer:// links. That way you can just install Framer Studio anywhere and send someone something like framer://dropbox.com/u/1234/project.zip and it would just open.

Koen Bok

Would that help for this scenario?

BJ Clark

Koen Bok I'm trying to share with stakeholders that don't have framer studio, so no, not really in this case.

Mike Meyer

Koen It’d be cool if there was a separate Framer viewer app that handled framer:// links, so that people who just want to check out a prototype could download a free app instead of worrying about licensing stuff.

Koen Bok

But can they install it? I mean I can make Framer free forever to just view documents.

Mike Meyer

Ooooh, now that’s an interesting idea.

BJ Clark

Koen Bok Oh sure, installing an app is no problem at all.

Koen Bok

Ok. I'll think a bit more about this and move it up the list.

Koen Bok

Would also be cool if you could add things to the url like ?view=fullscreen to hide the code or go to present directly.

Arlo Jamrog

I might be going out on a limb here but find get basic FTP access and post the project directory there? Takes 2 seconds.

Koen Bok

Arlo yep, that works fine too. But FTP isn't fancy anymore ;-)

Arlo Jamrog

Koen Bok I guess it's a generation gap thing.

Juan Sanchez

This is a request that came up during a presentation I gave on Framer. Features like hosting, password protection, etc. were mentioned. Initially, I had imagined something like what Prototypes was doing: http://prototypesapp.com, but I think starting with something simple would be great.

For us, we have a Rails project that we've paired with S3 (upload using Transmit) that has password protection and lists prototypes that viewers can get access to.

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