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On your blog you write:

“Consider such an example: on the page you have a chart created with basic shape elements, such as rectangle, arrow line, text box etc., and you have two buttons to navigate between pages. Actually only these two buttons have their behavior defined, and other elements are just shapes or text, which are completely static.”

Is it necessary to let the user “convert” the elements to Clip Art?

Some elements, like rectangles and arrow lines are often not part of the behavior in a prototype, so would it somehow be possible for you to autimatically point out elements like that, that are not involved in any behavior, and then make them static in the prototype? Or is it too complex?

I would prefer the software doing that for me instead of the other way around.

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Hi Ulrich,

We have considered the “automatic” approach before adding the Clip Art functionally. However this is quite complex to implement: detecting all elements that has no behavior or get involved in any action is possible, however we could not just put all of them into one static picture, because one picture is just one layer, while all these elements are in different layers, and they are overlapped in specific order, and there may be some interactive elements between them. This require the program to be very smart to group those static elements into static pictures and overlap them correctly.

I am not saying it is impossible, it is just complicated enough to get implemented very soon. We think having ClipArt as a manual optimization is better than none :-)

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