January is already over and for us, it was a crazy month (even though we already sense that the next months will be even crazier). We know you can’t follow everything we post on Medium or on Facebook, so we wanted to write a quick summary packaged into what we could call a “release”. The release of this month is called “Simia” (latin for “monkey”), because most of our new features and improvements are focused on agility!
You can do more and you can do it faster!
Feature #1. Crop that pic!
It was highly requested by most of you: cropping pictures. It’s now a reality in Ludus. You just have to double click and crop the picture the way you like. Very easy!
Feature #2. You deserve a better view!
The Ludus viewer has been greatly improved. It’s a first step of a long process, but this viewer is already much better than it used to be: more elegant, more discrete and lighter. But mainly, you see it only when you need it.
Feature #3. Edit SVG on the fly!
You can now copy and paste directly from Illustrator or Sketch, and it’s converted to SVG on the fly. This means you can say goodbye to pixels! You can also break any SVG apart and start editing, scaling, moving or coloring each of its parts.
It’s our personal favorite feature. Everything is now faster in Ludus. We mean… really faster. We reworked all our components and working in our editor is now smoother than ever. And that’s not it: our viewer is also using a new engine and it’s now up to twice as fast as the previous one.
Feature #5. Facebook Login
Mark was so desperate we couldn’t keep saying no. It’s now possible to register/login in Ludus via Facebook. Much faster! And if you’d like other login options, please let us know!
Feature #6. Trim video
You can now select a specific range in your videos. Define a Start Time and an End Time point and that’s it!
Feature #7. Welcome Proto.io
Prototyping tools in Ludus have a new family member: Proto.io. Exactly like Marvel, Invision or Framer, you can embed a Proto.io prototype with a simple copy and paste.
Feature #8. Present offline!
Did you know you can export your presentation to be able to present offline? Your slides and all your uploaded assets (video, images, fonts) will be available in a ZIP file, with the exact same experience as the online one. It’s much more powerful compared to the PDF export as it lets you play videos and preserve all your transitions.
Feature #9. Massive bug fixing
Not really a feature, but as always, we keep fixing small but annoying bugs. This month, we focused on fixing issues when editing texts and with unwanted locks. By the way: shortcuts to lock/unlock are now unified and simplified. Just press Cmd+Shift+L and it will lock or unlock your item, according to your current selection.
Feature #10. It’s already there but we won’t tell you :)
We have a super exciting new feature already available in the app, but we’ll wait a few more days to tell you more about it. We have to say, motion designers should love it!
Features are not the only things that happened in January. Some people talked about us, we wrote about our favorite tools and we shared interesting stats.
Ludus Interview #3: Dogstudio
An impressive creative agency is using Ludus (almost) everyday. Read the interview.
We 😍 Typeform!
Take five minutes of your time to learn smart ways to embed Typeform forms into Ludus presentations! Take your slides to the next level with Typeform.
We 😻 GIPHY!
Jennifer is telling us how to use GIFs in a very serious way. Are you ready to unleash the power of GIF?
What’s better between PowerPoint or Keynote?
We’ll make sure to keep these monthly recaps alive so you’ll all know what’s happening at Ludus. Let’s catch up in about 30 days! And if you can’t wait one more month, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.