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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions you may have about OverSite.

General OverSite Questions

What is OverSite?
How do I get started with OverSite?

Questions About Printing/Exporting

Can I export my site structures and wireframes as HTML for others to see?
OverSite doesn't seem to be printing my wireframe; how can I get it to print my stuff?
How do I export the click-through version of the wireframe as an image?

Questions About Specific Functionality

Can I link a component to a section, rather than to the first page within that section?
What does the grouping feature do?
My Sitemap doesn't fit on one page. How can I make it fit?

Registration Questions

How does registration work?
I've registered an older version of OverSite. Do I get an upgrade discount?
Why can't I enter my registration code into OverSite?

Mac OS X Questions

Will OverSite run on Mac OS X Lion?

What is OverSite?

OverSite is a tool for web designers and developers, as well as anyone who creates other types of software. It provides a number of functions, all designed around creating prototypes. For example, you can use OverSite to create a sitemap, depicting the overall structure of the Web site you're creating. You can also create wireframes, or mockups of your site's pages, attach notes to the wireframes, and add interactivity.

OverSite also focuses on getting things done quickly. This includes not only the rapid creation of prototypes, but also quick and easy edits as you move forward.

How do I get started with OverSite?

Once you've installed OverSite and launched it, you're ready to create a new prototype. The first thing to do is to create a site structure. OverSite will automatically generate a sitemap illustrating the structure. After that, you can add elements such as text, buttons, images, etc to the different pages in your site structure. As you do this, you can wire up interactivity between different elements and pages, and attach notes to various elements to provide more detailed information. From there, you can test the interactivity of your structure; print out your sitemap, wireframes, and/or notes; and export your site structure in a variety of formats, including HTML, image files, PDF, etc.

Can I export my site structures and wireframes as HTML for others to see?

I would like to use OverSite to build my mock website and then provide it to my web designer. However, my web designer does not have OverSite. Will I be able to export it into HTML for her to see it (and what format would she see it in)?

You can export your website structure and wireframes into HTML (in addition to other formats such as PDF, although that would not provide you with click- through/link functionality the way an HTML export would). You have two options:

  1. exporting as pure HTML, where all components (except for images, and those like sliders that don't have a direct HTML analog) would be rendered as HTML widgets; e.g. a button would be rendered as <input type="button" ...>
  2. exporting as clickable images, where each page's wireframe would be written to an image, and the browser would display a web page consisting primarily that image. The page would also contain imagemap functionality, so that clicking on links would still work.

How do I export the click-through version of the wireframe, that is to say, a clean image without notes or tags or link info etc?

To export an image of the wireframe, you have a couple of options. The most obvious is probably to just use the File -> Export Document -> Export as Images menu item. In the resulting dialog, you'd probably want to deselect the "Print map/graphical view" checkbox, and select both the "Print notes/wireframe view" and "Omit notes (wireframes only)" checkboxes. Note that you can also specify which pages to actually export.

Another thing you can do is to select all of the elements in your wireframe, then right-click and select "Copy as Image". That will copy that wireframe page as an image to your clipboard, which you could then paste into another program.

OverSite doesn't seem to be printing my wireframe; how can I get it to print my stuff?

When I try to print, I just get a blank sheet of paper from the printer. If I try to output to PDF, I just get a blank PDF. What do I need to do to print a diagram?

Check to be sure that you created any pages in the left-hand structure editor, or if you'd created your wireframe/diagram in the "root" node (which is the node that appears by default, with the globe icon). If in fact you haven't created any pages yourself, go ahead and create one and then try printing/PDF-exporting. Hopefully that should solve the issue.

Here's the reason why: OverSite assumes that you're creating an entire site structure, complete with individual pages. When you go to print, OverSite will print out those pages. But the "root" node is not a page; it in fact represents the top level section of your web site. The reason why it has a wireframe canvas is to allow you to lay out components that will appear on every subsequent; for example, a global navigation bar designed to appear on every page on the site would be a good thing to add to the root node. But again, that navigation bar will only be printed via the pages that appear within top-level section.

That's why adding a single, blank page should allow you to print: any elements you'd added to the root node will show up on that page as well.

Can I link a component to a section, rather than to the first page within that section?

When I link from the home page to a Section node 1 level down and use Click Thru, the click thru goes all the way down the tree structure - section1/page1/. I just want it to stop at the Section 1 level. Is that possible?

OverSite treats sections as simply folders that contain pages. So it's not something the end user would actually see on a web site; rather, it just contains the pages, which in turn are what the user sees.

As a convenience, OverSite provides wireframes attached to sections. Those wireframes are to construct global elements to appear within all of its child pages. An example might be navigation bar that should appear on all pages within a certain section.

So when you link to a section in OverSite, OverSite will display the first page in that section (similar to, say, placing an index.html file within a folder on a live website, expecting that when the user enters the URL of that folder into their browser, they will actually see index.html). In the case you describe, OverSite displays the first page that it finds within section 1.

What does the grouping feature do?

OverSite's grouping feature is not synonomous with the grouping tool found in drawing tools such as Illustrator, in which elements are batched together as a single atmoic entity. Instead, it serves to create a visual border around the elements. Select one or more components in a wireframe canvas, and then access the Layout -> Create Grouping menu item. A border will be drawn around the selected components. If you move or resize any of the components within the grouping, the border will change size and/or shape as required. You can also double-click the border to adjust its appearance.

My Sitemap doesn't fit on one page. How can I make it fit?

There are a few things that you can do to alleviate the issue you're encountering.

First, you can adjust the size of the page itself. Go to the File --> Document Settings menu item. In the dialog that appears, adjust the Width and Height settings (the numeric values correspond to the value in the Units dropdown menu). You can also adjust the Margin Height and Width as desired.

Second, you can also adjust the spacing between elements in the map. For example, click on any file or folder icon; it should appear selected. Then use your arrow keys to move it to the left. You can effectively reduce unnecessary white space in this manner, and help items fit better on the page. You can, of course, also adjust font and icon sizes as desired. Finally, adjusting the overall horizontal and vertical spacing, along with the "skew" angle (which are the last three spinner controls on the map's toolbar) can also help.

You can also wrap your top-level sections and pages to a new line (effectively adding a line break to your map.) This is particularly useful if you have a large number of top-level pages, or top-level sections that don't nest very deep. To do this, select any top-level file or folder icon (most likely, you'll want to select one that is nearly spilling off of the right-hand side of the map.) Then select the Map -> Add Line Break at Selected Node menu item. That file/folder will then drop down beneath the existing row of nodes, and move all the way to the left-hand side of the page. To later remove that line break, select the file/folder and use the Map -> Remove Line Break at Selected Node menu item.

Finally, you can detach a top-level section or page from the map. This means that OverSite will no longer automatically position it within the map. Instead, you decide where to place it. To do this, select a top-level file or folder icon. Then select the Map -> Detach Selected Node menu item. Once you've done that, you can use the arrow keys to move the section/page anywhere on the page. To later reattach the node, just select it and use the Map -> Reattach Selected Node menu item.

How does registration work?

When you register your copy of OverSite, you will be asked to provide the exact version number that you are registering (this version number can be found in OverSite's About window). You will then receive a registration code that can be entered into that exact version of OverSite. Although you must enter the registration code into the version you'd registered, your registration is valid for any minor upgrade versions. For example, say you'd registered version 2.2.1 of OverSite. You must enter the registration code into version 2.2.1 of OverSite. However, if you upgrade to version 2.2.2--or version 2.3, 2.3.1, 2.4, etc--your upgraded copy will still be registered. Upon the next major release, however (e.g. version 3.0) you will be required to purchase a new registration code, most likely at a discounted price.

Your registration code is valid for any copies of OverSite that you, personally and exclusively, use. For example, if you have a Windows computer at work, and a Macintosh at home, you can install a copy of OverSite on each and use the same registration code. Any co-workers, family members or roommates, however, must purchase their own registration code.

I've registered an older version of OverSite. Do I get an upgrade discount?

Users who registered an older copy of OverSite can definitely upgrade their registration to version 3, at a reduced price. Just go to our registration page and use the Upgrade section. Please note that to enter your upgrade code, you will need one of the following:

Why can't I enter my registration code into OverSite?

(The following applies to OverSite 3. The newest version of OverSite avoids much of the registration difficulties that users had previously seen.)

If you've registered your copy of OverSite but can't enter the registration code that you were provided, there are a few possible culprits. First, of course, be sure that you've entered the exact registration code that you were given; cutting & pasting the code is recommended. Next, in the Email address field, be sure that you've entered the exact email address that you'd used to register (your registration email should indicate which email address you'd used.)

If neither of those are the culprit, then you may have received a registration code for one version of OverSite, but are trying to enter it into another version. When you registered, you were asked to enter the version of OverSite that you have installed on your computer. The registration code that was sent to you was generated specifically for that exact version of OverSite. If you'd accidentally entered the wrong version during registration, or if you'd subsequently downloaded a newer version of OverSite, then you won't be able to enter the registration code (your registration email should indicate which version you'd registered). But don't worry; your payment is still valid! Here are a few things you can do:

Will OverSite run on Mac OS X Lion?

The short answer is that OverSite should continue to run fine on Mac OS X version 10.7 (known as Lion), but you might need to install an additional component.

The longer answer is that Apple has removed a fair bit of functionality from OS X with the release of Lion. One such bit of functionality is the Java Runtime, which OverSite needs to run. However, Lion users can easily install Java. In fact, when you first launch a Java-based application such as OverSite within Lion, the operating system will find the latest version of Java for the Max and ask you if you'd like to install it. So you might need to click a few additional buttons and wait for a download/install to occur, but after that OverSite should run just fine.



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