Intro

ProtoPie is made up of ProtoPie Studio and ProtoPie Player. ProtoPie Studio is a software package that is installed on computers running Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, while ProtoPie Player allows users to test their prototypes on iPhone and Android smartphones .

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Connect to ProtoPie Player

ProtoPie Player allows users to test prototypes created with ProtoPie Studio on smartphones. ProtoPie Player is a native app, which allows prototypes to present a variety of interactions on the smartphone.There are four ways to import prototypes created with ProtoPie Studio into ProtoPie Player.

Scan QR code

  1. Prepare a computer running ProtoPie Studio and a smartphone running ProtoPie Player.
  2. Ensure that both devices are connected to the same wireless network.
  3. Click Connect Device on the Tool bar in ProtoPie Studio. A QR Code like the one shown below.
  4. Tap SCAN in ProtoPie Player on your smartphone and scan the QR code.
  5. Approve the device that scanned the QR code in the device list window in ProtoPie Studio, and establish a connection between ProtoPie Player and ProtoPie Studio.
  6. Click in ProtoPie Studio, or tap Run on the smartphone runningProtoPie Player. The prototype will be transmitted to ProtoPie Player.
  7. If there are edits in the prototype made in ProtoPie Studio, click Run once more to transmitthe updated prototye.

** Changes in the wireless network or IP address will require another QR code scan.

Type IP address

  1. Prepare a computer running ProtoPie Studio and a smartphone running ProtoPie Player.
  2. Ensure that both devices are connected to the same wireless network.
  3. Click Connect Device on the Tool bar in ProtoPie Studio. An IP address like the one shown below.
  4. Tap TYPE on ProtoPie Player, and type in the IP address.
  5. Approve the device in the device list window in ProtoPie Studio, establishing a connection between ProtoPie Player and ProtoPie Studio.
  6. Click in ProtoPie Studio, or tap Run on the smartphone running ProtoPie Player. The prototype will be transmitted to ProtoPie Player.
  7. If there are edits in the prototype made in ProtoPie Studio, click Run once more to transmit the updated prototye.

** The most recently used IP address is shown in the text box for IP addresses, the Connect screen on ProtoPie Player or the Type screen. Tapping on the displayed address will establish a connection with ProtoPie Studio.

** IP addresses can change even within the same wireless network. Make sure to confirm the address before inputting it.

Connect through USB cable

  1. Prepare a computer running ProtoPie Studio and a smartphone running ProtoPie Player.
  2. Connect the smartphone to the computer with a USB cable.
    **In order to use Android devices, USB Debugging mode must be enabled
    **iTunes is required in order to use an iPhone with a Windows PC
  3. Tap PLUG in ProtoPie Player.
  4. A connection will be established without the need for additional approval in the device list window.
  5. Click in ProtoPie Studio, or tap Run on the smartphone running ProtoPie Player. The prototype will be transmitted to ProtoPie Player.
  6. If there are edits in the prototype made in ProtoPie Studio, click Run once more to transmit the updated prototye.

Android USB Debugging

Refer to the following images for more detailed instructions in enabling USB debugging.

  1. Android USB Debugging01

    Navigate to the Settings page and enter the 'About Phone page.

  2. Android USB Debugging02

    Tap ‘Build Number’ 7 times, and ‘Developer Options’ will appear.

  3. Android USB Debugging03

    Access the ‘Developer options’ menu.

  4. Android USB Debugging04

    Enable USB debugging option.

  5. Android USB Debugging05

    Allow USB debugging by tapping “OK”.

Features of ProtoPie Player

Double-tapping the smartphone screen with two fingers will show the following options.

Stop
Stops the currently running prototype and returns to the main screen
Restart
Restarts the currently running prototype
Save in ProtoPie Player
Locally saves on the device the prototype brought over from ProtoPie Studio
Control playing speed
Adjusts the playing speed of the currently running prototype

** The speed set in ProtoPie Player does not affect the actual PIE file. Changing the speed merely speeds up or slows down the prototype currently running on the device.

Bring your prototype files

ProtoPie Player is capable of running prototypes without a connection to ProtoPie Studio by sending the PIE file made in ProtoPie Studio via email, instant messaging or other methods.

iPhone

  1. Open the PIE file in the app through which the file was received. Tap Share and then tap Copy to ProtoPie Player.
  2. ProtoPie Player will automatically open, and the prototype will be ready for testing.
  3. Open the same PIE file by tapping Browse in ProtoPie Player after it has been copied.

Android phones

  1. Download the PIE file via your method of choice (email, instant messaging, etc.)
  2. Run ProtoPie Player and tap Browse.
  3. Tap Explorer to see a list of downloaded PIE files.
  4. Tap the PIE file to run.
  5. Open the same PIE file by tapping Browse in ProtoPie Player when the app is re-opened.
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