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Brian Thompson
Brian Thompson Updated

Multiple devices in one project

Does anyone have a work-around for showing multiple devices within one project? I design mobile, tablet and desktop together and would love the ability to show them all on their respective devices within one project.

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Michéle (Mikele) De Sousa
InVision ambassador Michéle (Mikele) De Sousa , ambassador

Hi Brian

Thanks for reaching out and hope you are doing well and staying safe.

It depends, if you are doing the responsive view of a website, then there is nothing to prevent you from uploading to one project. However, if you are doing a web version, a tablet app version and a mobile app version, creating all in one project is not the recommended way to go. Also, it depends on the number of screens as having everything in one project can make navigating to screens and creating or updating flows in the prototype cumbersome. 

InVision recommends creating a project for the intended device, i.e. mobile prototype for mobile screens. This allows you to use the capability of the device, i.e. if you create a mobile prototype, you can then create an app icon that sits on the home screen, for example. There are other capacity limitations as well.

However, a workaround is you can upload all screens and flows to a project, and then share a link for the start of the flow for desktop, tablet and mobile. This will allow you to share the link to the intended devices, and you will be able to showcase there. Just a side note, doing it this way may cause issues on the device, i.e. mobile may have horizontal scroll ability etc. 

So, in summary:

  • Do your flows for desktop, tablet and mobile.
  • Upload screens to one project.
  • Share a link for desktop flow to use on desktop.
  • Share a link for tablet flow to use on tablet or iPad.
  • Share a link for mobile flow to use on mobile device.

Again, you may experience some errors or capability limitations doing it this way, but it depends on the devices.

Hope this helps and let us know if we can assist you further. 

Stay awesome! 

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Haresh Karkar
InVision ambassador Haresh Karkar , ambassador

Hi Mikele,

I am trying to achieve what Brian mentioned in his original post. I understand your recommendation is to upload everything in one project and send separate links. I personally think it is not a good idea. I want to present how screens may look in different form factors and device orientations. Sharing multiple links, makes it difficult to juggle. The stakeholders have to keep track of multiple links as well.

Your suggestion makes sense for testing but I am still wondering how to achieve device orientation. The artboards are different sizes and it doesn't show correctly when direct links are opened. I am using Craft plugin to upload my proto. 

Any suggestions?

 

Regards,

Haresh

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Raynor B
InVision ambassador Raynor B , InVision Employee , ambassador

Hi Brian and Haresh,

Michéle is correct in that it is not possible to create a single prototype that is scalable to multiple devices, and you would need to create a separate prototype for each different device. 

However, this is a potential feature that our Product team is tracking the interest for.

I'll go ahead and open a ticket on your behalf to track your interest for this. Please keep an eye out for an email indicating that we’ve formally tracked your feedback.

Best,
Raynor

NOTE: If anybody else would like to add their feedback about this potential feature, please “ADD YOUR VOTE” using the button on the original post.

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