New: Pencil Project Portable 2.0.2 (prototyping and diagramming) Released

Ken Herbert's picture
Submitted by Ken Herbert on November 15, 2012 - 10:34pm

logoPencil Project Portable 2.0.2 has been released. Pencil Project is a prototyping and diagramming tool with built-in shapes for flowcharting, mobile/desktop/web UI, Android and iOS GUI and more. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Platform. And it's open source and completely free.

Update automatically or install from the portable app store in the Platform.


screenshotPencil is built for the purpose of providing a free and open-source GUI prototyping tool that people can easily install and use to create mockups in popular desktop platforms. It includes built-in shapes collections for popular mobile (Android and iPhone) and desktop (Windows and generic) UI designs as well as flowcharts and common shapes. Additional stencil collections and clipart can be easily added as well. Pencil supports connectors which can be used to "wire" shapes together in a diagram along. Pencil project also supports exporting to PNG, web page, PDF, SVG and Open Document formats.

Learn more about Pencil Project... Installer / Format

Pencil Project Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Platform including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Pencil Project Portable is available for immediate download from the Pencil Project Portable homepage. Get it today!

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John T. Haller's picture

Thanks for your work on this, Ken. Smiling I updated your launcher quite a bit. It now uses a uniquely named xulrunner.exe and PAL instantiates it directly, so we won't need to worry about other XULRunner apps. It also uses the -profile switch (ala Firefox et al) so we don't need to move the settings back and forth. I added custom installer code to update existing installs of the dev test to the new location as well.

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Ken Herbert's picture

This has been my most downloaded dev test, and have been looking forward to it going official. I'm sure there are a few others who will be happy this is official now, too.

I'm looking into the changes you've made to see what I can see. I was always a bit wary of having a predefined profile as I did, but even knowing that it was built on a stripped-down Firefox I hadn't thought to use the -profile switch.

One small thing, you are recreating the \Data\Pencil and \Data\Local directories after moving the profile and deleting them. Any reason for this? If it isn't necessary I wouldn't worry about it, we can handle them when the next release drops.

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John T. Haller's picture

They are still backed up and restored from local on the off-chance an extension or something uses them. I don't think they are necessary and we can drop them on next release, though.

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John T. Haller's picture

It's been added. Thanks for the heads-up.

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