I have been interested in getting more into interaction design for a while and being on a windows machine I can't try out programs like Framer, does anyone have any suggestions of what I can use instead?
You can download the source of Framer and use it with your own software. It's a bit more work to set it up. Download the zip from Github: https://github.com/koenbok/Framer
Give this web app a try: http://prototyp.in/
Have you tried this? https://github.com/koenbok/Framer
It works the same way as Framer Studio, but you have to use your own text editor and view your prototypes in browser.
Thanks for the suggestion, probably a bit too much code for me at the moment however, I'm still just about starting out :)
For basic interactions, InvisionApp is pretty good.
Edit to add: Axure and Justinmind are both cross-platform, and have free trials / student versions. They're more for wireframing and prototyping, but you can import finished designs into them and create high-fidelity prototypes that way.
Hmm I'd say Invision is very limited in comparison to Framer or Pixate. Great for mockups, interaction design not so much.
yeah, depends what level of interaction you're looking at and what you're using the prototype for really. I use Invision for user testing, as you can create sticky headers, links, transitions and the like - but you can't really create loading animations or micro-interactions.
Depending on how much code you're comfortable with, there's a bunch of Quartz Composer-esque tools that will allow you to prototype more complex interactions like VVVV, Max/MSP or TouchDesigner - but at that point, you might as well be prototyping in code directly.
It's really no more code than using Framer Studio. You just don't get the live reload stuff & coffeescript etc (which you can add yourself) - but to get started, it's exactly the same as Framer Studio.
Is it possible to import design on windows as well?