Any recs on rapid prototyping tools?

over 6 years ago from Courtney Markham, User Experience Designer

  • Shawn Hickman, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    I've been experimenting with these types of tools over the past couple months. Here are my thoughts:

    Flinto - Nice and simple way to see how your app feels. You can use basic animations to transition from screen to screen. It has some quirks, but I love it.

    InVision - I found this to be a little more complex than Flinto, but not hard to use. They have some nice collaboration features if you need to work with other people. You can also make desktop prototypes, which you can't do in Flinto.

    Pixate - I've only been playing with this for a few weeks but it seems like there is a lot of potential. It's really nice to see detailed animations and interactions before you jump into development. Pixate can do this. It's still VERY buggy, but its beta software so that is to be expected.

    Keynote - I've used Keynote for the past couple years to mockup UI and animations. You would be surprised how effective it is.

    Others There are others on my list to try: Framer, Quartz Composer, and Webflow. We are in an interesting time in design. The tools we have been using are good up till a certain point. These new tools are trying to solve a problem for us and it's fun to watch them battle it out :)

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