I know Framer, Quartz Composer can be really good. But I feel they are really good for mobile as compared to web.
Currently it is in a private release but as soon as its out there is no doubt in my mind it will be the standard for UI/UX/Product designers etc.
It is rapid, native mobile prototyping that allows you to create amazing interactions and animations through a very simple UI. I find myself spending hours in it designing interactions I previously could never make without a great dev.
I am really looking forward to Pixate. I saw their videos and I think it is just the tool I have been looking for. Too sad that I still haven't managed to receive any invite. How did you get yours?
i sent them an email about two months ago asking nicely to see if I could obtain a beta invite. They politely declined but told me they would be giving out 25 invites on Designer News within a week or two.
Knowing that this was the tool I have always been waiting for I quickly set up RSS notifications on my phone and mac for every DN post. About a week later I saw the Pixate post and snagged an invite. :)
Haha thanks for that tip!
This looks fantastic.
I'd love something that also worked for web, not just mobile.
In my limited experience working on the development of a 'full-sized' webapp, Framer has been more than perfect for designing interfaces larger than a phone or a tablet.
Considering that Framer prototypes can be uploaded to github, or any web server really, they work as a fantastic medium for sharing interaction work with others, this fact alone makes Framer prototypes superior to simple video-based UI prototypes.
People can get intimidated by After Effects but if you spend 5 minutes with it you'll realize how easy and intuitive it is. If you aren't willing to use AE, Framer, or QC you are going to have to seriously degrade quality for spoon-feeding ease of use like keynote.
Oh, I use AE all the time, but its just too buggy for me. Plus exporting files from Sketch to AE is just too cumbersome.
Framer is equally good, if not better for desktop compared to mobile. I have been using it for all kinds of desktop interactions and its really valuable because you are technically working on the same technology that your devs are working on. This means that if you ever run into issues you can always ask them and if they are wondering how you did some crazy animation magic, they can simply look at how your code is working in the browser.
Yes Framer is great. I rock it all day long for any screen size. Remember your interaction shouldn't be based on the size of the screen but the interplay of you elements.
You can use Framer is codepen.io which will give you great web context. The Framer Studio is tuned "towards" mobile by default because it looks cool for marketing. The full desktop features are there, just not push in your face.
Thanks, Tarun and Tyrale! I've been intrigued by Framer.js, but hesitant to try it because of how heavily they marketed it as a mobile prototyping tool. I'll definitely be checking it out now.
Same here, I've loved it but just too hesitant (or maybe even lazy) to learn how to use it.
Try Prototyp: http://prototyp.in/
Oh wow, flux looks really good. I've seen that one for the Sketch, creating many frames to create a sequence can be really tiring, don't you think?
yeah I guess so! You really need something that can interpolate all the frames between start and end.
Photoshop has all kinds of built in animation capabilities, including tweening. Just go to Window > Timeline
I want to sort of move away from adobe products.
Timeline is just too basic to handle any sort of advanced animation. It isn't even simpler than AE.