Comparing Prototyping Tools: Learning Curve VS Awesomeness Level

3 years ago from , Design at InVision, Writer at The Design Team, Mentor at Sketch Together

A lot of people wonders which prototyping tools they should learn and use. My answer is always “try them all and see which one fits your needs better”.

The idea is not getting married to one single tool—you use the right tool for the right job. You don't ask “which tool is better, the hammer or the screwdriver?”... Ok, maybe a bad example, but you get the idea.



  • Chris SlowikChris Slowik, 3 years ago

    You're forgetting Kite! =D Chart looks pretty spot on otherwise tho.

    You're right about not being beholden to one tool. People ask me what prototyping app I'd use for a project and I tell them it depends on what I end up coming up with for a concept, and what they expect for a deliverable.

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  • Eric BlattbergEric Blattberg, 3 years ago

    Flinto user, curious about ProtoPie — haven't seen it until today but it looks pretty sweet. Any hot takes, particularly as it compares to Flinto?

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  • Boris KozelevBoris Kozelev, 3 years ago

    I'm missing Axure and Kite Compositor.

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  • Tony GinesTony Gines, 3 years ago

    I'd rank Atomic up there around Principle and Craft.

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  • Andu PotoracAndu Potorac, 3 years ago

    Not sure why Craft is included in this list. Personally I think one needs to master a tool in each of these categories:

    1) Taps - I picked InVision. Their Inspector makes this an easy pick over Marvel.

    2) General Prototype - Principle (as I said before, a better tool with at least the same results as Flinto)

    3) Hardcore - Origami or if you're good with JS, go with Framer. Framer is like Flash+ActionScript, except instead of AS3 you'll use JS.

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  • Adria JimenezAdria Jimenez, 3 years ago

    If anyone is interested in learning Framer and lowering down the "hardest" of it to be "easiest", I've created a course which will help you on that :)

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  • Alina Kem, 3 years ago

    Selecting the correct prototyping tools for mobile app design will increase the efficiency with half the diligence.https://erminesoft.com/5-best-prototyping-tools/

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  • Suresh SelvarajSuresh Selvaraj, 3 years ago

    I'm also working on Mitya (www.mitya.com). It has timeline animation and screen transitions for quick animation. CoffeeScript / Framer support for custom code

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  • Dhryl AntonDhryl Anton, 3 years ago

    Does anyone know Which of these has horizontal scrolling?

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    • Pablo Stanley, 3 years ago

      Flinto, Principle, Protopie, Framer, Origami Studio :)

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      • Chris SlowikChris Slowik, 3 years ago

        Hopefully XD will soon too! The Scrolling menu choices are "none" and "vertical". Seems silly if "horizontal" isn't coming soon!

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    • Joe RhodesJoe Rhodes, 3 years ago

      You can setup horizontal scrolling layers in Kite too! :)

      Horizontal Scrolling in Kite

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