Top Prototyping Tools for UI and UX Designers

Prototyping Tools

Are you sure you know exactly what your client has in his mind? Obviously, and that is why you are working on giving him apt interface and user experience (respectively). But beware; they often not like how you put their imagination in your creativity.

Before putting them intangible (not literally!) apps, prototyping come into the picture and this list with all the latest Prototyping tools will become your partner in designing.

Ever felt those highly complex coding creating havoc in your minds and refraining you from living out your dream and reach out to the world with your web page.

These top prototyping tools for UI and UX designers comes at your aid with no coding at all.

  1. Axure RP:

Without putting in a lot of efforts, it helps in ‘Rapid Prototyping’ (which is what RP stands for).  Manage pages or edit its properties, notes, and style. Initially displaying basic components, additional libraries can be downloaded over the Internet. From simple diagrams to fully-functional prototypes with animations and capable to perform any interaction you can think of, all with no coding at all. And when you are done previewing your file over the free cloud share or on premises. Allow different members of your team to work on designing your prototype using ‘Team Project’ feature while controlling what has been done and what is still left.

Right from building simple wireframes to turning them into interactively interesting prototypes, this software can help you to give your users a dynamic user experience. Although working best on Windows and Mac, it does not provide such great experience over mobile devices.

  1. Origami:

This Macintosh-based design prototype software will require some exploring before you could exploit the features of this free software for your usage. Before judging by the looks of it, remember this software is one of the tools of the trade for Facebook designers.  Moving from one state to the next or scrolling or building photo grids out of loops create full on board flow and many more of such features can be used to create a befitting prototype to meet your client’s expectations. When all the changes you make from patches, can be viewed real-time right at the top left corner of your screen, you will be willing to have fun with it more. It also enables you to improve as you design, when you combine one input with the output of another feature, you will know exactly which of your command is doing what for your animations and interactions.

  1. Form:

Working on the lines of Origami, this software will provide you with an added advantage of viewing the result of your prototype over your IOS device connected to the software via Device Browser Menu (a feature of the software). Select from a range of gestures on the right and clear view on the left, which when connected in a logical sequence will represent the interactions and animations on your device. You could even use your device camera real-time for the purpose of prototyping or vibrate your device if required. Get your device features at work by utilizing the status bar or device location features. As If recalling the name of the patches or a group of patches is taking much of your time, then personalize their name or create a group of your favorite patches. Facebook designed this tool, to enable designers to have prototypes with rich experiences and it will take a few days of learning before you could optimally use it as its master.

  1. InVision:

This web-based prototyping tool will give you one prototype for free. The software does the prototyping for you in terms of adding animations, gestures, and motion to your still designs. Utilizing its collaboration with Sketch and PhotoShop, you could easily import wireframes and increase your productivity with the ability of the software to convert your simple wireframes into functional prototypes. Keeping your brighter future in mind, InVision lets you see the current output on various devices. When various versions of your software are made and you like the one made earlier, it saves all the versions for you.

With InVision, gets your team working at a single place, reducing redundancy and increasing efficiency. Once you and InVision are done, you don’t have to run for feedbacks because this gives you the luxury to have comments (good and bad) from your clients and stakeholders all at one place inside the software itself.

  1. Marvel:

Marvel is a Web-Based prototyping tool with good real-time collaboration. In this, the photo you want to prototype can be directly uploaded and it supports various image extensions such as JPG, PSD, and PNG. Though it doesn’t allow the complete image alteration like Photoshop it showcases some features such as background color changes and resizing. Marvel allows you to quickly combine all your designs and add gestures and transitions to make your prototype feel like a working breathing website out there.

You can get real-time comments and feedbacks after you share your project there. The tools greatest feature is the mobile companion app that allows us to access it anywhere. Marvel also uses a tool called Handoff that bridges the gap between design and development. So, overall you can bring your idea to life without any coding experience.

  1. Flinto for MAC:

Flinto for MAC makes prototyping easier by being perfect at prototyping highly realistic animations or composite interactions for mobile applications and web. You can design your own animated transitions in ‘Flinto Transition Designer’ where without any programming you just get to put stuff and go on. Things like buttons, switches, and looping animations just like GIFs or even scrollable screens tend to make the screen more interactive and they can be well achieved by the ‘Behavior Designer’. Powerful Drawing tools provided by FLINTO allow you to create small mockups and edit shapes and text. Finally, preview and share immediately with your Wi-Fi connected iOS device.

Select which of the following is best suited to you and create an amazing prototype (and don’t forget to thank us later!)

Author Bio:- Maggie Sawyer is a creative wordpress developer at MarkupHQ Ltd.,a wordpress development company. She provides responsive psd to wordpress theme conversion services with 100% client satisfaction guarantee.

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