Prototyping or wireframing is a part of the design process that allows team members to review concepts, share feedback and collaborate during the early stages of a design project.
There are a wide range of tools to help designers create and test prototypes. The simplest tools are often free, and allow users to create simple wireframes of a project. More complex tools allow users to add in interactive features such as mobile gestures, transitions, buttons, checkboxes, drop-down menus, hover status, etc., without requiring users to write code.
Prototyping tools often help freelance designers share concepts with clients before creating the full design.
Enterprise level tools brand themselves as collaborative design platforms and allow teams to build workflows and collaborate, with features such as commenting, threading, version control, etc. Many tools offer free plans with no collaboration features, and paid versions that allow multiple users to interact. Some tools also offer usability testing programs wherein real users will test and provide feedback on your design concept.
- Image editing capabilities
- Drag-and-drop design tool
- Direct uploading of various file types (PSD, GIF, JPG, etc.)
- Interactive mockups
- Advanced animations and transitions
- Photoshop sync
- Sharing features
- Collaboration features such as commenting and threading
- Version control
- User testing
- Single repository for all communications
- One-step from online prototyping to reviewing/commenting.
- Interactive prototypes built with the same technologies as final development
- Access from any computer, anywhere in the world with an Internet connection
- Extensive Wireframe Stencils & Widgets Library for fast and easy prototyping
- Ability to easily export your prototype to Web or a Word spec document