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A lot of wireframe tools are available nowadays, which is a good thing, but this may result in choice phobia for designers on the other side. Especially with rapid product iteration, fast development pace and less investment, quick design is carrying increasing significantly. Here I only pick the best 5 quick wireframe tools, which can help you do real quick design.
Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac
Speed: 10-15 mins
Pencil Project is a free wireframe tool, which has won the Mozilla award for 'Best New Add-On' in 2008.
It's available as a Firefox add-on, but also can be as a standalone application in Linux and Windows. It supports sketching, which can feature of hand-drawing as the Balsamiq Mockups.
If you are not a user of Firefox, Pencil Project may lose some charm, but if you are, it’s absolutely your choice. But you may have some problems with XulRunner which was being used from Firefox in Ubuntu, and Pencil lacks interaction prototyping and real-time collaboration.
User feedback: "Highly intuitive and completely free of charge, Pencil Project is an open source wireframing tool that is recommended for more basic users who wish to create a rudimentary mockup of their website or app in a few simple steps with a user-friendly interface and all of the basic GUI tools."
Platform: Mac, Window, Android, IOS
Speed: 5-10 mins
Price: Basic-free; Pro-$29 per month
Created on a mission to do faster, smarter and easier design, Mockplus is a quick wireframe tool that enables you to do a perfect interactive wireframe and prototype in a minimum of time.
With more than 200 components, 3000 SVG icons, abundant templates and demos, Mockplus provides massive resources accessible at your hand. Besides, it supports to export MP file from Sketch directly, so prototyping with Sketch is super easy.
User feedback: " I'm quite happy with this tool now and it's easy to manipulate and move elements in the layout, be text, image or icons. I think the features and functions by this prototyping tool make faster and easier the job of wireframing or sketching. "
Speed: Less than10 mins
Wireframe.cc is an online wireframe tool, featuring a simple interface for quickly sketching your wireframes. It even reduces the toolbars and icons of a typical drawing app.
As the tool says itself, it only focuses on the very basics, no interaction or animation are available. The function of Wireframe.cc is basic and quick but kind of limited.
User feedback: " This quick design software allows you to create the skeleton structure of the website before you go into adding all the complicated content on it. "
Platform: Mac, Window, Web-based
Speed: 5-10 mins
Price: Free trial - 30 days; Pro - $89
Balsamiq Mockups, developed by a software engineer, has won the favor by many designers. It’s a great tool for designers to do quick wireframe design.
However, Balsamiq Mockups is not suitable for building large prototypes for the lake of in-depth animations. This is also not the original intention of the tool, which is actually created to do quick and rough wireframes, not any prototypes.
User feedback: "Mockups takes the product design process from hours to minutes... I just mocked up a new interface in about four minutes using the AIR version. So amazing! "
Speed: 10-15 mins
Price: Individual-&8.25 per month; Pro-$19.08 per month; Team-$41.58 per month
Fluid UI is a web-based wireframe tool. Unique with the most wireframe tools, it supports gesture and animation. If you are seeking a tool for high-fidelity wireframe design, Fluid UI may be your first choice.
But one thing, upload multiple images is not supported.
User feedback: "It's a great tool for working the project from scratch, for creating high-quality prototype. It's very easy and intuitive. Sharing is very easy. "
The above are the 5 quick wireframe tools that can help you do real quick wireframe design. Each has its unique features and some cons. But in general, they are a good tool for quick wireframe design.
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