There are a number of tools available for businesses to produce digital products. They range from design tools to development tools and web creation tools. Prototyping tools helps businesses to upgrade the workflow making product creation faster and effective. Nowadays, clients look for interactive prototypes that give an overview of the designs and interactions. Prototyping/wireframing is a key step in the web and app development process. There are a number of tools for UI/UX and finding the right one to create apps/websites with high productivity can be overwhelming. Here is a list of some of the most popular tools for UI/UX design and development:
Webflow: Launched in 2013, Webflow allows designers to create websites in quickly. Although this tool’s interface is similar to Photoshop, a bit of knowledge in coding is required to change the site’s html/css tags based on the client’s needs. Designers can find full integration with Google fonts, high-quality cms, access to code, storage options and complete export of the design code. Webflow is a great option to create simple static sites only. It is available for both Mac and Windows users.
Flinto: Flinto enables designers to create interactive prototypes for mobile, desktop and other web applications. With this tool, designers can create complex interactions on top of layers imported from Sketch. Flinto is available for both Mac and Windows users.
Framer: Framer requires knowledge of coding with coffeescript and offers an unlimited number of options for the user. Although Framer has its own design tool, it also integrates perfectly with Sketch. Using live data, users can do everything possible on the web. Framer is available for Mac users only and offers a free trial period.
RapidUI: This new tool allows users to transform Photoshop files into live sites without the need for coding. Users can easily drag and drop PSD files into the dashboard to perform this operation. There is full accessibility to the code that in synchronized with the design, enabling collaboration with programmers. Currently in Beta, this tool is free to use and available for both Mac and Windows users.
Hype 3: This tool enables users to create animations and is similar to working with Adobe’s After Effects. Hype 3 records animations and automatically exports them to HTML5. It does not require any coding knowledge and works on a number of devices like mobile, desktops and tablets. Hype 3 is currently available for Mac users only.
Invision: Invision seamlessly integrates with Sketch and allows designers to design, review, test and share the results with developers. This tool offers project collaboration features that allow users to give feedback, take notes and view the product changes in real time. It also enables users to build prototypes for mobile as well. It is free to use for one project and is available for both Mac and Windows users.
Axure RP: It is one of the most popular UX design tools among users. It can be used to make click-through wireframes, user flows and sitemaps as well as interactive prototypes. Users can also add interactions and use ready-made elements from widget libraries. Users with basic knowledge of programming can use this tool to build more sophisticated and interactive prototypes.
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