Create your dream prototype

Prototyping is a crucial tool when Running innovation processes. Most innovation methods will require you to create a prototype to examine your idea, before moving on to development.

Before we jump into the different tools out there, let’s start with the basics and understand the difference between Wireframes, mockups, and prototypes, which many find confusing and often use them synonymously.

The simple explanation is that wireframes, mockups, and prototypes represent the different stages of the design flow.

Design Steps

This article focus on helping you choose the best prototyping tool for your needs. For more details about the different stages, check out our “Wireframe vs. Mockup vs. Prototype” article.

Let's start designing using these wireframe, mockup and prototyping tools:

HotGloo

Web-based drag and drop prototyping and responsive wireframing tool with team collaboration, feedback system and an extensive library of components and UI element. Also, they offer tools for collaboration and review.

Mockingbird

A popular web-based tool for website/mobile application wireframing and mockup creation.
Has great features for sharing, smooth drag and drop editor and option to link between pages for interactive mockups.
Mockingbird subscription plans start at just $9 per month for a personal account (which allows you to have two active projects), and team plans ranging from $20 to $85 per month, depending on the number of projects.

Wireframe.cc

wireframe.cc

This is a very minimal simple wireframing tool. It provides support for web, mobile and tablet devices, making it really easy to switch between the different views.

MockPlus

Mockplus is a prototyping tool that uses local software installation and not available online as a cloud base service.

It has lots of elements and rich icons library you can simply drag and drop on the canvas to speed up your design process. It enables quickly to collaborate with teammates.

Pencil

Pencil is built for the purpose of providing a free and open-source GUI prototyping tool that people can easily install and use to create mockups in popular desktop platforms.

It’s a local installation software and not an online tool.

Pencil is intended to be used for building prototypes and wireframes.

Proto.io

Create fully interactive, high fidelity prototypes. You can design, wireframe and set interactivity to create great mockups using the build in a set of tools, UI elements, and graphics.

Framer

This prototyping software offers a set of intuitive tools that allow anyone to create native-level interactions in just a few clicks. The Link tool to add transitions like push and overlay or create nested scroll views with multi-directional gestures. Design high-fidelity scrolling, paging, and screen-to-screen transitions directly on the canvas.

UXPin

UX design platform that offers mockups building, prototyping, UX documents creation, interaction, and collaboration capabilities. Easy wireframing using an initial workflow and built-in library of UI elements that can be dragged and dropped onto a canvas. Responsive mobile layout support and tons of preloaded template to get you started.

Marvel

Marvel allows you to easily create wireframes and transform them into interactive prototypes with an advanced set of features, UI, images and icons library.
You can also share and collaborate with your teammates and clients.

Balsamiq

Wireframing tool available as a desktop tool or an online, cloud-based tool.

It enable teams to collaborate, make mockups, control versions and run a user test.

Balsamiq app reflects an experience of using a whiteboard to create your prototypes and easy to use.

Axure RP

One of the oldest and more mature design software. Very versatile apps with lots of features, including mockups, wireframing, flowcharts, prototypes,  Web Designs and more. Axure offers team collaboration, diagramming and documentation tools.

Pidoco

Online prototyping and wireframing tool for interactive prototype creation, sharing, usability testing, and export. It also offers the ability to perform offline and online user tests quickly and easily using HTML export or conferencing or screen sharing tools.

MockFlow

This is both, desktop and web-based solution offering wireframe drag & drop editing, template library, real-time collaboration, wireframe export, and sharing tools. It’s fully interactive and even enables to create sitemaps of the project pages you’ve created. It offers lots of features, interactivity, and templates you can easily use.

IPlotz

iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications. Create a project, add wireframe pages with design components and discuss your creations with others.

InVision

InVision is a web-based design tool used to create high fidelity prototypes.
It has lots of features that empower individuals and teams, including collaborating in real-time, sketching, animation, shared design libraries and more.
On top, InVision has a great community behind the project.

Mockup Builder

Helps designers and creative people to create wireframes in a few easy steps. They provide excellent UI directory and elements and option to share or export the project to different formats.

FlairBuilder

This tool is a local desktop installation. It offers responsive wireframing, interactive prototypes and sharing capabilities. The tool offers hundreds of components and widgets.

Savah

Enables you to get design feedback & build app or web prototypes for any device in minutes. You can collect ideas, design and make it an interactive prototype.

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