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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This tool is a local desktop installation. It offers responsive wireframing, interactive prototypes and sharing capabilities. The tool offers hundreds of components and widgets.
If you think we’re missing some great tools, add your comments below and we’ll review it and add to the list.
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