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I'm working on a Cocoa application for Mac OSX. I'm looking for the best interface design tools.

Currently, I use a combination of Photoshop and Interface Builder. Anybody have any secret weapons up their sleeves?

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The best tool out there is Fireworks. I am pretty advanced in most of the CS suite and I must say that for interface design nothing beats Fireworks.

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Fireworks is great...but for some reason a lonely step child to Photoshop. I always try to convert folks to FW whenever I can. –  DA01 Nov 29 '10 at 15:43
    
It's a lonely child but works great in combination with illustrator. –  ThomPete Nov 30 '10 at 8:15
    
Where can I find good UI tutorials and/or stencils –  DexterW Nov 30 '10 at 16:28
    
Stencils and other things noupe.com/design/an-explosion-of-adobe-fireworks-resources.html With regards to tutorials let me dig up some old links –  ThomPete Nov 30 '10 at 23:05
    
Rather depends what kind of output you're creating, and how you expect it to be consumed -- low or high fidelity, prototypes or finished assets? –  scottishwildcat Dec 3 '10 at 18:11
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Another vote for Fireworks.

You might also consider Flash CS - which has similar drawing tools and layering approach. It's also a more powerful development environment; faster and has better asset management. Plus, your interface conceptualization potential is near unlimited because you can go as far as animating it if you so desire.

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Try Balsamiq

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Whoever made that software is a Comic Sans Criminal –  Aphex Dec 23 '10 at 17:15
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I'd also suggest Fireworks.

I've also recently been doing a lot more with Inkscape these days (RIP Freehand and I'm not a huge AI fan). The interface is quite a bit different than Adobe Illustrator, but once you get the hang of it, it's really a quite amazing application. It also handles export to raster formats much better than AI ever did (meaning that it retains perfect pixel dimensions and seems to have decent compression)

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Also take a look at OmniGraffle. It's not aimed directly at UI design, and isn't cheap (but not very expensive either), but it's a very nice general diagramming tool.

http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnigraffle/

There are a lot of useful templates (called "stencils") for OmniGraffle at GraffleTopia, downloadable for free.

This one, for instance: graffletopia.com/stencils/320

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