Hardware or Software tools used by UX professionals to do their work. Also more generally software used by users to shape or modify something they are creating.

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What are some great web-based prototyping tools? [closed]

I'm looking for a list of web-based prototyping tools and I'd like to build one up here by using StackExchange's democratic voting system. There are already some lists around the web, notably these ...
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What tools (ideally affordable ones) would folks recommend for creating a website wireframe? [closed]

What tools (ideally affordable ones) would folks recommend for creating a website wireframe? What tools have you used, and did you find them better than pen and paper?
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Tools for creating mockups for mobile device UIs [closed]

I am looking for tools that can help me to create UI mockups for different mobile phones such as iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices. Is there any application that can do this?
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How can I check if my user interface is suited for colorblind people?

I've made a visualization that consists of various colors. Now I would like to test, if also color-blind people can use my application in a meaningful way. Is there any tool etc that I can run to see ...
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Which prototyping tools? [closed]

This links heavily into the following question: What are some great web-based prototyping tools? However I didn't want to limit the suggestions to "Web Based" tools, I have found and used the ...
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How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets?

How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets? I have largely been working with interactive HTML prototypes and as I go through iteration after iteration I find that my process of ...
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Is there a tool for managing user stories? [closed]

Background on what User Stories are: The UX of User Stories part2 An ideal tool would: Be online Enable quick collecting of story titles Enable to map/share/group the collected stories Allow ...
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UX Experiment: How does an existing website look without text?

I was just thinking about a way to hide all text from a website to put focus on the elements that are there when no content is present. Does anyone know of a tool, CSS hack or bookmarklet that can ...
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How to measure UI lag on computer?

Are there any tools available to help measure the UI lag of a given application running on a given computer? There are plenty of guidelines out there as to how "fast" a UI ought to be, but how can I ...
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eLearning: Courses on Usability, UI, UX, or XD? [closed]

Considering User Experience Stack Exchange is in itself an educational tool, creating infomation hubs geared to different personas and users is no longer a tedious task. What are the applications, ...
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Do online-feedback tools generate useful feedback?

We'd like to gather feedback from our users after the re-launch of our website. We do usability tests and interviews but I'd like to provide an easy way to give feedback for any user. There are tons ...
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What tools are sitting in front of a creative user experience designer during most of their workday? [closed]

There may not be a "typical" UX Designer, but if there was a normal one, what is the main tool or tools that is in front of them as they craft, plan, think, and create an incredible UX that shows real ...
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Alternatives to Microsoft Visio? [closed]

What are good alternatives to Microsoft Visio? I use it in my Android/iPhone app design workflow to illustrate a sequence of actions. Then I can generate a PDF to share with developers. However, ...
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How do you convince your employer that sketching is important?

I'm a strong believer of sketching UIs before booting up a computer. That said I haven't been lucky in the past where my employers thought otherwise. It has happened to me on a couple of occasions, ...
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Open source / free screen capture tools for user testing [closed]

What free tools are there on the Windows platform that I can use to capture what mouse movements and clicks a user makes during an evaluation? Ideal product would: Not be likely to crash and freak ...
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Simplest, cheapest solution for hosted A/B tests? [closed]

I'd like to test two designs for the same call-to-action before deploying the winner in anger. An ideal solution would host both designs on a single URL, record the results and generate usage ...
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screen video capturing (usability test) on mobile

I'm trying to figure out how to conduct a usability test upon a handset device (smartphone). it seems there aren't many methods for screen video capturing of a user making use of an app. Do you know ...
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What are the best A/B tools? [closed]

I have a few pages to A/B test, and I am looking for the best tools to use for this? Is there a "standard" or favorite industry tool?
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Best resources to make great reusable UI elements (icons/buttons/etc)? [closed]

I'm new to "crafting UIs", but I've been doing User Experience / Interaction design for a while. Being unable to design my own graphics has been a serious handicap for my work as I'm dependent on ...
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Have you used Patternry (or used/built another patern library management system)?

I need to create a proper pattern/component library for our organization. Ideally, it would include: images (examples of the component) attachments (wireframes) description title notes/conversation ...
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How reliable are heatmaps generated by cursor positions?

Heatmaps are one of the best tools we have to mesure the impact of a design, not just in UX terms but also in marketing/conversion terms. I've found that most of the free or less-expensive solutions ...
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Which software do you use to write your reports?

I've been writing reports for a long while using Microsoft Word. Now I'm getting really tired of it. I'm looking for something more "automatic" where I have to format my report only once, then ...
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Usability testing software with Eye tracking tools

I took a course in Human Computer Interaction last semester, and I find it very interesting. I am working on a website project, and thought I would try some user involvement. I was thinking about ...
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What are the best ways to integrate online collaboration tools (e.g. a wiki) into a UX workflow?

I often work with teams that are both co-located and have team members, such as front end developers, in another country. If you work on high end projects what are the best practices in using online ...
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What is a good tool for mouse tracking? [closed]

I would like to be able to track user activity on an HTML page. What I want to achieve is the following, a breakdown of user activity per page, and a total time spent on the entire flow. The ...
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Version Control for Help Files

What is the best way to have version control when creating complex help files with new updates and versions coming out quarterly or so? How does one best go about versioning the Help file? ...
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Pattern Library Software

I've been looking at a recent A List Apart article on creating pattern libraries. They point to a few example pattern libraries: A List Apart Code for America MailChimp Now working in a UX Team ...
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What is the best diagram tool? [closed]

During UX work there are many times when you need to build a flow chart, a sitemap or any other type of diagram. I've been using OmniGraffle on my Mac but at work I have to use a PC, so I gave Dia a ...
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Standardized free survey besides SUS [closed]

Do you know of any standardized surveys freely available such as the System Usability Scale (SUS)? If it is only free for academic purpuses it's also good (I want to use it during a practical course ...
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Cameras for Paper Prototyping

I help manage a small usability lab. One of the things we're trying to is to record paper prototyping sessions - with a user sitting at a table and a camera directly overhead (from a height of about ...
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Paperprototyping a swipe function

I am making my first paper prototypes for a touchscreen interface. In a list view, a single bar in the list has three possible interactions, swipe left swipe right, or tap. Swiping left will reveal a ...
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What is the best way to organize all UI elements of a website in one place?

I'm looking for a good way to help us organize and keep track of the latest version of UI elements. The simple way I've found is to have one big file, maybe 10000 X 10000 pixels with all your UI on ...
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Testing tools for interactive prototypes

I did a search but didn't find anything that quite meets my needs. We are looking to test two variations of website navigation. One is basically a tree structure, while the other has only top-level ...
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What are some tools / techniques to manages screenshots? [closed]

Whenever I need to design a new control, I search the web for similar patterns, and take screen shots of interesting interfaces. I later use those screen shots for reference and brainstorming. I'm ...
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Rapid UI prototyping for consumer product [closed]

I am searching for a tool which helps me to create a basic UI mockup for a consumer product. When I am searching online I only find tools that are aimed on website design and computer software ui ...
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How to create realistic mockups?

I need to create a realistic mock-up for an app. Are there mockup tools to create mockups that look like a final app? (Preferably for Mac OS Cocoa Apps, on any OS: Linux, Windows or Mac) If not, ...
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Question for UI/UX designers re: prototyping UI animation

I am a motion graphics designer (previously: motion graphics for TV, games, etc), but more recently, I worked on prototyping UI motion for an app - which I really enjoyed! I have mainly used After ...
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How can i annotate videos of usability sessions?

What is the best method to take notes from videos of a usability session? Consider the scenario you recorded a usability test (remote or local) and want to do a review of the whole session by taking ...
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Are there any UI pattern sites with a bookmarklet / selective screen capture (think Skitch) tool?

For over a year now I've been trying to get into all of these UI pattern sites, but the fundamental flaw I've found across the board is the level of effort it takes to create/post styles you come ...
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What tools and / or processes can help geographically separated teams in the design / prototyping phase?

We are applying a rapid prototyping process quite successfully in our team. With our new project we have designers and developers separated by a large body of water. Hence our normal approach of ...
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Can anyone recommend any good Domain Modelling/Taxonomy tools? [closed]

I work as part of an agile team with distinct disciplines - at the moment we use Confluence as our wiki space for projects - and therefore it's the most sensible place for our living, breathing domain ...
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Is there a way to force pages to load slowly? [closed]

I'm developing a website and want to test the user experience when some of the images load slowly. Obviously I'm doing everything I can to make assets small and load quickly, but there are slow ...
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Fiddle site for UI mockup [closed]

Are there any "fiddle" like sites for UI mockups? http://jsfiddle.net/ for javascript http://pythonfiddle.com/ for python http://sqlfiddle.com for sql Some site that lets you make a UI mockup and ...
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Can I use Corel PaintShop Pro for creating mocks?

I used Adobe Photoshop previously for creating mocks. The current project sponsor suggests Corel PaintShop Pro instead. I couldn't find any info for creating mocks from the scratch using this tool. ...
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What could be alternatives for Use cases? Do you think any UX tools to replace them efficiently?

I understand that building Use Cases for a specific site or app more often come from a Business Analyst, though sometimes a UX consultant can help to construct depending on the context. Now,What are ...
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With straighten, do we really need rotate?

Related to Combining rotation and straightening of images. Rotate: Grab a corner, drag it to its new location, rest of image follows. Straighten: Either click-drag-drop a line on a horizon, or click ...
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Wireframing tool with customizable UI components and real time collaboration [closed]

I work for a very large fortune 500 company. In order to improve the development process, I would like to allow employees to wireframe using components that already have the companies' brand and look ...
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Wireframing hardware dashboards/control panels - best practice

For an upcoming customer project, I will be dealing with control center UI, including visualization on-screen software, but also hardware control panels and dashboards. The project emphasizes on ...
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Anyone used Balsamiq mockups for JIRA? [closed]

As both a Balsamiq and JIRA user I'm interested in this plugin. Has anyone used it? Any idea if it allows you to save the .bmml files in a specific folder, hence allowing the use of project assets?
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What tools do you use for user testing at the early stages of production? [closed]

I am new to UX, and have been put in charge of organizing my (small) company's attempt at user testing. I have managed to learn a ton over the course of the last month, but I still have some ...