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Software Options For software, Balsamiq is great for simplicity, Omnigraffle Pro is great for complexity (with templates from Konigi and others off of Graffletopia.com. Sketching Is Way Better To Start With Nothing beats sketching for getting your ideas out quickly, iterating easily, and not feeling too "in love" with creations that need to die. Tools for ...


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Pencil and paper is the best and most cost effective tool you will ever find. Quick, simple, and you can explore many ideas (as you should) with minimal effort.


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I have to agree with some of the other posters here. Paper and pencil (or pen or marker) is the best, cheapest way to start your prototyping. There's no reason to use something like Photoshop, because you aren't doing a full-blown design. The various software packages specifically for mockups and prototypes are all nice, but can become very expensive, and ...


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For exploring loose ideas (alone or in person), I use paper or whiteboard. When I'm preparing low fidelity wireframes for presentation, I use Balsamiq Mockups. Things I like about Balsamiq: Lots of existing drop in UI components (including community created) I can easily save custom symbols for reuse Keyboard shortcuts make adding components fast (for ...


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This might be relevant for you: 5 tips on sketching user interfaces: Draw box-elements with four separate lines — do not try to draw them with one continuous stroke. Use drop shadow to distinguish graphical elements. Use a thick sharpie to focus on loose form rather than details. Get your arm off the paper: you'll draw with your shoulder rather ...


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At UPA conference a half year ago, I was in a session in which people discussed tools: HTML vs Axure vs Balsamiq vs FlairBuilder for prototyping. Axure and Balsamiq got some votes. FlairBuilder gets my vote. I was live-twittering, and someone outside the session suggested we download and try the FlairBuilder demo. We did so on the fly, and were immediately ...


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I've given talks with: FlairBuilder Balsmiq Axure SketchFlow PowerPoint Fireworks Personally, I start on a white-board. I think FlairBuilder & Balsmiq are both extremely easy to use - perhaps the easiest. I think Axure is really powerful, but not as friendly. I think PowerPoint works when you are trying to do something really fast on a random PC. ...


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Android Stencil kit Android Wireframe Template (printable PDF) A Collection of Printable Sketch Templates and Sketch Books for Wireframing


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Ask yourself why they don't think it's important. (Or maybe ask them). There may be very distinct reasons: Write Once, Run Forever Software i.e. not seeing software as an iterative process, not seeing the necessity of early customer feedback Throwing Code Away i.e. seeing a software UI prototype as "half the product", and "throwing that away would be ...


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You could try the new Blend SketchFlow tool from Microsoft. It's incredibly powerful, but can be a little hard to approach (try sideways and with a slice of lemon). It can generate prototypes viewable on the web (using Silverlight) or a Windows desktop app using WPF with a complete navigation system, and I believe it can track users. It can also record user ...


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Leading industry ui/ux prototyping or sketching software's are many in the market. Both online/desktop. It mainly depends on to what level of fidelity/interactions you want to capture on the interface. Just for Basic - Medium fidelity i suggest you can use Axure with all different libraries/widgets loaded, otherwise your prototyping life is miserable in ...


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Design techniques that come in my mind (which are not solely UX). I tried to sort it from unsharp to more precise. Brainstorming, which has its focus on throw out ideas rather than comment them. Collect ideas. Use a Artist Diary where you sketch and write ideas that come into your mind. Always have it with you. Idea is a elusive and flawy matter. Collect ...


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Personally i use Pen and Paper (i particularly like konigi's wireframe graph paper) then rendered into Visio, with the Lombardi wireframe templates and Nick Fink's wirefame stencils (these are both free). So apart from the cost of MS Visio it suites me well. In the past I've also used: PowerPoint to create "clickable" wireframes but never in anger. Axure ...


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As an alternative to pencil and paper sketching, I recommend using a Wacom tablet + MyPaint. MyPaint is a drawing opensource software with the following features that make it a good choice for sketching: Infinite canvas. You can always draw at any side of your current sketch since there are no margins. Lots of brushes You can use lots of different brushes ...


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As stated by them (androidpatterns.com) it's done in Fireworks (see attachement below) using their own custom Toolkit. You can download the toolkit here.



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