Wireframing is a non technical but one of the most valuable parts of a web designing project. It helps saving the web designer a lot of time. But if done inefficiently, it can end up costing more time and can even create bigger headaches for both the client and the designer. It is meant to illustrate the features, layout and content that are needed to appear on a particular page. The tools listed below helps to make a wireframe as per the client’s needs.
Cacoo is a great online drawing tool that can be used to create sitemaps and network charts. Compared to other tools is that it is able to let you work on diagrams with other crew members at the same time from wherever they are. There is a chat function which allows users to communicate while working. It gives access to a collection of stencils and all the basic drawing features. Cacoo allows you to create site maps, wire frames and network charts. The user-interface has the drag and drop function for creating diagrams easily. You can undo the work right back to the start with the help of its history and the unlimited undo function.
Pencil is a free open source wireframing tool with a huge number of users. It is available in two types one as a standalone tool or two a Firefox add-on. Its features include the ability to export your wireframes to user preferred format and inter page linking. It provides really user-friendly stencils with really great graphics. It also supports copy-paste or drag and drop. This tool can be used for making diagrams and prototyping that everyone can use. Another feature is the Stencil Generator which allows you to create your own collection of stencil shapes. Users can search through the online library and directly drop the images right into your Pencil document using the Clipart tool.
Users love Website wireframe tool because of the simplicity of usage, with which wireframes can be build within minutes. You can quickly share the results to the clients or even others who are working on the project. The work is given a link which can be sent through email or instant message. The wireframe can then easily be updated in accordance of the feedbacks and suggestions. It is simple and free to register and use. It works in most of the web browsers. The simplicity and speed makes this stand apart.
Based on the Cappuccino framework MockingBird is a user friendly online tool which helps you to create and share mockups of a website or an application. It has options for linking together and previewing the end product. Basically it is a web-based software. Mockingbird’s user-friendly interface consists of drag and drop and interactive linking of pages. It has also the ability to share mockups with clients or project partners with a direct link with only 2 or 3 clicks. This makes Mockingbird one of the exceptionally best wireframe tools available. You are able to create and share mockups from anywhere since it is a web based application. It is now compatible with many browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc.
Gliffy is one of the great free wireframe softwares which help in making website wireframes. Gliffy is an exceptionally great tool for creating wireframes. The main features are numerous such as it is really quick, it can be used to sketch flow and network diagrams, floor plans and many more. The collection of shapes and stencils are excellent. Your designs can be embedded blogs and apps are made simple is this application. Gliffy also allows you to create business processes, organizational charts, and technical drawings. It also like some other apps uses a drag and drop function by which user is able to add boxes, buttons, and lines from the library to anywhere he wants. Sharing is made easy with multi platform and multi location. Admin user can protect and track changes done on the mockup.
MockFlow is a very user friendly online / offline mock up application. Yes it can work without internet connection too. MockFlow desktop, is the app which is used to work offline and store the work on your computer. There is an option of syncing back when the internet is available. It is faster creating wireframes using MockFlow than using a pen and paper. MockFlow is based on the Adobe Flash Platform. You can just drag and drop the components to create the wireframe. It also has the ability to map out and organize the whole website with ease. You can upload your own images and select from the common facebook, twitter, google+ etc. stickers to make the mockup creation more easy and efficient. Real-time chat and messaging functions are also available. Users can share their templates and components through the addon known as The MockStore.
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4. Lovely Charts:
As the name suggests Lovely Charts is really Cute and lovely. It is basically a diagramming application. It lacks in the technical abilities compared to some of other tools. The outcome mockup is perfectly stylish and looks original. If your client is more interested in design over functionality this is the one for you. Basically an online diagramming application it allows you to create flowcharts, sitemaps, organization charts and wireframes. The key feature one of many of this application is its ability to make assumptions based on the type of diagram the user is drawing. That way you can streamline the drawing process. Users can go back up to 20 states of your diagram using the undo and history function. The tool box is powerful and simple. The library is rich with selection of symbols, icons for the user requirements.
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This one comes as a desktop application that helps you pen down the ideas you have quickly and simply. The application is built on the Adobe AIR platform. Functions include drag-and-drop and add photos and have a very extensive library. Users can export the work to png images. Some may think of this is not a fully packed mock up application but users will be able to create wireframes or diagrams in no time. Since it is an Adobe AIR application it can be run on almost all operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Mac.
Lumzy stands apart from others as the only mockup tool with a real image editor built-in. That means edit your images before adding to your project which is in progress. Lumzy is a quick mockup creation and wireframing tool which can be used to get a prototype done in a very little time. The creator can add events to controls then place those controls inside other folders which help in easy page navigation as per the user actions. Many people can work on the same project at the same time. Communication is done through a chat engine. Designs can be edited by the team mates and added different version codes.
Denim is the best wireframe software which can help in the early stage team meetings and, of course, wireframing. It is a free desktop application which supports different platforms. Different levels of sketching can be studied and edited and refined. The key stand apart features of Denim are Components – enable you to create widgets that can be used again – and Conditionals – allow you to create transitions between pages depending on the client’s and users’ actions – which brings about a more interactive experience. Ultimately this app is simple, user friendly and quick.