What is a Prototype?
Today, prototype and wireframe are used interchangeably. However, it is best to understand that prototype is an early sample of a final product.It is built, tested, and then redrafted as necessary until an acceptable prototype is realized from which the complete system or product can now be developed.
What is a Wireframe?
Although there are various definitions of wireframe, this one gives a detailed description of what a wireframe is. According to usability.gov, “A wireframe is a visual illustration of one Web page. It is simply meant to illustrate the features, content and links that need to appear on a page so that your design team can mock up a visual interface and your programmers understand the page features and how they are supposed to work. One of the main purposes of a wireframe is to show you where each item should be placed on a page”.
10 Best Prototype and Wireframe Tools for Mobile
Proto comes in three main interfaces. The dashboard, editor and the player. The dashboard allows you to manage your project conveniently, the editor allows you to develop a prototype and build interactions with the use of a set of tools. The player on the other hand is used for viewing and interacting with the prototype.
UXPin is a UX design App that creates a responsive wireframes and an on-lin clickable prototypes. It offes a full toolkit of good user design patterns and elements to build a great design. One of the pros with UXPin is that is has a huge library of attractive user interface elements designed for different devices.
Balsammiq is yet another rapid wireframing tools that highly focused on usability. Balsamic mockups are easy to learn and inexpensive. Balsamiq gives a stunning experience of sketching on a whiteboard, which allows easy sharing, collaboration and feedback.
Justinmind is a popular and yet considered the best prototyping tool in the market today. It helps you to design advanced wireframes for the web, mobile, and desktop applications.
Fluid is a slick, web based prototyping and wireframing tool that allows you to create a fluid prototype for Android, iPhone, iPad, or Windows 8 mobile apps.
Pidoco is a web-based prototyping software for rapidly creating clickable wireframes and UI prototypes for web, mobile and enterprise applications.
PhotoShare is an easy-to-use, collaborative prototyping tool that allows you to create dynamic projects that requires prototypes and wireframes.
It is an advanced mockup and prototyping tool on iPad. You can easily create, play and share impressive mockups using native iOS widgets.
Axure makes it easy to layout interfaces, edit content and add interactivity to your mobile mockup.
Both prototype and wireframing makes work easy. With wireframing, you can organize everything from your site’s architecture, functionality and content before actually designing it while prototyping represents the methods of actually creating a functional version of a website using special prototyping tools.
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