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5 Best Software Prototyping Design Tools for UX/UI Designers in 2021

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What is software prototyping? Which tool is the first came into your mind when mentioned about software prototyping tool? Actually, nothing mysterious about software prototyping. It’s similar to the border term prototyping, a way for the manufacturer to get know what the final product will look like, so to evaluate how much additional resources could cost. On the other hand, superabundant prototyping tools are available nowadays, how to choose? Here I only pick the best 5 prototyping tools for your inspiration.

What is software prototyping actually?
Software prototyping is much the same as prototyping in the border product design field. It is a necessary step involved in daily software design. Normally, after doing enough UX research like gathering ideas, data, information, demands, evaluation, then it’s time to build a prototype.

The basic software stage including:


Idea Generation;
Demand Generation;
Function and Structure;
Prototyping Stage;
PRD (replaced by prototyping for most occasions);
Road Map
Usually, there are few common types of software prototyping:
1. Paper prototyping - this is mostly for self-usage, to record ideas;

2. Rapid prototyping - the most demanding prototypes, a wide range of application;

3. High-fidelity prototyping - emphasis interactions and user interface, for stockholders & development team;

4. Low-fidelity prototyping - emphasis interactions and thoughts, for design teams;

As you see, except paper prototyping, all the rest need to use a prototyping tool. For your better decisions, I will introduce the tool from several aspects:

Cost: How much will you spend?

Compatibility: Is the tool for Mac or Windows or both?

Key features: What can it do?

Learning Curve: How long it takes you to get started?

Usage pattern: Are you prototyping websites, mobile apps, desktop apps, or all of the above?

Speed: How quick can you finish the design on the prototyping tool?

Fidelity: What is the requirement of the fidelity of your prototype? Wireframes or low-fidelity or high-fidelity?

Sharing: Collaboration is key when it comes to design. A must consideration.

User’s feedback: See what others say.

Okay, here we go.

Mockplus - A fast & clean web & app prototyping tool
Cost: Basic-free; Pro-$29 per month

Compatibility: Mac, Window, Android, IOS

Key features:

Fast Interaction. It adopts the drag-and-drop method to make all interaction design visualized and faster. It has a set of pre-designed components, including Pop-up Panel, Stack Panel, Scroll Box, SlidingDrawer and Image Carousel enable you to create fully interactions faster and easier. Moreover, it features auto-recovery, which can be a real time-saver.
Fast Design. you can do the fast design with extensive pre-designed 3,000 icons and 200 components. Just drag these components into the canvas for a combination to prototype your app ideas within a few minutes. Focus on the design itself and no more efforts will be spent on making a component.
Fast Testing. Simply scan the generated QR code, then you can test on native devices instantly or publish the project to the cloud. In all, Mockplus has 8 ways to share and test out your wireframes or prototypes. Whether on the mobile, browser or desktop platforms EYECONE DESIGN & ANIMATION STUDIO is the nation’s top 3D animation studio. For more than 10 years, we have created award-winning work for pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and medical marketing companies of all sizes.
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