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Quick scan iPad Prototyping Apps

To stay on top op what prototyping apps are currently out there, I did a quick scan for both native, desktop and web-based prototyping apps.

I do most of my prototyping in Axure. The latest beta release (7) proves that they’ve really listened to the feature requests of the community.
Main improvement in my opinion is that the formerly desktop-focussed mouse events respond much better on touchscreens now.

Blogposts/threads:
http://www.quora.com/What-tool-is-best-for-rapid-prototyping-an-iPad-application#

 

Keynotopia

http://keynotopia.com
Keynote iOS templates and native UI library
+ Fast native prototyping
– Not much room to get creative

 

App cooker

http://www.appcooker.com/overview/mockup-wireframe-prototype-iphone-or-ipad-apps/
+ Prototypen ón the iPad
+ Sophisticated UI
+ Screendumps importable with Dropbox API
– No master templates
– Only hotspots over screendumps, no wireframing
– Only fun for testing final designs

 

Realizer App

http://realizerapp.com/
+ Webbased
– Only hotspots over screendumps, no wireframing
– Only for iPad portraitmode (for now).

 

Prototypes App

http://prototypesapp.com
+ Mac OS Desktop app
– Only hotspots over screendumps, no wireframing
– iPhone Only

 

Intuito

http://www.intuito.com/features/
+ Publish prototypes with user feedback module
– Only hotspots over screendumps, no wireframing

 

Interface 2

http://interface2.lesscode.co.nz
+ Prototyping directly on iPad
– Only native UI elements

 

Live Wires

http://www.livewiresapp.com
+ Prototyping directly on iPad
+ Wireframing tool, not restricted to native UI library
– Feels beta, misses a lot of key features
– Only for portrait mode

 

iOS Prototyping With TAP And Adobe Fireworks

http://fireworks.smashingmagazine.com/2013/01/11/ios-prototyping-adobe-fireworks-tap-part1/
+ Convert wireframes from Adobe fireworks to iPad testing app
+ Most room for creativity so far, covers transitions and gestures.
– Adobe pulls the plug on Fireworks somewhere this year, not suitable for longterm projects.

 

FLINTO

https://www.flinto.com
+ Web based
+ Easy to share
– Only screendumps and hotspots, no wire framing

 

Briefs

http://giveabrief.com
**Currently in review, looks promising!

 

Axure

http://www.axure.com

+ Free wireframing
+ Easy to publish and share
+ Subversion support for working with a team on larger prototypes
+ Latest Beta Release (7) generates html with much better respond to touchscreen gestures, and supports webfonts
– Transitions between panel states (slide, fade) are limited and a bit tacky.

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