Desktop GUI prototyping tools...

22 Jan 2008 - 5:28am
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Pankaj Chawla
2008

Hi

Any recommendations on GUI prototyping tools specially for desktop
application prototyping. I could find a good list at
http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?GuiPrototypingTools and am looking at any feedback
on the ones listed or maybe a new tool not listed there but somebody has
used and strongly recommends.

The need is to capture the paper prototypes into higher fidelity prototypes
that can be tested and reviewed before getting commited for actually coding.

Thanks
Pankaj

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22 Jan 2008 - 8:40am
Bruno Figueiredo
2007

What do you mean by testing? Do you mean they need to be interactive
prototypes? On both cases, I would recommended going with Visio. The
number of stencils available is second to none and being dynamic is
especially useful for desktop application prototyping. And you can
add basic interactivity to the wireframes very easily with Visio.

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22 Jan 2008 - 9:52am
russwilson
2005

Adobe AIR!!

On 1/22/08, Pankaj Chawla <pankaj013 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi
>
> Any recommendations on GUI prototyping tools specially for desktop
> application prototyping. I could find a good list at
> http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?GuiPrototypingTools and am looking at any feedback
> on the ones listed or maybe a new tool not listed there but somebody has
> used and strongly recommends.
>
> The need is to capture the paper prototypes into higher fidelity prototypes
> that can be tested and reviewed before getting commited for actually coding.
>
> Thanks
> Pankaj
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22 Jan 2008 - 11:16am
Gloria Petron
2007

They might still accepting beta testers for http://lovelycharts.com.

22 Jan 2008 - 11:44am
Troy Gardner
2008

I recommend Flash or Fireworks for most mockup and prototypes. They
can be converted from paper scans, whiteboard sessions or 'high
fidelity' comps from a designer than iterated out as necessary to
mockups.

I use a statemachine library and collection of state patterns to help
'assemble' rather than build common ui 'flows' such as registration,
asynchronous behavior (loading), interacting with media players.

Using Adobe AIR (damn mac for copying!) allows you to extend the
results to drag and drop, working with the filesystem.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:42pm
Dan Harrelson
2007

I will assume that by "desktop application" you mean a Windows Forms
app. If this is the case, then I'd start with Visio. Since version
2003 the stencils for drawing a Windows XP have been pretty darn good.
Search Google for additional stencils should you need more. I haven't
played much with Visio 2007 to see if it has a skin for Vista.

If my assumptions are wrong, then please clarify.

...Dan

On Jan 22, 2008, at 2:28 AM, Pankaj Chawla wrote:

>
> Any recommendations on GUI prototyping tools specially for desktop
> application prototyping....
>
> The need is to capture the paper prototypes into higher fidelity
> prototypes
> that can be tested and reviewed before getting commited for actually
> coding.
>

22 Jan 2008 - 1:17pm
Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

On Jan 22, 2008, at 8:44 AM, Troy Gardner wrote:

> I recommend Flash or Fireworks for most mockup and prototypes. They
> can be converted from paper scans, whiteboard sessions or 'high
> fidelity' comps from a designer than iterated out as necessary to
> mockups.
>
> I use a statemachine library and collection of state patterns to help
> 'assemble' rather than build common ui 'flows' such as registration,
> asynchronous behavior (loading), interacting with media players.
>
> Using Adobe AIR (damn mac for copying!) allows you to extend the
> results to drag and drop, working with the filesystem.

At this stage of the game, this is a solid recommendation. Other
options include Microsoft's Expression Suite. It often depends on
what the designer and prototypers are most comfortable with.

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22 Jan 2008 - 1:08pm
Navid Safabakhsh
2008

We use flash as well. It allows us to show the entire process. The client
gets a much clearer picture.

This is a good example (not our work) - http://www.genoco.com/

22 Jan 2008 - 2:32pm
Benjamin Ho
2007

I've been using Axure (http://www.axure.com) with great success.
It's quick and simple if you need to get your message across. It
will require a bit of training and some learning. It's worth the
investment.

Just note that the HTML that comes out of it - if you're using it
for web applications - is completely useless to copy. It's only a
great high fidelity prototyping tool.

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22 Jan 2008 - 1:27pm
Russell E. Unger
2008

On Tue, January 22, 2008 4:28 am, Pankaj Chawla wrote:

> Any recommendations on GUI prototyping tools specially for desktop
> application prototyping. I could find a good list at
> http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?GuiPrototypingTools and am looking at any feedback
> on the ones listed or maybe a new tool not listed there but somebody has
> used and strongly recommends.

If you've already created wireframes--and I've found an excellent set of
Visio shapes that really mimic desktop application functionality nicely,
then I would suggest that you use Flash.

You have some options, the first of which would be to output your screens
as image files and place "invisible" buttons over the action areas, and
appropriately link to other pages.

You could also export without all of your buttons, etc. (place them on a
separate layer in Visio) and then rebuild those in flash.

You should be able to create this type of prototype with very limited
exposure to Flash and very limited ActionScript knowledge.

HTH,

Russ

8 Feb 2008 - 10:12am
Kumaravel Somas...
2008

We've recently launched a new prototyping tool at
http://www.designervista.com. We've gotten some positive feedback
thus far...

Any feedback is welcome.

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8 Feb 2008 - 3:04pm
Ari
2006

it looks like it has a nice set of widgets but can it generate specs from
the prototypes? some people disagree about the value of specs but in the
right environment they are very useful. this is where Axure is mighty
nice...

On Fri, 8 Feb 2008 07:12:47, Kumaravel Somasundaram <Kumaravel101 at gmail.com>
wrote:
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> We've recently launched a new prototyping tool at
> http://www.designervista.com. We've gotten some positive feedback
> thus far...
>
> Any feedback is welcome.
>
>
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8 Feb 2008 - 3:23pm
Kumaravel Somas...
2008

Current version supports to design MS Office style applications and
Web Page designs. We will add specs generation and behaviour model in
the future versions.

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15 Mar 2010 - 3:00pm
lsoares
2010

Here you have some tools: http://delicious.com/lsoares/prototyping%20tools

Apart from those, we also use "Pencil" (Firefox plugin) a lot in my company.

25 Apr 2012 - 4:15am
RGaifutdinov
2010

Try GUI Machine prototyping tool.

It allows to creat fully interactive high-fidelety prototypes without coding. It is one of the few tools that allows creat prototypes of desktop applications using native operating system forms (Win forms, Linux forms, Mac OS forms)

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