iRise: Fast prototyping tool?

28 Jul 2009 - 3:03am
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schepop
2008

I want an opinion about iRise:

By watching their videos I got an impression that is too back-end
focussed. No much room for a 'rapid' UX mind-set. For that I tend to
stand for Axure. Light and fast prototypes with documentation. I have
no experience with iRise and depending on complexity it might bring
benefits to the requirements management and other parts of the
application development, e.g. back-end programming, test scripts and
so on. It looks overkilling to test UX, though.

Is someone, focused on UX, actually using it? For fast simulations in
an iterative design process? Testing with end-users?

Cheers,
Bernardo.

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28 Jul 2009 - 6:39am
Joe Sokohl
2004

I've been using Axure (http://www.axure.com) a lot lately. I have
done some testing iRise. It is slick, it has lots of features...and
it's stupidly expensive. I also think it's a tool directed at
socalled business analysts who work in environments where there are
no IxDs or dedicated UX staff, so they end up mucking around with a
complex and, as I said, waaay expensive tool.

For my money, I'd rather just develop in the target dev tool if I
were spending that money. But I feel we as IxDs have other tools for
developing prototypes for usability test, interaction design problem
solving, and proofs of concept for other competencies to engage with.
Axure or Fireworks (plus now Catalyst?) or Dreamweaver or whatever can
provide good-enough and fast-enough protos.

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28 Jul 2009 - 8:43am
Joe Sokohl
2004

Another tool to consider, if you're using Windows: Expression Studio.

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28 Jul 2009 - 9:09am
Anonymous

Same. I've been using Axure. Although I find it a little clunky,
it%u2019s definitely the best of the bunch.

Apparently, Adobe%u2019s working on a new prototyping tool. Has
anyone else heard this rumour?

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29 Jul 2009 - 7:48am
Chuck Konfrst
2007

At OneSpring we use iRise for rapid UX prototyping all the time. It
is simple enough to use for very lightweight "boxes & arrows"
prototypes and powerful enough to create fully functional high
fidelity visualizations complete with realistic data and more. We
regularly use high fidelity visualizations in user testing and users
never know they're on a prototype. One of the biggest
differentiators of iRise is the collaboration tools which are largely
unmatched in this space. The ability to capture textual requirements
and tie them directly to interface components is also unmatched.

The Adobe product I think you are referring to is Flash Catalyst,
formerly Thermo. It is currently in beta. It gives people the
ability to quickly take static Photoshop/Illustrator comps and make
them interactive via Flash. Here is the link:
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashcatalyst/

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29 Jul 2009 - 11:44pm
Jacki Ray
2009

iRise is too expansive to do the job, and it is not so easy to use.
I recommend ForeUI (www.foreui.com), it is a really good product, you can use it on Windows or Mac.

29 Jul 2009 - 4:38pm
Anonymous

The Microsoft Expression product that Joe referred to above is part of
Expression Blend and called SketchFlow. Disclaimer: I work on
Expression Blend.

SketchFlow is a set of tools to create dynamic sketches and
prototypes of interactive content and applications. It also lets you
send out your prototypes for review and feedback, and exports
documentation to Microsoft Word. Photoshop import is also part of the
mix.

SketchFlow lets you begin with rough sketches and storyboards. You
can use animation to illustrate design intent, quickly mock-up
functional data-driven interaction and create %u201Creal%u201D
interactivity using behaviors.

A lot of info on my blog, http://electricbeach.org

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29 Jul 2009 - 3:39pm
Anonymous

Where I work we have no real need for iRise. We do WPF, XAML,
Flash/Javascript/HTML projects. We prefer prototyping tools that are
in the actual environment whenever possible so we can take advantage
of capabilities and collaraborate better with developers.

We've been playing with the Sketchflow beta component of Microsoft
Expression Blend 3. It has some of the things I've been wanting for
ages, including the ability to develop a boxes and arrows flow that
is connected to actual pages and components of the experience I'm
building. The learning curve to create a rough clickable prototype is
low but there is so much potential power. The idea is that you can go
from Illustrator/Photoshop to prototype to data-bound live app
without throwaway stuff and dead documents though we haven't fullly
done that yet. Collaboration tools are superb too.

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30 Jul 2009 - 7:31am
Anonymous

I just tried out Adobe's Flash Catalyst. I know it's in Beta, but I
find it really unusable. They need to simplify it a whole lot more.
Does anyone else take the same view?

Stu Collett
Super User Studio.

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30 Jul 2009 - 1:24pm
Chris Heckler
2007

Stu, I had a similar feeling after trying Flash Catalyst. I attempted
to build a prototype with it and quit pretty early in the process,
hanging my head in frustration. I couldn't seem to get it to do
anything. (Granted my ActionScript skills are limited at best.) For
the past couple of weeks I've been using Blend 3 with Sketchflow and
have a had a much, MUCH better experience.

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8 Nov 2012 - 11:38am
Jonny marr
2012

I find now that many Large Enterprises see iRise not as a Prototyping tool but as a way of gathering requirements and trying to make UX professionals Surplus to requirements.

So I spend myself trying to educate these people that its only a tool but I find myself having to enlighten BAs that its a tool and nothing more..

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