Data modeling in prototypes (spec. Axure/Justinmind/iRise)

29 Jun 2012 - 1:51pm
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Hi all,

Just a brief intro before I start: I'm Scott Savage, and I'm a Senior UX Designer with on the Government Solutions side. I, and my other UX counterpart, are on the Product Management team, and we're currently using Mockflow for our low-fi prototypes/wireframes, and manually constructing hi-fi versions in either Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and occasionally delivering fully interactive prototypes in HTML/CSS/Javascript.

So, I'm currently leading the effort on my team to find a great high fidelity prototyping tool. We've been evaluating a few packages - specifically iRise, Axure, and Justinmind. We've had two great demos of iRise directly from the vendor, but given that their cost is, well, prohibitive, we're not sure if we'd be able to get it approved.

So we're down to Axure and Justinmind now, and I'm not sure which I like better. They both offer an impressive set of tools and functions, and they can create fantastic hi-fi prototypes. At this point, it comes down to the data modeling aspect of each tool. That's really the one thing iRise impressed the heck out of us with - it can allow you to take vast amounts of data and use it to actively (and interactively) model complex, multi-page forms and conditional situations.

Long story short, I was hoping that some of you, who have experience with either Axure or Justinmind, can tell me about your experiences with data modeling in those two apps and help me gain some insight into which does it better.




1 Jul 2012 - 7:50am

Axure does not do data-modelling.

It doesn't even have subroutines, you keep copying and pasting actions over and over for things that have to do the smae thing.

One thing you may want to consider is, how well does the tool do for mobile app or site modelling? Axure claims to allow attaching actions to swipes, but I have found the results on complex pages to be not fluid enough for even demo'ing up, never mind user testing.

1 Oct 2012 - 8:57am

Scott, did you ever choose a product? I'm using JIM and love it. Like all products, including Axure, there are a few things that need work, but it's just terrific to use and they improve it non-stop. I compared Axure and JIM intensively and it was a "dead heat." I went with JIM because of it's more ambitous data simulation and the subtlest impression of looking like a more current interface and organization. I do a lot of data interactions and it's a double-edged sword because it's a never ending game with both one's prototypes and the tool itself to keep acting like a full algrorithmic ecosystem.

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