Can y'all recommend some free Flash components for UI prototyping purposes?
I'm coming back to Flash after 4 years or so, and hoping that
something has emerged since then. Lately I've been asked to do a lot
of proof-of-concept type stuff for mobile and devices, so I'm looking
for something as generic as possible, to show off the interaction
design and to avoid attracting specific feedback on the graphics. The
default components are ok, but are missing essential stuff like tabbed
views and scroll bars.
I'm not sure if this is the correct use of Axure, but I like to create flows and link the objects to various wireframes. I could use specifications but you lose the interactivity between the flow and wireframe.
A common point of confusion when I've partnered with other
IAs/Interaction Designers/UX Designers, yadda yadda yadda is what a
wireframe is vs. what a prototype is. Everyone seems to have a slightly
different take on them. Here's how I differentiate:
Wireframes - standalone "illustrations" of screens void of graphic
treatment, with indications of functionality and screen flow.
Prototypes - interactive versions of screens with varying levels of
While I feel quite confident with HTML and CSS, it seems to take a bit of
pain to use Dreamweaver for wireframing, perhaps because it tends to force
you into detail too early, when you are still on the "vision" stage of the
process, and feel like a WYSIWYG tool would be more appropriate.
On the other hand, wireframing in the WYSIWYG way entirely without HTML also
feels wrong, because first, the target medium is Web so it's closer to the
reality to think in HTML, and second, HTML is a powerful and expressive
language, and quite a mature one.