๐Ÿ“ Do you use free & open source tools for mockups, wireframes & prototypes?


(Jan-Christoph Borchardt) #1

Iโ€™m following various free & open source prototyping tools over the years but always found them a bit more clunky than pen & paper or marker on a board. How about you?

Hereโ€™s a list of the ones I found. Do you us any of these tools for your work? Letโ€™s discuss! :slight_smile:

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(I also started a poll on Twitter)


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(Jdittrich) #2

I use non of these (except pen and paper).

They all seem to have interesting concepts, but are either on halt or very early in development. Even a tool like Alva (which seems to be among the more mature) quickly crashed when trying it out. I have the feeling that such a tool would need to be backed by an institution or donating community to get tools beyond being half finished. (I myself have created such a half finished tool, see https://jdittrich.github.io/quickMockup/ )

Alas, at work I use figma, which works well (but is not open source).


(Piteco) #3

I recently made a full website redesign using only F/L/OSS tools and tested pencil, wich I didnโ€™t knew at the time and Inkscape, wich I am a long ter user but only for printing/illustration porpouses.
I found Pencil quite clumsy and there were a lot of small papercuts with simple things like alignment, element seelcting, font-size, layersโ€ฆ Also missed some easier way to use custom graphics, I did a quick research about, saw that it was no so straight-forward and gave up.
Inkscape surbprised me when making mockups, by working with svgs I could open the files in the browser and link them using javascript into the inkscape interface. And being a vector-graphical software I was able to build whatever components I wish.
For user-testing porpouses I preferred Inkscape because I could show the protoype with a more refined look.

Links to the Pencil screens and Inkscape Screens. (both in .png)


(Gilli) #4

Iโ€™d never even heard of most of those. Presentator looks like a decent alternative to InVision though so I might give that a try. Besides pen and paper I mostly use proprietary products for my design work.


(Purushotham Peddapalyam) #5

I mostly use invision. It is good in every aspect. Playing around with invision is a great way to start wireframing, prototyping and creating mockupsโ€ฆ!


#6

Pencil development is not halted: https://github.com/evolus/pencil/tree/development
Nightly builds from the development tree: https://pencil.evolus.vn/Nightly.html

I use pen & paper, though :slight_smile: