Three of the best prototype designing tools in 2017

We’ve been sharing some of our favorite resources to help refresh your web design toolkit.We are showcasing a few of the best prototyping tools available for the web and mobile designs.Prototyping is a visual guide that represents the skeletal framework of a website or app.The prototype depicts the page layout or arrangement of the website’s content, including interface elements and navigational systems, and how they work together. Clients need to understand how your proposed app or website will work. But simply explaining to them verbally or textually leaves the vast majority of functions down to their imagination. Prototype tools can be extremely helpful in squaring that circle. Every designer needs a tool for prototyping. There are many tools available for designing prototypes.Here we describe the best prototype tools for designing. We’ve selected 3 of the best prototype tools to get you started.You can choose which one is the best for you. Enjoy!

01. Proto.io

Proto_io

 

Proto.io is the best tools in the market for web designers to create the prototypes.Proto.io has many features for designing and prototyping mobile apps and website, including built-in component libraries for specific devices.You can design your prototype directly into Proto.io editor or import your project from Photoshop and Sketch.Let’s, you drag-and-drop elements onto the screen, type in text, add images or buttons, and then link those to other screens.You can create fully interactive prototypes and preview your prototypes in the web browser or mobile devices with Proto.io app. You can share your prototypes with anyone with a single click.

Proto.io Features

  • Instantly transfer your Photoshop and Sketch design in Proto.io.
  • Select multiple items and edit common properties like typography and colors.
  • Organize your work with groups and nested groups layers.
  • New WatchOs component for apple smart watch prototype.
  • Support for Windows 8 prototypes.
  • All new shapes, arrows and speech bubbles UI component with full interaction and animation.
  • Proto.io is synchronized with dropbox, that makes it faster and easier to turn your static design assets into fully interactive prototypes.
  • Apply color adjustment and filters anywhere,not just in images.
  • Drag and drop to add new assets or update existing ones.
  • New interactive material design UI library that included forty-nine newly handcrafted UI component.
  • Create prototypes for different devices, change existing projects for another device.
  • Web parallax effects for prototypes.
  • Motion UI effects that make your design more interactive.
  • Capture keyboard inputs option.
  • Export your project in html pdf and png format.
  • Enjoy offline mode. Download your prototypes and use anywhere anytime.

02. Invision

Invision

 

InVision is a really popular prototyping tool that mainly focuses on static screen interactions.You can’t create designs directly within InVision itself, you can upload  your static design files and add animations, gestures, and transitions to transform your static screens into clickable, interactive prototypes.When you’re ready, you can share these prototypes with your team or clients.Feedback is another strong feature of InVision. There is a comment mode where comments can be added in varying categories: everyone, collaborators, and dev note. A sketch or image is also able to be attached to the comment.

Invision Features

  • Design screens using real data in real time with Craft—a free suite of tools created by Invision.
  • With project stats option you can see who’s viewing your projects? How long they stayed? How many screens they looked at?
  • Motion UI library for elegant transitions and animations.
  • Hover states option make your prototype interaction even more realistic.
  • You can easily share your screens directly to Slack without having to leave your InVision project.
  • Send your design files in Box right to your InVision project.
  • Usability testing option- when your mobile prototypes are ready for usability testing, simply click the User Test button in your project to text your user a link. Their camera and microphone will be on, so you can see and hear your user’s feedback.
  • You can share your prototypes directly to Dribbble from inside InVision!
  • Build Apple Watch and Android Wear prototypes in InVision.
  • Invision integrated with all most of the project management tools you know like basecamp, Trello, Hipchat, Github, Google drive, Dropbox, Slack, Box.
  • New iPhone 6 skins component.
  • You can quickly grab full-length snapshots of live websites with InVision LiveCapture chrome extension.
  • Export your project in pdf format.
  • InVision History Mode option will store every version in the same place and on the same screen!
  • Create an elegant chat app with Chat, a free cross-platform UI kit. With 60 design templates, 12 categories, and 80 UI components for web, tablet, and mobile.

03. Framer

 

Framer

Framer is a Javascript framework for prototyping interactions and animations.Framer is a little bit more different with Porto.io and Invision,inFramer you will have to code. It’s also pretty easy if you’re already pretty familiar with Javascript.Framer does a lot more than transitions or quick animations.It’s using real data for building real interfaces with customizable components.Framer is a space where you can continually learn new ways to animate and manipulate objects in Javascript, that’s huge!.It gives designers a canvas to learn and write code.

Framer Features

  • Framer Studio has a live interactive preview, it updates instantly when you change something.
  • You can also use framer app for mobile devices to view real-time changes.
  • Design prototypes for multiple devices like iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows and Web.Choose from over 18 devices in a ton of colors from Apple, Google and HTC, Microsoft and Samsung.
  • Capture keyboard inputs that work with real-time data.
  • Fine tune every animation for layers with Motion animations.
  • Import graphics directly from Sketch or Photoshop.
  • Quickly share a URL for hassle-free user testing.
  • Animate layer properties like scale and color with various easing or spring curves, a set time, repeat and delay options and more.
  • Set up drag, scroll or page gestures with components.
  • Respond to orientation changes and tilt layer in 3d space.
  • Make responsive prototypes that adapt to user interaction.