RE: GUI mockup software

Subject: RE: GUI mockup software
From: jimmy -at- breck-mckye -dot- com
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:34:40 +0000

Margaret, I think you may have made a mistake. Azure is Microsoft's cloud hosting service. The tool you are thinking of is Axure, which does have a 30-day free trial but then costs about $300 per license (more if you want to use its spec generator and versioning control tools).

But back to the question.

There are a few options for creating interfaces, depending on how high-fidelity your specifications need to be. Balsamiq is cheap and has a shallow learning curve, but creates very lo-fi mockups, so it won't expose you to aesthetic or visual design issues. It is good for development stories, but I'd be wary of using it when designing a new product from scratch. For that, I would use something like Adobe Fireworks or even Photoshop for big projects.

I would not use 'compromises' like Excel or Visio; they simply aren't well adapted to the task at hand. Powerpoint provides some limited interactivity but there are better ways to document flows than interactive prototypes anyway.


On 2012-11-12 18:49, Margaret Cekis wrote:

Chris Morton asked about GUI mockup software.
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Chris:
The only one I am familiar with is Azure. (My employer uses it to mock-up
GUIs when they are working with customers who want to personalize the GUI
with their own organization names.) When I Goggled Azure, I was surprised
that it belongs to Microsoft. Here's a link for a 90-day free trial:


http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/?WT.mc_id=azurebg_us_se
m_branded_trialpage

Margaret Cekis, johns Creek GA


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RE: GUI mockup software: From: Margaret Cekis

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