What has been working for you in the past may not be entirely appropriate for your next web or app design project. If this is the case, there are a number of new tools regularly appearing on the market that are capable of making your design efforts faster, easier and better.
A number of the top-rated UX and UI tools are listed below, as are several online resources that can prove useful in testing your UI design’s performance and usability. This list also includes some UI resources that you will find handy. Keep on reading and find out which are some of the most effective tools and resources available.
If you’ve ever wanted to see how your final product will look like, long before your project is ready to wrap up, Proto.io might be just the tool for you. This versatile tool takes rapid prototyping to the next level. Its UI library, which is one of the most realistic and comprehensive libraries of its type on the market today, makes static mockups and hotspot prototypes look primitive.
With this tool at your disposal, you will seldom if ever need to write a single line of code. You create your prototype by applying multiple touch and mouse events, in combination with Proto.io’s drag and drop functionality, to any UI element you are working with. Since Proto.io works on your web browser there is no need for constant downloading, and when a prototype is ready to be tested, you can do so on a real device to assess its look, feel and usability, while sharing your design with other project members. It doesn’t get much easier.
Pidoco’s drag and drop functionality makes creating clickable wireframes quick and easy. You can test your interactive prototypes on real devices, and simulate the look and feel of a real app. You can trigger simulated reactions by clicking, touch gestures, keyboard entries, or device motion. These features alone may be reason enough to add Pidoco to your toolkit.
Pidoco also enables you to display your designs in the form of customized design templates that can be positioned on global layers. When you make a change to any layer, your change automatically displays on all pages containing that layer, thereby avoiding potential version control headaches. Pidoco’s UX features are also extremely easy to use. They enable you to share your prototypes and attendant information with others, collect feedback, edit in real-time, and track issues, while simultaneously gathering feedback history and maintaining version control.
Inadequate project management can definitely hurt a developer’s ability to deliver a quality product on time and within budget. Firefly can be exactly the UX and project management tool you need to keep your project on track, especially when you are engaged in rapid prototyping.
You can upload everything from app designs and UI ideas to entire webpages for review and annotation, and you can fully depend on this tool’s version control capability to effectively manage multiple design versions. Information captured on Firefly is accessible through any browser, making it a useful and valuable tool for a widely disbursed project team.
InVision brings to the table the ability to rapidly and easily convert static screens into clickable, interactive prototypes, complete with transitions and animations, making it a highly useful tool in a design-driven environment. This is one of the easiest-to-use rapid prototyping platforms on the market today.
Using a drag and drop process to create a prototype is nothing new, but InVision has somehow managed to make building prototypes as easy and straightforward as it gets. The tool’s UX capabilities, including presentations, feedback, and task management in real-time, are also impressive.
Now you can build and share beautiful iPhone and iPad wireframes that will impress your clients, while saving time and money in the process. AppCooker makes it possible.
There are 5 key tools in AppCooker that enables it to make the UI design process so quick and easy; a map idea tool, a mockup tool, icon design and pricing tools, and an app store helper tool. AppCooker may well be the ultimate tool for iOS, especially when time is tight and expectations are high.
If you have been searching for the ultimate iPhone app prototyping tool for Photoshop, Composite could be precisely what you have been looking for. With this handy tool at your disposal, you can create interactive prototypes featuring picture-perfect rendering, native animations, elements that stay fixed while scrolling, and virtually any other feature you would expect from a real iPhone app.
Marvel is free, fast, and easy. All you have to do is connect to your Dropbox account, create an interactive prototype in minutes with Marvel, and use Dropbox syncing to iterate and update your design without having to lift a finger.
You can quickly and easily share your ideas and test your designs with others through your Dropbox account. Creating and sharing interactive prototypes doesn’t get much easier than this.
If you are curious as to how users or customers are responding to your app or website, ClickTale will tell you what is working and what is not. This toolkit, which is available in both desktop and mobile versions, tests the efficiency and performance of your design.
Its findings are presented in a combination of heat maps, link analytics, and reports. If you wish, you can drill down to individual customer responses.
Notism is a prototyping and collaboration tool whose true strength lies in its unique collaboration capabilities. Notism makes sharing your design efforts with team members remarkably easy, and it allows you to streamline the design process from start to finish.
You can share notes, sketches, and images, annotate them on the fly, and do it all on video, a powerful feature that sets Notism apart as a useful and valuable UI and UX tool.
PowerMockup is a wireframing and storyboarding tool. One of its more convenient features is it allows you to create prototypes right in PowerPoint. Creating a prototype is not much more difficult than creating a presentation, but the real value of PowerMockup lies in the fact that its use allows users and non-technical stakeholders to keep fully abreast of the design process, and gives them the ability to visualize the design’s outcome early on.
User flow diagramming is a must part of the product design cycle, but is often skipped. Why? Because the entire user flow diagramming process is fragmented, taking too long to complete as it involves many disconnected tools and a lot of manual work. A process that becomes even more exhausting for designers when they want to keep their design flows in sync with their design changes.
But here comes a new tool to the rescue. Overflow, the first-ever user flow diagramming tool created specifically for designers. As a powerful cross-platform tool that integrates seamlessly with the most popular design tools, it helps designers quickly turn their designs into playable user flow diagrams. This way, designers can effectively communicate their work, while fully engaging their audience with an interactive user flow presentation.
With Overflow, designers can design, present, share & print their user flows to get valuable feedback, all in one place. Overflow is currently available in private beta. Check out the above link for early access.
UXPin enables your team to create development-ready designs better and faster than ever before. This UI/UX tool is ideal for small-to-medium design teams, while its Design Systems solution addresses the needs of mid-to-large teams and organizations.
With UXPin, you can create interactive prototypes at any fidelity level you need, from design concept sharing to user testing. This design and prototyping platform will fully support your team collaboration activities as well.
The tools featured here are among the more highly-rated UI and UX tools you will find on the market today. Several online tools for assessing UI performance and usability are also included. If you do not see something you believe should be included, or if you would like to share your thoughts on this list, please leave your comments below.