October 02, 2012

What’s your favorite tool for app prototyping?

I’m kicking off a new project (so exciting; can’t wait to tell you more), and we need to make interactive iPad prototypes to test ideas. What tool(s) do you find effective for such work?

Posted by John Nack at 12:40 PM on October 02, 2012


  • Ken — 1:09 PM on October 02, 2012

    Good question.

    Some reason or another, I have not been able to get touch to work with photoshop

    I have all the apps for Ipad, been a hog, I got to have them all, but use little, lol. I guess I am not the artist type….

    My best
    Ken in KY

  • Evan — 1:29 PM on October 02, 2012

    I’ve used Keynote. It works pretty well for that kind of thing.

  • James Fritz — 1:34 PM on October 02, 2012

    Realizer app is pretty simple to use for prototypes and it is free. http://www.realizerapp.com/

  • Peter Green — 1:35 PM on October 02, 2012

    I like Keynotopia.

  • Shlomo Goltz — 2:15 PM on October 02, 2012

    JustInMind Prototyper. I also use Fireworks and Indesign (its ebook interactive toolset is awesome for this)

    The following is a large spreadsheet comparing all the UX / IXD tools I could find – Everything from Wireframing to Prototyping, on the Mac, PC, and Web.


  • Rodrigo Bressane — 4:50 PM on October 02, 2012

    I have been using Balsamiq for quite some time and I really enjoy it. http://www.balsamiq.com/

  • SBG — 5:17 PM on October 02, 2012

    Keynote is the best by far. Interactive PDF output for iPad, iPod, iPhone, browser, etc.

  • Cian Walsh — 1:17 AM on October 03, 2012

    I’m using App Cooker on the actual iPad itself to build interactive mockups and then App Taster to run it on iPads and iPhones without the parent program.

    Works pretty well.

  • William Overington — 1:42 AM on October 03, 2012

    Just in case you are looking for an idea for which to make an app for the iPad, could you please consider the following?

    Scanning a sequence of QR codes that are each made so as to contain just one Unicode character so that a telephone number can be built up without needing to press any buttons.

    I have recently produced the following two documents.



    The pdf documents are available as attachments in the following forum thread.


    William Overington

    3 October 2012

  • Björn — 12:49 PM on October 03, 2012

    I have been using Antetype for a while now and am quite happy with it. Automatic/flexible layout system, consistent styles with widgets – it’s easy to create lots and lots of individual screens and still keep everything consistent.


  • Zev Eisenberg — 1:09 AM on October 08, 2012

    We do layout mockups and interaction workflows in OmniGraffle and comps in Photoshop. Then we slice up the images, put them on an iPad with Dropbox, and build the interactive mockup right on the device with an app called Blueprint: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blueprint/id405203705?mt=8

    (Blueprint also has a bunch of standard widgets built in, but we usually end up making custom widgets.)

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