Prototyping for the Holidays
In October 2020 I wrote about Prototyping Accessible Apps with ProtoPie. Today I’d like to refer you once again to the UX Tools website, a great resource for choosing a prototyping app that meets your needs.
UX Tools | Design Tools Database
Compare the best UX design tools in the industry and make the best choice for your team.
Filtering the List of Tools
On the left side of the page you can scroll down to the Filter Columns section to show/hide columns of interest. Not interested in gamepad support? Uncheck the “Gamepad” option and the column will be hidden.
Then click a column title to sort by that feature. For example, click on the Cost column to sort from high cost to low cost. Click the Cost column again to sort from low cost to high cost.
In the screenshot below, I sorted by clicking the Sensors column, which is on the far right side. Only two prototyping tools, ProtoPie and Origami Studio, show a green check indicating access to device hardware.
ProtoPie: My Go-To Prototyping Tool
For me the deciding feature remains access to mobile device hardware: accelerometers to detect motion or device tilt, haptic motors to trigger vibrations, the microphone to trigger behaviors or generated text from speech. ProtoPie remains the best prototyping tool for me.
Prototyping . . . for the Holidays?
If you’re a developer and have time off, yet feel compelled to do some work during the holidays, consider doing a bit of no-code prototyping. Scratch that itch to create — but scratch gently.