Indigenous, FOSS GUI prototyping devices?
As component of my work as an internet programmer, I invest a quantity of time doing UI models to show the customer. It's a discomfort in the behind yet occasionally it needs to be done.
I've seen Shuttleworth (and also the design group) drain photos similar to this:
That's made by something called Balsamiq Mockups ... Something that stabilizes in addition to Adobe Air (yack!) and also sets you back $79.
I've attempted it yet it maintained tipping over. I assume it had something to do with Air not the application itself. My factor is if I'm paying for something, I desire it to be indigenous.
For factors I do not begin to recognize, its writers have actually created it as a Firefox plugin, yet Pencil is a wonderful FOSS prototyping device. Like Balsamiq Mockups, it features a substantial variety of premade parts that permit you to promptly intermingle a trial screen. Additionally like Balsamiq, you can have numerous web pages in an illustration, and also link in between them, permitting your designers and also developers to "click" particular switches, and also get a feeling for what needs to take place when that takes place.
Unlike Balsamiq, its default simulated widget set resembles actual widgets, which I get worried reasons designers to slavishly copy the mockup they see on screen. The good news is, an illustration widget layout has actually been dispersed with Pencil for some time currently. Additionally unlike Balsamiq-- and also with any luck not shocking for a Firefox add - on-- Pencil exports its illustrations to HTML, not Flash/Flex.
I recognize Pencil looks unusual due to the fact that it's a Firefox expansion, yet it in fact functions quite possibly, and also is very easy - to - usage. I am not ideologically affixed to FOSS and also do not mind investing $80 for wonderful software program, so I'll be straightforward and also claim that I make use of Balsamiq over Pencil. I locate Balsamiq's basic operations and also convenience - of - usage above Pencil. Yet Pencil's still a wonderful device. If you're seeking a FOSS prototyper, I assume you would certainly have a tough time doing far better. Release Firefox and also go check it out.
I additionally advise use Inkscape for mockups. You can get a couple of supply widgets from www.openclipart.org (a person need to post extra!).
Where I locate it really convenient is for increasing an existing UI ... Take a screenshot of the application, insert right into Inkscape and also placed it on a secured layer, after that do your illustration on a layer in addition to that to show whatever adjustments you require to show.