Prototyping tools for iPhone apps
July 31, 2014 11:33 AM Subscribe
I am doing a class project for which I need to create a high-fidelity prototype of a mobile app idea. The final assignment in the class is going to be user testing of the prototype. What I'm looking for is a prototyping tool which will allow me to easily create screens with native iPhone widgets. It needs to be high-fidelity and as interactive as possible. And it needs to be accessible on the web. What are the tools that you use? My full requirements are within.
- Must produce a prototype that is available on the web (in a desktop browser) and interactive.
- Must be able to produce high-fidelity images, not just wireframes. Balsamiq is not enough.
- Must provide images of native iPhone 7 widgets such as buttons, date pickers, alerts, etc. These don't have to be fully interactive, i.e. you don't have to be able to change the date and then have it be automatically reflected other places in the prototype. These can be third-party libraries if they're easy to include.
- Must not require back-end programming.
- Must be quick to learn and easy to use - I am not now nor have ever been an app developer, the point of the class is the interaction design and user testing.
- Nice to have: Be able to produce something you can download to a phone and run fullscreen.
- Nice to have: Free, free trial of at least 30 days, or low-cost and easily canceled. It's possible that I will not have another reason to use the tool later, so I don't want to invest a lot.
Is this a total unicorn? I have looked at Axure (seems to be a lot to learn for one class project), WebFlow (no widgets, is built for responsive websites rather than apps), InVision and MarvelApp (looks like you create screens in PSD or whatever and the service just links them, so no built-in widgets), FluidUI (only ten screens in the free version), PhoneGap (requires SDK and programming), and others.
It seems like my best bet might be to use the free PSD file with all of the widget images, create the screens as images, then use InVision or the like to link them. But I'm hoping for a bit more.