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Help Needed - Looking for UI Designing Software


I'm looking for an application that was announced in this forum that enables you to design the user interface for presentation purposes. The author has posted a few times here and recently thanked those who helped him launch his misv. Does anyone have the link? Thanks in advance.
Phillip Flores Send private email
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I remember it being called something like design vista but its so overloaded google is no good.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I just did a blog post about prototyping UIs. It contains a bunch of links to various possibilities that may help you.


Are you thinking about Designer Vista? http://www.designervista.com
Joel Marcey Send private email
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Well here's mine. It's not officially launched yet, but I'd love everyone's feedback!

Peldi Send private email
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

That's an awesome blend of WYSIWYG GUI and paper prototyping. Me like!
Brian Manley Send private email
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wow, I like it!
Michael Bacarella
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We also have a product, Lucid Spec, that has been mentioned here:

Roger Send private email
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

That is a pretty sweet product you got going on there. :-)

Can I get some clarification on some things:

1. Is the desktop version free?
2. I see this tool as a possible complement to other UI prototyping tools. Use your tool first to get the general layout. Use another tool afterwards to see how the interaction works. Then create the UI for real. The only reason I say that is that your product doesn't have "simulated user interaction" capabilities, if I understand it correctly. That is not a bad thing....I think your product has great potential for sure.
Joel Marcey Send private email
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Hey Joel (and others). Thanks for the nice words!

1.Yes the desktop version is free, though some of the features only get unlocked if you or your company have bought the plugin version. I am not planning on selling a standalone version at the moment: more info here: http://getsatisfaction.com/balsamiq/topics/should_i_be_selling_mockups_for_desktop
The live/demo version on the site is free as well

2.No I do not have simulation / interactive capabilities, and I don't plan on adding them to the product. I want to keep Mockups simple, and adding interaction is a huge slippery slope. I have seen some of the very expensive tools that do that and I was immediately scared off. If you want to show a flow of similar mockups, you can create multiple ones (export the XML start a new one, import the XML, tweak and export to PNG), then make a slideshow out of it with whatever tool you'd like.

Thanks for the feedback! I'm going to start a new thread in the next couple of days asking for feedback on my site (and my product), so that I don't highjack this one too much. ;)
Peldi Send private email
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
That's a great concept Peldi, good work.

I think this would let clients better define what they want in a custom app, instead of them giving vague descriptions then concentrating all their attention on fonts and colours.
Enrique Send private email
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Peldi, nice concept and nice artwork. I'll give you some more feedback when I've played with it for a few hours.
Mark Pearce Send private email
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I use Axure for that. It can do rough wireframes as well as high def prototyping.

MT Heart
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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