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Review of prototyping tools

Here's a look at the latest prototyping tools on the market. In this article by Scott McDowell, you'll find short reviews of the products Axure, Elegance Tech LucidSpec, iRise, Serena Composer, Enterprise Simulator, and Sofea Profesy.


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Henrik Olsen - November 18, 2006

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What are good open source tools for prototyping web (or mobile web) projects? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Holger Dieterich | November 19, 2006


I've never heard of any open source tools dedicated to prototyping.

Henrik Olsen | November 24, 2006


Hi there,

Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but swipr might just fit your needs. It allows you to create a prototype from yur Visio deliverables. Swipr will combine your screenflows and wireframes into a clickable and interactive deliverable, and it allows you to create links on the wireframes, thereby creating an interactive prototype.

Please bear in mind that the generated prototype is based on images, exported from Visio. This means that you will NOT be able to fill in fields, make choices with checkboxes or dropdowns or other interactive stuff. It DOES allow you to navigate through your prototype, and to create several 'scenarios' that users can navigate through. I have succesfully used swipr in several project to do early usability testing, to test certain navigation concepts etc.

Swipr is a free and open source add-on to Visio (2003). If you'd like to know more, visit, or send me an email (info at swipr dot com).

All the best,


Jacco Nieuwland | December 04, 2006



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