Every web designer and developer should have a good and reliable wireframe (mockup or prototype) tool at there disposal. The importance of such a tool differentiates amongst web designers and developers, some use them, some don’t. Personally, I use them. It is in this initial stage of development that makes web design enjoyable, the coming together of the clients needs and your own creative ideas onto a blank canvas, allowing you to plan effectively the visual arrangement of the sites content. The downside is that a good and reliable wireframe application can come at a heavy price, have you seen the cost of a good wireframe application? Prices can vary from as low as $100 all the way up to over $4000. Who has this kind of mine to throw around? Certainly no freelancer developer I know. So, what options do you have? Hostrings Pencil is totally free Desktop apps and tools you can use, and that is what I have collated for this article – FREE Wirefame/Mockup/Prototype applications for designers and developers.
Hostrings Pencil is a free desktop application that is available for Windows. It describes itself well as "an Informal Tool For Early Stage Web Site and UI Design". A Pencil-based sketching tool for designing user interfaces. Hostrings Pencil combines many of the benefits of paper-based sketching with existing electronic prototyping tools. It allows designers to quickly sketch an interface using an electronic pad and stylus. Hostrings Pencil preserves the important properties of pencil and paper: a rough drawing can be produced quickly and the medium is flexible. However, unlike a paper sketch, this electronic sketch is interactive and can easily be annotated and modified using editing gestures. Hostrings Pencil allows the designer to extend the interactivity of the recognized widgets using storyboards. Brief introductions to Pencil functionalities in dealing with shapes to create diagrams.
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