by Scott Hutcheson on 10/25/11 at 9:44 am
[Note: This giveaway has ended!]
The kind folks at InVision are giving away three professional prototyping licenses ($300 value each) to UX Movement readers for free.
Prototyping tools that allow you to simulate a click-through user flow of websites and applications have started to crop up. Unfortunately, many of these tools are a bit too much when it comes to options and features, making you wish you could use it right out of the box.
One of the most delightful features of InVision prototyping tool is the drag-and-drop action to get your files into a presentation. When selecting even dozens of image files from a folder on your local machine you can just drag them to anywhere in the browser window of the InVision prototyping tool and a tray opens inviting you to deposit your cache of files. Once you drop them in it’s actually pretty satisfying to watch them load so quickly. You’ll resent other programs that require you to “browse” for each file from now on.
Load files efficiently with drag-and-drop.
Ordering Off the Menu
You know an application has a good user experience when the functions are so intuitive you don’t really notice them. That’s what InVision prototyping tool does with its general lack of traditional menu navigation. There’s a sticky navigation at the bottom of the screen allowing you to switch between the Preview, Build, Comments and other modes.
Easy to use navigation.
However, most of the prototyping actions are done right in the space of your screen. When adding a link you just drag you cursor over the space you want to make ”hot” with a link, and a modal menu box shows up allowing you to choose which screen you want that link to take the user to. This not only keeps clutter down, but it also makes it intuitive for users to know what they’re supposed to do next.
InVision prototyping tool is so easy to use that both a front-end coder or a code-ignorant project manager can use it and get the same results. You could even let a client make their own changes if you give them access.
Linking screens is quick and easy.
The Magic of Templates
Most user flows have some links that are common for every screen. Here is where InVision prototyping tool can save you tons of time. It allows you to create a template and apply it to as many screens as you want, automatically. So, if you want the logo and top-level navigation to have the same function on each screen make a template for it and you’re already done.
Apply a common template to as many screens as you need.
Learn to Collaborate
You can invite team members or clients to view and comment or collaborate on your projects. They don’t even need an account if you only want them to view and comment. Once inside you can click-through the screens in a true non-linear way to get a true sense of the user-flow. If they need to add a comment it’s just like adding a link. Users simply click on the element needing a comment and a dialog box pops up ready to go.
Easily collaborate with team members on the fly.
Intelligent and Good Looking
The last thing you might notice about InVision prototyping tool is also one of the first things you’ll notice. Unlike other prototyping tools that look like they were designed by developers, InVision’s interface is designed with tasteful aesthetics. They’re so pleasing that they make you want to use the application.
3 Free Annual Licenses Up for Grabs
To win a free license for a full year, post a comment about this prototyping tool below and tell us why you want a free subscription to InVision. We’ve got three professional plan licenses up for grabs ($300 value each). We’ll choose the winners randomly from the comments. Leave your name, email and comment for your chance to win!
Scott Hutcheson is an information architect and copywriter for Cabedge.com in Nashville, TN. He thinks that database wireframes can be sexy if you just try, and people tend to use commas way too much. He's also a produced playwright, public speaker and actor.