Win 3 Free Licenses for InVision Prototyping Tool

by 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.

That’s why it’s good to see a prototyping tool like InVision. InVision leaves behind most of the clutter and boils the interaction down to simply connecting screens together through custom links. There’s no data population, JavaScript-like animations or media. This is all about user flow.

Drag Racing

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!

About Scott Hutcheson:
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.

64 Responses to “Win 3 Free Licenses for InVision Prototyping Tool”

  1. Valentin GUENICHON

    Oct 25th, 2011

    I’d like one because my actual solution is lack of functionnalities !!

  2. Catalin

    Oct 25th, 2011

    I’d really to win, I use Axure but I’d like tu use a web-based platform. And I really like their “UX toolkit”. For Axure I had to spend a lot of time finding the right librariess for ipad & iphone.

  3. Robin N.

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Interested in starting off in the website design world and thought this would be perfect!

  4. Edward

    Oct 25th, 2011

    [Myth] randomness never generate the 1st number [/Myth]
    anyways, I’m leaving a comment because developers love sexy designs also.

  5. Tommy

    Oct 25th, 2011

    I would like to win a copy of InVision because I’m tired of wireframing in Photoshop and trying to explain in words what I want in a website to my developer overseas.

    This would make it so simple and dummy proof :)

    Thanks!
    Tommy

  6. Massimiliano Atzori

    Oct 25th, 2011

    It seems a great tool, I will give it a try

  7. Juan

    Oct 25th, 2011

    1st comment? What are the odds?

  8. Mihaela Vorvoreanu

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Oooh, I would love to be able to show my interface design students how this works!

  9. Tomer Rosenthal

    Oct 25th, 2011

    This came as a blessing from the sky from us at Balagurpo. Our startup has just started to raise his head above the water and start a process of “normalizing” our activities. As such, we’re in dire need to start processes like Wireframing (or QA for that matter…:) ). Therefore, a year with this tool could be amazing for us and just in time!

  10. Martha kam

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Prototyping awesomeness! :-)

  11. mbernimont

    Oct 25th, 2011

    I am a young cognitive psychologist working as QA tester in a company in Belgium and I plan to work as an ergonomist later.
    Since I have a few projects that might improve usability in my company and for our clients, I sometimes have to work with prototyping tools.

    I would be then delighted to enjoy this new software that I didn’t know.

    Thank you very much for this little contest and especially for all your high quality articles !

  12. Tomasz

    Oct 25th, 2011

    I want a free subscription to prototyping my startup :)

  13. November

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Because I don’t know enough to html & JavaScript to prototype, I end up using Axure or even just PowerPoint – this seems like it would be a much better tool for me!

  14. Cédric Fontaine

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Would love to win a licences to try that !

  15. evgeny

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Being mostly a back-end developer I still wanna pay attention to the front-end aspect of my applications, but I am definitely not willing to use those clumsy prototyping tools out there with all their bells and whistles. That said, something simple, intuitive and working right out of the box would have been cool. Looks like InVision tool is just this. Bravo!

  16. Pierre-Yves Lafleur

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Wow! This seems to be a incredibly powerful tool with an awesome interface! I’m really impressed! I would love to use that tool when I build websites. It would be much more easier to show functional design mockups to clients. Having it for free would be even more cool ;)

  17. €mmanuel

    Oct 25th, 2011

    I just recently checked this out for prototyping mobile apps. I love its simple user interface and bold design elements. They’ve also done a great job putting in features you don’t really think about till you need them…and then boom you see it..as it was there the entire time.

    My only request is for it to somehow allow for auto-scaling of images when used on a mobile device (and commenting too). But all in all it is a awesomely sweet tool….Don’t hesitate in checking it out. seriously!

    Sign me up FTW!

    -€

  18. Shane

    Oct 25th, 2011

    What an amazing tool. As an interface designer it’s very important for me to test and analyse my designs ‘live’. Sad thing is that development takes time but this tool allows me to test my designs live by interacting through screenshots. A great tool and a must have for interface designers. I would love the free license to help me with my latest project and allow me to test it fully before committing to the developers.

    Shane

  19. Sean Healy

    Oct 25th, 2011

    This looks quite snazzy. We are just looking for a prototype tool, I’ll have to check it out.

  20. Robert

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Looks good. I ‘m curious how your tool will compare to for example Axure or even iiRise….

  21. Will Smith

    Oct 25th, 2011

    This looks like an amazing tool. I’ve struggled to get a decent application due to our stupidly restrictive IT policy. The ability to create and share wireframes and prototypes online would help my productivity and decrease my stress levels no end!

  22. Graham Morley

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Looks like a great resource!

  23. A. Yang

    Oct 25th, 2011

    I’m already using InVision, and it would be great to have a free license!

  24. Dan

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Just looking for something else to try other than Balsamiq.

  25. Bjørn

    Oct 25th, 2011

    I love Invision, but my trial ran out already :(

  26. Karl Mayer

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Looks like a neat tool!

  27. Jonathan

    Oct 25th, 2011

    Yes! A prototyping tool for us non-developer types.

  28. Keith Harvey

    Oct 25th, 2011

    A tool like this gives you the ability to really “sell” a design. I love it!

  29. Ravid

    Oct 25th, 2011

    I need it to prototype for our Gorilla NGO website, and it will be great if we could use it!!!
    http://www.berggorilla.org

  30. Julien

    Oct 26th, 2011

    ’cause i tried it and i loved it !

  31. Justin Slack

    Oct 26th, 2011

    I’ve given InVision a test via the free plan and it really is a great tool.

  32. nico

    Oct 26th, 2011

    I’m working in the UX department of TELEFONICA R&D and we’re interested in implementing new solutions. But as a humble worker, I can’t force the company to buy new products without testing them, this would be a nice way to test it and convince them

  33. David Okuniev

    Oct 26th, 2011

    It’s a great tool, I’ve already tried it. I would love to continue using it.

  34. Juan

    Oct 26th, 2011

    Just signed up to give it a try, pretty awesome so far…

  35. Jon Greaves

    Oct 26th, 2011

    I have entered my comment………. Do I win a prize?

    P.S. You’re well cool….. Do I win a prize?

  36. Martokus

    Oct 26th, 2011

    I’m currently using Balsamiq mainly because it’s way cheaper. But I’m really willing to win a licence for Invision and give it a try!

  37. Ivan

    Oct 26th, 2011

    As a UX expert, I’m constantly using wireframing tools as Viso & Axure to make my mockups. These tools should serve usability principles but are not that easy to use themselves. That’s the first time I see a prototyping tool that first applied usability principles to himself. Indeed, it seems very easy to use and very appealing as well! I wish I could have it for my future proto’s…

  38. Peter

    Oct 26th, 2011

    I want one because mockingbird just sucks…

  39. Craig Wilson

    Oct 26th, 2011

    I’d love one of these because I am a developer and many times don’t have designers around to help me prototype. This would definately let my proposals look more professional.

  40. Sven

    Oct 26th, 2011

    Wow Invision looks very interesting and it would speed up the proces when the designers can just design what they like and how they like..

    I am currently in my 30 days trials and I guess I will use it in the future!

  41. Jack Parsons

    Oct 26th, 2011

    This looks like an great addition to any UX designers toolbox. Would love to get my hands on a license for InVision, I’ve been looking for a prototyping tool like this for a while now.

  42. Mike

    Oct 26th, 2011

    These seems like it could be the solution. I’m constantly trying to update and rethink new platforms that allow consumers and easier interface to market and expand their product base. I’ve bounced from a computer based software (photoshop, illustrator, indesign) to create wireframes and work flow to some web based options to help organize content on top of design. I’d like to win a free professional version to push it to it’s limits to see if its the answer I’m looking for.

  43. thorsten

    Oct 26th, 2011

    we are trying desparately to improve our UI, so “we” are very needy ;-)

    tried pidoco, balsamiq and turned back to oldschool prototyping.

    if you like invites for our beta at http://www.musicplayr.com, let me know.

  44. rosa

    Oct 26th, 2011

    because the UI is so gorgeous and will probably cut the amount of time I spend prototyping on projects. Win win

  45. Kaishin

    Oct 26th, 2011

    I would like to use InVision to share my prototypes with my developer colleagues.

  46. CatLeo

    Oct 26th, 2011

    Waaaaw incredible

    I want a license because I work in a team of developers, I am the only UX designer, with our tool is hard share the projets

  47. Liz Hatfield

    Oct 26th, 2011

    I still use Powerpoint…. Need a better and more robust tool!

  48. David

    Oct 26th, 2011

    As an early tester, I found Invision to be great right out of the box. They knocked out of the park by providing A1 customer support and a beautiful interface to boot. I would like to use it for more projects in the future including some pro bono ones.

  49. Oliver Su

    Oct 26th, 2011

    InVision looks like a stunning tool, I would like to win very much please! As a web designer to be able to use tools like InVision would help clients to better understand how the production site will work with hands-on experience, increase project productivity, as well as reduce time and effort needed to communicate with technology partners and educate clients on UX and design principles etc.

    Anyways, awesome tool :)

  50. Jorge Martins

    Oct 26th, 2011

    Well, I didn’t know this, have been seeking this type of application all week.. but ended up sending the screen-shots to the client, image by image :( and this made me receive a lot of questions by email, because he wanted to me to explain the flow of it to him, and thats just so (!!) time consuming. So this tool would be a pain killer from now on.

    Thank you UXmovement, for helping me with this.

  51. Pertti Pitsinki

    Oct 27th, 2011

    Why do I want the free subscription? Simple: Omnigraffle Clickable Prototyping just doesn’t work. :)

  52. Ben - printed.com

    Oct 27th, 2011

    Hello – would love a free subscription so we can start prototyping new functionality for printed.com. The ability to get a sense of the user flow would be a killer feature for us – we can’t do this with our wireframes, and it’s expensive to build the actual screens if we decide to make sweeping changes to the original wireframes. It would be great to change this.

  53. Natalie Stone

    Oct 27th, 2011

    With an organization that runs about 15 websites, quite a few of which need a facelift, this tool would be really helpful.

    Since I have to get comps and everything else approved in differen states, it could easily keep me from having to drive 5 hours to really properly explain something to my many, non-tech savvy stakeholders.

  54. Matt

    Oct 27th, 2011

    Hello, I’ve actually been eyeing InVision (no pun intended) for some time now. We’re a small team (3 people) working on a startup but we all also currently have full time jobs. So finding those spare moments to work is difficult enough but effective collaboration & coordination is even more difficult. InVision would help on both these fronts as progress could be made from anywhere there is a browser AND we can keep tabs on each other.

    Seriously, just typing that got me excited about the possibilities.

  55. barry saunders

    Oct 27th, 2011

    I’ve just started making some clickable prototypes for an iPhone project after years of working with flat wireframes, and they’ve really sped up my workflow. I’d love a professional plan licence.

  56. jean-francois vigeant

    Oct 28th, 2011

    Easy html prototype sounds like a lot of fun! Centralize collaboration is also a must.

    Is there easy way to track requirements?

  57. pdrazyk

    Oct 28th, 2011

    This webapp looks like an advance wireframing tool like balsamiq with a high customization level and quick sharing and exporting to typical graphics design software. It might be use full for complex software companies or freelancers willing to share their work with client.

  58. Jayde Ly

    Oct 28th, 2011

    I’m currently using Fireworks to create clickable prototypes. It works okay but doesn’t have the extra cool features like being able to gather key stakeholder comments that could be left on-screen.

  59. Martina

    Oct 29th, 2011

    I allready used my free trial period. Then i extended it. Now I wish for more. But when time comes to pay… I put its advantages and usability on reevaluation. So I am somwhere in between using it and not using it. Free licence ( even for smaller package ) would deffinitly prevale to use it. :)

  60. Nate

    Oct 31st, 2011

    Looks like a great product. I’d love to be able to collaborate with clients right in the framework. This feature along will make client communication and prototyping much easier.

  61. efusien

    Nov 2nd, 2011

    It seems to be a powerful prototyping tool. I will enjoy use it !
    I will give you my personal feed back to improve it.

  62. Manuel

    Nov 2nd, 2011

    InVision really seems to put special focus onto usability and efficiency. I’ve tried it for a bit, and it really was a nice tool to have. Its best feature? the flow management.

  63. Chris Miller

    Nov 3rd, 2011

    I like how the iPhone prototypes look and feel. It’s looks like a great tool to have.

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