by Peter Severin on 11/23/11 at 1:53 pm
[Note: This giveaway has ended!]
WireframeSketcher is giving away 5 free licenses (worth $75 each) to UX Movement readers for free.
Nowadays there is a huge variety of specialized wireframing tools to choose from. However, most of them are either web-based, or they use outdated Flash technology. WireframeSketcher believes there is a place for a good, old desktop tool that’s fast, stable, cross-platform, has native UI and produces beautiful results.
Powerful and flexible.
WireframeSketcher comes both as a standalone desktop application, but also as a plug-in for any Eclipse IDE. This means that developers who already use tools like Aptana, ColdFusion Builder or Zend Studio can simply install the plug-in and start wireframing straight away using a familiar UI and concepts. There are also free version control plugins for Git and Subversion that can be installed so that wireframes can be versioned and shared via a repository.
Sketchy, unfinished look.
With WireframeSketcher you create mockups with rough, unfinished, hand-drawn look. This is a great way to communicate that “it’s just a mockup and not a final design”. You can also toggle the sketchy style off, to show your design with clean, straight lines.
Create click-through prototypes.
WireframeSketcher lets you link screens to create click-through prototypes. Prototypes can be tested in full-screen presentation mode or exported to clickable PDF or HTML.
Share and test wireframes.
With WireframeSketcher you can produce high-quality, clickable, vector PDFs that you can share with your clients or developers. High-quality output is important as your clients don’t want to stare at pixelated images and developers want to easily copy & paste the text they see. Take a look at the example PDF.
Create reusable bits with master components.
In most projects, you’ll have some bits you’ll want to reuse like navigation, headers and footers that repeat across multiple screens. WireframeSketcher saves you tons of time by letting you create master components that you can edit in one place. Changing a component updates it in every screen it’s used. What’s best is that you can still customize a component without breaking the link. For example, you can easily change the selected item in the global menu without any content duplication.
Style widgets with flexible wiki formatting.
Most widgets in WireframeSketcher can by styled using wiki formatting. Using a simple syntax you can make text bold, italic, underlined and even insert icons, make checkboxes, radio buttons and more. Syntax highlighting saves you from getting lost in your text.
Wireframe web, desktop and mobile apps.
WireframeSketcher comes with a set of pre-made components that lets you wireframes applications for Android, iPhone and iPad devices. There you’ll find other useful widgets like Calendar, Rich Text and more.
Stable and solid tool.
WireframeSketcher has been in development since 2008 and it’s a very stable tool used by thousands of users worldwide. It also comes with quick and responsive support which you most probably won’t need. WireframeSketcher won’t crash your browser, won’t slow down your machine and you won’t risk losing your data in the cloud. With its flexible licensing system, it lets you use it on any machine you own. If you need a stable and solid wireframing tool in your toolbox, consider WireframeSketcher.
5 Licenses up for grabs.
For a chance to win one of the WireframeSketcher licenses, all you have to do is post a comment below and tell us why you would like to win this rapid wireframing tool. We’ll choose the winners randomly from the comments. So leave your name, email and comment for your chance to win!
Peter Severin is the guy behind WireframeSketcher. He lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. His goal is to make WireframeSketcher the best desktop rapid wireframing tool on the market.