As mobile development continues to expand, there are new tools entering the market at the same pace. Today there is a plethora of Mobile App Mockup tools to choose from and picking the one that can best fit your need can be time consuming.
The first criteria while picking a good mobile mockup tool is the project specification. This is indeed a broad criteria covering lot of aspects like your target audience, usability, high level or low level design. We may broadly classify all these requirements into following factors:
An important criteria while selecting a mockup mobile tool is the ability to depict responsiveness. Ironically, many prototyping tools don’t support this vital feature.
- Visual design
Prototyping is essentially done by UX guys who may not be the end UI designers. So, picking a tool that can help in creating a good visual design is important. Although mobile mockup tool will never give a visual design like Photoshop/Sketch, but at-least the tool will help the UX designer to make the prototype more readable.
- Motion graphics
Motion graphics or animations is another deciding factor while choosing a mobile UI mockup tool. Typically mobile prototyping tools that offer motion graphics support lack other customization features. However, there are some good mobile wire-framing tools like Axure & Proto.io which offer built-in support for motion graphics and at the same time are quite flexible.
- Support for gestures
Gesture support is often a mandatory requirement for mobile mockups. Most of the mobile mockup tools offer built-in gestures for common user actions like tap, double tap, swipes and so on.
- Interaction experience
Most of the mobile app mockups need to only depict basic user interactivity like page navigation on click actions. There are some border use cases that require conditional interactive experience.
Top Mobile App Mockup Tools
Invision is a great mobile prototyping tool with support for both iOS & Android. Invision has built-in support for team collaboration. So all team members can work on the prototype and get alert notifications whenever the prototype is updated. It’s more like Sharepoint with version support and you can always revert back to a previous prototype version if you are not happy with the current design.
PopApp or Prototyping on paper is an innovative prototyping tool that literally transforms your hand drawn draft prototype ideas into working prototypes. This is a real time saver because you straight way have a baseline prototype to work on.
Another unique prototyping tool that automates the creation of prototypes. The way Marvel works is it connects your Dropbox account and automatically fetches images or PSD files from Dropbox to come up with an interactive prototype design.
Skala is actually a preview tool to review your design on real Android/iOS devices.
Remember the Interactivity experience we talked about earlier? Flinto is the best tool to showcase interactive experience like page flow and transitions.
Axure has a drop and drop feature that reduces the prototyping time and enables you to quickly get started. Another notable feature about Axure is that there are lot of free Axure wireframe libraries that you can choose to get a head start with your prototype.
UXPin offers lot of in-built UI elements that helps in creating a visual design.
Another handy mockup tool with support for interactivity and team collaboration.
WireFrame is great for those who don’t like a cluttered user interface. The interace offered by WireFrame is minimalistic with the ability to click and drag design elements.
iPlotz helps in creating clickable wireframes. It also has layer support and font libraries to make your prototypes stand out.
Proto.io can help you create prototypes that are very close to what the finished app should feel like. It’s a comprehensive mobile prototyping tool with lot of features and new features being added frequently.