Experience with Axure RP?

17 Jul 2007 - 5:45pm
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Johansen, Kristen
2006

Is there anyone out there who has been using Axure for
creating wireframes, sitemaps and/or specs who's
interested in sharing their experience?

We've been looking at the tool for our own use (we mostly
use Visio and Fireworks now) and are wondering just how
much more efficient it is for creating documentation, and
how it's working for others.

So how is it?

k

Kristen Johansen |Manager, User Interface

Citrix Online Division
Citrix Systems, Inc.
5385 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93111 USA
www.citrixonline.com

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17 Jul 2007 - 5:54pm
Ari
2006

On 7/17/07, Kristen Johansen <Kristen.Johansen at citrix.com> wrote:
>
> Is there anyone out there who has been using Axure for
> creating wireframes, sitemaps and/or specs who's
> interested in sharing their experience?

i've used it quite a bit for app specifications and to prototype small
tools and applications. i really like it but it has its pros and cons.

>
> We've been looking at the tool for our own use (we mostly
> use Visio and Fireworks now) and are wondering just how
> much more efficient it is for creating documentation, and
> how it's working for others.
>

it's great for documentation but it has some annoying limitations:

- it currently doesn't support rich-text editing for element notes and
annotations, which means you have to do a lot of messing around if
presentation is important (as in client deliverables).

- it has no version control so very large sites or apps that are
frequently revised can be difficult to manage

- it has built-in spell checking but its not global (it works per
screen) not per document

> So how is it?
>

good but it really depends on what you do. can it do RIA? yes. is it
better than visio? in some areas yes. needs a lot of work in the
flowcharting, widgets and document/project management.

it's awesome for prototyping app modules but takes time to master. i
wouldn't use it for very large projects for prototypes. it's good to
really good for wireframes and spec generation though revisions are
impossible to manage internally.

> k
>
> Kristen Johansen |Manager, User Interface
>
> Citrix Online Division
> Citrix Systems, Inc.
> 5385 Hollister Avenue
> Santa Barbara, CA 93111 USA
> www.citrixonline.com
>
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17 Jul 2007 - 7:18pm
Jarod Tang
2007

> - it has no version control so very large sites or apps that are
> frequently revised can be difficult to manage

a external version control for this kind of things also help, such as svn or
cvs.

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17 Jul 2007 - 7:20pm
Ari
2006

sure. but svn is optimized for source code. for specs, it's great to
know if 10 screens changes and what those changes were, etc.

On 7/17/07, Jarod Tang <jarod.tang at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> > - it has no version control so very large sites or apps that are
> > frequently revised can be difficult to manage
>
> a external version control for this kind of things also help, such as svn or
> cvs.
>
>
>
> --
> IxD for better life style.
>
> http://jarodtang.blogspot.com

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17 Jul 2007 - 7:25pm
Jarod Tang
2007

Hi AF:
Fullly agree, hope the latter version can address this, ;-).
The problem itself is a kind of interesting interaction design
problem/pattern, ;-)

Cheers
-- Jarod

On 7/18/07, Ari Feldman <ari1970 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> sure. but svn is optimized for source code. for specs, it's great to
> know if 10 screens changes and what those changes were, etc.
>
>
> On 7/17/07, Jarod Tang <jarod.tang at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > > - it has no version control so very large sites or apps that are
> > > frequently revised can be difficult to manage
> >
> > a external version control for this kind of things also help, such as
> svn or
> > cvs.
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > IxD for better life style.
> >
> > http://jarodtang.blogspot.com
>
>
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17 Jul 2007 - 8:05pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

> Is there anyone out there who has been using Axure for
> creating wireframes, sitemaps and/or specs who's
> interested in sharing their experience?

There were a fesw threads on this a while back that should be helpful.

http://beta.ixda.org/search.php?tag=axure+rp

-r-

18 Jul 2007 - 10:12am
Alex Jones
2007

When I tried the demo about six months ago I was very excited, as the
document as-you-go was really useful and the ability to quickly build
interactive prototypes that don't rely on a backend is amazing. But I
ran into a couple of problems that stopped me in my tracks. It appears
that the just-released version (4.6) has addressed the one major issue I
had with the app (4.5 didn't have a way to share interaction events
across pages via Masters), but I haven't had a chance to use it as of
yet, so I can't verify if that is the case. Here's the forum thread
with more details on my expectations at the time:
http://axure.com/CS/forums/thread/1182.aspx

The other issues were smaller, but I recall that the amount of
auto-generated documentation could get a bit unwieldy at times and, as
is the case with any form of drawing software, the way that you interact
with the elements are different than I am used to within Photoshop,
Illustrator and Visio. Of course, that's already the case between the
Adobe apps and Visio, so I can't knock Axure for that one. All in all it
was a good experience, and I look forward to trying the new demo.

Hope that helps,

Alex

19 Jul 2007 - 4:02am
Jarod Tang
2007

There's also a review page from GUUUI: http://www.guuui.com/issues/02_06.php

Cheers
-- Jarod

On 7/18/07, Alex Jones <Alex.Jones at pluck.com> wrote:
>
> When I tried the demo about six months ago I was very excited, as the
> document as-you-go was really useful and the ability to quickly build
> interactive prototypes that don't rely on a backend is amazing. But I
> ran into a couple of problems that stopped me in my tracks. It appears
> that the just-released version (4.6) has addressed the one major issue I
> had with the app (4.5 didn't have a way to share interaction events
> across pages via Masters), but I haven't had a chance to use it as of
> yet, so I can't verify if that is the case. Here's the forum thread
> with more details on my expectations at the time:
> http://axure.com/CS/forums/thread/1182.aspx
>
> The other issues were smaller, but I recall that the amount of
> auto-generated documentation could get a bit unwieldy at times and, as
> is the case with any form of drawing software, the way that you interact
> with the elements are different than I am used to within Photoshop,
> Illustrator and Visio. Of course, that's already the case between the
> Adobe apps and Visio, so I can't knock Axure for that one. All in all it
> was a good experience, and I look forward to trying the new demo.
>
> Hope that helps,
>
> Alex
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