Interaction design / rapid prototyping software (response to wireframes)
4 Sep 2007 - 12:01pm
Hi there all,
After recently reading on the topic of rapid prototyping, and going beyond wireframes, I was compelled to respond, and share with you information about our software which can be used for both interaction design, and rapid prototyping.
Our software is a Flash e-learning authoring tool, SmartBuilder, that allows you to build richly interactive web-content without knowing any ActionScripting. In a sense, it is a rapid interactivity builder comparable to AuthorWare, or like a cross between PowerPoint and Flash.
The goal of our software was to allow someone without computer programming skills to build highly interactive, effective e-learning content, given that interactive content was more likely to engage a learner. Part of the design methodology we follow (and have sought to make easy with our software) is rapid prototyping content to see how a potential learner reacts to the material before developing it in full. SmartBuilder has made the process of building interactivity logic easier and faster by using a contextual menu paradigm to approach both sequential flow logic, and discrete ‘if > then’ logic, rather than relying on a coding language to specify such interactivity logic.
Though it was designed for the eLearning industry, its ability to build interactions quickly and easily means it might solve some of the problems/needs you all raised. Additionally, if it hits on some of the needs of interaction design, but misses others you could see that would be useful, we’d love to get your feedback and input.
Also, due to the guidelines of this distribution list, in sharing information about a technology solution, I am only allowed to post about our software once, so please spread the word if you like what you see.