Open source wireframe software

13 Jun 2008 - 10:32am
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oliver green
2006

Hi All,

Any recommendations for an open source wireframe tool? Something that is
similar to Axure - the license is too expensive for me.

Thanks,
Oliver

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13 Jun 2008 - 11:54am
Todd Moy
2007

Oliver -

what platform are you on? Dia is an alternative, but not one I'm terribly
crazy about. http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/ and runs on unix, osx, and
windows.There's also Denim, which is an interesting take on wireframing and
prototyping. http://dub.washington.edu:2007/denim/.

-Todd

Oliver wrote:
Hi All,

Any recommendations for an open source wireframe tool? Something that is
similar to Axure - the license is too expensive for me.

Thanks,
Oliver

13 Jun 2008 - 1:43pm
.pauric
2006

I notice DENIM is on v2 after what seemed like a long spell. I love
the concept but got tired of the scalability issues in the v1 release
I was using. The release notes indicate they're addressing those
problems
http://dub.washington.edu:2007/denim/support/2.1/

My question is; has anyone been using the latest release of DENIM and
what are your views? I'm reluctant to put effort in to producing
another large scale design only to find it becomes unusable beyond
very simple designs.

Thanks in advance - pauric (and thanks for the reminder about DENIM
Todd - it is a very interesting idea - lots of potential)

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13 Jun 2008 - 12:36pm
Benedict Steele
2008

Hi Oliver,

Although not a dedicated wire-framing tool, I've used OO Draw in the past.
It's been quite good and you definitely get your money's worth out of it! :)

http://www.openoffice.org/product/draw.html

Rgds,
Ben

2008/6/13 Todd Moy <oombrella at gmail.com>:

> Oliver -
>
> what platform are you on? Dia is an alternative, but not one I'm terribly
> crazy about. http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/ and runs on unix, osx, and
> windows.There's also Denim, which is an interesting take on wireframing and
> prototyping. http://dub.washington.edu:2007/denim/.
>
> -Todd
>
>
>
> Oliver wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Any recommendations for an open source wireframe tool? Something that is
> similar to Axure - the license is too expensive for me.
>
> Thanks,
> Oliver
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15 Jun 2008 - 10:32pm
DanP
2006

Hi Oliver,

While not specifically for wireframing, I've been using "CMapTools"
for both concept mapping and some basic wireframing as well. I don't
know of any free tools that come close to a tool like Axure though.

http://cmap.ihmc.us/download/

Good luck in your search,
-Dan

---------------------------------------------
Dan Peknik * SF Bay Area
Interaction & Industrial Design
---------------------------------------------

On Jun 13, 2008, at 9:32 AM, oliver green wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Any recommendations for an open source wireframe tool? Something
> that is
> similar to Axure - the license is too expensive for me.
>
> Thanks,
> Oliver
>

16 Jun 2008 - 12:46am
Henrik Olsen
2006

Hi Oliver

OverSite might cover your needs. It's not Open Source but at 35 $ it's
affordable.

I've got a short review of it here:
http://www.guuui.com/posting.php?id=2128

Henrik Olsen
www.guuui.com

As I write "I haven't tested it on a real project, but it seems like a
quite reasonable tool."

On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 6:32 PM, oliver green <oliverhci at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Any recommendations for an open source wireframe tool? Something that is
> similar to Axure - the license is too expensive for me.
>
> Thanks,
> Oliver

16 Jun 2008 - 8:03am
prince arora
2008

Oliver, you might want to try Gliffy.com <http://www.gliffy.com/> - it is
like visio on the web, what we call SaaS (software as a service) model. You
can use free option of 5 diagrams or just pay $5 for unlimited diagrams or
interfaces.

Prince Arora
www.duxjobs.com
www.usabilitymagazine.com

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Prince Arora

http://www.UsabilityMagazine.com

16 Jun 2008 - 8:29am
Vishal Subraman...
2005

Not really open source, but chances are that you have Powerpoint installed
on your computer- which is a surprisingly decent wireframing tool.

--
-Vishal
http://www.vishaliyer.com

16 Jun 2008 - 9:54am
Jarod Tang
2007

it's more for the mental model and pattern digging from personal experience

On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 12:32 PM, dnp607 <dnp607 at pacbell.net> wrote:
> Hi Oliver,
>
> While not specifically for wireframing, I've been using "CMapTools" for both
> concept mapping and some basic wireframing as well. I don't know of any free
> tools that come close to a tool like Axure though.
>
> http://cmap.ihmc.us/download/
>
> Good luck in your search,
> -Dan
>
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Dan Peknik * SF Bay Area
> Interaction & Industrial Design
> ---------------------------------------------
>
> On Jun 13, 2008, at 9:32 AM, oliver green wrote:
>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Any recommendations for an open source wireframe tool? Something that is
>> similar to Axure - the license is too expensive for me.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Oliver
>>
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16 Jun 2008 - 9:58am
Jarod Tang
2007

Hi Oliver,

sometimes, the pen & paper are quite good tool (free you from
disturbing by the computer software), and some time, the post-it notes
and a big paper/white board are super cool, and after that you can
copy your original design from paper to powerpoint.

Cheers,
-- Jarod

On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 12:32 AM, oliver green <oliverhci at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Any recommendations for an open source wireframe tool? Something that is
> similar to Axure - the license is too expensive for me.
>
> Thanks,
> Oliver
> ________________________________________________________________
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16 Jun 2008 - 10:03am
Todd Warfel
2003

And while not "open source" it is platform independent and pretty
inexpensive. All of our designs and prototypes at Messagefirst start
out as sketches and paper prototypes first, before we ever lay down a
single line of code.

On Jun 16, 2008, at 11:58 AM, Jarod Tang wrote:

> Hi Oliver,
>
> sometimes, the pen & paper are quite good tool (free you from
> disturbing by the computer software), and some time, the post-it
> notes and a big paper/white board are super cool, and after that you
> can
> copy your original design from paper to powerpoint.
>
> Cheers,
> -- Jarod

Cheers!

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17 Jun 2008 - 7:25am
Al Selvin
2006

Another tool (free and open source) along these lines is Compendium
(www.compendiuminstitute.org). Some are using it for IA and similar
applications.

Al

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Hi Oliver,

While not specifically for wireframing, I've been using "CMapTools"
for both concept mapping and some basic wireframing as well. I don't
know of any free tools that come close to a tool like Axure though.

http://cmap.ihmc.us/download/

Good luck in your search,
-Dan

17 Jun 2008 - 8:33am
Andy Edmonds
2004

There have been a number of attempts at wireframing support for Cold
Fusion over the years. Pretty niche, but I do like playing in the open
source world a lot for establishing clear prior art (ala the p*tent
dialogue). I open sourced an early javascript web analytics bug back
in '01 for that reason (code from '99) that logged mousemiles, start
x/y, end x/y, etc. (http://lucidity.sourceforge.net).

The CF projects:
http://xmlviews.riaforge.org/
http://www.halhelms.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=code.detail

Cheers,
Andy Edmonds
StomperNet, LLC

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http://about.stompernet.com/scrutinizer/learnmore

21 Jun 2008 - 12:53pm
oliver green
2006

I am using Windows XP.

On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 10:54 AM, Todd Moy <oombrella at gmail.com> wrote:
> Oliver -
>
> what platform are you on? Dia is an alternative, but not one I'm terribly
> crazy about. http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/ and runs on unix, osx, and
> windows.There's also Denim, which is an interesting take on wireframing and
> prototyping. http://dub.washington.edu:2007/denim/.
>
> -Todd
>
>
>
> Oliver wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Any recommendations for an open source wireframe tool? Something that is
> similar to Axure - the license is too expensive for me.
>
> Thanks,
> Oliver
>

21 Jun 2008 - 9:17pm
Adam Connor
2007

Serena Composer isn't open source, but it is free.

http://www.serena.com/products/prototype-composer/home.html

Its been mentioned in previous threads and I've been meaning to try
it out myself, but haven't gotten around to it. If you give it a
shot, let me know how you like it.

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