RapidRabb.it Prototype Creator launched today

1 Dec 2008 - 5:33am
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Volker Gersabeck
2007

Dear list,

according to the discussion guidelines I want to make you aware of a new
web-based tool for rapid prototyping.

Today we launched the RapidRabb.it Prototype Creator (http://rapidrabb.it),
a collaborative editor for interactive wireframes. This tool finally allows
for real time collaboration in your prototyping, just like in Google Docs.
The Visio-style editor does not require any programming languages, you can
design and connect your pages via drag and drop. Using freehand drawings and
click areas you can extend the existing palette of shapes.

A prototyping tool wouldn't be rapid, if you couldn't run the prototypes
immediately. Send out a link and let your customer, user, developer, etc.
participate by reviewing and discussing right within the prototype. You can
even modify the prototype during a meeting and check back these changes.

We have made a short video showing the basic functionality of RapidRabb.it:
http://rapidrabb.it/demo-video

In addition, you can open our Preview (http://rapidrabb.it/preview) and
experience the Prototype Creator right away.

We would be happy to welcome you on our website.

Kind regards,
Volker

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RapidRabb.it GmbH
Kirchhofstr. 43
12055 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 6920 3773
volker.gersabeck at rapidrabb.it

www.rapidrabb.it
Accelerate your Prototyping!

RapidRabb.it GmbH
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Registergericht Berlin-Charlottenburg, HRB 115010
Geschäftsführer: Philipp Huy

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1 Dec 2008 - 10:25am
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

>
> Today we launched the RapidRabb.it Prototype Creator (http://rapidrabb.it
> ),
> a collaborative editor for interactive wireframes.

Looks like it could be a good tool, but I have to say, it's bad form to
require payment during registration for a product the user can't even try
out first. You're asking for credit card info before anyone really knows
what they're getting into.

Lower the barrier to entry. Lower the risk. Offer a free trial.

-r-

1 Dec 2008 - 10:40am
Jackson Fox
2006

@Robert - You can try it for free by going to
http://rapidrabb.it/preview or clicking the "Try for Free" link on
the homepage.

-- jackson

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1 Dec 2008 - 11:15am
Planetpapi
2008

I have recently used another prototyping tool AXURE and I believe it worked great. It would be nice if the vendor compares rapidrabbit to other available alternatives.
-Ravi

1 Dec 2008 - 11:13am
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

>
> @Robert - You can try it for free by going to
> http://rapidrabb.it/preview or clicking the "Try for Free" link on
> the homepage.
>

Thanks, but that's actually just a preview, not a free trial. I'd like to
try it on a real project before laying down a subscription fee, you know?

-r-

1 Dec 2008 - 4:37pm
Volker Gersabeck
2007

Comparing RapidRabb.it with Axure, I have to start with the main
difference:
- RapidRabb.it is a browser application, and therefore running on any
operating system (as long as you have Firefox or Safari). You can
edit, show, and discuss the prototypes anywhere, anytime.
- second, we implemented a collaboration mechanism, that allows for
real-time collaboration just as you know from Google Docs. You do not
have to care about versions or have to send files around.
- rapid prototyping includes not only the creation, but also the
testing of prototypes. Therefore, you can easily send a link to your
prototype via email, inviting anybody (on any browser) to use the
prototype and participate in review discussions within the prototype.
The test users do not need to have a license for RapidRabb.it, they
just need the link.
- especially compared to Axure, our editor is far easier to use.
There is a visual way to assign link targets, showing you all the
steps of your processes at once. You can cluster those steps in use
cases, giving you a better overview.

You may argue that other tools might support the same features, but
no tool currently available provides all of them together in one
product. In addition, our goal was to build a tool for interaction
designers with a certain degree of freedom when designing.

I'd like to encourage you to buy a one month license in order to
experience all the details. Otherwise, I'm sure you already have
seen the preview (http://rapidrabb.it/preview)

Cheers,
Volker

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1 Dec 2008 - 11:06pm
Fred Beecher
2006

On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 4:37 PM, Volker Gersabeck <
volker.gersabeck at rapidrabb.it> wrote:

> Comparing RapidRabb.it with Axure, I have to start with the main
> difference:
> - RapidRabb.it is a browser application, and therefore running on any
> operating system (as long as you have Firefox or Safari). You can
> edit, show, and discuss the prototypes anywhere, anytime.
>

Axure prototypes are HTML, and thus also fit that bill. iRise prototypes
require a special (free) viewer application.

> - second, we implemented a collaboration mechanism, that allows for
> real-time collaboration just as you know from Google Docs. You do not
> have to care about versions or have to send files around.

Axure also has a collaboration feature. It isn't as simple as something like
Google docs, but it's there.

- rapid prototyping includes not only the creation, but also the
> testing of prototypes. Therefore, you can easily send a link to your
> prototype via email, inviting anybody (on any browser) to use the
> prototype and participate in review discussions within the prototype.
> The test users do not need to have a license for RapidRabb.it, they
> just need the link.

Again, Axure prototypes are HTML, meaning anybody with a browser can work
with them. iRise prototypes, while they do require a viewer application,
also do not require a license to view.

> - especially compared to Axure, our editor is far easier to use.
> There is a visual way to assign link targets, showing you all the
> steps of your processes at once. You can cluster those steps in use
> cases, giving you a better overview.
>

While the use case diagram feature looks really cool, I had no idea you
could assign link targets there until this message. I tried, and couldn't
figure it out without watching the video. Once you know how to do it, yes
it's very easy. However, the big downfall is that linking is all you can do.
It lacks support for AJAX-style interactions.

> You may argue that other tools might support the same features, but
> no tool currently available provides all of them together in one
> product. In addition, our goal was to build a tool for interaction
> designers with a certain degree of freedom when designing.
>

Axure & iRise support more, actually, and all together. The whole reason I
began using Axure in the first place is because it allowed me to do
wireframing, prototyping, and printed documentation all in one tool. The one
place it falls down is in connecting business requirements to UI elements.
That's iRise's strength.

I think RapidRabb.it is a great addition to the UX design arsenal, but
positioning it as a competitor to these established, comprehensive
applications is a mistake. There's a burgeoning need out there for RAPID
rapid prototyping. Currently, I'm seeing Balsamiq Mockups (kind of) &
Protoshare as playing in that space. (Axure & iRise can play there too, but
that requires a designer with a lot of skill in the tool.) RapidRabb.it
could definitely mix it up with those two and create some healthy
competition.

> I'd like to encourage you to buy a one month license in order to
> experience all the details. Otherwise, I'm sure you already have
> seen the preview (http://rapidrabb.it/preview)

I'd highly suggest moving to a 30-day free trial. That really helps people
get a feel for whether a piece of software will fit their needs. I wouldn't
pay $40 USD just to try something out. I'd pay $0 USD and then pay full
price if it works for me. I'm guessing many others would be in the same
boat.

- Fred

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2 Dec 2008 - 3:28am
Pietro Desiato
2008

I have tried the Rabb.it for a little bit. It's always a great thing
when the tools grows in number. Anyhow, I think that you can work
more on the interface that in some points (e.g. page linking) is not
very user-friendly.
The fact that it's a browser-based tool could be a plus IF
interactions are not influenced by connection quality. Axure provides
a collaborative framework too (with the version nr. 5) but, on the
other hand, Axure and iRise are not cheap tools.
You're doing a good job and you should go on and solve some
usability issues. Google docs has issues as well ;-)

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2 Dec 2008 - 6:24am
Dave Malouf
2005

Fred, in all fairness, I think you are being pedantic in your defense
of Axure. Axure is not a hosted solution, so even though your
solutions are exported into HTML, that is not the same thing as a
hosted shared environment that RapidRab.it is all about and I think
they make a good case that a hosted solution has certain advantages.
The same is true with collaboration.

There are weaknesses here in Rab.it for sure, but also strengths.

I think my biggest critique is the startup model. Pay and then play
just has never worked for a hosted solution model outside the
enterprise model. People need to be able to play with it before
they'll put money down and a video isn't going to cut it. This is
Web 2.0 people! Most of the apps I use are free at this point, so if
I'm going to pay for one I need to play with it.

Also, is further VERY dangerous to compare yourself to a free hosted
app and then not have a free hosted solution.

It might behoove you to create a limited use version of the
application that puts limits on saving, or sharing or other "extra"
features.

For me the problem is this. If I'm going to have to switch to Axure
(or whatever) later in my process b/c the tool for up stream flow
have too many limitations, then I'm probably not going to bother.
I.e. I work in Fireworks from rough sketch to high-fidelity
prototype. I can share through exporting to HTML and SWF and it does
everything I need short of specification writing which I do in Word
and import those same images into it. Works fine. Rab.it here has a
quick start, but isn't a good finisher. This to me is the real crux
of the problem with this sort of application.

-- dave

-- dave

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2 Dec 2008 - 7:46am
Todd Warfel
2003

On Dec 2, 2008, at 12:06 AM, Fred Beecher wrote:

> I'd highly suggest moving to a 30-day free trial. That really helps
> people get a feel for whether a piece of software will fit their
> needs. I wouldn't pay $40 USD just to try something out. I'd pay $0
> USD and then pay full price if it works for me. I'm guessing many
> others would be in the same boat.

I'd have to agree with Fred on this one. A 30 day free trial is pretty
standard practice and good business practice. Get it in their hands,
let them figure out that they can't live w/o it and then make them pay
for it to keep using it.

Even if you only convert 10% of your audience, that's more than you'll
get than requiring a $40 payment to try it out. Not to mention, you
have to consider that you're an unknown player in the market, which
means you're up against potential customers wondering how easy it will
be to cancel their $40 subscription if they don't like it.

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
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2 Dec 2008 - 10:34am
Volker Gersabeck
2007

Thank you for your feedback, which we read thoroughly and which
provides us with valuable information for our next steps. We know
that we continuously have to improve usability issues and we are
working on it. The pros and cons of web applications are obvious and
you already discussed them.

Regarding the free trial version we understood that it is an issue
for you. We are considering the different possibilities and thinking
about how we can enable you to experience RapidRabb.it in an
affordable and fair way. It would be nice if you'd grant us the
right to write a short post on this list when we offer some free
trial. In any case, you will be notified in our blog
(http://rapidrabb.it/blog).

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