iRise: Fast prototyping tool?

28 Jul 2009 - 3:03am
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schepop
2008

I want an opinion about iRise:

By watching their videos I got an impression that is too back-end
focussed. No much room for a 'rapid' UX mind-set. For that I tend to
stand for Axure. Light and fast prototypes with documentation. I have
no experience with iRise and depending on complexity it might bring
benefits to the requirements management and other parts of the
application development, e.g. back-end programming, test scripts and
so on. It looks overkilling to test UX, though.

Is someone, focused on UX, actually using it? For fast simulations in
an iterative design process? Testing with end-users?

Cheers,
Bernardo.

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28 Jul 2009 - 6:39am
Joe Sokohl
2004

I've been using Axure (http://www.axure.com) a lot lately. I have
done some testing iRise. It is slick, it has lots of features...and
it's stupidly expensive. I also think it's a tool directed at
socalled business analysts who work in environments where there are
no IxDs or dedicated UX staff, so they end up mucking around with a
complex and, as I said, waaay expensive tool.

For my money, I'd rather just develop in the target dev tool if I
were spending that money. But I feel we as IxDs have other tools for
developing prototypes for usability test, interaction design problem
solving, and proofs of concept for other competencies to engage with.
Axure or Fireworks (plus now Catalyst?) or Dreamweaver or whatever can
provide good-enough and fast-enough protos.

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28 Jul 2009 - 8:43am
Joe Sokohl
2004

Another tool to consider, if you're using Windows: Expression Studio.

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29 Jul 2009 - 7:48am
Chuck Konfrst
2007

At OneSpring we use iRise for rapid UX prototyping all the time. It
is simple enough to use for very lightweight "boxes & arrows"
prototypes and powerful enough to create fully functional high
fidelity visualizations complete with realistic data and more. We
regularly use high fidelity visualizations in user testing and users
never know they're on a prototype. One of the biggest
differentiators of iRise is the collaboration tools which are largely
unmatched in this space. The ability to capture textual requirements
and tie them directly to interface components is also unmatched.

The Adobe product I think you are referring to is Flash Catalyst,
formerly Thermo. It is currently in beta. It gives people the
ability to quickly take static Photoshop/Illustrator comps and make
them interactive via Flash. Here is the link:
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashcatalyst/

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29 Jul 2009 - 11:44pm
Jacki Ray
2009

iRise is too expansive to do the job, and it is not so easy to use.
I recommend ForeUI (www.foreui.com), it is a really good product, you can use it on Windows or Mac.

30 Jul 2009 - 1:24pm
Chris Heckler
2007

Stu, I had a similar feeling after trying Flash Catalyst. I attempted
to build a prototype with it and quit pretty early in the process,
hanging my head in frustration. I couldn't seem to get it to do
anything. (Granted my ActionScript skills are limited at best.) For
the past couple of weeks I've been using Blend 3 with Sketchflow and
have a had a much, MUCH better experience.

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8 Nov 2012 - 11:38am
Jonny marr
2012

I find now that many Large Enterprises see iRise not as a Prototyping tool but as a way of gathering requirements and trying to make UX professionals Surplus to requirements.

So I spend myself trying to educate these people that its only a tool but I find myself having to enlighten BAs that its a tool and nothing more..

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