What software to create documentation and deliverables? What are you using?

20 Apr 2005 - 1:03am
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subimage interactive
2004

Just a quick question to the other list members out there that's been
bugging me lately during my proposal writing, persona creation, page
description diagrams etc.

What software is everyone out there using to create documents for this
type of stuff? I'm still using ol' MS Word, but it just seems
inefficient, bloated, and unsuited for this type of work.

What's your favorite? What do you use it for?

Additionally, is there a nice repository of IxD/IA/Whatever materials
that are considered "best practice"? I've worked with a variety of
companies and everyone seems to have their own way to do things.

--
seth at subimage interactive
http://www.subimage.com/sublog/

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20 Apr 2005 - 7:56am
Dan Saffer
2003

On Apr 20, 2005, at 2:03 AM, subimage interactive wrote:

> What software is everyone out there using to create documents for this
> type of stuff? I'm still using ol' MS Word, but it just seems
> inefficient, bloated, and unsuited for this type of work.

I've moved almost completely over to InDesign for these types of
documents. It handles text really well.

Now if only there was an InDesign library of UI widgets...

Dan

20 Apr 2005 - 9:05am
Wendy Fischer
2004

I vary on what I use depending on the job and the people I work with.

For the most part I use windows.

For site maps and wireframes, I use both Illustrator and Visio. If I work more with engineering folks, I tend to use Visio. If I work more with designers and pm's I tend to use Illustrator.

For documentation, I usually use word. However, I have used Framemaker and prefer that, except the license is very expensive and most companies aren't willing to buy the license.

For high fidelity prototypes and visual design work, I prefer Photoshop. I will often use Photoshop in tandem with Dreamweaver to get the mockups that I need, first by mocking up forms in Dreamweaver, and then manipulating it in photoshop to get the layout that I need.

-Wendy

subimage interactive <subimage at gmail.com> wrote:
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Just a quick question to the other list members out there that's been
bugging me lately during my proposal writing, persona creation, page
description diagrams etc.

What software is everyone out there using to create documents for this
type of stuff? I'm still using ol' MS Word, but it just seems
inefficient, bloated, and unsuited for this type of work.

What's your favorite? What do you use it for?

Additionally, is there a nice repository of IxD/IA/Whatever materials
that are considered "best practice"? I've worked with a variety of
companies and everyone seems to have their own way to do things.

--
seth at subimage interactive
http://www.subimage.com/sublog/
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20 Apr 2005 - 10:22am
vutpakdi
2003

I do almost all of my interaction design deliverables using ACD Systems' Canvas. Canvas is sort of a swiss army knife of graphics tools: vector based graphics for wireframes, bitmap based graphics for high fidelity mockups and modifications, and light page layout capabilities for my design presentation workbooks all smoothly integrated in one application. The import and export capabilities are superb. The price is also very attractive when compared to the Adobe Creative Suite (though the Adobe Suite has deeper capabilities). Canvas is available for Windows and Macs.

I also use Word, Excel, Visio, and IconWorkshop as appropriate, but I use Canvas 90% of the time.

Ron
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20 Apr 2005 - 7:28pm
subimage interactive
2004

> I've moved almost completely over to InDesign for these types of
> documents. It handles text really well.
>
> Now if only there was an InDesign library of UI widgets...
>
> Dan

I've been considering InDesign as a replacement. Seems like it could
be useful for branded-deliverables. Do you usually generate PDFs to
give to your clients?

--
seth at subimage interactive
http://www.subimage.com/sublog/

21 Apr 2005 - 8:17am
vutpakdi
2003

subimage interactive wrote:

>I've been considering InDesign as a replacement. Seems like it could
>be useful for branded-deliverables. Do you usually generate PDFs to
>give to your clients?
>

I generate PDFs for my most of my deliverables, but I generate them from
Canvas. The teams with whom I work seem to appreciate the flexibility
of the format (for onscreen viewing and paper copies in a variety of sizes).

Something that I haven't done yet, but I will do with my next
deliverable is create my wireframes in true scale (which I already do,
1024x768 or 1280x1024) and also deliver them in that scale by putting
them on 11"x17" tabloid "sheets" and then rely on Acrobat Reader's
capability to allow the user to print them at that size, print them
scaled down to Letter sized, or view them onscreen at whatever scale
depending on what the viewing team member wants to do. I've been
working at true scale in workbooks, but my design docs usually have the
wireframes at 75% scale to fit the Letter sized design doc.

Ron

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