Wireframing on the iPad

20 Jun 2010 - 8:13pm
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Neil Lee
2007

(I atone in advance for this topic's platform-specificness.)

I was wondering if anyone who owns either iMockups[1] or Omnigaffle for the iPad[2] could pipe up with their thoughts and comments? I've been doing some very rough wireframe sketching using the free Adobe Ideas app, but have been looking at both of these apps as my next purchase.

iMockups is $10, so it's not a huge investment. Conversely, Omnigraffle is $50, so the wallet pain is somewhat more pronounced.

[1]:http://endloop.ca/
[2]:http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnigraffle-ipad/

In general, I'd love to hear if anyone is actively using the iPad for design / UX work, and what applications you use.

Neil

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20 Jun 2010 - 8:52pm
Joe Ortenzi
2008

I use omnigraffle quite a lot, and if the iPad version is as feature-rich as the desktop version, allowing master templates, stencil collections, etc, then the cost is justified. If anyone can build a version of Balsamiq, Mockingbird, or FlairBuilder in non-flash versions, in HTML5 for example, I'm sure there'll be a lot of take-up. <gauntlet="thrown" />

20 Jun 2010 - 9:30pm
Jason Wehmhoener
2009

AFAIK Mockingbird is built on HTML5 technologies, but from what I understand the performance isn't great on the iPad and the UI isn't entirely touch optimized. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to try Mockingbird on the iPad personally yet. 

21 Jun 2010 - 12:05am
Elinesca
2008

I mostly use Keynote for wireframing. I don't have an ipad yet so I'm not sure what keynote is like there - but it works perfectly well on my mac and it's great for simple prototypes as well. E.

On 21 Jun 2010, at 05:56, Neil Lee wrote:

> (I atone in advance for this topic's platform-specificness.) > I was wondering if anyone who owns either iMockups[1] or Omnigaffle for the iPad[2] could pipe up with their thoughts and comments? I've been doing some very rough wireframe sketching using the free Adobe Ideas app, but have been looking at both of these apps as my next purchase. > iMockups is $10, so it's not a huge investment. Conversely, Omnigraffle is $50, so the wallet pain is somewhat more pronounced. > [1]:http://endloop.ca/ [1] > [2]:http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnigraffle-ipad/ [2] > In general, I'd love to hear if anyone is actively using the iPad for design / UX work, and what applications you use. > Neil > >

22 Jun 2010 - 7:05am
John Loy
2009

I've been using iDraw, a fantastic vector drawing app. I haven't tried Omnigraffle or iMockups yet, but I'm finding that I like the simplicity and flexibility of basic drawing tools versus the stencil paradigm.
John Loy
User Experience Designer, Intalgent
http://intalgent.com
(434) 981-7529
twitter: johnloy
skype: johnmloy

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 4:42 AM, Elinesca <elin@elinesca.com> wrote:

I mostly use Keynote for wireframing. I don't have an ipad yet so I'm not sure what keynote is like there - but it works perfectly well on my mac and it's great for simple prototypes as well.
E.

On 21 Jun 2010, at 05:56, Neil Lee wrote:

> (I atone in advance for this topic's platform-specificness.)
> I was wondering if anyone who owns either iMockups[1] or Omnigaffle for the iPad[2] could pipe up with their thoughts and comments? I've been doing some very rough wireframe sketching using the free Adobe Ideas app, but have been looking at both of these apps as my next purchase.
> iMockups is $10, so it's not a huge investment. Conversely, Omnigraffle is $50, so the wallet pain is somewhat more pronounced.
> [1]:http://endloop.ca/ [1]
> [2]:http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnigraffle-ipad/ [2]
> In general, I'd love to hear if anyone is actively using the iPad for design / UX work, and what applications you use.
> Neil
>
>

22 Jun 2010 - 5:05pm
Kate Ho
2009

I've been using Sketchypad, but mostly because it exports to balsamiq.

Kate



On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM, John Loy <loy.john@gmail.com> wrote:

I've been using iDraw, a fantastic vector drawing app. I haven't tried Omnigraffle or iMockups yet, but I'm finding that I like the simplicity and flexibility of basic drawing tools versus the stencil paradigm.
John Loy
User Experience Designer, Intalgent
http://intalgent.com [1]
(434) 981-7529
twitter: johnloy
skype: johnmloy

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 4:42 AM, Elinesca <elin@elinesca.com [2]> wrote:

I mostly use Keynote for wireframing. I don't have an ipad yet so I'm not sure what keynote is like there - but it works perfectly well on my mac and it's great for simple prototypes as well.

E.

On 21 Jun 2010, at 05:56, Neil Lee wrote:

> (I atone in advance for this topic's platform-specificness.)
> I was wondering if anyone who owns either iMockups[1] or Omnigaffle for the iPad[2] could pipe up with their thoughts and comments? I've been doing some very rough wireframe sketching using the free Adobe Ideas app, but have been looking at both of these apps as my next purchase.

> iMockups is $10, so it's not a huge investment. Conversely, Omnigraffle is $50, so the wallet pain is somewhat more pronounced.
> [1]:http://endloop.ca/ [3] [1]
> [2]:http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnigraffle-ipad/ [4] [2]
> In general, I'd love to hear if anyone is actively using the iPad for design / UX work, and what applications you use.
> Neil
>
>

21 Jun 2010 - 1:08am
Tim Schneidermeier
2010

Hi,

don`t have any experiences on the iPad so far. But usually I use OmniGraffle for wireframing and mockups. 

What I really like is the possibility to add actions and to export to html: For me a great and easy way to design interactive prototypes! 

Don`t know if this works (already) on the iPad...

But for me it would be  a killer feature!

 

21 Jun 2010 - 7:21am
vconesa
2010

You can use Justinmind Prototyper, they have an ipad widgets library not only to wireframe but also to make interactive prototypes. They can export that prototypes into HTML and play with them inside the real ipad, here is the link http://www.justinmind.com

22 Jun 2010 - 12:07am
Tim Schneidermeier
2010

Thanks. Just checking it out! 

21 Jun 2010 - 7:47am
Neil Lee
2007

Thanks folks, for the replies. I've read about people using Keynote as a wireframing tool but haven't tried it myself. I already own that for the iPad, so I'll give it a whirl.

vconesa: Thanks for the link - in the future, I think it'd be appreciated if you disclose that you actually work for the company you're mentioning.

21 Jun 2010 - 12:08pm
elvenmuse
2010

Do anyone have more details on using Keynote for wireframing (and quick prototyping of interfaces)?

> Thanks folks, for the replies. I've read about people using Keynote as a > wireframing tool but haven't tried it myself. I already own that for the > iPad, so I'll give it a whirl. > > vconesa: Thanks for the link - in the future, I think it'd be appreciated > if > you disclose that you actually work for the company you're mentioning. > >

21 Jun 2010 - 1:32pm
mfak
2010

I use OmniGraffle for the desktop a lot.  I do most of my mobile designs with it.

I purchased OmniGraffle for iPad within the first week the iPad was out  and have been disappointed.  I heavily use stencils and templates and the support just isn't there yet.  I think it will be soon, but not yet.

The power behind using Keynote for wireframing, in my opinion, is the transitions.  For designing transitions, animations and showing interaction, it is quite good.  However, I'd start with a stencil/template for whatever system you're designing for (web, etc), as drawing in Keynote can be quite easy and quite hard, depending upon what you're trying to do and what you're used to.  I've found using Keynote to be that way in general - some hard things are easy and some easy things are hard.

I've used Keynote on the iPad and it's nice so far, but I've only done a few light things with it.

Cheers,

~Mary

 

21 Jun 2010 - 5:04pm
Josh Seiden
2003

I popped $50 for the iPad version of Omnigraffle. I'm disappointed. I like the progam on the Mac, but the iPad version doesn't take advantage of the iPad platform. Worse, it reuses a lot of stuff from the Mac version that just doesn't work well on the iPad. Too bad really.

I put some more detailed thoughts up here: http://tinyurl.com/33ekm2k

Thanks,

JS

21 Jun 2010 - 9:05pm
lanehalley
2010

Cool!

Did you look at your about page in Firefox? there's some odd font formatting happening

http://joshuaseiden.com/blog/about/

cheers,

    -lane

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 9:14 PM, Josh Seiden <joshseiden@yahoo.com> wrote:

I popped $50 for the iPad version of Omnigraffle. I'm disappointed. I like the progam on the Mac, but the iPad version doesn't take advantage of the iPad platform. Worse, it reuses a lot of stuff from the Mac version that just doesn't work well on the iPad. Too bad really.

I put some more detailed thoughts up here: http://tinyurl.com/33ekm2k

Thanks,

JS

(((P
21 Jun 2010 - 10:05pm
Shara Karasic
2008

Josh,
Thanks for your thoughts on Omnigraffle. I work for the mobile app recommendation site Appolicious and here are some Appolicous user reviews of iPad prototyping apps:
iMockups: http://www.appolicious.com/finance/apps/203613-imockups-for-ipad-endloop-systems-inc OmniGraffle: http://www.appolicious.com/finance/apps/200699-omnigraffle-the-omni-groupKeynote: http://www.appolicious.com/finance/apps/200969-keynote-apple-inc
I happen to have a few free codes for iMockups ($9.99) if anyone wants to try it out. Would be helpful if people with robust IA/UX experience can review it. I've found it useful for very simple mockups but not for more complicated ones. Email me directly if you're interested in the promo codes.
Thanks,Shara


On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM, Josh Seiden <joshseiden@yahoo.com> wrote:

I popped $50 for the iPad version of Omnigraffle. I'm disappointed. I like the progam on the Mac, but the iPad version doesn't take advantage of the iPad platform. Worse, it reuses a lot of stuff from the Mac version that just doesn't work well on the iPad. Too bad really.

I put some more detailed thoughts up here: http://tinyurl.com/33ekm2k

Thanks,

JS

(((P
1 Jul 2010 - 2:49pm
Kaleem
2008

Neil, I'm a little late to this discussion but I'd be happy to talk with you.

I know the creators of the iMockups iPad application and we met up with Endloop Studios for UX Irregulars in May  We discussed designing applications for the iPad, the challenges of designing for an unreleased and evolving platform, and got a demonstration of iMockups. Afterwards everyone had a chance to test-drive the latest version of the application.

http://groups.google.com/group/uxirregulars/msg/691ed887bbba8836 

Ken is the first to describe it as a mockup sketching and prototyping application, particularly good for collaborating with a couple of people around a table. That said, Endloop is rapidly iterating based on feedback from its customers so iMockups may grow beyond the initial vision.

Since you're in Toronto, I recommend that you sign up for the UX Irregulars Google Group (if you haven't already) so you don't miss out on upcoming similar events.  

-K

27 Oct 2011 - 10:45am
yurigomezr
2011

 

Hi all,

The wireframing tools used are really good. I' m developing my own wireframe tool for the iPad. I hope you can give me some feedback on www.uiconcept.net

 

Thanks.

28 Oct 2011 - 2:05am
Evan
2009

Hi,

I saw your web, I noticed that a box on Ipad beside Iphone is not match with the position of ipad it self. It would be better if it matches with background.

Regards
Evan

2011/10/28 yurigomezr <vanhouseip@gmail.com>

 

Hi all,

The wireframing tools used are really good. I' m developing my own wireframe tool for the iPad. I hope you can give me some feedback on www.uiconcept.net

 

Thanks.

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24 Feb 2012 - 8:39am
vconesa
2010

Here is a new one http://www.justinmind.com/prototyper/free-edition it's completely free and great to build clickable mockups for web and mobile apps. It has a good collaboration feature as well.

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