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The 20 best wireframe tools

13. Protoshare

Wireframe tools: Protoshare

Protoshare puts the emphasis on online collaboration (Image credit: Protoshare)
  • Platform: Web browser
  • Price: From $29 (standard) per person per month (30 day free trial included as standard)
  • Download here

Protoshare is an online tool with a focus on collaboration and sharing. It includes a library of drag-and-drop elements, a sitemap, and the ability to use custom CSS and insert your own elements. 

Due to the emphasis on online collaboration, unlike some other tools, it can't export as a PDF, however it is worth considering for its prototyping features.

14. Penultimate

Wireframe tools: Penultimate

Wireframing for an iPad app? Then use an iPad tool! (Image credit: Evernote)

If you're working purely for iPad design, sketching out ideas directly within the device itself is the perfect way to ensure you’re working to the right ratio and with well-sized active areas. 

With Penultimate from Evernote, sketches and ideas can be easily saved and sent to clients for approval.

15. Pencil Project

Wireframe tools: Pencil Project

Pencil is free, open source and comes with a variety of templates (Image credit: Pencil Project)

Pencil is a free, open source wireframing tool available for Windows, Linux and Mac. Features include multi-page documents, external object import, as well as aligning, z-ordering, scaling and rotation. 

Various templates are included as well as the ability to export to HTML, PNG, Openoffice.org document, Word document, and PDF.

16. OmniGraffle

  • Platform: MacOS, iOS
  • Price: From $49.99 (standard iOS) 
  • Download here

OmniGraffle is effectively an ideas tool that enables you to quickly bash together website wireframes, diagrams, process charts or page layouts. 

You select a document type, and OmniGraffle makes context-sensitive joins between separate elements, automatically linking lines in diagrams and aligning shapes and elements in wireframes or page layouts.

17. Gliffy

Wireframe tools: Gliffy

Gliffy aims to 'make diagramming a team sport' (Image credit: Gliffy)
  • Platform: Web browser
  • Price: $4.99 (team) / $7.99 (personal) per user per month
  • Download here

Gliffy is a tool that enables you to collaborate with other team members on flowcharts, network diagrams and more. It includes drag and drop components, online collaboration, image export and version tracking. 

18. MockFlow

Wireframe tools: MockFlow

MockFlow is another great wireframe tool (Image credit: MockFlow)
  • Platform: Web browser/desktop app for Windows and Mac
  • Price: From free (basic)
  • Download here

Mockflow enables you to create working prototypes, and has an emphasis on collaboration and sharing. It includes features such as a sitemap creator for pages and folders, version tracking, image and component collections, chat, and HTML5 export.

19. HotGloo

Wireframe tools: HotGloo

Wireframing tool HotGloo offers a rich range of features (Image credit: HotGloo)
  • Platform: Web browser/mobile optimised for testing and editing
  • Price: From $13 (4 users) (7 day trial included in all plans)
  • Download here

HotGloo's prototyping alone offers a rich range of features that goes far beyond simple clickable buttons. For example, users can change displayed elements depending on whether or not a user is logged in.

20. Moqups

Wireframe tools: moqups

Work collaboratively on wireframes, mockups, prototypes and more (Image credit: moqups)
  • Platform: Web browser
  • Price: Free / €13 (personal) / €20-€149 (team) per month
  • Download here

This tool is designed to take you through the whole process of roughly sketching your wireframes; collaborating on them with others; creating site maps, flowcharts and storyboards; and building functional prototypes. 

21. Pen and paper

Wireframe tools: Pen and paper

There's nothing quicker than grabbing a pen and paper

Yes. An actual pen. And some real made-from-wood paper. OK, so these don’t allow you to make a prototype, and there are no built-in elements. But, if you feel more comfortable using a more traditional approach, why not get your ideas down on paper first and refine them in software later?

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