Axure RP vs. Frontify

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Axure RP
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Axure RP is a software prototyping tool used by UX designers, from Axure Software Solutions in San Diego.N/A
Frontify
Score 7.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Frontify aims to simplify brand management with a platform that connects everything (and everyone) important to the growth of a brand. Offering plans for all company sizes, the vendor states Frontify is used by 4,000 brands globally. Frontify features: Cloud-based brand guidelines to ensure consistency across every touchpoint Digital asset management for centralizing all brand assets and essentials Creative collaboration to accelerate project…N/A
Pricing
Axure RPFrontify
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Axure RPFrontify
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Best Alternatives
Axure RPFrontify
Small Businesses
UXPin
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Score 7.9 out of 10
Adobe Bridge
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Score 8.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 7.9 out of 10
MediaValet
MediaValet
Score 9.9 out of 10
Enterprises
OmniGraffle
OmniGraffle
Score 9.2 out of 10
MediaValet
MediaValet
Score 9.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
Axure RPFrontify
Likelihood to Recommend
9.5
(25 ratings)
7.5
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Axure RPFrontify
Likelihood to Recommend
Axure Software Solutions
Still the best IMHO for dynamic prototyping. Sometimes you need to wireframe novel on-page widgets, such as draggable search areas (in the context of map-based search), or interactive annotations on diagrams. And sometimes real data values are necessary for test participants to give good feedback. However, this is something of a niche scenario. The majority of uxers prefer xd or Figma and find that static prototypes (screen1->click->screen2) is sufficient.
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Frontify AG
Well suited to organization starting their journey of design system creation. It provides a ready to go foundation that requires minimum effort to set up and get going. It may be limited if scaling into thousands of design elements and multiple users - we have not tried at scale of more that 10's of users.
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Pros
Axure Software Solutions
  • Adaptive views enable us to create truly responsive designs, even when they are very complex.
  • The platform’s many available templates and ability to create a library of reusable designs enables us to prototype faster and more efficiently than creating every single design from the ground up.
  • The company provides a lot of support options, from training videos to online forums. This is a pretty complex tool, so knowing that we can always look up or ask a question and get a quick answer has helped us immensely.
  • Axure’s comprehensive suite of tools to portray interactivity in prototypes has truly helped us show stakeholders and clients what an end product will look like, which has really helped us gain necessary internal and external buy-in.
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Frontify AG
  • It manages the visual aspects of a brand very well.
  • It is easy to use and update.
  • It converts the colors from hex to rgb and cmyk seamlessly.
  • It has a nice user interface.
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Cons
Axure Software Solutions
  • The user interface is somewhat old and not always the most intuitive.
  • I've been using Axure RP for 5 years and often forget that it has a steep learning curve, which makes it harder to onboard new employees.
  • The "teams" functionality, as far as working and sharing the same files, has some room for performance improvements.
  • Results of the Preview function varies per browser (although it works best on Chrome).
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Frontify AG
  • I believe having an agency option would be great so that one could manage and build multiple brands for multiple clients.
  • Having sections for voice and personality would be great.
  • The ability to export a brand document to a .PDF to share with partners.
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Likelihood to Renew
Axure Software Solutions
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Frontify AG
Frontify is very easy to use and makes updating information a breeze. Frontify acts a central location to house assets and information for easy sharing. You can plug and play information and even white label the guide if desired
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Usability
Axure Software Solutions
Axure feels like a tool that started with a simple interface that wasn't redesigned over time. Simple tasks sometimes require clicking through multiple layers. Crucial pieces of functionality are hidden under text links, or just flatly aren't discoverable. Much of the quirks of the interface only come from having screwed up numerous times, and knowing that certain things are just difficult to accomplish.
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Frontify AG
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Support Rating
Axure Software Solutions
I've never used the support for Axure but they do have an online community that can be helpful when you're unsure how to accomplish a specific bit of interactivity. Overall the community for Axure is a great benefit for the software. There are also a lot of shared library assets which can help reduce the time you spend on projects.
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Frontify AG
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Online Training
Axure Software Solutions
I think that the online training videos cover all product features and are a great resource to point people to. The newsletter is also frequent and passes on a range of tips and techniques for users that are eager to learn more, or just want to keep themselves up to date
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Frontify AG
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Alternatives Considered
Axure Software Solutions
Since Axure RP is a desktop software that can work without a cloud connection, it is easy to have approved within a highly restricted corporate environment for a low cost with a small team. iRise is a solution that requires greater amounts of management, best service a group of designers in a corporate environment. InVision is cloud-based and, although not impossible, would require a long-term agreement to be made between the corporate and InVision. These could take years. Origami is free and desktop based and has great control of the transitions and data - but is so granular that additional time commitments may have to be made to make a prototype of this fidelity
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Frontify AG
We've invested time building our own hosted interface, and recently begun exploring Figma for design system management too. The benefit of Frontify is it's easy public access. The downfall is integration with other systems required in the UX, Design, Product Management, and Development processes - something Figma supports well.
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Return on Investment
Axure Software Solutions
  • Axure allows for us to quickly get the entire sales team trained on a specific narrative and gives them a fool proof click path for them to use in the demo.
  • Axure is relatively inexpensive and allows for purchasing the software without having to pay a monthly subscription (although they do have that option).
  • The Sketch integration has allowed for a 10 fold increase in productivity by taking designs already created in another program and quickly adding them to Axure.
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Frontify AG
  • Solid cost benefit - the cost is not prohibitive for the value it brings
  • Overall value depends on internal federation of usage
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ScreenShots

Frontify Screenshots

Screenshot of Brand Portal: Simplifies brand management with a platform that connects everything (and everyone) important to brand growth.Screenshot of Digital Asset Management: A centralized system for every digital asset, where anyone can find exactly what they’re looking for.Screenshot of Brand Guidelines: Keeping everyone in the loop and on-brand while saving time with accessible, editable, and up-to-date digital guidelines.Screenshot of Creative Collaboration: Workflows and project overviews so everyone can stay involved and up to date.Screenshot of Print & Digital Templates: Design templates once, decide what can be edited, and allow anyone to customize on-brand visuals on their own. Creativity meets control.