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Axure RP is a software prototyping tool used by UX designers, from Axure Software Solutions in San Diego.

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January 04, 2024
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What is Axure RP?

Axure RP is a software prototyping tool used by UX designers to plan, prototype and hand off projects to developers, all without code.

Axure RP Features

  • Supported: Powerfull Prototyping
  • Supported: Developer Handoff
  • Supported: Visual Specifications

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Axure RP Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android

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Axure RP is a software prototyping tool used by UX designers, from Axure Software Solutions in San Diego.

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The most common users of Axure RP are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Axure is a versatile tool that is widely used in the software development industry by various professionals to bridge the gap between design and production. UX designers, business analysts, and interaction designers rely on Axure to create low-fidelity and high-fidelity wireframes. This enables them to visualize and communicate their design concepts effectively within software development teams. Additionally, the product positioning team finds Axure invaluable for building controlled static demos that replicate live sites for sales demonstrations. This allows for a quick and efficient showcase of the software solution, facilitating effective communication with potential clients.

Marketing departments also benefit from Axure's capabilities as it provides more tools compared to other prototyping software like Balsamic. It allows marketers to quickly create mocks and wireframes for department pages, aiding in the visual communication of marketing strategies. Moreover, Axure has become the industry standard for prototyping, making it an essential tool for creating high-fidelity, interactive prototypes used in sales demos and collaboration with external designers. The tool is also extensively utilized for concepting and prototyping new products and features, as well as enhancing existing ones. This enables early usability testing and analysis, ensuring that user needs are met before investing time and resources into full-scale development.

Axure is particularly useful in user experience design projects where interactive prototypes are required to showcase concept animations and fully functional pages. The tool's capabilities have been successfully demonstrated in projects such as simulating wireframes for new importation portals, impressing business clients with its ability to bring design concepts to life. Additionally, users have found Axure to be a valuable asset in defining functional requirements and visualizing screen designs for their organizations. Overall, Axure's versatility, ease of use, and wide range of functionalities make it an indispensable tool in various domains within the software development industry.

Valuable for creating interactive prototypes: Many users have found Axure to be a valuable tool for creating interactive prototypes that closely resemble the finished product. They appreciate how easy it is to demonstrate their ideas to clients using Axure's features, such as pasting images and turning them into buttons.

Effective for prototyping mobile and tablet applications: Several reviewers have highlighted Axure's effectiveness in prototyping mobile and tablet applications. They find the platform useful for creating responsive design prototypes with interactive, clickable features and multi-state situations.

Great for organizing requirements: Users have praised Axure for its ability to organize requirements in detail. They find the feature of adding footnotes particularly useful for describing actions of each field and adding interactions. This helps them create clear and comprehensive prototypes while ensuring all necessary details are included.

Outdated User Interface: Many users have expressed their dissatisfaction with Axure's outdated and clunky user interface, finding it difficult to navigate and not very intuitive. This has led to a slower design process and increased frustration among users.

Steep Learning Curve: Several reviewers have mentioned the steep learning curve of Axure, especially for those without experience in Javascript or Actionscript. This has made it challenging for new users to get up to speed quickly and efficiently use the software.

Lack of Collaboration Features: Users have found that Axure lacks robust collaboration and version control features, making it difficult for multiple people to work on the same design file and manage design changes. This has hindered effective teamwork and coordination among designers using Axure.

Users commonly recommend the following:

  • Take advantage of the Axure community and resources. Many users suggest utilizing the rich plugins and solutions available in the Axure community. They also recommend watching helpful videos on the Axure forum and tutorials on YouTube to learn how to use the tool effectively. Additionally, users suggest taking advantage of the free training offered by Axure to ease the learning curve.

  • Invest time in learning Axure. Users advise taking time to thoroughly learn Axure as it is a comprehensive and robust prototyping tool. While they acknowledge that it can be complicated initially, they believe that investing time in learning the software can yield great benefits. Users recommend starting with a free trial and doing research before using Axure.

  • Use Axure for wireframing and prototyping. Many users think that Axure is a great tool for wireframing and prototyping designs quickly. They recommend using Axure for products with a lot of functionality or for usability testing. However, users suggest keeping interactions simple and minimum viable, without focusing too much on the visual aspects. They also think that Axure is worth using for educational purposes and web development, as it helps expedite the product development process.

Note: These recommendations are based on user reviews and opinions, and may not necessarily reflect the views of all users.

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Dan Clarke | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Axure to create interactive prototypes of hardware and software products, which are then taken to usability tests with representative users. We then test the prototypes to measure the impact of the design and find areas of improvement. Axure allows us to create complex prototypes that other prototyping tools simply don't offer.
  • Logic-based prototyping
  • Prototype hosting
  • Animations
  • Integrations
  • Integration of audio playback
  • Automated layout tools for different platforms (mobile, desktop)
  • Live collaboration
Axure is great for creating complex prototypes that require logic. It takes a bit of learning compared to other tools like Adobe XD, but offers so much more control and customization to make a truly legitimate prototype to test. If you are a UX Design beginner looking to mock up basic websites, then other tools such as Figma may be more appropriate.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Axure RP for wireframing human-computer interfaces and particularly for dynamic prototyping i.e. creating mid-fi designs which need variables and/or short scripts to simulate 'customised' on-page interactions behaviours (behaviours that are not pre-programmed into library widgets). This is quite a specialised use case, as staff and students alike find more 'static' prototypes (screen1 - click - screen2) produced with xd and/or Figma suffices for most kinds of User Experience teaching and practice. However, for my teaching and research projects, which might involve designing new interactive widgets for map-based search, or novel interactive diagrams, I find Axure RP to be the more powerful tool
  • case or switch statements based on variables
  • simulations of drag and drop
  • writing structured scripts
  • repeaters (widgets that load data values from spreadsheets) could be more intuitive
  • responsive design - could go further to simulate responsive widgets
  • 3D immersive interactions - 2D only currently. 3D immersive is a big ask, but there is a need for it.
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.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Axure RP for prototyping new banking software. Several groups [in our organization] use it.
  • Prototypes
  • Mockups
  • Simulations
  • [I feel] they release new versions too soon. [In my opinion,] they are buggy and unreliable.
  • [In my opinion,] they do not handle complex pages well (though they think they do.)
  • [I think the] tables are a joke. [In my opinion, they are] made up of multiple rectangles [and] very inefficient.
  • [In my experience,] check-ins often fail due to "No Internet Connection", which, [in my opinion], isn't true [and I believe that's] just their catch-all.
For simple mockups, Axure [RP] is great. [It is] very flexible, but, [in my experience,] if things start getting complex, don't expect Axure [RP] (or their support) to keep up.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We tried Axure RP in our Marketing department. The goal was to find a tool that we could design and prototype digital experiences, collect feedback, and deliver a head start for development with exported code. Axure has been the industry standard for over a decade, so we decided to give it a whirl.
  • Robust prototyping. It will do anything; the more complex the better.
  • Extensive training and a very active online community for asking questions... and we had quite a few.
  • Being able to add notes on the design BEFORE the review process is a nice touch.
  • Steep learning curve, especially compared to the competition (Adobe XD, Figma, Sketch, etc.).
  • No plugin support to speak of (not a dealbreaker).
  • Looking forward to the visual interface changes in version 9. The current UI is quite clunky and outdated.
If you are doing intricate prototypes with live data and extensive functionality, this is the software of choice by far. If all you need is something to visually show a concept to stakeholders and collect feedback, there are many other options that are easier to learn and use. It all depends on what you plan to accomplish.
Josh Peichoto | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Axure RP to quickly create interactive web and application prototypes. This allows us to test ideas, features, and interactivity without a sizable investment in time from our design and technical teams. Once finalized we use these Axure outputs as a guide and blueprint for our development teams for execution.
  • Create highly interactive deliverables.
  • Quickly test ideas.
  • Some of the interface is clunky.
  • Learning curve can be steep for some.
Axure RP is a solid choice for creating complex and highly interactive prototypes. This product leans more toward offering high interactivity, where other products lean toward high design. Axure prototypes can be published online through AX Share which is a great way to circulate prototypes in a large organization with many stakeholders.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Axure RP enables my organization to perform rapid prototyping activities enabling our User Experience researchers to work directly with our User Interface designers to develop rapid prototypes based on customer feedback. This in turn allows our researchers to then present those prototypes back to customers for quick feedback on accuracy of design and opportunities for further improvement.
  • Rapid Prototyping - Enables user interface designers to quickly develop a wireframe that our researchers can put in front of our customers.
  • Fidelity - Axure enables our designers to choose a level of fidelity that is appropriate to the business case at hand.
  • Collaboration - Axure enables easy collaboration amongst our designers by having an easily portable file format.
  • Code Generation - Axure's code generation is adequate for prototyping, but for more in-depth functionality, it really only forms a basis from which software developers will either need to edit or replace.
  • Detail - Axure doesn't offer the ability to go to individual pixel scale, leaving designers to conduct such detail work in other tools.
  • Cost - Axure is very expensive. Though it is worth the cost, it becomes challenging to justify a license for every member of your team for collaboration purposes.
Axure is the ideal tool for taking feedback from a customer workshop, returning to the office and developing prototypes for future application workflows. In turn, one can then return to the customer site, share the prototypes with the customer and receive feedback on those prototypes, including opportunities for improvement. This eliminates much of the product development uncertainty as to whether the development team is building the right thing for the customer.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
A subset of our design team is working with Axure to create high-fidelity, interactive prototypes for our sales team to demo for clients around the world in order to sell products in production before release. By providing our sales reps with clickable, realistic, and accurate prototypes to share and use with existing and potential clients, we’re often able to secure contracts well before a product is released (and after, for that matter!). It’s also nice to get feedback from these organizations that might inform changes we might want to make in a current or future iteration of a design.
Also, because Axure is considered to be the “industry standard” for prototyping, we also use the tool to collaborate with external designers, as they often already have the platform in their arsenals.
  • 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.
  • There’s a pretty steep learning curve to this tool. Even though everyone on my “sub-team” is pretty well versed in a wide array of prototyping tools, we’re still having some trouble figuring out some of Axure’s more complicated features, like repeater tables. This is a large reason why we are not using this tool beyond this small group of designers.
  • The interface is outdated and much less impressive than many other tools on the market, like InVision.
  • It’s pretty expensive. Even if we wanted to expand the use of Axure to the entire design team, we’d have a pretty tough time selling it to the higher-ups when there are plenty of comparable tools (a number of which we already have access to) that are much cheaper per user.
Axure is a robust tool for teams who seek a reliable, proven, and powerful prototyping tool (and have the budget for it!). Because it has been around for a longer time than some similar products, it includes a ton of features to make incredibly realistic and interactive prototypes. Teams who use Axure will likely benefit from how the tool enables users to create master designs that designers can share and reuse, saving time that may otherwise have been spent building a design from the ground up. However, this tool can be very difficult for new users to learn, so it’s not a great solution for teams who don’t have a lot of wiggle room between adopting the tool and using it to create designs on a deadline. Also, the tool is less intuitive than some of its other competitors, which can make it more time-consuming to whip up a design. For teams who often need to iterate on prototypes quickly, Axure is likely not to be the most efficient solution.
Kevin J. Hauger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Axure RP is used by the UX designers within many of the different software development teams. Axure RP is primarily used to create Low-Fidelity and High-Fidelity wireframes. Wireframes are then handed off to the UI developers with additional requirements and documentation. The wireframes are essentially a layout reference that ensures the development team builds out the designer's vision. Axure RP primarily helps us bridge the gap between the designer's vision (design solution) and production (working) software.
  • Axure RP allows you to use adaptive views which is great for responsive design and development.
  • Axure RP is a very robust prototyping tool that has the ability to add realistic interactions.
  • There are numerous templates and formats available for wires, user flows, etc.
  • Master styles make it easy to update design features across numerous project pages, taking out the monotonous work.
  • 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).
Axure RP is a great user experience design toolkit that gives UX designers the ability to create user flows, Low-Fidelity, and High-Fidelity mockups all within the same tool. Overall, it works well with teams of designers looking to collaborate on the same project(s). Axure RP allows you to set up masters and components, giving you and your team the ability to share and re-use styled objects. This not only cuts down on the time allotted for wireframing, but it also means design styles are upheld and the overall software becomes more consistent. I would not recommend Axure for High-Fidelity visual design mockups (use Sketch App instead), as Axure is limited in it's the ability to style components.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Axure RP to concept and prototype new product and features or enhance current product or features. We also use Axure generated prototypes for early usability testing of prototypes with users. It is used by just our department. It allows us to create rapidly build concepts of our products and share those with our users and allow us to analyze the validity of the feature or product.
  • Provides tools to build an interactive wireframe/prototype of a small product of feature.
  • Generate a package of the interactive wireframe that can be deployed to a remote location for sharing.
  • Create a reusable library of patterns/components that could be reused in other prototypes
  • Notes and documentation can be embedded and displayed along with the interactive wire and connected to the components.
  • Sharing and versioning of the prototypes when working with multiple designers. It uses Subversion to checkout pages and components while they are being worked on, but issues and errors occur frequently.
  • The functions that allow interactions can be basic and cumbersome so when it comes to complex animations or transitions, Axure could really use improvements. . Collision can happen with interactions causing unintended results. Workarounds have to be made to create a complex interaction to describe how the interaction should function.
  • Too many interactions or a large prototype can cause slow performance. So its better to keep the prototype small. However, a larger project would need a different solution or approach to manage features. Can be difficult when aiming for consistency within the interactive wire.
Well for small suited for prototyping features within an application, rather than the entire application itself. However, can be suited for a limited range mobile application.

Not well suited for large desktop applications, unless special care is made to manage multiple Axure files by feature.

Not well suited if the application's usability requires a complex animation or transition.
Michael Al-Megdad | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The product positioning team uses Axure to build out controlled static demos that replicate our live site for our sales organization to use in demos. Axure allows us to build a narrative with a click path for our team too quickly and efficiently go through a demo. By giving our sales team a method of quickly showing a pixel perfect view of our software solution we're able to showcase our offering quickly and accurately.
  • Design tools for creating interactive mockups.
  • Online sharing of the finished project files.
  • Third-Party widgets and Sketch Integration.
  • The tool can be somewhat complex when starting out.
  • A more clearly defined and shared roadmap of updates.
  • Copying from the Sketch plug is wonderful but there are still some random bugs that occur.
Axure is create for creating full scale mockups with complex interactions. I'd say it is overkill for just creating mockup that don't require live complex interactions.
Stephanie Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Axure is used to create very robust, hi-fi interactive UX/UI prototypes, more so that can be achieved with competitive software. I primarily use it when demonstrating design concepts to other designers, since there is no straightforward sharing functionality, though it seems to be considered industry-standard by some when it comes to prototyping.
  • Useful for creating UI prototypes with hi-fidelity screens.
  • Can edit screen elements in the program, as well as importing from other software.
  • Detailed interaction design.
  • VERY steep learning curve, the interface is not very intuitive.
  • Difficult to make even small changes to interactions, especially elements such as dynamic panels.
  • No straightforward keyboard shortcuts, which slows down design process.
  • Tends to crash more than other software, as it's so large, but not so frequently that it's a great annoyance.
  • The interface generally feels outdated.
I find myself rarely reaching for Axure anymore. While it's great for very detailed, realistic prototypes, the unintuitive and clunky interfaces slows down my design process greatly. It's also quite a bit more software than I need for simply sending a mockup to a client for them to get a feel for how a user would interact with their product. The one time where it really is a step above other software is when I am not the one building the website, and need to send a prototype directly to a developer.
Jakub Wilk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
One picture is worth more than 1000 words, Enovatio is a producer of software and is much cheaper for us to prepare prototype of application that develop this, on top it help us very much in communication between programmer and customer.
  • Design screens, mock-ups
  • Translate user requirements to programmer
  • Reduce number of questions from programmer to the customer/business
  • Workflow - I would like to have the possibility to draw workflow in bpmn notation
  • Import existing css files and use it within wireframes
  • Enable to make annotations for customer
Most important for us in mockup wireframes and here Axure is very well suited, maybe would be worth it to receive html output base on bootstrap framework, but just an initial HTML, not final, because at the end of a day programmer has to correct this HTML, there is also requirements for this workflow possibility, because sometimes user would like to see how the process will work.
Deionna Adams | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Axure is currently only used in the marketing department. It allows the development team to put together mocks and wireframes much faster for department pages within the college. This type of organizational design was previously done in Balsamic, however, Axure has more tools. Axure does have a higher learning curve.

Axure is also useful for higher fidelity prototyping. I would like to see the tools for prototyping expanded however right now this is the best program outside of Sketch (Sketch is only available on Mac).
  • Wireframing
  • Ability to layout the UI
  • Basic prototyping
  • Prototyping
  • Artboard management stepping through the process in an organized view for the designer
  • Micro-interactions are hard to show
Axure is great if you are looking for a more than basic wireframing/prototyping tool. This is, in my opinion, the best current option for Windows users. If you are looking to create wireframes for websites of a simple mobile application this software will be great for you. If you are looking to design HI-FI prototypes of complex systems look for Adobe XD to leave beta soon.
Doug Raymond | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Useagility's four interaction designers and visual designers use Axure every day to illustrate and visualize findings from direct user research. Weekly design studio meetings allow each designer to present current work and receive collaborative feedback from each other. A Slack channel is used to share insights, ideas, plugin recommendations, and best practices for improved productivity with Axure.
  • Axure allows designers to build wireframes and mock-ups across the full range of fidelity from low-fi sketches to high-fi prototypes. This allows designers to respond to user feedback throughout the project and ensure that the design tracks with real research results.
  • Almost any interaction workflow or widget is doable in Axure, including the use of variable data for complex applications. This not only allows end users to better understand the experience, but helps developers give input and provide critique on feasibility and potential technical issues.
  • The large and helpful user base is a great source of ideas and inspiration to increase skills and effectiveness with the tool. The numerous free and paid widget libraries are an invaluable resource for improving productivity and saving time.
  • Because so much is possible with Axure, there is often a temptation to build more complex wireframes than may be needed, especially at the early stages of a project. Building a highly interactive prototype may undermine the goal of simply understanding the user's mental model and approach to how they get work done.
  • While much has improved to accommodate responsive design, the adaptive views feature is often confusing and difficult to maintain as changes are made through the design process. In some cases it is easier to use shared masters with dynamic panels to illustrate different viewport layouts.
  • Sharing designs through Axshare is a powerful and critical component, but I'd love to see more interactive and social features to facilitate better discussion and feedback.
A primary strength of Axure is that it is an ideal tool on both ends of the fidelity scale. Simple wireframes can be designed, generated, and shared in minutes, while highly complex enterprise applications can be prototyped and demonstrated to stakeholders and users alike.
Samantha Bollmann | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Axure is used by business analysts at our company to create mockups of our various web properties before they are coded by developers. Some of our business analysts create these mockups in the context of agile scrum teams. Creating these mockups helps to provide a visual guide for developers before they start coding as well as give something to stakeholders so they have an idea of what to expect in the end product.
  • High fidelity prototypes: Axure is excellent for creating prototypes that are visually indistinguishable from the real product. You do not need advanced Photoshop or other image editing software skills to create mockups that look real with Axure. If you do have Photoshop skills though it definitely can help as you can easily bring in edited images into Axure from it.
  • Realistic interactions: On top of creating prototypes that look real, you can also easily make them interact like a real site would. This is useful for not only showing developers and stakeholders but for user testing as well.
  • Sharing prototypes: Sharing Axure prototypes with others is easy, even if they don't have the Axure software. You can either upload your file to Axshare, Azure's free hosting service or host it on your own servers and share the link with viewers. The link allows users to interact with the site as though it were real as well as easily switch between pages with a collapsible site map.
  • Collaboration: Axure doesn't make it particularly easy for multiple people to work on the same design file. Users have to keep multiple files and then manually update content from one file to the other.
  • Version control: There are no built in features for managing version control which can cause problems when parties request design changes and then later want to revert to a previous design.
  • Feedback collection: unlike other prototyping tools, Axure is lacking a good system for collecting feedback from others who review the design. It would benefit from social functionality to easily comment on changes or features and to have a record of back and forth discussion.
Axure is excellent for creating prototypes that are indistinguishable from the original without requiring coding or graphic design (Photoshop) skills. It is perhaps less well suited for low fidelity prototypes than tools that are suited specifically for that purpose. It is also not great for projects where multiple designers are working on the same product concurrently.
Pooja Sawant | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Axure for making wireframes, low and high-fidelity prototypes for mobile, tablet and websites. We use Axure for creating UI screens as well, and when we want to integrate vector elements.
  • Gives better interactivity than other tools for complex websites
  • Easier to share HTML code with developers
  • Axure community and support
  • Easy to share and give demos to clients
  • Create your own UI library for future uses
  • You might have go through tutorials and has a learning curve
  • Importing svg could be better
  • License is expensive
I think for now Axure is one of the best prototyping tools available. This is best suited for creating complex web/mobile prototypes with interactivity. If you are just creating wireframes and/or towards importing ai/psd to prototypes, then this fine but there are different tools that are easier to use.
November 21, 2016

Really, truly, rapid.

Vishakha Chetan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use it for prototyping ideas in great detail- it is far superior than other tools for doing more complicated interactions.
  • Executing if/else interactions
  • Creating complex patters
  • UX flow
  • Intuitiveness is lacking (ironically)
  • Lack of tutorials
  • Complicated in-software language
Axure is better for developing complex prototypes. For example, executing parallax and complicated modal appearance, dialogues and conditional fields can be done with ease on Axure. That being said, I don't think Axure qualifies as a "rapid prototyping" tool per se. For example, I could write out functionalities using HTML and CSS faster than trying to figure out Axure's complicated jargon and trying to understand how to make it work.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Axure RP in our user experience design projects for our clients to create interactive prototypes (low - high fidelity). We use it to show concept animations in the product to full fledged pages.
  • Axure is a great tool if you want to create interactive prototypes using real data. You can import data and use it as working prototype.
  • With Axure's new release, it's easier to work with your design team. Axure's team feature makes it easy for teams to collaborate on the same project.
  • Axure has a great community support and tutorials for any newbies. They are pretty good with responding to any request and/or issues with your files.
  • It's easy to share the prototype with Axshare - and every time you make changes to the prototype, you are still using the same link. So this means, you can create a unique link and share it with the clients. After any changes that are made to the file, just save the same link and clients will be able to see the changes.
  • Another nice feature of Axure is you can package all the prototype into HTML and hand it over to dev team. The code sometimes gets wonky though.
  • Built-in libraries as well as easy way to import libraries makes it easier to create user flow diagrams, animations and build pages
  • Apart from all the above great features that my team frequently uses, Axure's Preview feature is a good way to see your work in progress prototype on a browser.
  • Even though you can package the prototype into HTML, it sometimes creates wonky code which can't be completely used (especially if your prototype is a detailed one).
  • If the prototype is a high-fidelity one with complex data like charts and diagrams, you may encounter bugs while loading the pages in browser.
  • Axure can improve on its stylizing feature by including typographic elements.
Axure is great if you are creating low-fidelity prototypes and want to take the same into high-fidelity ones. This means you can use real data, create animations, add hotspots and have a robust experience. Axure is not suitable if you want to add more UI elements like emphasis on typography, color, create vectors, posters and other graphic elements. I look at it not as a design based tool (like Illustrator or Sketch) but more as a development based design tool.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Axure is one of the tools we use here at our company to build wire frames and prototypes for our clients. We publish prototypes so that when we present to our clients, they can have a clear understanding of the direction and flow of the product we are working on for them.
  • Interactions! Axure does a great job of letting UX designers build interactions so that the client, as well as other departments can visually see how particular elements of the product will function.
  • Axure also allows the user to add notes to any element, this is great because it allows the client to have a working copy and filter through the notes themselves.
  • A live prototype allows the product to be responsive based on predetermined break points that you assign to the individual pages. This is a great representation of what the end product can look like.
  • Axure can get really complicated for the average user when they are trying to build interactions. There needs to be a simpler way to perform an action for an element. Sometimes, depending on the desired outcome, a lot of time is wasted trying to figure out how to execute the action on Axure.
  • Axure does not give an easy way to measure the distance between objects. This would be a great add, as it would make it easier to align elements on a page instead of selecting the objects and clicking a separate button to align.
  • Axure could also benefit from more options for assets/templates. There needs to be a bigger library of icons I can use and easily add to the page and manipulate to create a prototype.
Interactions!!! Axure still leads other wire frame platforms when it comes to interactions and building functional prototypes.
May 26, 2016

Axure Fan Club

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Axure for wireframing concepts and creating user experience solutions within the design team. Axure is great because we can share the link amongst the entire team for everyone to review. It's also great for replicating real scenarios and websites without having to know code. I also like that teammates can add annotations to the wireframes. When you hit "Preview" a true to life picture of what you create appears with those annotations listed for the entire document. It's great for conveying usability, ideas and concepts to large teams!
  • Group projects allow your entire team to contribute to a wireframe without losing changes made by other teammates. You can instantly update and publish changes for a group.
  • Notes allows teammates to annotate or comment on what you created. Hitting preview allows you to see a site map along with group comments/notes for the wireframe.
  • Axure replicates real websites very well. You don't have to know how to code, but you can create complex components and interactions to make your demo look and feel like a finished product.
  • Dynamic panels can get very complicated when you're creating panels within panels. Axure should provide a better way to see and organize those panels so you don't get lost in the structure of the wireframe.
  • Some of the interactions that you can create are complicated. I feel there needs to be templates that users can drag into the space to reuse over and over. For example - a photo carousel template where all you need to do is select the style of the carousel from a template menu and drop in your own photos.
Axure is well suited for creating and demoing prototypes to large groups. It's very easy to share prototypes using the unique link generated while publishing a file. Axure is great for replicating real-like websites and apps due to the deep level of interactions that it can create.
March 21, 2016

Axure Review

Rhoni Rakos | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use Axure to turn my sketches and ideas into functional designs through wireframes, which stakeholders can review and developers can work from.
  • High fidelity - they look almost like mock ups.
  • Interactive - people can see almost exactly what effect an action can have.
  • Easy for developers to use and follow.
  • It takes a little bit of a ramp up to understand how to create dependancies and interactions.
  • It's not easy to share wireframes between team mates who all need to work collaboratively.
  • It's hard to notate when you're recording feedback. It would be nice if people could "mark up" your wireframe without committing changes instead of just adding comments in the general discussion section.
Axure is a great tool, but it's sometimes too heavy or high fidelity for quick ideation. I usually use paper sketches first.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It was used in our department.
The business clients (Line of business) ask our team to design a new "Excel" importation portal. I used Axure to simulate a 20-25 page wireframe.
They loved it and at some point they even thought the application was complete and i told them it was just a simulation.
If you get creative there is a lot more to be done with Axure!
In a few words we used it to create a solution for business clients
  • I used it to wireframe a whole Excel Importation Portal. Very easy to show the clients what you are imagining.
  • In axure you can paste a image and make it look like an icon then make it a button
  • I used it to demonstrate a new premium allocation module for insurance at WF
  • The fields were amazing to type into and make it look so real.
  • I used it to demostrate different types of reports and their filters (including sorting and column filters).
  • I created hover in the report - to show how to filter a column
  • I think the copying and pasting of images from external locations show be easier. just like paint..
  • There is an application call snip it (or snag it) - Axure should have that functionality so that i can take snipit from other screens and paste them into axure.
  • I want to able to export to a web format so people can view it without the need to have axure on their laptop
Well suited for:
Demonstrating a design that involves many pages.
Demonstrating a completely NEW design - it is hard for the LOB to imagine your vision of the design when you tell them in words. When you use Axure you can show it to them. I love it because it saves a lot of time explaining them
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I learned Axure at school and used it in my last 3 companies. I am still using Axure every day, and I strongly believe after all these years and with so many new prototyping tools around, Axure is still the best of all. Every single company that I been with, purchased Axure after seeing my first prototype. The learning curve of application is a little deep, and always I was the solo prototyper in the organization.
  • Mobile and tablet application Prototyping
  • Responsive Design Prototyping
  • Hi-Fidelity Prototyping
  • Interactive, Clickable prototypes with multi-states situation
  • Wireframing
  • Flow charts
  • Some more micro-interactions in different commands. Recently flip added to ver8, but still some more features are missing such as bouncing and pixelating.
  • Switching states at the time of dragging or scrolling.
  • Now there is and option for drag in X or Y axis. I couldn't find any solution to drag diagonally or in a specific path or curve.
  • There are some techniques to removing a browser status bar at the time of presenting a prototype on Android smartphones, but these techniques are not very convenient and you should have to use third party applications. I wish to have a solution from Axure.
  • Running Prototype offline on mobile device. Again, now there are some solutions for this issue but all are third party applications. I wish to see something from Axure.
Axure is well suited to prototyping for desktop applications, websites, web application, apps for smartphones and tablets, but I would like to have some options to do prototyping for smartwatches, wearables and streaming devices such as Apple TV as well.
Also, I wish to have stronger features and functionality for better flow charting and retire my OmniGraffle.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Axure tool has been a great asset in defining functional requirements. The tool has allowed me to streamline the document and provide a visual representation of how the screens will look. The tool is currently being used just in our department.
  • Axure allows me to organize the requirements in detail. The footnotes is a great feature to describe actions of each field and also add interactions. The prototype gives a visual representation of how the end product will look that allows stakeholders to understand their needs and wants.
  • Users of Axure would definitely benefit if the tool allowed users to format the text that they enter. Currently, the tool allows users to Bold, Italicize, and Underline. However, it doesn't allow the user to bullet. Features from MS Word to format text would be greatly beneficial.
Axure works very well for me. It is the best suited tool my project can use.
Lucas Roe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are currently using Axure for quick proofs of concept. The biggest benefits we find from it are that it is easily shared with a link, so we can validate ideas quickly with our team. While the prototypes that we create in it don't produce usable code for our application, that freedom allows us to test things that may otherwise not be possible or easily implemented in the full product. Axure is currently only used by 2 members of our organization, but the two of us are the UX experts in the organization.
  • Quick and simple clickthrough mockups. Axure hits a fidelity sweet spot that's somewhere between a basic sketch and a full working prototype that allows you to communicate the meat of an experience without getting too hung up on the minutiae
  • Axure's masters system allows you to create highly inherited design patterns. Working inside of a design system like a pattern library, this inheritance helps insure that you aren't reinventing the wheel for each new interface, and instead are relying more heavily on your systemic design.
  • Axure's publishing system, Axure Share, is a fantastic way to send the prototypes to others. It's tightly integrated with the desktop application, making sharing a specific page or an enormous prototype both simple and fast. It also allows extensibility, letting you write your own HTML/CSS/JS to extend the prototype in some way.
  • The output of Axure is some bizarre hybrid of a web page and something else. Although it lives in a browser and technically uses HTML, its method of building the pages is highly inflexible and violates the DOM standards of browsers. This makes the prototypes very rigid, and greatly limits the space of what they're useful for.
  • Axure can have a steep learning curve. If you don't have experience with Javascript or Actionscript, you may find the method of adding interactivity to be very arcane and confusing. There are some other bizarre bugs that only come about through a lot of experience.
  • Axure currently only allows very basic design and structuring, as well as an extraordinarily limited outputs. Consequentially, it isn't suited for visual design or highly polished designs.
Axure is best suited when you are working in a distributed environment on cross platform tools. There are other tools that are more appropriate for mobile specific work. If you already have a robust process with a different graphics program (like Photoshop or Sketch) it may be more appropriate for you to find a prototyping tool that is better equipped to work with that existing process (For instance, a Hotspotting tool like Marvel or InVision)
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