Axure RP

Axure RP

Score 7.8 out of 10
Axure RP

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What is Axure RP?

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

InVision, Marvel, and Figma are common alternatives for Axure RP.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 8.3.

The most common users of Axure RP are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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 The current UI is quite clunky and outdated.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Kevin J. Hauger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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).
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Michael Al-Megdad | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Stephanie Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Jakub Wilk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Doug Raymond | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Samantha Bollmann | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Pooja Sawant | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
May 26, 2016

Axure Fan Club

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
March 21, 2016

Axure Review

Rhoni Rakos | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
Lucas Roe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • 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.
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