Robust and feature-packed, but with a learning curve
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 14, 2019

Robust and feature-packed, but with a learning curve

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Axure RP

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 The current UI is quite clunky and outdated.
  • The learning curve was quite a bit more than what we had expected. It was a challenge to keep up with learning the product. We thought we may be better served with a simpler software choice.
  • The community support and resources alleviated a few initial pain points, but I feel that time may have been saved if the app was a little more polished on the user side.
  • We needed to move fast on deliverables and eventually moved onto another product. Our projects could simply be done faster elsewhere. Not a fault of Axure; I think our goals were obtainable with lighter apps such as XD or Sketch.
We initially based our decision on Axure's reputation as the industry standard for prototyping. It is the best as what it does for now, but this is a highly competitive field. There seems to be a new UX/UI tool coming out monthly. I think Axure will continue to be the best for complex data-driven prototyping and we will definitely use them if our projects gravitate towards that area.
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.