Wireframing Tools

Wireframing Tools Overview

A wireframe is a visual layout diagramming a website's navigable components without graphics or style elements so that a clear structural and functional overview of the design is presented. Often UX designers use wireframes to evaluate the flow and usability of the site before tackling the aesthetic appeal of the planned website.

The simplicity of wireframes allows designers to strip the website or mobile app down and focus on the functions and usability rather than the visual aesthetic. The wireframe differs from the prototype in that it is purposely low-fidelity and does not necessarily resemble the final product like a working prototype or mockup would, except in how the user's interaction with the website is guided.

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Lucidchart
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Lucidchart is a diagramming application that helps teams to clarify complexity, align their insights, and build faster. With this cloud-based solution, users can work visually and collaborate in real-time while building flowcharts, mockups, and UML diagrams. Lucidchart is utilized…

InVision

InVision is a collaborative design and prototyping platform with features such as freehand drafting mode and interactive mockups, collaboration, idea management, user testing, and integration with Slack and other collaboration tools. According to the vendor, 1 million designers are…

Figma
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Figma, headquartered in San Francisco, offers their collaborative design and prototyping application to support digital product and UI development.

Adobe XD

Adobe XD is a prototyping and UX/UI option for website and mobile application design, featuring a range of UI tools and and templates, a versatile artboard and contextual layer panels, and deep integration with Adobe's creative suite of products for fast import of objects from these…

Balsamiq

Balsamiq is a wireframing tool that allows users to sketch out user interfaces for websites and web and and mobile apps.

Axure RP

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

OmniGraffle

OmniGraffle is a wireframing tool for Mac users.

UXPin

UXPin is a UX design platform with wireframing, prototyping and interactive mockup features.

Gliffy

Gliffy is an online diagramming tool with collaboration features from the San Francisco company of the same name, offering standalone versions of Gliffy and integrated versions for Jira and Confluence.

iRise

iRise offers a prototyping and design platform for software development.

Optimal Workshop

Optimal Workshop, a company in New Zealand, offers their suite of user research tools on a subscription basis, including the Treejack information architecture tool, OptimalSort card sorting test, Chalkmark first-click testing, and other tools.

Whimsical

Whimsical is a visual workspace application from the company of the same name in Denver, allowing users to create collaborative wireframes, mindmaps, flowcharts, and sticky notes.

Marvel

Marvel is a prototyping and wireframing app.

Justinmind

Justinmind offer prototyping and interactive mockups for web and mobile apps, supporting interactive graphics, animations, and user testing, collaboration and feedback sharing, and requirements management.

HotGloo

HotGloo is an online wireframing and prototyping tool. This solution has been designed for all those engaged in the concept, design and development of web or app projects: project managers, information architects, usability experts, freelancers, concept people, digital agencies, web…

Cacoo

Cacoo is a user-friendly online diagramming tool that allows users to create a variety of diagrams such as wireframes, flowcharts, UML diagrams, network diagrams, mindmaps, sitemaps, database diagrams, and more. Cacoo includes an extensive collection of templates and shapes,…

Pidico

Pidoco is a Berlin based company, whose eponymous flagship app is a web-based prototyping tool that they state allows used to quickly create wireframes, interactive software prototypes, and rich specifications without any programming.

Wirify, by Volkside

Wirify is a wireframing tool from Volkside, a small agency in Melbourne. Wirify is described by the vendor as a bookmarklet that lets users turn any web page into a wireframe in one click.

Ninjamock

Ninjamock is a mockup and wireframing tool with built in collaboration features, from the company of the same name in Denmark.

Teracy

Teracy is a free wireframing kit for Sketch.

Uizard

Uizard is a rapid prototyping tool from the company of the same name in Copenhagen. It is presented as a collaborative solution for designing mobile apps, web apps, websites, and desktop software.

Wireframe.cc

Wireframe.cc is a minimalist wireframing tool from the company of the same name in Poland.

FluidUI

Fluid Software headquartered in Dublin offers FluidUI (fluidui.com), a browser based wireframing and prototyping tool.

Mockingbird

Mockingbird, or gomockingbird.com, is a simple wireframing tool from Mockingbird Holdings, a small American company.

Octopus.do

Octopus.do is software used to create detailed visual sitemaps and get estimates. Designers and PMs use Octopus.do to prototype website and app structures, calculating project costs on the fly. Octopus.do is useful for: UX/UI Specialists, Designers, Project, Account & Sales,…

Learn More About Wireframing Tools

What is a Wireframe?

A wireframe is a visual layout diagramming a website's navigable components without graphics or style elements so that a clear structural and functional overview of the design is presented. Often UX designers use wireframes to evaluate the flow and usability of the site before tackling the aesthetic appeal of the planned website.

The simplicity of wireframes allows designers to strip the website or mobile app down and focus on the functions and usability rather than the visual aesthetic. The wireframe differs from the prototype in that it is purposely low-fidelity and does not necessarily resemble the final product like a working prototype or mockup would, except in how the user's interaction with the website is guided.

What are Wireframing Tools?

Wireframing tools allow users to diagram their work and share with collaborators, or facilitate an approval workflow. Wireframing workspaces and tools prefer a sketchpad, grid-based or bare bones visual style with drag-and-drop editor for functional, no-distraction representation of the website. More complex tools allow users to add in interactive features such as mobile gestures, transitions, buttons, checkboxes, drop-down menus, hover status, etc., without requiring users to write code. Enterprise level tools brand themselves as collaborative design platforms and allow teams to build workflows and collaborate, with features such as commenting, threading, version control, etc.

Wireframing Features & Capabilities

Wireframing tools may include some of the following functionalities:
  • Grid based design layout
  • A UI component library containing commonly used elements
  • Drag-and-drop design tool
  • Wireframe templates
  • Diagramming and flow charts
  • Sharing features
  • Collaboration features such as commenting and threading
  • Version control
  • User testing
  • Integration with commonly used collaboration tools

Pricing Information

Many vendors offer free or low cost plans with no collaboration features to support a single creator managing a single project. Paid versions of wireframing software support collaborations and file sharing across multiple users and large teams allowing them to interact, share feedback, or work on projects together in real time, with integrations with third-party software like cloud storage or creative suites, version and license management, and on-premise installation and customer support for enterprise level customers.

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