Top Wireframing Tools Every Designer Needs to Consider

As an ardent designer, I am sure you might have experienced the tedious task of gathering feedback on page layout and navigation. Web design requires proper planning and communication for completing the project fruitfully. To assist you throughout and to make your web designing process uncomplicated, you need a wireframing tool.

Using a wireframing tool is indeed a fast and easy technique to plan the layout and to easily communicate your ideas with the clients. This part of design supports the entire web design process starting from its preliminary stage. Its unique ability to detect any errors at the early stage has made wireframing a valuable practice for web designers worldwide. While there are numerous wireframing tools available over the internet, locating the most prominent ones can be a daunting task. With that in mind, here I am going to give you a sneak peek into the top tools every designer should consider.

Balsamiq

Balsamiq is a rapid wireframing tool that allows the users to create sketch-like mockup designs for websites and applications. With 75 pre-built controls to select from, this amazing tool helps you to design anything from a super-simple dialog box to a full-fledged application ranging from a simple website to a rich internet application.

Balsamiq

Omnigraffle

Omnigraffle is a decidedly user-friendly wireframing tool that allows designers to create simple and complex diagrams, flowcharts, shapes, organizational charts and even Bezier lines with great ease. This tool features manifold built-in stencils, powerful style tools and a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface. This wireframing tool is built specifically and exclusively for Mac OS X.

Omnigraffle

Wireframe Pro

Wireframe Pro by Vandelay Premier is a simple-to-use wireframing tool that allows you to create amazing wireframes for your own web design projects, right in Photoshop. The massive version of this wireframing tool includes over 400 individual pre-designed elements including buttons, navigation menus, slider, dividers, pagination and more. You can simply drop these elements in your designs to create wireframes in minutes. Apart from this, there are 13 sample wireframes that can be customized to suit your needs.

Wireframe Pro

Moqups

Moqups is an impressively powerful HTML5 application that helps you to create wireframes, mockups or UI concepts and prototypes. This tool features plenty of common web elements including desktop, mobile and tablet templates, which you can make use while designing your web pages.

Moqups

Cacoo

Cacoo is an online drawing tool that allows you to create several diagrams including UML and network charts, wireframes and site maps. This tool comes with effective UI of drag and drop options, numerous stencils and amazing functionalities such as background sheets, freehand options, etc and real-time collaboration.

Cacoo

Axure RP

Axure is another popular and advanced wireframing tool available for both Mac and PC. This comprehensive tool enables you to draw wireframe sketches, create interactive high-fidelity design prototypes and to create detailed specifications with extreme ease.

Axure

Pidoco

Pidoco is yet another easy to use wireframing tool that helps you in rapid creation of clickable wireframes and UI prototypes for web, mobile and enterprise apps. This web-based prototyping tool boasts efficient sharing and collaboration options and benefits you with handy usability testing as well.

Pidoco

Gliffy

Gliffy is a very cool wireframing tool that allows dragging and dropping boxes, buttons and lines from the web wireframe tool shape library to any place on the page. With this tool you can easily add text to your website wireframe for creating a neat website mockup.

Gliffy

Mockingbird

Mockingbird is an interesting wireframing tool that allows you to create, link, preview and share wireframe. This user friendly tool features drag-and-drop interface, decent set of stencils, smart guides and the ability to generate interactive inner page linking.

Mockingbird

Mockflow

With Mockflow, you can collaborate and design user interface mockups for your software and websites. This wireframing tool comes with stunning features including sitemap creator for pages and folders, version tracking, image and component collections, chat and HTML5 export.

Mockflow

Jumpchart

Jumpchart is a collaborative content wireframing tool that has revolutionized the way we plan our websites. This tool aids you in architecture planning, organizing the content, collaborating different design elements, creating sitemap and several other elements of wireframing. It not only saves your valuable time but also gives a clear idea about how the final website design would look like.

Jumpchart

HotGloo

HotGloo can be named as one of the most attractive wireframing tools that help in the creation of interactive wireframes. This awesome tool allows you to drag and drop elements, scale, link, name and rename them. Besides collaborating with others and being web-based, HotGloo boasts an auto-saving feature.

Hopefully these  wireframing tools will help you to create quick mockups, sitemaps and relate content to one another thereby building a fantastic user experience for your ultimate users.

Hotgloo

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Alfred is a tech lover who writes for Dot Com Infoway, a multinational and website development company offering web development services to business needs with their expert team.

Published December 31st, 2012 by

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  • Ionut Maxim, December 31, 2012

    You should look into Flairbuilder too, it’s a great tool to achieve your wireframe goals and also create interactive prototypes.

  • Steven Snell, December 31, 2012

    Thanks Ionut. I’m not familiar with that one, but it looks pretty good.

  • Peter Severin, January 1, 2013

    Hey, you also missed WireframeSketcher wireframing tool (http://wireframesketcher.com). It’s a desktop tool with fast and native UI on Mac, Windows and Linux.

  • Steven Snell, January 1, 2013

    Thanks for the suggestion Peter.

  • Raffy Milton, January 2, 2013

    You should also consider iPlotz (http://iplotz.com/). It’s also a wireframing tool that lets you create mockups. You can also wireframe online.

  • John Larkin, January 2, 2013

    You should also consider checking out http://www.fluidui.com great for wireframing & prototyping and especially cool if you are focusing on mobile as you can preview direct on your mobile device.

    Cheers!

  • Bob Wiggins, January 2, 2013

    For a web-based tool that can quickly create everything from low-fidelity to high-fidelity prototypes, in a very collaborative environment, consider ProtoShare (www.protoshare.com). ProtoShare is used by design groups in some very large companies and agencies.

  • Raj, January 2, 2013

    Hi,
    You also missed out on pencil project by Evolus. http://pencil.evolus.vn/ This is a open source tool and does it’s job well.
    Raj

  • Alfred, January 3, 2013

    @Raffy, John and Bob

    Thank you very much for your suggestions. Sure, we will have look at it too.

  • Andy Parker, January 4, 2013

    Yet again, a large list of software to crack a nut with a sledge hammer failing to show that the best tool for wireframes is still a pencil, or a pen, or anything else to draw with and a piece of paper.

    • Steven Snell, January 7, 2013

      Hi Andy,
      It depends on what you need to do with the wireframe and your own workflow. Pencil and paper can certainly work.

  • Tim Osborn, January 6, 2013

    I reckon Keynote belongs in this list, too!

  • Alexis, January 8, 2013

    Perhaps you should add Proto.io (http://proto.io) to the list. Not just a wireframing tool but also a prototyping tool that allows you to create interactions and animations.

  • Mateusz Makosiewicz, May 10, 2013

    Don’t forget to take a look at UXPin! (http://uxpin.com/) It’s a widely recommended collaborative tool built by UX designers. I think you’ll find it as useful as fun. Especially if you’re into UX and resposive design.