Great Wireframing Tools

Designing or redesigning your site’s look? Get started with some of these fantastic wireframing tools:

Balsamiq
Price: $79.00 (A limited free version is available online)

Balsamiq is a great tool that includes over 75 pre-made but customizable images and text blocks to help you bring your design concepts to life.

Mockingbird
Price: Free

Mockingbird is a free, easy-to-use mockup tool that helps you flesh out your design ideas without any negative consequences for your bank account. Mockingbird also generates sharing and editing links for collaborative work.

Pencil Project
Price: Free

If you’re looking for a free tool with a user friendly interface, look no further. Pencil Project also lets you export your wireframes in a variety of formats, such as HTML, PNG, Openoffice.org, Word or PDF.

 

OmniGraffle
Price: $99.00

Need something more dynamic than basic mock-up software? OmniGraffle goes the extra mile with a wide variety of graphic design, wireframing, and page-layout tools.

Cacoo
Price: Free

Cacoo is a free wireframing service that lets you collaborate with others in real-time, creating charts, site maps and page designs. In addition to its collaboration tools, you can chat with your friends and co-workers while you work via Cacoo’s chat function.

What are some wireframing tools you use when you’re designing websites? Let us know in the comment section below!

2 Responses to Great Wireframing Tools

  1. Peter Severin says:
    April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm.

    Also take a look at WireframeSketcher wireframing tool for some extra power. It lets you organize complex wireframes into projects, create scenarios using storyboards, export clickable vector PDFs and use SVG images for extra shapes. There are also free iPhone, iPad and Android stencils that can be used to jump-start your work. It’s a commercial tool priced at $99 with a free 14 day trial.

  2. Cheryl Lucia says:
    April 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm.

    I think Mockingbird is the best free wireframing tool. It comes with a nice set of stencils and the user interface for the web application is clean and easy to customize. It also has smart guides to help line things up accurately. I really like the feature that allows you to share your wireframes with others. For me, the best paid wireframing tool is Omnigraffle. It has all the essential features you need to create attractive wireframes and mockups. It has a great stencil library and I can download other stencils made by others at graffletopia.com. Adding effects such as gradients and shadows on objects is fast and easy. Aligning objects is easy because it provides smart guides. You can even make designs interactive.

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