In the world of app development, a prototype is a working, rudimentary version of an app or site. It is usually built for the purpose of testing and gathering actionable feedback.
A well-executed prototype will always provide a more reliable idea of how your finished app will work, than even a dozen of static mock-up pages would.
Therefore, the tool you use for prototyping should be self-sufficient and able enough. So, according to me, the five basic features that your prototyping tool should have are-
- A smooth platform for adding your mock-ups/designs. It should support the basic formats of an image, for example, .png, .jpeg etc.
This gives you the freedom to design and save in the most convenient format. So go crazy and just design!
(1.Adding mockups on your prototypes)
- Changing the flow should be easy and when required should not be cumbersome. Preferably, dragging an anchor to the next screen would be an easy task. Also the tool should have the ability to simultaneously display the screen which is being edited and the cart of other screens. So that all you have to do is keep dragging anchors unto the screen you want to navigate to.
This saves a lot of time. And we understand the worthiness of your time!
(2. Easy change of flow)
- Analytics about the user behaviour. As a product manager/UX designer you should be able to get an actionable insight.Aspects like how the user was trying to go about the app and how much time he had to hover over your designed screens are crucial. In addition to this, it is even better to be able to view a cumulative data of multiple users on a single screen.
This empowers you to have any kind of iterations and modification before the app is even developed! Isn’t it simply a WOW thing!
(3.Analyzing the feedback)
- Sitemaps as the word suggests pictures the flow by which the user would crawl. The set of enumerations of path selected by user is really huge. As a result of this you might just overlook a particular flow. But, with a sitemap in front, you would never miss it! Moreover life becomes simpler while trying to present your work in front of your senior and peers!
Design isn’t only about the page space, more importantly it is the user’s walk through time with that product, that’s where your tool helps you!
- Comments as and where required. Leaving comments on a point on the screen is essential as anybody who differs in opinion can keep posting suggestions. In the end, you either get a better suggestion for replacements or the arguments are in a deadlock (now the only thing which can come to rescue is point no 3)!
We all find facebook commenting very exciting! Let’s try it in our work!