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What to use instead of Axure?

March 5, 2018 at 2:29pm

What to use instead of Axure?

March 5, 2018 at 2:29pm

Most of the time I use Sketch + InVision to create prototypes, but sometimes I need more, like keyboard input, dynamic text and variables to store user actions. Axure was my tool of choice for that, but it's like their feature set hasn't changed in years. Other tools have made huge steps to support a component-based approach and creating specs from designs (Sketch + Zeplin <3 ). It seems like a waste of time to use Axure now as a primary tool for defining a design.

What has come in its place?


April 16, 2018 at 2:29pm

I found nothing, so I just use Framer, Framer components and _a lot_ of JavaScript duct tape most of the time. Framer becomes really powerful once you get into components and hacking with JavaScript, but it's really easy to lose forest for the trees. I'd still give it a shot though.

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Atomic.io has some of these features. It feels a lot like InVision, but has the ability to add JavaScript, store variables, and even connect to Google Sheets for simple data. I see it as sitting in between simple InVision flows and fully coding a Framer prototype.

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Another shout for Atomic! Also, I do <3 Axure. Features haven't changed, because it's primarily used by massive corporations and change with such users is difficult.

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April 18, 2018 at 3:21pm

I use Figma it has integration with framer as well but I am not sure it records/ stores user interactions.( If you want that for presentation purposes you can always record the whole design using screen recording) Another shoutout to https://www.sketchapp.com.

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April 20, 2018 at 3:04am

Has anyone played with invision studio yet? I just got access to it but haven't used it much - yet. I use sketch + invision.

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October 12, 2019 at 3:31am

Months later… Atomic.io is now an exclusive beta (I think it was available a year ago, not sure though). Figma: recently tried it, didn't appear to offer variables or complex interactions. Sketch Cloud: Also doesn't offer variables. Key benefit is that it simplifies simple prototype workflow, updating elements is easier than exporting to another tool.

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I used Sketch + Abstract and Sketch + Zeplin for hand-offs but I guess the main thing here is that there's still a place for improvement when it comes to tools for complex interactions and prototypes. :)

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October 16, 2019 at 4:53pm

Figma

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March 3, 2020 at 12:44pm

Figma

I love Figma and made the switch since I wrote the OP, but it doesn't do text input at all.

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March 10, 2020 at 10:49am

I use Sketch. Its the best I can say proudly.

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March 13, 2020 at 1:57am

I work primarily with Figma, but advanced prototypes simply are painful to try to recreate. Take a look to UXPin it's a great product, has conditional behavior, states, text inputs, components, real time collaboration and cross platform support.

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Thanks Sebastian! Finally an answer to my actual question!

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