When creating an iPhone app, there are certain tools that make a prototype better, which will help ensure success when pitching the design. With the quick turnover of technology in the modern business world, getting your app up and running without delay is essential. Once you have created your basic design, there are several tools to enhance your prototype and see exactly how users will engage with your app. This will not only help sell your pitch, it will also help you to debug prior to the official launch. This is very important, as any app inherently has issues as it transfers from design to app. Through taking the time for iPhone app prototyping, allows you time to think through all aspects of the app and see how it really works, the flow, how a user will utilize things, and even minute details like how many screens and buttons you need.
A prototype provides you the first step for pitching your app. Using easy tools, you can easily create an active prototype without needing a lot of code knowledge. There are many services that help you design an app and share the vision with others in your team. However, most of those do not offer rapid prototyping services. The difference is getting to fully engage with your app as it will be on the iPhone. With rapid prototyping tools, you take your basic screen layout and design you created using PowerPoint, Keynote, Balsamiq, Adobe Fireworks or various other software programs and choose the device for which you are creating the application and upload the files. With these rapid prototyping applications, you can easily add features like touch gestures, buttons, menus, animation, and screen transitions. Some great tools to use when creating a rapid prototype, especially because they offer extra tools like touch gestures and animation, include Kynotopia, Fluid UI, and Intuito, which offers more comprehensive feedback to create a stronger end product.
Keynotopia uses the designs you have created in either Keynote or PowerPoint to create an interactive version of your app. Keynotopia has a library of templates to help you build your app using common features and designs. You can add touch gestures, animation, music, directions, dialogue boxes, lists, and other features easily into your app through building off of a template. This tool is great if you are looking to create a standard app, since it utilizes templates. However, if you are looking for a more unique and personalized app, you may not find what you are looking for within the templates of Keynotopia.
Fluid UI is completely web browser based and includes a library of common interface options. All you have to do is pick and drag into your app’s design mode. While you are building, there is an easy to read flow diagram so you can see how everything links together, including the transition animations and gestures. This is helpful while you are building to help you focus on the interaction and relationship of everything, so that it does not come as a surprise once your app is live. It also offers a way to test drive your app and to really see how everything looks and interacts.
Intuito is the most comprehensive tool to use for iPhone app prototyping. With Intuito’s Protype Composer, you can easily turn the basic design of your app into a working model. Compatible with multiple design software, like PowerPoint, Keynote, Balsamiq, Adobe Fireworks and others, the Prototype Composer allows you to add touch gestures, animation, and other interface without any knowledge of intensive code. Furthermore, it includes extensive mobile analytics and mobile feedback to ensure your app becomes the best possible version before your official launch. You can see exactly how users engage with your app and utilize the various buttons and screens. You can invite any number of beta testers so that you gain the best actionable insight from users and discover what works and what doesn’t for your app.