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7 Free Wireframe Tools

When you’re looking to create a great design concept quickly you can use wireframe tools to speed up the process. Also known as mock-up or prototyping tools, these design tools allow you to create design examples for your team or clients very quickly. Good wireframe tools let you expand your idea into the bigger picture and avoid mistakes later in the project. You could try to imagine the design in your head or explain to your client in words but it’s far easier with a wireframe or prototype to look at before you get down to delivering the project. Here at 5 free wireframe tools you can check out for your next project.

JumpchartThis wireframe tools allows an entire team to work on a single project. Everyone can view changes and updates in real time. It available on computers and tablets. One great feature is the ability to export the designs direct to WordPress. With this function you can have a live site up and running in minutes! The free plan offers two users and one project with a maximum of ten pages. That’s more than enough to let you test out the tool and find out if Jumpchart fits your wireframe and mock-up requirements.

MockflowMockflow is well-known for their professional product “WireframePro”. This is a combined web and desktop application for web design projects. It helps with creation, design and collaboration within teams or clients. It’s totally interactive and even lets you build automatic sitemaps of the project pages. It allows export to every kind of format and has countless features and options to explore. The free wireframe tool allows one design license and one design project to let you try out the product before you consider buying.

This wireframe tool is web based and allows real-time collaboration. It’s fairly easy to create prototypes for website designs and smartphone apps. The free plan only allows export in .PNG format which may be enough for individual freelancers with small business clients. You can upgrade of course and access all the functions and export formats when you want to take the plunge.

Pencil Project
pencil-icon-128The pencil project is great for building diagrams and mind-mapping alongside its main role as a wireframe and prototyping tool for web designers. As an open source application for the desktop it works on most platforms. It’s a great tool for building iOS and Android mock-up templates which saves precious time.

Created to allow web designers and developers to create powerful wireframes in a short space of time, Wirefy is in constant iteration. This tool helps speed up the journey from initial sketches to final delivery. It uses a simple workflow system and a collection of elements to mix together for the designs.

iPlotz_128x128IPlotz lets designers create wireframes with navigation and clickable areas to simulate the experience of a real software application or website. You can ask others to join the project and comment on the mock-ups. There is a project management function which manages the tasks for the designers and developers to work on the project. The free plan allows one project of five pages.

All these free wireframe tools allow you to create at least one project to get a feel for creating mock-ups and wireframes with the platform. Try them out and find the right wireframe tool for your future projects.

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  1. Orlando
    January 29, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I have heard of the Pencil Project before. Your post is a good reminder that I should check it out. Again, nice list you have here!

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  2. shaun wright
    September 12, 2014 at 5:54 am

    I use cacoo a lot for playing around with app ideas. It's easy to get started with and it lets me see what the app will look like and how it will react to user interface.

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  3. September 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    My designers have used Wirefy for sometime but Jumpchart looks like it might be a better choice. The fact that you can use Jumpchart before you have to purchase it is a big plus. Thanks for the list.

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  4. Carla Hernandez
    September 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the article. I have not used any of these tools, but one team of my co-worker swear by Jumpchart. They refer to themselves as the jumpers.

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  5. Jack
    September 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for the article! I've been working on "The Pencil Project" for more than 1 year. Nice engine from "Firefox" - very fast, simple in operation. Have export to HTML, PNG, Word, etc. I'm going to try "Cacoo" and "Wirefy" after reading your's blogpost. I can share my experience with anybody after using these program's, if you need. By the way, I used "Jumpchart" and it was really bad experience. Don't recommend this program.

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  6. Michael
    September 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Very nice! I was using Cacoo, but it has some limitations. I tried Jumpchart and it seems to be a better option. The ability to export the designs direct to WordPress is awesome, helps to save a lot of time, because our team mainly works with Wordpress. It's not free, but is worth the money paid. Mockflow also seems to be another good wireframe tool. Thanks for the article!

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