PROTOTYPE TOOLS COMPARE AND CONTRAST
Research in those prototype tools in the market, there are four ways to create a prototype.
First is to create one in an Application or web-based tool such as POP or Flinto, these tools are usually extremely easy to use, without a single line of code, they can create a sequence and connection of multi-pages easily. Some of them can even support various page transitions and support a good way to display. However, the disadvantages are also obviously, which is the intuitive action support is quite limited, and some of the UI elements are not functional within the prototype. Thus, in terms of presenting the ideas, these tools are easy use but limited in functions.
Second way is to create a prototype in a common presentation tools, such as Keynote and PowerPoint, with the help of some plugin, which usually offers a comprehensive UI elements library, these tools allow users to create their idea easily usually with a lot more animation options, however, even in this method, it’s still very limited in supporting some of the intuitive actions such as scroll or swipe.
Third way is to create a prototype in Xcode, the official tools for iOS developer. Xcode is a powerful tool which combined almost everything in one. However, the figure out the proper use of this complex software takes time, and thus it won’t be chosen as our project prototyping tools.
Last method, the way we choose to deliver our prototype this time is through Web-app, create by HTML markup language combine with j Query. Although this way may involve some knowledge of coding, but the un-limitation in supporting various functional UI elements, page transactions and intuitive actions makes it good to re-presenting our ideas more precisely to the audience.
As shown in the excel, J Query is the only methods with the most appreciation.