Designing is fun when you do it with highly advanced tools. For the most part, such tools can save you a lot of time and give stunning outputs. Despite being insanely creative and passionate about quality design, a designer may not be able to deliver great design if he is not equipped with modern and advanced tools. When it comes to prototyping, having the best quality prototyping tools is like having half of the job done. There are limitations in the most common regular software. So, depending on the advanced ones are so crucial if you really mean what design is.

There are so many prototyping tools available today. Most interestingly, the most used ones may not be the best ones always. There’s room for you to think about and a lot to consider before you settle with one.

7 best prototyping tools for designers

You may try some of the prototyping tools but you surely need just one for your design. And a long list of the same kind of tools will confuse you for sure. This is why we have only 7 prototyping tools on our list. Let’s what each of them has for you.

InVision App

InVision App is one of the most powerful and widely known prototyping and wireframing tools in the industry today. You can get high-fidelity in under just 5 minutes. Upload your design files, add animations, gestures, and transitions to transform static screens into clickable, interactive prototypes. InVision App has a wide range of features like whiteboard collaboration, dynamic prototyping, comments, device preview, video calling, user testing, version control, and design handoff. 

Platforms: Mac and Windows Users.

Pricing: Free for 1 project. Only Enterprise clients are required to pay a monthly fee to use Invision’s services. Paid versions come in three different plans: $15/month for 3 projects, $25/month for unlimited projects, and $99/mo for teams.

Marvel

A very simple designed prototyping and collaboration tool. You can create screens directly in Marvel app or add your images from Sketch or Photoshop. You can even sync designs from your cloud storage. Marvel’s editor lets you link all your designs together in a jiffy, then add gestures and transitions to make your prototype feel like a real app or website. You can create different prototypes for the iPhone, iPad, Desktop, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Android. 

Platforms: Mac Users.

Pricing: Marvel app comes free for 2 two projects for 1 user. but has three different plans ($ 12/month, $ 56/month for 4 users, and custom ) for those who want more with their tool.

Flinto

Flinto is mainly a Mac app for the designers around the world to create interactive and animated prototypes of their app designs. It is very intuitive to use and easy to learn.You can import your Sketch files via Flinto plugin and export your animation as a video. You don’t have to create artboards for every animation states. 

Platforms: Mac Users.

Pricing: There’s a free trial version for you. You can go for pro at a $99 per user for lifetime use.

Principle

Principle is also a MacOS-based tool with a focus on animation. It’s easy to design animated and interactive user interfaces with Principle. Whether you're designing the flow of a multi-screen app, or new interactions and animations, Principle lets you create designs that look and feel amazing. It has a very happy customer base. Principle lets you import from Sketch and preview designs on their iOS app. Sadly, there’s no Android app for testing.

Platforms: Mac and Windows Users.

Pricing: Principle comes at a price of $129 per user. 

Adobe XD

Adobe XD is an all-in-one cross-platform tool for designing and prototyping websites and mobile apps. It was launched in March 2016, and still in beta as of July 2017. It is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. On the top of everything, you will get all you need in a single app.

Platforms: Mac and Windows Users.

Pricing: Free in Beta version.

Axure RP

Axure is a wonderful choice for UX designers who need to create specifications for designs and animations in supreme detail. You can create simple click-through diagrams or highly functional, rich prototypes with different conditional logic, dynamic contents, animations, math functions, and data-driven interactions without even writing a single line of code. Axure is a great tool for passionate designers.

Platforms: Mac and Windows Users.

Pricing: There’s a trial version for you and paid versions are at $29/month for 1 user and $49/month for teams.

Proto.io

Proto.io comes with a slogan to make the prototypes feel real. You can create fully interactive and high-fidelity prototypes that look exactly like your apps. You can design your prototypes directly in Proto.io and speed up your design process with different UI components for iOS and Android. 

Platforms: Mac Users.

Pricing: You can try it for free. Paid plans come in $24/month for 5 projects, $40/month for 10 projects, $80/month for 15 projects, and $160/month for 30 projects.

The prototyping tools mentioned above are popular and awesome to many designers. They may vary in features but not by a large margin. So, finding the best one is still a mystery. We recommend you to try some of them and settle with the one you like. Consider the one that serves your purpose the most. Good luck!