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I'm looking for software to facilitate GUI design. There are many good questions on this topic already, but none contain what I need:

  1. XP style, not stencil/sketch/wireframe/mockup.
  2. Custom widgets, because we use more than standard GUI elements.
  3. Save as templates, to use for other screens later.
  4. snap-to other elements (ForeUI does this brilliantly).
  5. Export to graphic (JPG/PNG).
  6. Export to XML or SWT.
  7. nice-to-have: Export to Word as documentation (Axure does this).
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I think the ForeUI tool you mentioned already meet most of your requirements.

For XP style: http://www.foreui.com/hl/feature_skinnable.htm

It also support user defined widgets. The lacking things may be the XML/SWT/Word exporting.

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I've done extensive testing and analysis, and I'm now leaning toward this product too. There are some things it can't (yet) do, but most of these are minor issues. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Nov 5 '09 at 11:59
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I don't think it'll do everything you want, but have you looked at MS C# Express editions.

It might be a bit over the top, but it can do a lot of what you want.

If you create a WinForms application you'll get:

  1. XP style
  2. Custom widgets - but you need to write code
  3. Snap to other elements

I've not looked at the export features, but you can run the application and take a screen shot that way.

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Good answer (it's not your fault their website is uninformative and utterly horrible), except I forgot to mention another requirement: must not be a programming tool. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Nov 5 '09 at 12:02
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