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Software for designing prototypes (a raw design) of user interfaces

I'm basically looking for a straightforward drawing application for Windows XP that allows me to easily create and resize GUI controls (such as buttons, radio buttons, menus, tabs, etc.).

Is there anything open source or inexpensive (hopefully less than $100) that can do this?

marked as duplicate by Gnoupi, heavyd, Troggy Feb 5 '10 at 21:25

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  • Is this to be implemented in any particular programming language? – RJFalconer Feb 4 '10 at 23:42
  • @BlueNovember, sometimes, but I have tools for actually building "real" GUIs (e.g., Expression Blend or the designer in Visual Studio). The problem is, sometimes I just need to produce quick mockups, and the programming tools just aren't fast enough. – devuxer Feb 5 '10 at 0:02
  • My first thought after seeing the title was "pencil and paper" :) – Jared Harley Feb 5 '10 at 0:40
  • Duplicate: superuser.com/questions/33442/… – Gnoupi Feb 5 '10 at 18:23

If you are simply looking to design a GUI, rather than implement a working prototype, then Balsamiq Mockups may be useful.

  • Thx, +1. Checking it out now. Seems like it might be just what I'm looking for. – devuxer Feb 4 '10 at 23:54

Visio can do this, but Balsamiq (as suggested by sblair) looks like it's a lot easier to use.


Well, Visio is my favourite, but it is over £100.

For under, sblair has already mentioned Balsamiq Mockups, but another nice one is Pencils.

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    Since this question is a duplicate of another one, I would recommend you to move your answer rather on the other one, to have all answers in one place, preferably. – Gnoupi Feb 5 '10 at 18:34
  • Why -1? :S Anyway, Will post in other question. – William Hilsum Feb 5 '10 at 23:41

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