Designed to smoothen the barrier between the programming and visual design components needed to create and test mobile apps, ProtoPie is a modern and well-equipped, cross-platform piece of the software tool that aims to make the process of elaborating mobile prototypes feel “easy as pie.”
What is ProtoPie?
ProtoPie is a highly interactive prototyping tool that helps designers to turn ideas into prototypes that feel real. A key thing that differentiates ProtoPie from many other prototyping tools is that it’s an interaction-focused prototyping tool — meaning that the goal of prototyping using ProtoPie is to help designers convey a sense of interactions, not just demonstrate pixel-perfect layouts. This allows people who interact with a prototype to understand what an actual interaction with a real product will be.
- Create interactions without coding: Seasoned designers know that excellent user experience is built around effortless interactions with prototype software. With ProtoPie you can specify a dynamic response for each object in your UI, and the great thing that ProtoPie doesn’t make you dive into the code to create a particular interaction — it’s no-coding-skill-required prototyping tool.
- Utilize device sensors: Sensors are something that differentiates modern mobile devices from desktops. Modern mobile devices are full of various sensors, and many mobile experiences are built around device sensors. Thus, it’s vital to consider how sensors work during prototyping.
- Share your prototype online: ProtoPie has its own cloud and allows you to share your prototypes on the web. It’s also possible to track different versions of your prototype online.
Create prototypes without having to write even a single line of code
Since it allows you to create sophisticated prototypes without having to write even a line of code, things are looking good right off the bat. The code is basically replaced by a series of interaction elements, such as “objects,” “triggers” and “responses.” There are other noteworthy stats, as well.
For example, it comes with support for simultaneous multi-touch actions (two- or three-finger inputs) and, even better, it allows you to test the results directly on your iOS (iPhone 5/SE, 6/6, 6 Plus and 7), as well as Android-based devices (Nexus 5 and 6, Galaxy S6, S7 and Note 5).
Strikes a fair balance between user-accessibility and number of features
All the tools you need are always within hand’s reach and right on display without the usage of complicated menus or other similar solutions. The application sports a modern-looking and very responsive, black-themed UI with a clear-cut layout. It might require a bit of getting used to, but you should be able to find it quite intuitive even if you haven’t worked with similar tools before.
The main components that stand out are neatly organized into separate categories such as Layer, Containers, Sensors, Responses, Timeline, Scene and Animation Curve. There are also four types of triggers, One-Time Triggers, Continuous, Sensor, and Conditional Triggers, all of which allow to work with different types of actions and interactions.
The powerful and very well-documented prototyping tool
To get started with the tool and possibly even to decrease the learning curve a bit, we recommend that you first load one of the available demo projects, found on the app’s official website, and by also taking a quick look at the Tutorial section. Last but not least, once you get the hang of things, you can start to improve your workflow with the help of keyboard shortcuts presented here.
Taking everything into account, ProtoPie is a fairly competent prototyping tool that ticks all the right boxes. It comes with a sleek interface and a dozen useful design tools, and it also allows you to elaborate complex, sensor-aided projects with just a few mouse clicks which can be then tested directly on your devices.
|Operating System||Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra or higher.|
Official Video Intro ProtoPie Studio
How to Use Variables Across Multiple Scenes
ProtoPie Studio Overview
|File Size||315 MB|
|Languages||English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese|
Overall, ProtoPie for Mac is an incredibly useful prototyping tool for designers and engineers. It requires no coding knowledge to use, which makes it great for collaboration and visualising ideas across teams.
ProtoPie also supports the use of its software in classrooms, offering 50% student discounts and free licences for teachers through the Class Support Program. Please note this download is a 30-day trial version.
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