Axure Hones Web App Prototypes

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-11-15 Print this article Print

Making it easier for Web application developers to prototype and specify applications is the goal of Axure Software Solutions' Axure RP 3.

Making it easier for Web application developers to prototype and specify applications is the goal of Axure Software Solutions Axure RP 3 (formerly Ubiquity RP), which shipped last month. Using Axure RP 3, I could build browser-based mock-up prototypes of Web applications, making it possible to show early design and functionality specifications for an application.

In addition, I could attach, for example, notes, status information and assignments to components in the application prototype.

Besides generating a prototype, I could use the same information to create a Word-based specification document for the application.

Axure RP 3 isnt perfect. Although I liked much about the product, its interface could be more intuitive. It was often needlessly difficult to work with objects. (For example, the cursor icon provided no feedback on whether I could move an object.)

In addition, although Axure RP 3 is useful, at $589, I think it is priced five to 10 times higher than it should be. Most users will probably stick with Web design tools to prototype applications.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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