Sketching up the frames of your app is a great way to make it a bit more realistic. This is a step that can’t be avoided when building any kind of application.

But, you can take this to the next level.

Using some of the tools mentioned below, you can create even interactive mockups that can be exported and run on any device working like a real application or a prototype. 

This is an efficient way to test your assumptions about your app; it also provides detailed instructions for developers, making their job much easier and faster. Mockups are also extremely important when you work with an external software development company.

We collected 20 free and paid mockup tools you can use when you start working on your next mobile or web application.


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Here is a long list of 20 awesome mockup tools:

Moqups

Moqups

Source: Moqups

Moqups is a full ecosystem of tools within a single design environment. It allows you to create diagrams, wireframes and prototypes without switching apps or updating across platforms.

Main features:

  • Wireframing and prototyping in one tool
  • Mobile and web app design
  • Team collaboration
  • Extensive range of icons and fonts

Pricing:

  • Basic: $19/mo
  • Professional: $29/mo
  • Ultimate: $49/mo

Free trial: Yes

Mockplus

Mockplus

A simple drag-and-drop tool for creating interactive prototypes of desktop, mobile and web apps in a faster way.

Main features:

  • Interactive prototypes
  • Pre-designed components
  • Testing on real devices

Pricing:

  • Free
  • Pro: $129/user/year

Balsamiq

Balsamiq

Source: Balsamiq

A wireframing tool that reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard but using a computer. It’s more like a tool to boost creativity to generate more ideas.

Main features:

  • Built-in version control
  • Team collaboration
  • Lots of built-in user interface controls and icons
  • Click-through prototypes (for demos and usability testing)

 Pricing:

  • Web app: $12/mo - $99/mo
  • Desktop app: $89 (one time purchase)

 Free trial: Yes

Mockingbird

Mockupbird

A web-based wireframing application designed for rapid prototyping. Mockingbird lets you create interfaces quickly with its drag-and-drop editor.

 Main features:

  • Team collaboration
  • Interactive mockups for demo and usability tests

Pricing:

  • $12/mo - $85/mo

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Mockup Builder

Mockup Builder

Mockup builder is a prototyping, mockup and wireframing tool that makes it easy to share your work with your clients or coworkers. You can create prototypes for mobile (iOS, Android) and web applications.

Main features:

  • Diverse library of design elements
  • Project sharing, PNG and PDF export
  • Free wireframe templates

Pricing:

  • Solo: $7/mo
  • Premium Light: $14/mo
  • Premium Pro: $27/mo
  • Team Pro: $99/mo

Mockflow

Mockflow

Enables you to create and collaborate on complex interactive wireframes and UI prototypes for your websites and applications. Mockflow offers a complete solution for prototyping design.

Main features:

  • Team collaboration
  • Create sitemaps
  • Style guide

Pricing:

  • Premium: $19/mo
  • Team pack: $29/mo

Free trial: Yes

HotGloo

Hot Gloo

Source: HotGloo.com

HotGloo is a wireframing and prototyping tool designed to build wireframes for web, mobile and wearables. It helps to visualize planning processes and to build and test drive interactions very easily.

Main features:

  • Compatible on any mobile device
  • Team collaboration
  • Over 2000 elements, icons and UI widgets
  • Interactive prototypes

Pricing:

  • Group: $13/mo
  • Team: $27/mo
  • Agency: $54/mo
  • Enterprise: Custom

Free trial: Yes

NinjaMock

Ninjamock

NinjaMock is more like a digital canvas for prototyping that imitates hand-drawn images by offering icons, stencils and vector graphics.

Main features:

  • Mobile, web app and free hand design
  • Team collaboration in real-time
  • HTML export

Pricing: If you have more than one project ($4 - $180/mo)

All features are free.

Invision

Invision is a prototyping, collaboration and workflow platform that provides seamless communication between your team to transform your ideas into clickable prototypes.

Main features:

  • Interactive, clickable prototypes
  • Team collaboration
  • Built-in layouts
  • Version control system
  • Integrations with project management tools

Pricing: Free forever

UXPin

Uxpin

Source: UXPin.com

UXPin is a full-stack UX design platform. You can easily create interactive wireframes and user flows and build static or interactive designs.

Main features:

  • Interactive design and prototyping
  • Team collaboration

Pricing:

  • Basic: $19/mo
  • Pro: $29/mo
  • Team: $98/mo

Proto.io

Proto Io

Source: Proto.io

With Proto.io, you can create fully-interactive prototypes that look and work exactly like your app should. You can share your prototypes with anyone.

Main features:

  • Team collaboration
  • Exporting Ui assets
  • Built-in design components

Pricing:

  • Freelancer: $24/mo
  • Startup: $40/mo
  • Agency: $80/mo
  • Corporate: $160/mo

Free trial: Yes

Fluid

Fluid

Fluid helps you create web and mobile prototypes, making it easy to communicate look, feel, interactivity and animations.

Main features:

  • Built-in libraries for Android, iOS, web, desktop and more
  • Add interactions and animations
  • Team collaboration
  • Export project

Pricing:

  • Free
  • Solo: $15/mo
  • Pro: $25/mo
  • Team: $65/mo

Axure RP

Axure

Axure is a wireframing and prototyping tool, making it easy to share your prototypes with the project members.

Main features:

  • Animation
  • Team collaboration
  • Dynamic content and conditional logic

Pricing:

  • Pro: $29/mo
  • Team: $49/mo
  • Enterprise: $99/user/mo

Free trial: No

Pidoco

Pidoco

Source: Pidoco.com

Pidoco lets you quickly create click-through wireframes and fully interactive UX prototypes.

Main features:

  • Interactive prototypes
  • Team collaboration
  • Mobile simulation
  • Export project

Pricing:

  • Starter: $12/mo
  • Standard: $25/mo
  • Premium: $55/mo
  • Platinum: $175/mo

Free trial: Yes

Mockup.io

Mockup.io is a tool that handles the complexity of creating mockups and prototypes in a single tool.

Main features:

  • Showcase mockups in realistic device frames
  • Interactive mockups
  • Team collaboration
  • Custom animations

Pricing: Free forever

Justinmind

Justinmind

Source: Cooper.com

Justinmind is an all-in-one prototyping tool for web and mobile apps. It allows you to share and test designs that run on real devices and make your mobile wireframe look and feel like the finished application.

Main features:

  • Fully functional prototypes
  • Sharing design with project members
  • Test on device

Pricing: $19/user/mo

iPhone mockup

Iphonemockup

A really simple mockup tool for iPhone applications that lets you create black and white app UI sketches.

Pricing: Free

Savahapp

Savah

Source: Crozdesk.com

Savahapp lets you build quick interactive high-fidelity prototypes for any device without writing a single line of code.

Main features:

  • One tool for all kind of devices
  • Interactive prototypes
  • Compare design versions

Pricing:

  • Free
  • Solo: $8/mo
  • Team: $49/mo
  • Company: $120/mo
  • Enterprise: Custom

Free trial: Yes

PowerMockup

Power Mockup

A mockup and wireframe toolkit for PowerPoint, providing a large collection of user interface elements and icons made entirely out of PowerPoint shapes.

Main features:

  • 800+ user interface elements
  • Built entirely on PowerPoint
  • Storyboard
  • Team collaboration

Pricing: $59 - $2099 (one-time fee)

Keynotopia

Keynotopia

Source: imeocdn.com

Keynotopia is a mockup toolkit for PowerPoint. The website offers different design bundles depending on what platforms you’re building and what presentation software (PowerPoint or Keynote) you use.

Main features:

  • 3000+ pixel-perfect vector user interface components
  • 200+ icons for PowerPoint and Keynote
  • Icons are editable and fully customizable

Pricing:

  • Templates: $39-$49
  • Bundles: around $97

Conclusion

This is it. 20 cool mockup tools you can use right away to design your next app or website. Creating a mockup is a great way to test an early version of your app and also helps developers when it comes to coding. Now, you have an updated list of mockup tools you can choose from.


If you have any tool suggestions, feel free to shoot us a mail and I will add it to the post. ;-)

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