With a plethora of tools online, its actually getting harder to decide which one to stick with in the long-term.
The biggest tool in my kit is Sketch. I don’t know what I’ll do without it and I still wonder what I had been doing without it (PS of course, but it’s not the same) till it first came out. I use Sketch mostly for wireframes, UI designs, flow maps, sitemaps, etc., but the biggest drawback so far has been the lack of a prototyping plugin.
There are tools like Flinto and Principle that allow to create interactive animations/prototypes but then the biggest drawback with these tools has been sharing the prototype with your clients or testers. Currently, the only way you can share a prototype is by sending the actual work file and having them open it in their mobile devices (which is not the most efficient way of doing it) IMHO.
You can also use Axure and Justinmind, but Axure does not have any integration with sketch yet and Justinmind does, but the hefty amount that you pay for its subscription and the learning curve is just not possible for a freelancer like me.
In comes Craft by InVision. Wow, now that’s a tool I’d use anytime, but, there’s a problem! It’s integration with Invision only. It does make sense from a business perspective, but as a freelancer, mmm, not for me,
Just this last week, I got to know about Mirr.io and man, I am in love with it already. Firstly, it’s developed by a digital product and service design studio, Normally, that felt the need to build such a tool after having frustrations with other tools, and secondly, it’s for sketch, no third-party integrations, nothing. Just plain simple sketch!
My First Impressions
Within minutes of installing the app, I was all set to play with it and trust me, I was ready with a simple prototype in less than 5 minutes. Click here to view the prototype.
It didn’t take me any learning to begin prototyping, that’s how easy it is. Sharing is the best part. With just a click you publish the prototype to web, a URL is created and you can share it with whoever you want!
With a new tool, there are of course some cons as well, like Mirr.io does not have a lot of features like a screen-recorder, advanced interaction and motion design, but I’m sure Normally will update based on feedbacks. And let’s not forget, this is quick prototyping tool.
Screenshots of Mirr.io
So far, I am loving Mirr.io and will continue using it for a freelance project I’ve been involved in. So go ahead, and don’t forget to give this tool a try and let me know your thoughts!
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