HotGloo: My Favorite Wireframing Tool
During the course of my career, I’ve used a variety of tools to communicate designs. In my early years as a web designer, I used Canvas to create designs—this was well before I knew what a wireframe was. Over the years, I learned about wireframing, user experience and in 2006 I switched to using Photoshop to create wireframes.
Photoshop worked well enough, but it didn’t have drag and drop icons, shapes, interactive sharing, commenting, and printing was a challenge.
In spite of this, it was the tool I knew best. I never joined the camp of InDesign, Illustrator, or Visio for creating wireframes. Every time I opened InDesign I was just confused about how to use the application. Illustrator was too time consuming, Omnigraffle and Visio were better for process flows.
In 2012, I started trying out new products. I sampled Balsamiq, Cacoo, Mockingbird, Gliffy, and then magic happened—I tried HotGloo. HotGloo blew me away from the first moment I opened the app. Why?
It was E-A-S-Y.
I was sold. I’ve been using HotGloo for four years now. I regularly try other wireframing tools and keep going back to HotGloo. It’s just too easy to stop using. Plus, their support is fantastic. I’ve never had to wait for a response (thank you, Wolf!).
- User friendly, no learning curve
- Drag and drop icons and interface components
- Supports low fidelity wireframing
- Supports high fidelity, image filled designs
- Allows for multiple projects
- Allows multiple users with different roles (Editor vs Reviewer)
- It’s inexpensive
- I can invite any number of collaborators
- It doesn’t complicate my life with too many features
- Supports the creation of interactive prototypes
- It doesn’t take forever to do my work (it’s seriously fast)
- In Review Mode, I can print PDFs and PNGs of every page
- Reviewers can leave notes all over my designs
- I can showcase an entire app online
There were a few times where I’ve been tempted away by the likes of UXPin and Adobe XD. I tried them both and they both failed to win my affection due to decreasing my productivity.
I suppose it could be me. Maybe I am not design minded enough to use those other tools. Whatever the case, I love HotGloo and don’t plan to stop using it anytime soon. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs to create low or high fidelity wireframes or prototypes.