Tag Archive for information architecture

Pencil Project open source alternative to Balsamiq

pencil-projectI am a fan of Balsamiq.  Balsamiq gives you a lot of design opportunities for application mockups of various kind.  And I like the rough draft appearance to show it’s a draft of an idea.  Not the final UX/UI solution.  It shows the business actions within each item of the application.  And  the toolset is easy enough to use in a rapid mockup scenario with customers during discovery sessions.

Recently, I needed something fast and free.

I found Pencil. The Pencil Project is an open source toolset that creates wireframe mockups of applications such as desktop, tablet, mobile, and browser.  There are some free Google based templates you can bolt onto your toolset.  Also, it has additional features as mind mapping, application flow, and note sections in the diagram.

I highly recommend it as a supplement to Balsamiq especially if you do not have software budget.

Here is the official website: http://pencil.evolus.vn/

~ Tony Maddin ~

Coogle a free web based mind mapping tool

coggleI am a visual learner and visual presenter.  I enjoy taking complex problems, putting context around it, map it out and then come up with solutions.

I am a huge fan of XMind.  I have my own personal license.  However, I needed an alternative toolset for my new work laptop.

As I trolled www.lifehacker.com, I ran across an article about Coggle.  Coggle is free, web-based and easy to use.

After about 5 minutes of getting familiar with the tool set; I was on my way of diagramming out my new solutions.

I recommended it as an alternative if you cannot get XMind or Mindjet.

Here is the link to the Coggle website.  https://www.coggle.it