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9 Best Wireframe Tools for UI/UX Designers in 2022

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Best Wireframe Tools

A wireframe is the skeletal framework of a website. These tools help in the visualization of this framework. In a project, UI/UX designers, business analysts, visual designers, and senior developers create wireframes to set up the initial sketch of a web design.

Wireframe tools are ideal for mobile and web apps, dashboards, interfaces, and website design. The best wireframe tools aim to demonstrate the website’s information design and structure, navigation design (links, relationships between pages, etc.), and interface design (making it easy for users to interact with the website content).

Lucky for us, there are plenty of wireframing tools to choose from. In this article, we’ll dive into the specifics about what makes a good wireframing tool and 9 of 2022’s best wireframe tools out there! 

What Makes Good Tools to Create Wireframes?

A wireframe tool is essentially a prototype or a mock-up of the actual screen. It should produce a mock-up that is closest to what the actual design should be. Here are some questions to consider before selecting a wireframe tool for your project:

  1. Well-designed UI: is the user interface good? Are users able to navigate smoothly and find the required contents and links easily? 
  2. Unique features: what are the additional features the tool provides? For example, are there any interactive elements? Does the tool provide collaboration features like adding comments, attaching, or exporting files? Can we easily move or drag and drop the elements to create wireframes quickly? Can we integrate it with other tools? Can we convert the wireframes to presentations easily for the clients to view?
  3. Learning curve: Is the tool easy to master? Is the documentation exhaustive, and is the community vibrant and responsive? How about the technical support?
  4. Value for the money: if it is a paid wireframe tool, is it worth the money? Can we create different types of wireframes, like low-fidelity and high-fidelity ones? Is the pricing flexible?

Top 9 Best Wireframe Tools 

We have included a comprehensive list of free and paid tools, which is otherwise a very daunting task to do (there are just so many out in the market!).

1. InDesign

Adobe InDesign

 

InDesign is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. While it wasn’t built specifically as a wireframing software, InDesign has the capability, which brings us to this section. Mainly used for print like e-books and magazines, InDesign also creates mockups and wireframes. 

Highlights

  • Interactive PDFs: with animation and multimedia video
  • Individual libraries: including reusable UI graphics
  • Creative Cloud integration

Pricing

InDesign: $20.99/user/month

Creative Cloud All Apps: $29.99/month, down from $52.99 as a Black Friday deal

macOS or Microsoft: Both

2. FluidUI

fluiduiFluidUI is an excellent wireframe tool for both mobile and web prototypes. It has an intuitive interface and creates prototypes in minutes. With Fluid UI, you can create both low- and high-fidelity type apps on web platforms and other Android and iOS devices. 

It has many features like cloud access, integrated widgets, interactive linking and zooming, collaboration tools, and more. Since it is cloud-based, you can save your work immediately and share it with anyone you want.

Highlights

  • 2000+ pre-built UI kits: for quick prototyping 
  • Easy Access: link your prototypes visually and access them anywhere using the app or the browser
  • Easy testing: test the prototypes anywhere using your mobile or any handheld device
  • Collaborative: sharing changes across your team instantly and generate ideas generated parallelly through live video calling; unlimited users and prototypes
  • Renowned: top companies like Google, LinkedIn, eBay, Dell, and many more use FluidUI for prototyping.

Pricing

There are three different plans depending on your requirements:

  • Solo: with limited features at $8.25/month or $99/year
  • Pro: for project sharing and collaboration, available at $19.08/month or $229/year.
  • Team: to collaborate on projects in real-time and access unlimited features at $41.58/month or $499/year.

    macOS or Microsoft: Both

3. InVision Freehand

invision freehand

InVision is a powerful mockup tool but also very interesting and fun to work with. Since you can draw with a free hand, the tool allows you to showcase your skills just the way you would on paper. Moreover, using the shared online whiteboard, the entire team can collaborate and work together in real-time. You can also integrate freehand with toolsets like Microsoft Teams, Sketch, and Photoshop. 

The platform also offers many templates for a stand-up, brainstorming session, icebreaker meeting, retro meet, or anything else.

Highlights

  • The free version itself comes with many features for creating quick prototypes for any product or meeting.
  • Cloud-based design.
  • Very smooth collaboration experience that takes minimal time and is hassle-free, giving more time for discussing ideas
  • Teams can capture feedback throughout the product design process through mobile devices or browsers.
  • Easy to use, no learning curve.
  • Features like varied colors and opacity using line tools help create varying levels of connection and categorize ideas and other writings.
  • Freehand is like an infinite digital canvas, much suitable for low to medium fidelity designs that can be integrated with other advanced presentations and design tools.

Pricing

There are three different plans:

  • Free: $0/user/month for individuals, where you have access to 3 freehands and unlimited spaces
  • Pro: $4/month/user billed annually, or $4.95/month/user, for cross-collaborative teams of up to 200 active users, with unlimited freehands and public and private spaces
  • Enterprise: for teams of any size featuring special permissions, a dedicated customer success manager, and more. Contact InVision for pricing.

    macOS or Microsoft: Both, works on the web. 

4. Adobe XD

adobe xd

Adobe XD is an ocean of tools and templates for UI and wireframe designers. One of the best website mockup tools for prototyping. It has features like cardboards, 3D transform, multiple artboards, bootstrap style grids, reusable components like buttons, cards, contextual layer panels, and most importantly, integration with other Adobe suite of products makes it a perfect choice for creating interactive prototypes. 

Highlights

  • Versatile: available for both Windows and iOS, but also supports Android versions for mobile view 
  • Interacts smoothly with other applications: you can open files from other Adobe products like Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch, and After Effects with password protection for security
  • Supports external plugins: to add more features
  • Versatile designs: ability to flip static designs into interactive prototypes, adding animations and test the same across devices
  • Built-in sharing tools: to get quick feedback.

Pricing

There are two types of plans – individual and business:

Individuals

Adobe XD: $9.99/user/month

All apps: $52.99/month

Businesses

Small- and medium-sized teams: $22.99/month

All apps for teams: $79.99/month

macOS or Microsoft: Both + Android for mobile view

5. Justinmind

justmind

The unique things about Justinmind are its rich set of pre-built and loaded UI kits and its drag and drop interface. This makes prototyping fun and easy, with interactive links and clickable spots. UI is tested in just one click. 

You can publish prototypes in a single click and share them with stakeholders for feedback. It also allows code-free prototyping for creating high-fidelity prototypes.

Highlights

  • Interactive prototype elements: such as radio buttons, drop-down lists. text inputs, and more
  • Early testing: test as a prototype at the start of your project
  • User-friendly: intuitive layout

Pricing

Free: for unlimited projects, animation and prototyping, design templates, and specific export capabilities

Standard: $9/user/month billed annually or $14/month/user month-to-month, with unlimited cloud storage, web interaction, removed platform branding, advanced collaboration, and more

Professional: $19/user/month billed annually, or $29/user/month month-to-month, with user flows, JIRA integration, shared UI libraries, co-editing, and more

Enterprise: Custom pricing for each project, with multiple admin accounts, roles, LDAP and SAML integration

macOS or Microsoft: Both, you can use this wireframe tool on web browsers. 

6. Wireframe.cc

wireframe.cc

Here is a simple one for you if you are a beginner and overwhelmed with the many features and elements of full-fledged apps. Wireframe.cc is a minimalistic web app to create wireframes within minutes and does not require any installation. 

It’s great for those short bursts of inspiration, if you suddenly get an idea and want to sketch it before you forget! Even beginners can pick it up quickly, with its easy-to-use, drag-and-drop features. 

You can also annotate the wireframes while adding images, headings, and shapes to your drawing. Wireframe.cc is one of the best tools for cloud-based platforms so that you can easily export, share, and edit work across your team. 

Highlights

  • Two types of templates: browser and mobile interface
  • Adjustable canvas: change the size, fill colors, grid size, and so on as you draw
  • Collaborate: share work with unique URLs and PDF exporting 
  • Simple layout: to save time on unnecessary details 
  • No learning curve: great website mockup tool even for those who have no idea or experience in UI design.
  • Keyboard or mouse: wireframe provides easy keyboard shortcuts.
  • Smart guides: they make the tool intuitive and context-sensitive.

Pricing

There are two types of plans:

  • Free: the basic version, with public and single-page wireframes but no user accounts
  • Premium Solo: $16/month for one user, separated editor and preview modes, with a private user account, private and clickable wireframes, PDF exporting, and more
  • Premium Trio: $39month for three users, with all features of the Premium Solo account
  • Premium Enterprise: $99/month for unlimited users, with all features of the Premium Solo and Trio accounts
    macOS or Microsoft: Both, works on web browsers and mobile

7. Photoshop

photoshop

Photoshop is the design world’s industry standard. With endless features, Photoshop lets designers easily create wireframes on its platform, especially if you have experience with other Adobe products. 

This isn’t a great tool for beginners, as it has a relatively steep learning curve. 

Highlights

  • High-fidelity mockup: no need to switch systems
  • Fasted image editing: making it easy to turn wireframes into mockups and  include other graphics
  • Endless features: color manipulation, drawing, cropping, and much more

Pricing

There are 3 different plans:

  • Basic: $20.99/month, with 100 GB of cloud storage and Adobe Fresno for drawing and painting
  • Photography: $19.99/month, with 1TB of data storage, storing and editing for photos with LightRoom
  • All apps: $52.99/month, with access to 20+ desktop and mobile apps by Adobe

    macOS or Microsoft: Both

8. UXPin

uxpin

If you are a newbie to wireframing, UXPin is the tool for you! It has an intuitive interface with an easy-to-identify toolbar with all the basic components. UXPin has a set of built-in UI elements that you can drag and drop, so that you can create even detailed wireframes quickly. And, you can create basic wireframes and integrate them with Sketch or Photoshop to turn them into high-fidelity designs. 

UXPin has unique features like team presentation, handing off design specs to developers, and adding interactions.

Highlights

  • Live presentation and documentation: use the Preview feature to present a working prototype
  • Convenient preview feature: to design, review, preview, review, approve, and document, to make hand-off simultaneous and quick 
  • Unique prototyping tool: to bring prototypes to the final stages of development and collaboration.
  • Browser-based: works on any computer and doesn’t need additional software
  • Pre-built design elements: for iOS app interfaces, material design, Bootstrap web user interfaces, and user flows.
  • Renowned: used by top companies like Microsoft, PayPal, HBO, Netflix, etc.

Pricing

There is no free version, but you can start with a free trial on all the different plans.

  • Basic: $19/ user/month with unlimited reviewers and prototypes, stakeholder approval, interactions and animations, etc. 
  • Advanced: $29/user/month with expressions, variables, conditional logic, and contextual documentation, and everything in the basic plan
  • Professional: $69/user/month with priority support, advanced security, roles, and permissions, design systems, and everything in the advanced plan
  • Enterprise: custom price based on your project requirements, but includes everything from the professional plan, as well as unlimited users, training and onboarding, design systems, and roles and permissions

    macOS or Microsoft: Both, and web browsers

9. Sketch

sketch

We’ve mentioned Sketch many times, and here it is! Sketch is the ultimate wireframe app for macOS. It’s great for lightweight and detailed, vector-based designing and you can use it for wireframes, iron vector design, interactive design, and modern UI design. Design is as easy as shapes and some artboards, and many users find the platform much more accessible than other popular vector-based wireframe tools like Adobe. 

Keep in mind that while Sketch doesn’t have any pre-built UI components, you can design them in the app and then reuse them, or download third-party UI kits to get the basic wireframes ready in no time.

Highlights

  • 700+ extensions: many plugins and integrations for real-time design and animating interactions
  • Collaborate with teams: ability to share documents with external collaborators 
  • Test and share ideas: prototype links help you visualize a design every step of the way 
  • Export many items to an image file: shared symbols and styles, resizing options, and multiple artboards 
  • Variety in user numbers: any-sized teams  can use Sketch, including large corporations or individual freelancers

Pricing

For individuals and team members: $9/month/user or $99/year/user

For businesses with custom needs: Contact Sketch

macOS or Microsoft: macOS 

Conclusion

As we pass the end of our best wireframe tools list, we can’t help but feel grateful for all the helpful wireframe tools out there. If you’re interested in learning more about wireframes, feel free to check out our wireframe tutorials and courses. Let us know which wireframe tool you prefer in the comments!


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Zoe is Hackr.io's Senior Editor. With more than 8 years in the tech industry, her passion is writing and editing technology content that anyone can understand. View all posts by the Author

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