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What You Should Know About the Perpetual License of the Prototyping Tools

With the fierce competition and the growing demand in the design market, the prototype software developers have resorted to their effort to meet the different user requirement. They launched a series of product service versions, such as free version, professional version, and the perpetual license version. Most of the UI/UX designers may have been familiar with the free version and pro version, but know little about the perpetual license. This article will introduce you about the perpetual license about four prototyping tools.

1. Axure RP

Axure has launched three versions: Pro, Team, and Enterprise. But the support for the perpetual license, that is limited to users who have already purchased the Professional or Team Edition. In the Axure RP 8.0 version, users can purchase license key at the price of $ 495 and $ 895. Moreover, once you purchased the perpetual license, you can have the software update for free in your lifetime.

What You Should Know About the Perpetual License

2. Justinmind


Justinmind provides subscribe and perpetual license for users. Whichever mode is selected, the user can experience all the Pro features. In terms of pricing, the perpetual license edition of Justinmind keeps consistent with Axure, both positioned at $495. But what worth saying is that, the perpetual licenses include minor and major version updates for 1 year. If you want to get new versions after the first year, the maintenance needs to be renewed each year for $99 per user.

What You Should Know About the Perpetual License

3. Balsamiq

Compared with the pricing strategy of Axure, Justinmind, Balsamiq offers more options based on the user’s different requirement. They can choose the volume license or upgrade license, as well as the single user license at the price of $89. According to the website, Mockups 3 for Desktop is a one time purchase; there are no maintenance costs for the license. Licenses are tied to humans, not a particular machine. But the site does not directly tell the user whether an additional purchase fee of upgrading is required. But with careful reading of the document, you can find that the major-version updates will have an additional cost.

What You Should Know About the Perpetual License

4. Mockplus

Mockplus also launched a perpetual license version in its 2.3 version at the price of $399. Users can enjoy all the professional features, such as exporting HTML, cloud sync, 3000+ icons, and so on. Compared with competitors, the advantage of Mockplus’s perpetual license is not only in its cheap price, good quality after-sales service. The most important is that the perpetual license of Mockplus is the only one that has no any additional fees or conditions: once purchase, lifelong use, and free update for the future versions. I think nobody will refuse a good prototyping tool that has no any additional fee with one time purchasing, but you can enjoy all the pro features.

What You Should Know About the Perpetual License

The essence of perpetual license is the commitment of the software developers for their users and the confidence of their future development. The choice of designer for prototyping tool is not only because it’s simple and easy to use, fundamentally speaking, that is because they trust in the software and their manufacturers.

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Step-by-Step Guide: Become an Excellent Interaction Designer

In recent years, with the rise of the Internet industry, designer quickly became a popular profession. The thriving designer career trends attract more people to join in the industry; especially the excellent designers are hot needed. According to the different job descriptions, designers are divided into several categories, such as interaction designers, visual designers, user experience designers, web designers and so on. Today, our protagonist is the interaction designer.

What is Interaction Design?

The interaction design was put forward by the founder of IDEO, Bill Mogridi, in 1984. At the beginning, it’s called Softface, and then renamed “Interaction Design”, that is what we called the interaction design today. An interaction designer is a profession that focuses on the interaction mechanism between product and the user. That means with the help of interaction designer, it will allow users to use the product simpler and easier, experience the product more intuitively, and ultimately feel the value of the product.

In the process of interaction design, designers will be responsible for creating compelling pages and UI by the consideration of logical operation and thoughtful action. A successful interaction designer is the one who good at using technology and good interaction rules to create an ideal user experience.

The Composition of Interaction Design

Bob Baxley divided the interaction design into 5 parts in his “Introducing of Interaction Design“:

Human/machine communication – the transmission and translation of information between equipment and users.

Operation and feedback – this requires the designer to understand and anticipate how interactions unfold over time, designing for the wide range of permutations that can occur.

Status – the presence of a different state to ensure users understand what is happening, and why the application gets into this state.

Workflow – let the user understand who can do what, and what will happen next.

Failure – failure is bound to occur, it must be considered within.

Abilities of Interaction Designers Needed

User research

Product (concept / function) design

Interactive Design

Visual design

Engineering technology

From the point of the current trend, interaction designers should have composite skills, not only to produce prototypes/wireframes with Axure or Mockplus. The interaction designer is a character across design, development, creative and marketing teams. He will help with these teams to build design strategies, establish key interactions for products, create the concept for prototyping test, maintain technical updates, and ensure that products keep up with the latest trends.

How to Become a Good Designer

In this so intense competition environment,have you still keeping the attitude of “Let things drift if they do not affect one personally”? The time what you only care about your own world has passed. What the interaction designers should keep in mind has been more than the basic concept of the “design”. The excellent interaction designers are standing in the user’s position to analyze problems. They know how to bring the user role into the design that can create the excellent works. Here are 4 tips for your reference.

1.Write a blog. Communicate stories with design, express emotions with stories.

2.Communicate with the users.Understand the interaction and preferences of users.

3.Communicate with peers. The power of sharing is infinite.

4.Learn some coding knowledge.Jump out your limited thinking.

Goal: to Become a Knowledgeable and Specialized High-End Designer.

If you understand the concept of the designer and know better about prototyping tools than others, such as the popular Axure, Mockplus and etc, that will much helpful to be a good designer. Moreover, with a good combination of tools and theories, your promotion will be not far away, won’t you? It’s bound to be along way to become a professional designer, just be patient, and you will gain what you want.

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Mockplus Christmas Sales & Giveaways for Year End – 64% Off

The holidays are really the most wonderful time of year, and this year Mockplus wants to make them as excellent as possible for their beloved customers. As 2016 Christmas comes around the corner, Mockplus is offering up to 64% discount for its annual billing subscriptions from this page, with no promo code required. Furthermore, here is a round-up of bonus deals for folks working on creative projects. Let‘s go and see more detailed information.

Save 64% Off Mockplus on Annual Billing

Giving user experience and happiness the highest priority, Mockplus now decides to give special 64% discount to reward all existing and new customers. On the regular basis, the monthly price of Mockplus Pro version is $29; while through this promotion link, anyone will be able to enjoy the promotion price of $10.5 per month and save more than 220 bucks while purchasing. Note that, this Christmas promotion will start from Dec 14, 2016 and last until Jan 15, 2017.

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Best of the Best 2016! Top 13 UI/UX Design Posts for Reference

This article curated some of the most recommended design posts in 2016, such as the principles, books, and tools helpful on UI/UX design, methods and suggestions on how to make better design, as well as the new design trends.

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1. The State of UX in 2017




We are looking forward to how UX will evolve in 2017. In the meantime, here’s our take on looking at the past, understanding the present, and anticipating what the future holds for UX.

2. Why Design

In some ways, this knowledge is bittersweet. Nothing gold can stay. You make a thing that changes the world, and before long the world has changed to the thing. It no longer inspires the same kind of wonder. Given time, we will always demand more.

3. Design Better Forms

Whether it is a signup flow, a multi-view stepper, or a monotonous data entry interface, forms are one of the most important components of digital product design. This article focuses on the common dos and don’ts of form design. Keep in mind that these are general guideline and there are exceptions to every rule.

4. Design Doesn’t Scale.

Design Doesn’t Scale is a statement that has bothered me for the last four-years. When I joined Spotify’s design team in 2012, the level of inconsistency and fragmentation shocked me. Up-close, the treatment of type, colour, imagery, layout, IA, and interactions just didn’t seem to align anywhere. And when I started talking about it, I realised the whole team was frustrated too. We concluded that the fragmentation in the product was just reflecting the fragmentation in the team, that designers spread across so many different projects, timezones and competing timetables, just didn’t stand a chance. And, after all, weren’t these factors inherent in all modern tech companies anyway? It was then that I first heard myself say, “Design Doesn’t Scale”.

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5. The Difference Between UX and UI Design-A Layman’s Guide (by Emil Lamprecht)




We’ve all overheard conversations, walking down hip streets of the world’s tech capitals, discussions about the great ‘UX’ of a product, or the poor ‘UI’ of a website. Is it a secret language you will never be privy to? Are these people just using slang to look cool? Well, ok probably yes to the latter, but a determinate NO to the rest. Read on to learn what these terms mean, which jobs are better paid, and how to become a UX designer or UI designer. Scroll to the middle of the post to watch a video of me speaking about this article, and giving you some extra info on what being a UX or UI Designer really means.

6. Complexion Reduction: A New Trend In Mobile Design

Over the last several months, some of the leaders of innovative design have taken ‘minimal design’ to the next level. Facebook, Airbnb and Apple have followed a similar blueprint to simplify prominent products in a way that reflects this new trend of ‘Complexion Reduction’ in mobile design.

7. UX vs UI vs IA vs IxD : 4 Confusing Digital Design Terms Defined

Once upon a time, if you said the word “design”, the odds were overwhelmingly likely you were talking about graphic design. But nowadays, the digital world is becoming increasingly more complicated and a lot of new job positions appearing, which lead to confusion for people outside or new to the design industry. Here’s a quick overview on the four different primary forms of design to help you understand what they mean.

8. Hamburger menu alternatives for mobile navigation

If you’re working on digital products, you have already read dozens of articles describing how and why the hamburger navigation on mobile (and desktop!) hurts UX metrics due of its low discoverability and efficiency. (You can read some of best articles on the topic here, here, here, and here.)

9. How to apply a design thinking, HCD, UX or any creative process from scratch




This how-to article aims at providing designers, creative thinkers or even project managers with a tool to set up, frame, organise, structure, run or manage design challenges, and projects: The Double Diamond revamped.

10. Best Practices for Microinteractions

Microinteractions are subtle moments centered around accomplishing a single task. Almost all applications around us are filled in with microinteractions. Here are just a few examples:

Confirming an item is added to cart

Use pull-to-refresh to update content

Interface animation that confirms an action (e.g. toggle button)

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11. The Best UI/UX Design Books & Resources for Designers

Want to be an excellent designer? Looking for the best UI/UX books and resources? Nowhere to go or to gain the right and effective channel for becoming an outstanding UI/UX designer? Just follow me, I have compiled a list of high-profile UI/UX books, which are recommended by the major professional websites, and blogs.The topic is mainly covering UI design, UX design, and web design. Hope it is helpful and useful to you. Any resource you think it’s worth to be included, please feel free to give a message below the comment area or simply drop me a line on LinkedIn.

12. 12 Design Tools & Websites for UI/UX Designers

The continuous improvement of designing tools, have a positive impact on usability and user experience, that provides great convenience for designers, as well as the users. Therefore often a good web designer will try to be updated with frontier, and master the latest tools. Hundreds of design blogs and websites update design articles, share design skills, and recommend new tools today on the internet. That is the important source of information for designers.

13. Unintuitive Lessons on Being a Designer

I sometimes joke that everything I have ever learned about design, I learned from my first job. Nowadays, this first job has extended to nearly ten years, its soul consistent even as its shape unfurls in depths and colors I could never have imagined in the beginning.


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Prototyping Design Tutorial Roundup: Best Video Tutorials

100 Excuses for Designers — Because sometimes you need one! (by Jon Moore)

What Kind of Prototypes and Design Tools You Need for Your Audience?

 

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Prototyping Design Tutorial Roundup: Best Video Tutorials

In general, pen and paper prototyping is most often used to display conceptions in the product development process. Which processes simply and rapidly with a brief sketch. But you still have a lot of work to do, if you want to get the wireframes to be more perfect. On YouTube, somebody shows a paper-based prototype for Daum’s webmail service. All the button clicks and page interactions displayed logically and clearly by two people cooperated with each other. While time is money and everything at this quick tempo environment. Some users wondered how long it takes to rehearsal for the presentation. The more worried is the sequence of the paper pieces, and the problem of documents missing.

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Comparatively, employing with a variety of wireframing/prototyping tools is a more advanced operation. So many introduction or summary of such tools explosively listed. But, do you really know how to use it? Maybe some of you are eager to find out the video tutorial on YouTube or somewhere. It is better to teach you how to do it better than only names. There are some video tutorials of the frequently-used tools. Just take a look.

Wireframing Tool – Balsamiq

Balsamiq Tutorial

Balsamiq Mockups started in 2008 in California. It is the pioneer of hand-drawn style prototyping tool and reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard. It is a simple wireframing tool, which means it cannot use to make the interactive prototype. To help users learn better and faster, a 3-minute video tutorial shows at the home page. More detailed tutorials are available on YouTube, such as this Balsamiq Tutorial with 65K + views, which created in November 2013.


Interactive Prototyping Tool – Mockplus

30 seconds prototyping with Mockplus

Mockplus is a simple and easy-to-learn interactive prototyping tool. Which interaction design is fully visualized, that’s WYSIWYG. It’s unique link points allowing you to create interactions between components and page drag and drop easily. A 10 minutes video tutorial available at the Tutorial page, that is, learning right, using right. Also, you can find more tutorials on YouTube, then you will learn that Mockplus could help you to achieve the more advanced and complicated interaction effects. Its comparative advantage could see from the “30 seconds prototyping with Mockplus”. Mockplus tutorial has accumulated 10K + views within a few months.

Interface Editing Tool- Sketch

Sketch App Tutorials Series Introduction

Sketch is a vector drawing application for all designers. Vector graphics is currently the best way to conduct web pages, icons, and interface design. Experienced designers spend a few hours can use it well with their own design skills in Sketch. If you are a beginner and don’t know how it works, simply follow the tutorial videos. LevelUpTuts’ Sketch App Tutorials Series Introduction, which has 300K + views will teach you well in learning Sketch.


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Collaboration & Presentation Tool – Invision

Invision video tutorial

Strictly speaking, InVision not an interaction design tool, but it can help designers and design teams to do prototyping more efficiently. Creating an online prototype requires only four parts: creating a project, uploading visual design drafts, adding links, and generating online prototypes to communicate with colleagues, users, and get feedback. A 3-minute video tutorial available on it’s website for a quick overview of Invision. Similarly, you can go to YouTube to find more detailed Invision video tutorial.

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How to Be A Completely Failed UX Designer?

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