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If you have ever decided to build your own website then you will know that without some sort of a plan or outline you will never get anywhere. What you want to create and what others think you are creating might be two very different things. Everyone knows that the closer to the final product that your prototype is the greater your chance of success is.

Since the beginning of the internet, developers have created wireframes and mockups of their websites. However as websites become more and more dynamic and interactive you need to reconsider how everything will look in the final product, many website designers state that wireframes and mockups just don’t cut it anymore.

This is where JustInMind enters the picture, with their hugely popular powerful prototyping app, Prototyper. The program includes all the functionality you could possibly need when creating prototypes for your next website.

What makes Prototyper so great is the fact that if you are building a website or other form of HTML-based app, you can easily export your wireframes directly to HTML with all of the interactions, conditions, and validations defined and functional.

If you are creating a website for a client you can send it to them and they can then test it directly in their browser, so they have an exact idea of the final product they can expect. Another great feature is the possibility to publish your prototypes online in order to get feedback from users online. Every designer knows that testing is a very valuable tool when taking a project from the planning stage to the finished product.

What makes Prototyper great is the fact that if you make any changes in one place then it can automatically apply them to your entire prototype, which is great news if you have a really large and complex prototype, since you don’t need to make each adjustment on every page.

Another great feature is the ability to add animations, in other words if your website includes any form of progress bar or other moving objects these can also be prototyped.

So what’s new in Prototyper 5.0

– Transition Effects for mobile apps prototyping
– Teamwork in the cloud
– Floating palettes
– Customized Document generation
– Native select
– Data grids sorting function

Let’s take a closer look at some of the features that are especially interesting for web developers.

Teamwork in the cloud

In today’s world most developers aren’t sitting next to each other, some might not even be in the same country; this is where teamwork in the cloud becomes very handy. You can simultaneously work on a project with anyone else through the cloud function.

Floating Palettes

Sometimes when you are creating a masterpiece there is nothing more annoying than a menu or palette getting in the way, well Prototyper 5 does away with this problem by simply making them floating, in other words you can place the palette wherever it is most convenient for you.

Learning resources:

If you are considering using Prototyper you don’t have to make an immediate purchase, Justinmind offers a free trial version, where you can experiment at your hearts will. Furthermore Justinmind provides a ton of great learning resources to help you get started with Prototyper.

These include among others the following:

– great video tutorials
– downloadable PDF tutorials
– A easily understandable user guide.

Furthermore Justinmind offers a huge library of downloadable widget libraries for both mobile and web apps, as well as sketches and desktop apps, this all helps to speed up your development process.

Both the Pro and free versions work with Windows XP and Windows 7, as well as Mac OS X 10.5 and newer.

After having spent a few days with Prototyper 5 there is no doubt in my mind that the new release will help simplify the planning process when deciding on the look of a new website. Not only does it allow you to generate stunning prototypes however it allows you to test your functioning prototype as it would look for the end user in their browsers.

If you want to learn more about the new features of Prototyper 5.o then the video below contains all the details needed.

Catalin is the founder of Mostash - a social marketing boutique - and he's always happy to share his passion for graphic design & social media.