I can’t count the number of times I’ve used Microsoft PowerPoint to create charts and diagrams for projects, presentations and articles, and it always made me wonder why there isn’t a decent stand-alone charting program, particularly for web use. Luckily, I wasn’t alone in thinking this – Jérôme Cordiez was on the same page and went a step further to create Lovely Charts, a simple tool to make, well, lovely charts!
Lovely Charts makes it easy to assemble charts for various needs and even allows for collaboration and feedback on your creations. The interface mimics the behavior of desktop apps and has a very small learning curve, making it easy for anyone to use and for companies to adopt. Let’s take it for a spin and see just how lovely we can make our charts, shall we? (more…)
You can’t sit down and design a new app or site every time inspiration strikes. Even if you were going to actually make a new app, you need to plan it out before. You could just pull out a napkin and pen and start drawing, or you might want to use a prototyping app to get a more polished design a bit quicker. Prototyping and wireframing web apps are not exactly few and far between, but a fairly new release has enough notability to let us take a look.
Codiqa is a prototyping tool for mobile interfaces that, in a similar fashion to actual development environments like Xcode, lets you visually build up an interface for a mobile resolution and then export an interactive, useable, jQuery-powered prototype that you can load up on a device. Rather than just throwing together a mockup of your idea, you’re actually taking the first steps towards making your app a reality. Let’s take a look. (more…)
One of the most important aspects of website and app design is flow – how a user navigates and goes through the process that the site/app is built for. It’s very important to properly close the loops on all navigation and actions. For example, if you’re building an online store, there should be a simple path for a shopper to get from your homepage to the checkout completion page, without getting lost or confused along the way. And when you’re working in a team with clients to report to, it’s crucial that everyone knows where each step takes a user, how one can move back and forth in the site/app and how processes (like placing orders or filling out forms) start and end.
ClickDummy can help you with that. This app allows you to share screenshots of each page/step of your project and link them together as intended in its final form. So if you need to show your clients how their upcoming web store ordering process will work, or you need to demonstrate to a designer how you intend for people to go through your site, ClickDummy can help you put together a clickable demo in minutes.
When it comes to building a website, however small it may be, you can be certain that you will go through several modifications before arriving at the final structure as well as copy. Now imagine you are working in a team and each person has their own ideas. You can at least double to number of alterations that the website would go through.
Once your team is satisfied, you present your final proposal to the client and he wants to modify further. He wants to add a few more pages to the About Us section. “Oh, and the homepage needs more images”, says the client.
As the developer, how do long can you go on tweaking things without losing it? Well, that depends on your tolerance level and on how much the client is paying you for the project.
But maybe Jumpchart can push your tolerance level a little further and get you to a few more changes.