How To Prototype a Sketch UI/UX Design Online
Most mature design tools on the market, such as Sketch, Balsamiq, etc. are basically offline utilities specifically meant for individual UI/UX designers. However, with the popularity of the cloud growing at a tremendous rate over the past decade and, now, with most of us working from the safety of our home, tools like Figma and other cloud-based UI/UX design tools are becoming increasingly popular. One such robust utility for UI/UX design and prototyping is Wondershare Mockitt. This relatively new entrant to the design segment is turning heads with its superior capabilities and robust functionality at a price point that’s ideal for small design teams as well as large teams spread across multiple countries. The scalability of this cloud-based utility, the inherently collaborative nature of the platform, and the high degree of usability combine to make this a compelling tool for any design team to consider.
This article highlights some of the key features of Wondershare Mockitt, how it can benefit your design portfolio, and how to create stunning, interactive prototypes as quickly as possible and share them with clients, project managers, developers, and other key members of the team.
Wondershare Mockitt Feature Overview with an Outline of Benefits
The Most Important Features Of This Software Are Listed Below:
- Fully online and accessible from anywhere
- Collaborative environment hosted on the cloud
- Slick UI and superior UX for new and experienced designers
- Basic and advanced vector drawing and editing tools
- Extensive asset libraries that can be customized to your specifications
- Easy creation of prototypes for any device format
- Several options for gestures and effects (transitions, animation, etc.)
- Convenient ways to add page states and dynamic widgets
- Global editing with Master widgets
- Customizable asset libraries for reusability
- Real-time preview of prototype interactions
- Robust comment and feedback mechanisms
- Annotations to communicate design details and logic flows
- Code automatically generated at the back end (HTML and style code for Android, Web, and Apple devices)
- Easy handoff to developer
How Can These Features Benefit You As A Designer Or Your Entire Design Team?
Since the entire platform is hosted on the cloud, there’s no need to install anything. You can access your designs from any device in the confidence that all prior changes will have been updated at the back end.
It also allows others to collaborate with you on a particular design or project, either through co-editing or real-time commenting and review. Clients can see online previews at any stage you choose, making the formal review process obsolete. Developers can inspect code and download asset data through their own logins.
The robust feature-set allows the designer to create both simple and complex applications without worrying about version control, accidental deletion, security issues, and other common problems.
The permissions-based sharing feature provides role-based access capabilities so project managers can stay on top of multiple projects at the same time. There’s no need to wait for manual upload or sync to see the designer’s progress on an application or website.
The Wondershare Mockitt platform is secured with advanced encryption algorithms to prevent unauthorized users from accessing your data on the cloud. The state-of-the-art data centers are protected by the most advanced security features and tools that are constantly being upgraded.
The ability to switch devices mid-design, share asset libraries, send preview links, add rich animations, etc. within a unified platform equals flexibility and convenience. The Sketch plugin is a simple add-on that can be quickly enabled to allow you to import your Sketch files and download multi-zoom slices with one click. Features are continually added and updated to your account without the need to download and install time-consuming updates.
Developer Handoff –
The auto-generation of code allows developers to have whatever they need at the time of handoff. This is usually a friction point for most teams because designers and developers work differently. Mockitt allows them to streamline their goals and provides each one with the tools they need to get their part of the job done.
How Do I Prototype and Sketch UI/UX Design Online?
As mentioned, the Sketch plugin lets you import all your design files from the Sketch application for Mac and prototype them on any alternative platform. Mockitt makes it easy to upload the files to the cloud and gives you a one-click option to download all or specific slice files. Once the files have been imported, you can follow the steps below to prototype them. Additional steps are shown for prototyping a design from scratch or using a template that you can modify to your specifications:
1. Create a New Project
The Create New Project button on the main home page of Mockitt (after logging in) gives you the option of starting from a blank screen or using an available template as a starting point. On the inside page, you can name your project and choose the device you’re creating the design and/or prototype for. Once you do this, you will be taken to the main design page, either to a set of blank screens or one that contains the screens of the template you chose. Click on the first screen or page to start editing.
2. Design the UI/UX or Import from Sketch
At this point, you can start dragging widgets from the left-side panel or double-clicking them in the library on the right. You can then resize, reposition, and edit them as you need. If you’re importing from Sketch, enable the plugin, import the design file, and download the slice files, which will be laid out like the template or blank screens described in the previous step.
3. Prototype the Design
For creating a prototype of a design, select the link icon to the left of a widget, icon, or other component and drag it to the target page in the navigation panel on the left, where you can drop it to create the link. You can now edit the New Link pane on the right to set a gesture and add transitions/effects to the interaction. Do this for all linkable assets to create your interactive prototype. You can preview the interactions at any time by clicking the Preview button on the upper left side of your screen.
4. Share the Prototype
After your prototype is ready, click the Share icon on the top menu to generate a sharable QR code or secure URL. Modify the settings as required, and send the code or URL to other stakeholders. To allow them to preview the prototype offline, download the HTML demo package and send it to them via email or by uploading it to a shared folder.
5. Handoff the Design to the Developer
The final step, after the prototype is approved, is the handoff to the developer, who can log in to their own account, inspect code, and download asset documentation, HTML, and style code. These can be imported into their development tool to start the work on the back end of the application or website. As such, the designer doesn’t need to know code for this process to be as smoother as possible because Mockitt automatically takes care of that.
As you can see, whether you’re prototyping an existing Sketch design or starting your design from scratch, Wondershare Mockitt makes it super-easy to complete the prototyping process and create an interactive version of the design. A prototype thus created will look and behave the same way as the final product would, which gives your client a much better picture of what they can expect and give you the go-ahead or approval for your design to be handed off to the development team.