We have millions of apps on the store, some have great design some don’t. Definitely the one with the great design attracts and retain the customers. App development is driven by UIUX design and there are several tools which can be used to create the design.  You can select a design tool based on your requirements and interest. The designing tools have reduced the burden of the designs and made the task easier. You can build prototypes, wireframes, diagrams, sketches, and flowcharts of your app very easily. You should be selective while choosing a designing tool for your mobile app because money and time are involved in the designing process. We are providing you with a list of several popular designing tools, which can help you to develop effective designs.   

Popular Designing Tools 

Sketch

Sketch is the most powerful UI UX designing tool, which helps you to do both wireframe and visual designs. Sketch provides the highest share of space for the prototypes and wireframes. It is upgraded with advanced features such as stylized vector shapes, 2x zooming export, infinite zooming, and other features. The vector feature in the tool helps you to import the images in all formats such as PNG, JPG, and PDF. The size of the application is also not very large and does not use much of your system resources. The license to use the software is available for $99 on a yearly renewable basis. Drafted designs on the sketch software can be quickly exported to other apps such as Photoshop or Adobe illustrator. The trial version of the software is available free of cost and the paid version is available at $99 yearly.  

Invision 

Invision is an online designing tool for workflow and collaboration. It helps you to convert your designs in a clickable workflow and reviewers can comment. The software was launched in 2011 and has gained popularity. This tool allows the designer to share the file with related persons such as developers, clients, and project managers. Besides, it allows your clients to leave feedback and discuss the designs.  Invision enables the designer, client and the project manager at the designing time through a live share interface. You can test your visuals designs along with the wireframes and customize them. It allows you to add hotspot links, which helps to control the mobile gestures and enable the changes. Mobile actions such as double-tapping, swiping, and sliding to the left or right can be easily imitated with this functionality. The paid plans for the software are the following:

Free – $0/month-

Starter – $15/month

Professional – $25/month

Team – $99/month

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the oldest app designing tool. Firstly when it is launched, it was photo editing tools. The software has evolved and improved functionality with time. After the release of Photoshop CC 2014, the software has changed the concept from photo editing to the app designing. It is compatible with both the operating system i.e. Windows and macOS. The assets related to the app designs can be stored in the cloud storage and can be used on the current as well as future projects. With the layering composition you can make changes in your app designs.you can simply alter the positioning, attributes, and other elements, without any trouble of working on multiple screens. The tool is enabled with advanced features such as layering, blurring, textures, lighting and many others. The trial version of the software is available at free of cost. These are different plans below: 

Adobe Photoshop CC Single App – $20/month

Photography plan – $9/month

Students and teachers – $20/month

Creative Cloud All Apps – $52/month   

Omnigraffle

Omnigraffle is an amazing visual design tool for Mac users, very similar to Adobe Photoshop. It is an ideal choice for Mac users who are involved in the visual UI and graphic design. The features and functions of the tool enable you to draft prototypes, wireframes, strategy maps and diagrams for your mobile app. This tool improves your designing efficiency as it provides you with the option of re-using components and importing customized libraries. It is also enabled with an automated javascript and Applescript along with a touch bar support. The subscription is available on the basis of one time licensing and fees are following:

Free- $0 

Individual- $99 

Professional Individual- $149.99 

Team- $199.99 

Marvel

Marvel is a great tool to develop interactive and collaborative wireframes and prototypes for your mobile app. It is a web-based designing software that was launched in 2013. The tool allows you to synchronize the design from other tools such as photoshop, sketch, Invision, and other tools. It is the first choice of designers when a mobile app has a requirement of working on multiple screens. It also eliminates the use of the expensive, advanced, and complicated coding programs required in the preparation of the wireframes and prototypes. It is developed so that every person can build designs for their mobile apps and not only designers. The trial version is available free of cost and paid plans to start from $10 per month.   

UI Stencils 

UI Stencils are the best-suited designing tool for the users who are drafting the early sketches for the mobile app. The UI Stencils provide a professional kit that consists of booklets of information about the stencils pads with the carrying case. The pads have a  sticky side at the top to attach your ideas and enabling you to pitch more ideas for your app designs. It is designed in order to support the different sizes of the mobile app and different device specializations. With the use of UI Stencils, you can create UI designs for Android, iPhones, and tablets. This tool really performs well at the initial stages of the mobile app development i.e when you are discussing an idea. 

Balsamiq

Balsamiq is a web-based app designing tool, which was launched in 2008 by Peldi Guilizzoni. It enables the designers to build graphical user interfaces and wireframe for websites. Using these graphical designs you can discuss your app ideas and make corrections before you start writing code for your app designs. The tool also allows the designer to upload the pre-built designs on any other designing tool as the tool is enabled with the drag and drop facility. It is available at the desktop version and can be connected with the google drive, Confluence, and JIRA. You can easily share the files and wireframes in the form of Images or PdfS. The monthly subscription of Balsamiq is available for $5, on the other hand, the annual subscription is available at $50. You can design an unlimited project in the monthly and annual plans.

MindNode

Mindnode is an effective designing tool when you are building relationship maps. The tool has a very simple interface or platform with the designs of its own that enable you to get distracted with the other exciting designs. You are provided with the system to prioritize your tasks when building designs and enable you to set deadlines for the timing of completion before the timeline of the project. As it is the sole purpose of the tool to keep your app design organized and without distracting you with unwanted features. Mindnode has made designing more existing with the availability of the option of layout and style. The sharing with the Mindnode is made easy as you can save the designs in the cloud software and use them in the present and future designing. It provides users with 2 weeks of free subscriptions. To unlock all the features for Mac, there is a subscription of $39.99 and for iOS, a subscription of $14.99.   

Buildfire

Buildfire is an end to end app designing platform, which allows the designer to create prototypes and wireframes for an app. It provides the designer with a facility to customize the functions such as fonts, colors, and uploading of any design. The software is enabled with fully developed features and functions, which allows you to develop a fully functioned app that can be published on the desired platform (iOS and Android). The tools allow you with the free designing and testing of your mobile app. You have to pay only when your app is ready to be published on the app store.

Basic pricing – $59 per month

Professional – $149 per month 

Business – $499+  per month 

UXPin 

UXPin is a web-based designing app that was introduced in 2010. It is a designing tool that allows the designer to create a simple and effective UX design without the use of any code. As the tool has several inbuilt interfaces and components that allow you to drag and drop the files and integrate with the other tools. It enables the designer to create an interactive wireframing and prototypes even though it is not fully specialized in designing features. The tool has an inbuilt usability testing tool that enables you to track tasks such as users click, track users and others. The results are then displayed to the team that will help you speed up your tasks such as designing, testing, and others. The subscription is available for unlimited projects and reviewers. 

Starter – $9 per month for 1 user with basic prototyping.  

Advanced- $29 for 10 users with advanced prototyping.

System- $49 per user/month with advance prototyping.  

What to look at in the designing tools?

Before you select designing tools you should consider these following points, which will help you to select the right tool.   

1) Features

Features of designing tools act as a vital factor while selecting them. This is because the feature will help you to discover new ideas for your app designs. The features vary with the change in the designing tools. When selecting a designing tool you should make sure that your requirements are fulfilled. Prototype, wireframes, flowcharts, sketches, and diagrams are some of the common features of designing tools.   

2) Compatibility with the Operating System

Before you select a designing tool you should check the compatibility with the operating system i.e. Windows and macOS. This is because you will not be able to create designs for your mobile app.  

3) Required Support System

The designing tool should provide users with a sufficient amount of information required for effective access to the tools. This will help the users get familiar with the tools and timely complete the designing task. This will also indicate that the designing tools take care of its user and timely improvements are made in the tools. The better designing tools make more informative documents available for its users.  

4) Collaboration with Other Softwares

When you design a mobile app, you have to get involved with the other designing tools. Therefore you need to check that the software enables you to collaborate with the other designing tools. You need to check that the tools allow you to share files with the other related person. This becomes necessary when your working in a team, you need to gather the feedback on the task. 

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