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Anybody using ProtoPie? Is it worth grabbing?

almost 5 years ago from , UI designer

Hi DN people,

anybody using this prototyping tool? I see it's on black friday sale with a reasonable price, so... is it any good (comparing other tools out there), and what are your experiences with it?

10 comments

  • Seymour ButzSeymour Butz, almost 5 years ago

    It's missing a lot of features, like the ones Dragos pointed out. Also, the UI feels clunky compared to tools like Principle or Framer.

    That said, I find that it does a great job of filling the gap between Principle and Framer. It reminds me a lot of the old Pixate. I find that compared to Principle, it offers a much higher level of control over what happens in your prototype, and with the resources available on ProtoPie's site, the learning curve is pretty short.

    Something I find much better than Principle is that you can copy and paste attributes from one interaction onto another. Aside from things where I want a finer level of control over the interaction (for which ProtoPie works better), I also find myself using ProtoPie more when there is a prototype with a lot of similar actions, because I can simply copy/paste each interaction and tweak it as needed, versus Principle, where you end up with a million artboards that whose interactions become increasingly difficult to manage

    I also like that it's cross-platform (Android / iOS). I originally tried it because I had an Android-only freelance project for which I couldn't use Principle, but I've stuck with it because of all of those other things I like about it.

    5 points
  • Stan Tan, almost 5 years ago

    ProtoPie can produce very promising prototype rapidly, and their tutorials are very helpful, plus low learning curve.

    The other alternative is FramerJS, where it gives you endless possibility for prototyping out all sorts of interactions, however the learning curve is higher for designer that has not touched coding before (require picking up of CoffeeScript). You can create really native interactions including text fields, sounds, motions, animations etc.

    I have experienced in both ProtoPie and FramerJS. In summary, if this is for building a product for company, ill vote for FramerJS :) . However, if for one off project based features, can just go for ProtoPie.

    Good luck!

    4 points
  • Greg Warner, almost 5 years ago

    It has its limitations, but I think it's definitely worth it—I've taken up using it as my main higher-fi prototyping tool, because out of what I've tried it gives me the best results in the shortest amount of time.

    1 point
  • Fredo Tan, 4 years ago

    Might be interesting. ProtoPie has integrations with Sketch on macOS and Adobe XD on both macOS and Windows. Hence, ProtoPie is available on macOS and Windows.

    0 points