|Developer(s)||Axure Software Solutions|
8.0 (Windows), 8.0 (Mac) / April 15, 2016
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Windows 10, Mac OS X|
Axure RP Pro is a wireframing, rapid prototyping, documentation and specification software tool aimed at web and desktop applications. It offers drag and drop placement, resizing, and formatting of widgets.
The software is commercially licensed in two versions: Axure RP Standard and Axure RP Pro. Both versions require a licensing fee of several hundred dollars, with a small (less than 10%) discount for group sales of 5 or more licenses at once. Licenses are assigned to a singly named individual for use on two computers, may be transferred, and are perpetual (no price for version upgrades.) The Pro product is available for free to students and teachers, and with substantial (greater than 50%) discounts to educational institutions. An upgrade from Standard to Pro is available by paying the price difference, currently (2016-01-15) $300 US. The Pro version adds numerous documentation features, including layout control, output to Microsoft Word and Excel, and support for team projects. A 30-day free trial is available.
Axure supports prototyping Rich Internet Applications by mapping desired interface behaviors (such as displaying or hiding an element) in response to actions like mouse clicks or touch gestures. Axure RP generates HTML web sites and Microsoft Word documents as output.
The Axure RP Pro application window is divided into 7 main areas:
- sitemap - a hierarchical list of pages
- masters (templates, or reusable collections of widgets)
- design area
- page notes and interactions
- widget annotations and interactions
- widget manager - a list of all elements on the page
Widgets available include:
- wireframe: image, text panel, hyperlink, rectangle, table, line (horizontal/vertical), menu (horizontal/vertical), tree
- form controls: button (various shapes, including tab buttons), text field, text area, drop-down list, list box, checkbox, radio button
- placeholder, inline frame, dynamic panel (used to achieve interactivity)
Users create custom controls by combining existing widgets and assigning actions in response to events such as OnClick, OnMouseOver and OnMouseOut or touch gestures like pinch and swipe. For example, interface panels can have a number of states, each being activated by clicking on an element such as a tab button, list-box item, or action button
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