Recently, I started using HotGloo for my UX/Wireframing projects. Being a HUGE OmniGraffle fanboy, this was a tough switch but I was looking for something that allowed me to wireframe and ideate with my business partner Sunny at the same time. We both work together on nearly everything and it’s hard waiting on each other to make tweaks to a wireframe when only one of us can have the file open at a time. So we went searching for something to fit the collab bill and we found HotGloo!
It may not have all the nifty features as some of the other favorite wireframing solutions out there but it’s pretty dang awesome in it’s own right. Just being able to open up a browser and join Sunny in a wireframe session makes it worthwhile, but there are a lot of other features worth mentioning. One in particular is the interactions you can build in to your wireframes. You can simulate pretty closely the functions of a page or site by activating clickable areas in review mode. Then you invite your client and let them play around.
The interface is pretty sweet as well. I found it extremely intuitive and caught on to using it pretty quick. I’m still looking for some form of way to create my own symbols (that I can edit once placed on a sheet) and the way to rotate something (I’m sure I’m missing that somewhere). All in all though, this tool is serving us nicely and I look forward to getting better and better at using it.