HotGloo: My new favorite wireframing tool

7 years ago in Design & Typography, Neat & Nifty, Reviews by Brent | 6 Comments

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.

Thanks guys for a great app! Keep it up! Follow Hotglue on twitter or facebook (and tell them I said “hi”)

Related Posts

Apple Keynote Apple Keynote On October 22nd, Apple is having an event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. We can guess the topic will be the release of the new iPad models, ...

Mountain Lion – Messages Mountain Lion – Messages With the release of Mountain Lion (10.8) Messages (formerly iMessage) is baked into the operating system. What is Messages? Glad you asked. Messages is one of my favorite applications ...

iBooks Author iBooks Author A few months ago Apple claimed they were going to re-invent education, with that they released iBooks for the iPad, making the backbreaking old method of carting books around ...

The Apple Store iPhone App The Apple Store iPhone App Last night I noticed that my MacBook Pro was acting a little strange so I decided to take it in to the Apple store for a check up. I started ...

Siri: coming to an iPhone near you Siri: coming to an iPhone near you The iPhone app, Siri is now a full part of iOS 5. This is a pretty cool addition. I have played with the app previous to it being pulled from ...

Instagram releases version 2.0 Instagram releases version 2.0 Instagram just released version 2.0 of their awesome iPhone app. This HUGE update brings us: Live filters Four new filters Instant tilt-shift High-resolution photos Borders now optional One-click rotation New logo So far I love just about everything. ...

Name your price for the UX Heroes Prototyping Bundle Name your price for the UX Heroes Prototyping Bundle THIS IS HUGE! (I totally just bought this) UX Heroes has announced a great offer on several web apps for UX designers. This visual prototyping bundle extends a HUGE discount on some ...

LiveView + iOS Design = Awesome! LiveView + iOS Design = Awesome! Recently I was contracted to re-design an iPad application. This was a fairly typical UX/UI redesign project where we had to look through an existing application and do the best ...

  • Wolf Becvar

    Hey Brent,
    Wow many thanks for the review, really good to see that our new Team Collaboration (which was a long hard road to develop) finally pays off.  For us a great indicator that we are on the right way focusing solely on a web-based solution with a clear focus on interactivity and collaboration. 

    Best regards,

    PS: Rotation at the moment is only possible with the triangle element *shame on us*, but will be expanded on other elements soon.

  • windrush

    Wunderlist to me is a nice concept, and looks great, but the syncing is totally unreliable and breaks _all_the_time_ (i.e. it randomly/often gets out of sync/stops syncing for no reason, and often you can’t even force it to ‘reconnect’ or something.) This made it unusable to me. 

  • DashboardMockups

    “When it comes to wireframe the first comer has a huge advantage and all the fans create a huge wall for the late comers. I wonder how long the fans are going to resist
    MockupTiger? Once you use it you will fall in love!”

  • Brent Spore

    Can multiple people edit a wireframe at the same time?

  • Brent Spore

    Sorry guys this comment got stuffed in the wrong post thread. here’s the correct post:

  • Victor Conesa

    Here is a new one it’s completely free and great to build clickable mockups for web and mobile apps. It has a good collaboration feature as well.

Unwrapped a new Mac?

iBoughtAMac aims to deliver a well rounded collection of information for the Mac user. You've got questions, iBoughtAMac hopes to have the answers. If, after browsing the archives your question has not yet been answered, shoot us a friendly email at

Featured Sponsor