I use Axure RP on a daily basis and I will give away 11 tips from my everyday life with this tool which helps me to create prototypes more rapidly. Have you known that RP in the Axure RP means “Rapid Prototyping”?
- Copy widgets by holding Ctrl + drag and drop widget
Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V work too, but using drag and drop you control position of the widget.
2. Write text into widgets directly
You can, but you don’t need to click inside widget to write a text. You can do it directly without clicking. Especially image widgets are difficult to click inside to write a text while select dialog is opening.
3. Copy data to repeater from table editor
You don´t need to insert data into repeater manually. Just copy the data from Excel, Calc or Google Documents etc. It is helpful in simulating larger databases.
4. Use wraps in the repetaer
Do you need more columns or rows to fit the screen? No problem for repeater. Look into Repeater Style.
5. Don’t use image widget to insert pictures from harddrive
It works, but it is slow, because you have to insert image widget and select path to image on harddrive. Do you want to be effective? Just insert images by drag and drop from a folder or by Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V from Photoshop, Gimp or web.
6. Have tab order under control
Order of tab will be the same as an order of inserting inputs. But have you ever finished form you need at first try? If you change form a lot, leave the tab order in the end.
If you need accurate tab order you can cut and insert every input according to your wish, or use Bring To Front function (button or shortcut) in the same way.
Tab order works for inputs and buttons, but e.g. not working for custom created button using rectangles and other shapes.
7. Copy from Axure projects
Do you have awesome interactive UI working in another project? Just open two Axure instances and copy it.
You need to copy the whole UI. If you copy it per partes your widgets will lose paths to other widgets in interactions and your awesome interactive UI won’t be interactive anymore.
When you use some custom parts of UI often in different projects, the creating of own library seems to be a good idea.
8. Insert logo into your prototypes
Be proud of your prototypes. Insert your logo or a logo of your company into prototypes while generating HTML files.
9. Use device frame to present your mobile prototype on desktop
Use this if you design for mobile or tablets and you want to present prototypes on desktop and mobile devices.
Create page for device. Insert one or more device frames and use widget Inline Frame set target to other page or external link.
If you use adaptive views it can help to present more views in one page.
If the device frame is in a different page than the target you can still present source pages directly on mobile devices.
10. Include fonts
Are you sure that everyone has same fonts as you?
11. Visit Axure forum
Don’t be shy to ask others even if you feel like Axure Boss. There is a large community around Axure and it could be the fastest way how to solve your problem with Axure.
And how you do you use Axure?
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