Which are the best tools for designing for Android? I have
my favorites but I'd really love to hear about tools you use and your
experiences with them. Please leave a comment!
To kick of the conversation I'll present my favorite design tools. Both
of these tools are for drawing wireframes. I don't do visual design at
Price per license $99.99
Only available for Mac
Android stencils available for free at: http://graffletopia.com/categories/android
OmniGraffle is my editor of choice for drawing wireframes. Usability of
the tool is on class of it's own. The app feels like it is reading your
mind when moving components around. The editors guides and helps you by
snapping components to their right places almost automatically.
There are Android stencils
available for OmniGraffle but they aren't really needed. I personally
don't use them and build components using OmniGraffle's shape tools. For
icons I simply copy Android icons from Android platform SDK
Price per license $99
Eclipse plugin available for all platforms that run Eclipse
WireframeSketcher is another tool that I've used in past and still use
sometimes. It is an Eclipse plugin so it fits perfectly to any Android
developer's desktop. It also has Android stencils
that can be used to build more Android looking wireframes but as with
OmniGraffle I personally don't use them. WireframeSketcher has a broad
list of ready components and icons which is all that is needed.
Here's something I did just few weeks ago with the WireframeSketcher for
work (sorry for the bad focus. I purposefully chose that one as I don't
want to fully expose our upcoming design ideas yet). It took about two
hours to draw all screens needed for a simple user testing for a
mid-sized app. The tool is very efficient for this kind of tasks. For
final design I still used OmniGraffle though.
These are mine. Which one are yours?