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Jolt Awards 2014: The Best Utilities

, August 05, 2014 The best programming utilities of the year
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Productivity Award: Infragistics Indigo Studio 3

If you think you're satisfied with your current wireframing tool and haven't given Indigo Studio a try, get ready to change your mind! Made by Infragistics, a company well known for their first-class user interface component libraries, Indigo Studio is a one stop application for all design activities related to modern UI and UX.

With a slick and responsive user interface, Indigo Studio brings you all the easy-to-use features you need in a design tool: You can create realistic and interactive application wireframes thanks to its rich widget library and solid state management feature. And, naturally, you can target the variety of platforms your software has to run on, like mobile, tablet, or Web. You can also export your wireframes to HTML5, PDF, or PNG files so others can experiment with them without needing to run the software.

But Indigo Studio goes way beyond these core features, and that's why we found it Jolting. Indeed, it provides you with a storyboarding tool that is fully integrated with the wireframing tool, allowing you to seamlessly integrate your prototypes into the user story you're telling. Moreover, Indigo Studio supports the notion of screen parts, which are tidbits of UI and behavior that you can reuse across your screens and projects. This capacity to reuse rich visual widgets is key to creating a consistent user experience across product lines. Infragistics offers a free 30-day trial for Indigo Studio. So take for a spin: I expect that you'll be jolted, too.

— David Dossot

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