PowerMockup 2.0 Helps Reduce Development Misunderstandings

Wireframe plug-in for PowerPoint helps sketch user interfaces.

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Wulfsoft has released version 2.0 of PowerMockup, a tool for rapidly sketching user interfaces of Web sites and software applications. Following the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, PowerMockup helps developers, designers, and managers to bring form to design ideas and make concepts tangible. The screen sketches created with PowerMockup provide stakeholders with a clear representation of the proposed solution. This enables design flaws and misunderstandings to be revealed early, before they are implemented in code and become expensive to correct.

PowerMockup works as a plugin for Microsoft PowerPoint, making it easy to use in a familiar environment. It extends PowerPoint with a stencil library of 79 typical user interface elements (buttons, text boxes, menus, tabs, tables, etc.) and 86 wireframe icons. Adding a stencil to a design is just a matter of dragging it from the library onto the current slide. Using PowerPoint´s built-in slideshow functionality, it´s possible to link different sketches together to produce a clickable prototype for demonstrating the application flow.

Version 2.0 of PowerMockup was redesigned from the ground up. The stencil library now has an "Instant Search" box for quickly finding stencils by name or tag. Another major addition is the ability to create, import and export custom stencils and categories. This allows users to build their own stencil catalogs and share them with co-workers and clients.

PowerMockup runs under Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and requires Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. A single-user license costs $39.95(US) and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Users can purchase the software online, or download a trial version, from www.powermockup.com.