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My preferred prototyping tools have been Inkscape (using javascript to 
introduce interactive behaviours, where required), Impress for testing basic 
state transitions in a scenario (either with screen grabs or mock-ups made 
with the drawing tools - or both) 

I recently rediscovered Pencil, a prototyping tool that seems to have started 
as a Firefox plug-in. I think the standalone version has more to it. I tried 
the standalone version and I was pleasantly surprised at how quick it is to 
mock things up. Also, sharing the files allows a degree of collaborative 
design. There's no interaction but for panel design, it's great.


I know tools don't shortcut the value of years of UI design experience but at 
least they might help consistency and collaboration.

(I'm not allied in any way to the product; just reporting, having used it a 



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