Friday, September 29th, 2006
Christian Romney was sick of doing wireframesin powerpoint and photoshop, so he created a quick and dirty in browser wireframe tool called Frametastic, which uses Prototype and Script.aculo.us under the covers.
Now, before you think this is some uber-cool web development tool, let me give you the caveats:
- It’s currently Firefox only for reasons I’ve just plain not bothered to figure out (I’m sure it’s something trivial)
- It keeps state only during the lifespan of the page – refresh, close window, or navigate away and all your work is lost (eventually, I’ll add a dead-simple Ajax call that persists the stored wireframes to the server)
- It has some small UI bugs like when you name a box, the label keeps focus instead of the box itself
Having said all that, I find it to be extremely useful in my daily work because I don’t require anything more sohpisticated. I’m a big fan of lightweight tools and lightweight processes – I’d call them agile, but don’t want to incur Steve Yegge’s wrath ;). Feel free to download the code and improve it – I’m releasing under the terms of the MIT License – just please be kind and share your improvements with me. Oh yeah, here’s the obligatory demo. Enjoy!
If you’re wondering how to get started, just click and drag a box in the whitespace…
Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:42 am