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Instant Axure RP Starter

Book Description

Start prototyping your first Axure RP project, the easy way

  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Helping you learn the fundamentals of Axure RP, while making prototypes
  • Focus on only the most important features, saving you time and helping you to start using Axure RP immediately
  • Providing you with essential resources that will help you become an Axure master

In Detail

User interface prototyping is here and it is quickly becoming the fundamental aspect of a web designer’s “deliverables”. Prototyping is the single most cost effective means to track usability problems, before you begin investing in visual design or coding. Axure RP is the industry’s foremost prototyping tool, and this book will help you quickly become an Axure master.

"Axure RP Starter Guide" is a practical, introductory guide that will take you step-by-step through the most important features of Axure RP, and how to start prototyping with it. It will expertly guide you through all the essential processes you need to know to start using Axure RP, as well as laying foundations for more advanced use of Axure.

The book starts by describing the UI design revolution, what has changed in the industry, and how you can best adapt your workflow to keep pace with these changes. It will guide you through installing an Axure environment, and how to equip it with the right widgets.

With this book, terms like “widget libraries”, “dynamic panels”, “page masters”, and “interaction logic” will become second-nature to you within a matter of hours. "Axure RP Starter Guide" also includes a detailed description of how to prototype a few common design patterns such as the module tabs pattern and the extensively used carousel.

After just ten short steps, you will have your first website up and running. The book will then help you in honing your skills by prototyping some common design patterns.

Table of Contents

  1. Instant Axure RP Starter
    1. Instant Axure RP Starter
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. About the Reviewer
    5. www.packtpub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
    6. packtLib.packtPub.com
      1. Why Subscribe?
      2. Free Access for Packt Publishing account holders
    7. 1. Instant Axure RP Starter
      1. So, what is Axure prototyping?
        1. Wireframe prototyping is nothing less than a revolution
        2. The industry is migrating from static wireframe design to prototype design
        3. Assimilating Axure into your existing design flow
      2. Installation and setup
        1. Step 1 – Downloading the right edition
          1. Standard versus Pro editions
          2. PC versus Mac editions
        2. Step 2 – Getting some orientation
        3. Step 3 – Gearing up with the best widgets
        4. Installing the Better Defaults library
          1. My top 5 Axure libraries
      3. Quick start – creating your first prototype
        1. Step 1 – Getting familiar with the Sitemap section
          1. Things to do before proceeding to the next step
        2. Step 2 – Using widgets and playing with styles
          1. Understanding the widget basics
          2. Things to do before proceeding to the next step
        3. Step 3 – Generating a prototype
          1. Things to do before proceeding to the next step
        4. Step 4 – Learning how to use master pages
          1. Things to do before proceeding to the next step
        5. Step 5 – Configuring the menu navigation widget
          1. Things to do before proceeding to the next step
        6. Step 6 – Adding some interactions
          1. Labeling widgets
          2. Opening a window with a mouse click
          3. Setting widgets to the selected state
          4. Prototyping a login box
          5. Things to do before proceeding to the next step
        7. Step 7 – Adding some logic to the interactions
          1. Things to do before proceeding to the next step
        8. Step 8 – Understanding dynamic panels
          1. Adding a form field error message
          2. Creating a tooltip box
          3. Understanding the Dynamic Panel Manager pane
          4. Things to do before proceeding to the next step
        9. Step 9 – Adding states to dynamic panels
          1. Things to do before proceeding to the next step
        10. Step 10 – Publishing the prototype
          1. We are done!!
      4. Three common design patterns and how to prototype them
        1. Module tabs
          1. Why use it?
          2. Hipmunk.com is using it
          3. Prototyping it
        2. Carousel
          1. Why use it?
          2. Apple.com is using it
          3. Prototyping it
        3. Inline field adder and a spotlight effect
          1. Why use it?
          2. Kayak.com is using it
          3. Prototyping it
      5. People and places you should get to know
        1. Developing your Axure skills
        2. Finding inspiration
        3. Participating in forums and subscribing to blogs
        4. Using some valuable services
        5. Reading other Axure RP books