Paul Allen (the lesser) had in interesting blog post entitled “How to save thousands of dollars on your next web development project” where he discussed the importance of using wireframing during the design stage of your next web development project. The tool recommended to perform this task was PowerPoint.
In response to this post I made the following comment: “PowerPoint can be used as a great tool for wireframing, but I am surprised if there isn’t a tool to do it quicker and easier. I have envisioned an application like Visio where you can drag graphical components common to web pages and forms (buttons, combo boxes, lists, etc.) and add basic clickable navigation. So far I haven’t come across what I am looking for.”
Doing some addition investigation to the topic I found another similar blog post by eMomentum that discusses how they use FrontPage. After some consideration using a WYSIWYG editor may be more of what I am looking for. It gives you a graphical interface where you can drag common components, easily add clickable navigation, plus gives you a step ahead on the HTML coding with the option of posting the wireframe to the web for easy sharing and collaboration. Another option that I thought about is Flash which also has a similar easy to use interface to create the mock-ups.
What wireframing tools do you use that you would recommend?