Given the need of my “customers” to have something visual I started looking at wireframing and rapid prototyping tools. I wanted to be able to give them a rough sketch to spur discussion and ideas without the sketching method taking too much time and being more trouble than it was worth.
Back in the 1990s, when wireframing was a niche activity, you were pretty much limited to Visio or Illustrator. Nowadays there are a huge number of alternatives
Turns out I didn’t know what I was getting into as there’s a ton of tools available! Fortunately, I found a few posts trying to make sense of what’s available.
So far, one of the market leaders appears to be Balsamiq, notable for what they don’t include as much as what they do. It doesn’t hurt that they gave me a free license! I’ll be giving Balsamiq a try for the near future, though I’m hoping the web version is released soon as I think it would make collaboration much easier.