Prototyping UI workflows with XMind

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Hi there! There is no release this time, however I want to share with you a clever idea sent to me by Siarhei Berdachuk. He is using WireframeSketcher and XMind mind mapping plugin to prototype UI workflows. Just take a look at this gorgeous result (click for the full-size image):

Using XMind for UI workflow

If you’ve never heard of XMind then take a look at their site and be amazed.

Using WireframeSketcher with XMind is not as seamless as it could be. For instance one needs to manually export/import PNG images after each change to the screen file.

I would really like to see a better integration with XMind. I’ve even posted a request for information on their forums and looked through the source code. So far my research gave little useful information.

I’d like to hear what you think about this approach. Do you find it useful?

I am thinking that another viable option is to provide a new editor as part of the WireframeSketcher plug-in. I’d call it the Flow Editor. This editor certainly won’t have all the features of XMind but it will allow to create some flow diagrams. Some of the essential functionality can already be seen in the Storyboard Editor – screens are properly included by reference and all changes are propagated automatically.

Please let me know what you think!


In other news, I’ll be taking a week of vacation which I’ll be spending with my family. I’ll still be answering emails and forum questions but things will get a little slower than usual. So please be patient!