Interactive Prototyping for User Testing
I use JustInMind to prototype Web and Mobile apps that I then user-test. The JIM application is less than optimal, but to attract a broader Human Factors / Usability / Design audience you're going to need a lot more than "scrolling."
Interactive elements such as text fields, check boxes, drop-downs, etc. that can all be connected, responding to user inputs as needed, in a manner that replicates a real application in its native environment is what is needed.
I look forward to that day, as your design tools and simple, visual linking paradigm are certainly winners.
Need this so much! The test results would improve so much. Without real interaction (typing, ...) the usability can not really be tested.
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Just Call Me Rob commented
This would be incredibly helpful!
This would be great
Andy Engelkemier commented
I keep looking at XD, but we keep having to use something else. XD seems to really JUST be about how something looks, but good experience design is more about how it actually works. Making it pretty is just part of that.
So we're using Proto.io to deliver a looks like, feels like prototype. It doesn't do much because it doesn't have interaction outside of itself. It can't control an LED. So we fake that with an onscreen light if we need. Or I capture commands with something else if we get that far.
But it has very basic (I mean VERY) variables to control a few things, custom animations, and you can really get a decent prototype of what you're after. Delivering that to the actual developer ensures you end up with something much closer. They can even look at the code if they are having troubles developing it. That usually gives them a hint on how to accomplish the same look and feel.
We just need basic If thens. If the advanced button hasn't been hit, don't show these items. If the user hasn't filled in their name, show them an error if they try and advance.
We need to be able to show those things. Right now people are creating a Ridiculous number of artboards showing, what they think are, every possible screen to the developer. But with XD you can't actually go through them, because they are Context based. So it doesn't really help.
Seriously, sometimes the developer is great at programming, but just plain dumb when it comes to user interaction. XD Could be the tool to show that interaction. It's getting Closer, but still not useable.
Just in Mind is pretty good. Proto.io is good. Axure is both terrible and good.
Agree. Stuck with Axure mainly due to this.
Jonathan Fontanez commented
I'm an XD plug-in developer and this actually doesn't seem far off from what I'm working on. I've been focused on letting you apply you design though to an existing web app.
I'd be interested if this solves the problem you're thinking about, feel free to email me directly email@example.com
Fabio Barreiro commented
A must! I would get much better results when running test labs using my prototypes. Being able to simulate a real app would be dope
Axure prototyping is stil necessary in my workflow because of this. Please help me streamline my workflow by implementing these features.
Please implement this feature, Adobe!
This would be so useful!
JIM is a great example of using an advanced prototype tool for none developers too, as it shows in a side windows the elements in the artwork you are referring to. This way, you don't need to rely on your memory and see which element you are working on.
Can't wait to see your advanced prototype abilities. Good Luck :)
manu schwendener commented
[should these votes be merged with https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007-adobe-xd-feature-requests/suggestions/12869229-animate-individual-elements-separately-custom-ani ?]
Paul Fournier-Carey commented
100% must have. How can we prototype & test without real interaction, animation/transition. Click through slide shows which animate the whole screen is just not enough.
Melanie Adelt commented
I am totally agree. Prototyping means interactive behavior from all elements like buttons-aktive, dropdown-swipe out or navigation scrolling without a seperate artboard ect.
When both: wireframing AND real protoyping is possible, so XD rules the world ;)
I NEED this. Interactive text fields would be amazing. If a user had the ability to type in a text box *during the test*, it would add to the realness of the test.
Wayne Hall commented
This is a must for me.
I work on prototypes for mobile, web and TV interfaces and for the TV interfaces it is critical that I can perform transitions using keyboard input. I use hardware to map a remote control to keyboard input which the user then controls the prototype with. The likes of Axure already support this.
Doesn't need to be complicated, just allow me to chose what action begins a transition, be it a click or keyboard input.
I agree. Axure has this but it's super clunky, it's called dynamic panels. The reason it's clunky is because it isolates you inside a specific view instead of having an artboard flow which is easier to keep track of.
If you manage to add interactivity to this product with your current artboard workflow, it will be a game changer.