I was reading this Ubuntu Software Center design document and wondering, what software was used to design all those ui concept?


Those specific designs are made by hand by Matthew Paul Thomas on graph paper.

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  • ah see, that's why it look more natural. – ariefbayu Nov 24 '10 at 1:07

I've found Pencil to be most valuable when I need to pump out quick little UI mocks. It's a Firefox extension by default but you can also get a version that runs on XUL (the framework beneathe Firefox).

While it might not be what was used for this example, it's worth a look.

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  • yeah, I did use pencil (the downloaded version). – ariefbayu Nov 24 '10 at 1:04

Mark Shuttleworth uses Balsamiq Mockups for his mockups (like the Window Indicators one). It's not free though.

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Balsamiq Mockups is an application that occasionally gets used by Mark and the design team.

It's not free but it is cross-platform (through Java) and provides a lot more features than Pencil.

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  • Balsamiq is excellent. Though isn't it based on AIR? – Grant Palin Nov 24 '10 at 1:47
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    Yes, Balsamiq mockups runs on top of Adobe AIR and not Java. Adobe AIR does work okay on Ubuntu, at least since Ubuntu 9.10 – jr0cket Nov 24 '10 at 5:58

WireframeSketcher lets you do this kind of mockup. You can use it as a standalone tool but also as a plugin for Eclipse-based IDEs (like Aptana and Zend Studio).

Ubuntu Software Center Mockup

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    For the benefit of the reader: this is $75 for a single license (You should really get other people to recommend your software by the way) :P – Stefano Palazzo Dec 4 '10 at 15:43
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    I also give away free licenses to open-source developers and all kinds of do-gooders. – Peter Severin Dec 4 '10 at 17:18

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