30 excellent free ux tools

uxforthemasses.com have created a great list of 25 free ux tools for doing things like prototyping, annotating, screen grabbing, site mapping, usability testing, accessibility and analytics (thanks guys!). Some of the items aren’t really free (they just have a free trial), i’ve included them anyway as they’re still really useful and i’ve added a few of my own.

Prototyping tools

Pencil

LucidChart

Balsamiq

Serena

Flairbuilder (15 day free trial)

Powerpoint (Open office version is free)

Paper prototyping

Annotation tools

Protonotes

WebNotes

Diigo

Design tools

Lorem Ipsum Generator

ColorPic

Netvibes

Pen and paper! The simplest and arguably the best. Frees your mind to be creative, can be used anywhere and is ultra quick.

Screen grab tools

Jing

Firefox plugin

Browsershots

Evernote

Cmd shift 4 – If you’re using a mac you can use cmd shift 4 to capture a portion of the screen or cmd shift 3 to capture the whole screen.

Print screen – On Windows PCs you can just use the print screen function and paste it into Word, or Powerpoint if you want to do a click through prototype.

Sitemapping tools

XMind

Freemind

Usability testing tools

CamStudio

Remote usability testing tools

Usabilla

TreeJack

Skype

Loop11

Five second test

Silverback (free for 30 days)

Survey Monkey

Usability reviewing tools

Concept feedback

Analytics tools

Google analytics

ClickHeat

Accessibility tools

Accessibility evaluation toolbar

Total validator

Latest Comments

  1. Mike says:

    When it comes to improving user experience and usability there are a lot of great and innovative tools that can help you. So if we are talking about usability and UX, I can recommend you http://usabilitytools.com/.

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