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Proto.io

Online Mobile Prototype Builder


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Published 11/17/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Proto.io helps users construct fully interactive prototypes for mobile platforms. The application supports multiple platforms, including Apple, Android and Windows. The user can create their mobile prototype within the browser. Proto.io is completely browser based. Proto.io also boasts a “silly-fast” load time that makes it feel more like a desktop app rather than a web based app. Prototypes can be printed or saved as PDFs. The drag and drop user interface is designed to help users save time as they design. Proto.io also lets users build master templates that can be attached to other templates or any screen. An auto save feature ensures that the user’s work is backed up as the prototype progresses. Additional features include keyboard shortcuts, an item browser, zoom, content publishing while editing and digital asset uploads (such as documents, images and audio or video clips).

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Proto.io is a product of Labs.io. The application was intended to bring a cost effective, user friendly contender to the mobile prototyping world. So far, these elements have made many users sing the praises of Proto.io. Although some users noted that the free version is very limited, many still considered Proto.io to be a good, economical investment for their mobile projects. Today, many users from numerous industries use Proto.io as a fast, simple solution for their mobile prototypes.

What are the differences to other apps?

Proto.io was created with the user in mind. This goes a long way in making the application stand out in the eyes of professionals and businesses. The application utilizes a convenient drag and drop system that gives anyone the power to build an attractive mobile prototype. The auto save option is another feature that can save users a significant amount of time (as well as a headache) should they forget to save their work manually.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

Proto.io gives users a good perspective on their prototypes as they work on them. Each prototype is presented within the browser in large size and full color. The user can easily identify the strengths and weaknesses within their design. Proto.io’s drag and drop system significantly simplifies the prototype building process as well. The application has a very smooth, professional feel that translates well into the user’s finished mobile prototype. Users can easily create a unique, functional mobile prototype that will go far in helping them develop an appealing mobile product.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can begin by clicking the black “Get Started for Free” button in the upper, right hand corner of the Proto.io homepage. The user must click the yellow “Sign Up” button that corresponds with their desired membership plan. The form on the next page asks for a full name, company name, desired Proto.io site name, email address and password. The user must also check a small box at the end of the form to confirm their agreement to the Proto.io terms and conditions. After submitting the form, the user must check their email for an activation message to complete registration.

What does it cost to use the application?

New users are automatically signed up for a free 15 day trial of the membership plan they chose (when selecting a paid plan). The user is given three options during the sign up process. The first is a Basic account, which is free and includes one active project, one editor and 10 MBs of storage space. The Plus plan costs $24 per month and upgrades to include three active projects, unlimited editors, unlimited reviewers, 200 MBs of storage space, custom printing features, PDF export capabilities and custom branding options. The Pro plan costs $49 per month and includes up to 10 active projects and 2 GBs of storage space.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Proto.io was created specifically for professionals and companies that build mobile applications. The user can create a functioning prototype that will help them put together a perfected finished product. The application is very easy to use, including a user friendly drag and drop interface. Three membership plans allow users to find a subscription that suits their budget and access needs.

  • All paid memberships include a 15 day free trial
  • Drag and drop interface allows users to easily build prototypes in minutes
  • Master templates can reduce the amount of work required when building prototypes
  • Assets, such as documents and images, can be uploaded and incorporated into prototypes
  • Prototypes can be downloaded as PDFs or printable versions
  • Auto save feature reduces the chances of lost progress


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Proto.io pricing

FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : $24.00
(up to 3 active projects, 200MB of storage)
Most expensive plan (per month) : $49.00
(up to 10 active projects, 2GB of storage)

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