Site 9 Releases ProtoShare for Drive Interactive Mockup Tool

With ProtoShare for Drive, Google Drive users can explore and share their creative design ideas through fast, easy, interactive mockups.

Portland, Ore. – October 29, 2013 – Site9, Inc. today announced the release of ProtoShare for Drive, a new mockup tool that helps anyone with a creative design idea to quickly and easily create and share interactive mockups – with no coding skills required. ProtoShare for Drive provides Google Drive users with a powerful subset of tools available in ProtoShare, the leading interactive wireframing and prototyping tool used by professionals worldwide for the design of websites and mobile applications.

ProtoShare for Drive is designed for people who do not have a design background, but who have creative ideas they want to share – such as a new idea for a mobile app or a feature they would like to add to their website. For those who don’t have the skills to write their own software code, conveying an interactive design idea effectively can be a challenge. ProtoShare for Drive enables users with Google Drive to experiment with ideas by putting them into mockups that have clickable functionality. Mockups make it easier to start the conversation – whether it’s with a potential investor or with a designer or developer – to show, versus tell, how the design idea could work.

With a palette of interactive design components and access to hundreds of drag-and-drop stencils and widgets, ProtoShare for Drive makes it easy to create compelling and powerful interactive mockups. The files can be saved as HTML in Google Drive to be shared online or via email and can be viewed by anyone with a modern web browser. Teams using ProtoShare for Drive can work collaboratively in real-time with instantaneous updates and versioning history to help keep projects on track.

“Whether you are in the earliest stages of brainstorming or you are deep into the planning of a new website or mobile app, you need to be able to capture your ideas quickly and convey them effectively,” said Andrew Mottaz, founder and CTO of Site9. “Many great ideas are created on cocktail napkins, only to be later lost or forgotten. With ProtoShare for Drive, you can immediately put your ideas into play in a digital environment. It allows you to experiment with new designs, explore fresh approaches for your website or invent your own mobile app, and then convey those creative design ideas with remarkable fidelity in an interactive environment – before you invest time and budget into the full-on design and development process.”

Mockups can be created for almost any digital idea. Some examples of how ProtoShare for Drive might be used include:

  • Internal Company Application – A company needs to develop an internal management app. They have a basic idea of what they want to do, but it isn’t fully refined. They can use ProtoShare for Drive to create a functioning mockup of the application. They can even use their own logo, color palette and fonts, and then get feedback from management from an interactive mockup. They can iterate, based on management feedback, and then provide the mockup to their development team.
  • Customer Service “How to” – A customer service rep needs to explain to a customer how to accomplish a task in a web application. The CSR can create a series of clickable “how to” screens by overlaying instructions on top of screen shots of the application to highlight the specific steps of the process.
  • Mobile Scheduling App – The owners of a landscaping company would like to create a mobile app for their regular customers to schedule appointments. They have a good idea of what they want to do, but a small budget. Before they put the web team on the clock, they can use the components and stencils in ProtoShare for Drive to quickly create a mobile app mockup. They can drag-and-drop a clickable calendar that opens a “pick a day/time” widget. With the basic design elements and clickable functionality, the shop’s owners can discuss the idea, make any needed changes and give a software designer most everything they need to quickly create and implement a working mobile app.

ProtoShare for Drive includes features that help users create powerful, interactive prototypes for websites and even mobile apps for Android, iOS and Windows phone. ProtoShare for Drive supports custom HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

ProtoShare for Drive lets you leverage all of Google Drive’s great collaboration features. You can allow other users with ProtoShare for Drive to view or edit mockups, and Drive’s versioning features track and store your change history. Because ProtoShare mockups are stored as HTML files, even users without ProtoShare for Drive can download mockups and view and interact with them in any web browser. For users who aren’t on Google Drive, mockups files can be emailed or hosted on any web server.

Users can try ProtoShare for Drive free for 30 days. Unlimited use of ProtoShare for Drive costs just $49 a year. As with all ProtoShare products, top-notch customer support is included. Users can cancel at any time. For more information, visit ProtoShare for Drive on the Chrome Web Store.

About ProtoShare

ProtoShare is a web-based, collaborative wireframing and prototyping tool for websites, web applications, and mobile apps. It hosts a WYSIWYG drag-and-drop interface, as well as advanced components users can customize. ProtoShare is not a Flash tool; it uses HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

About Site9, Inc.

Founded in 1999, Site9, Inc. is the developer of ProtoShare, recognized in 2009 by O'Reilly Media as a "Top 50 Usable RIA." Fortune 500 companies, leading interactive agencies, and web developers in over 84 countries around the world use ProtoShare wireframe software to deliver better digital experiences while cutting time and costs.

Contact Information
Jennifer Allen Newton
Bluehouse Consulting Group, Inc.
Phone: 503.805.7540
jennifer [at] bluehousecg [dot] com