My 11 Axure protips

I use Axure RP on a daily basis and I will give away 11 tips from my everyday
life with this tool which helps me to create prototypes more rapidly. Have
you known that RP in the Axure RP means “Rapid Prototyping”?

  1. Copy widgets by holding Ctrl + drag and drop widget
  2. Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V work too, but using drag and drop you control position
    of the widget.

  3. Write text into widgets directly
  4. You can, but you don’t need to click inside widget to write a text. You can do
    it directly without clicking. Especially image widgets are difficult to click
    inside to write a text while select dialog is opening.

  5. Copy data to repeater from table editor
  6. You don’t need to insert data into repeater manually. Just copy the data
    from Excel, Calc or Google Documents etc. It is helpful in simulating larger

  7. Use wraps in the repetaer
  8. Do you need more columns or rows to fit the screen? No problem for
    repeater. Look into Repeater Style.

  9. Don’t use image widget to insert pictures from harddrive
  10. It works, but it is slow, because you have to insert image widget and select
    path to image on harddrive. Do you want to be effective? Just insert images
    by drag and drop from a folder or by Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V from Photoshop,
    Gimp or web.

  11. Have tab order under control
  12. Order of tab will be the same as an order of inserting inputs. But have you
    ever finished form you need at first try? If you change form a lot, leave the
    tab order in the end.

    If you need accurate tab order you can cut and insert every input according
    to your wish, or use Bring To Front function (button or shortcut) in the same

    Tab order works for inputs and buttons, but e.g. not working for custom
    created button using rectangles and other shapes.

  13. Copy from Axure projects
  14. Do you have awesome interactive UI working in another project? Just open
    two Axure instances and copy it.

    You need to copy the whole UI. If you copy it per partes your widgets will
    lose paths to other widgets in interactions and your awesome interactive UI
    won’t be interactive anymore.

    When you use some custom parts of UI often in different projects, the
    creating of own library seems to be a good idea.

  15. Insert logo into your prototypes
  16. Be proud of your prototypes. Insert your logo or a logo of your company into
    prototypes while generating HTML files.

  17. Use device frame to present your mobile prototype on desktop
  18. Use this if you design for mobile or tablets and you want to present
    prototypes on desktop and mobile devices.

    Create page for device. Insert one or more device frames and use widget
    Inline Frame set target to other page or external link.

    If you use adaptive views it can help to present more views in one page.

    If the device frame is in a different page than the target you can still present
    source pages directly on mobile devices.

  19. Include fonts
  20. Are you sure that everyone has same fonts as you?

  21. Visit Axure forum
  22. Don’t be shy to ask others even if you feel like Axure Boss. There is a large
    community around Axure and it could be the fastest way how to solve your
    problem with Axure.

And how you do you use Axure?

Do you need help with Axure or design process generaly? Visit and feel free to contact me.

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