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Briefs is the essential app design tool built for a professional design workflow. Lifeless mockups don’t tell the entire story, but you don’t have time to build a prototype. We’ve been there, too. Your clients needed a clearer picture, so give them something to touch.
With Briefs, you can deliver iterations of your design that people can play with on their phone and start giving you feedback. Before you know it, you’ve cut months of back and forth from your schedule without a dime of development. Powerful enough for you?
What is a brief?
∙ Describes a mobile app to others.
∙ Combines images, and interaction to articulate the essential function of an app
∙ A brief contains a timeline, with multiple scenes.
∙ A scene is a full-screen image that represents a visual state within the app
∙ Each scene contains one or many actors that control interaction
∙ Actors are images that can have defined actions.
Using scenes, actors, and actions as building blocks, you can quickly add a rich description to a series of images. Its more descriptive than a mockup, but less complicated than a prototype. Briefs is the perfect format to communicate a your intention to clients, developers and testers.
Works like you do.
∙ Work with your existing app mockups
∙ Breathe interaction into your lifeless buttons, navigation bars and menus
∙ Make adjustments and tweaks based on what you feel.
Realtime interaction with Briefscase.
∙ Briefscase is a companion app for iOS
∙ Communicate every update in realtime straight to the device using BriefsLive
∙ Use it to get immediate feedback on your design
Blueprints for the 21st Century.
∙ Clearly and unambiguously communicate the design of your apps to clients, developers, or anyone else.
∙ Don't worry about assets getting sliced properly
∙ No longer fret over precise positioning
∙ Ambiguity is obliterated
∙ Assets are automatically exported
∙ Track the last version delivered to a developer
∙ Quickly identify changes and where updates are needed
BriefsLive requires an iOS device running iOS 6.0 or better, a shared network connection between the computer and the iOS device and Briefscase running. Briefscase is available for free on the App store.
Note: Briefs is a design tool and not an app development environment. Briefs created using it cannot be submitted to the iOS App store. We recommend Xcode and a knowledgeable developer for that.
What's New in Version 1.2.5
• Support for setting actor rotation values from an actor or scene action.
• Fixed issues with scene layout and page numbering when printing, or exporting to PDF.
This thing is a wreck
Don’t bother spending your money on this - I have a brand new maxed out spec Macbook Pro with 16GB of ram / etc. This program CONSTANTLY freezes - it also loses your progress when it does this and you’re forced to force close the app.
It also doesn’t have the most obvious widgets preloaded - you guys didn’t think anybody would need a share sheet or a single table cell? For 200 bucks you couldn’t hire an intern to sit around creating all of UIKit as library items so that I didn’t have to spend HOURS setting those up myself in my user library?
I just tried exporting a project to PDF that I’ve been working on for a week - literally sitting for 15 minutes on “Exporting to PDF”. It’s to the point where I think I’m just going to cut my losses and recreate the whole project in another tool.
Updated 8/26: Guys - making no changes to the app and marking my review as unhelpful isn’t the best business practice - I paid 200 bucks for this thing. Grow up and fix it - I’m tired of trying to make it work and watching my laptop pinwheel on something as simple as exporting to PDF / pushing my latest project to an iOS device.
Cool App but not Quite There Yet
I haven’t had too much experience with this prototyper/mockup app, but that doesn’t mean I can’t form an opinion of it. It’s a really cool app and is relatively easy and intuitive to get the hang of (even in the little time I’ve had with it). It has plenty of built in features and assets that come in handy.
However there are still too many bugs (I’m glad it’s autosave/cloud support features work really well), especially considering its price. It’s crashed on me multiple times, more than the typical application. There are also some key features that most likely I haven’t found/learned to use yet, but if not they’re missing and need to be added. A few of these features are:
1.) There needs to be a way have a scrollable list that’s capable of containing actors/hotspots (these are images that can cause actions, such as transitioning to a new screen)
2.) You need to be able to uniformly transform grouped elements. For instance, if you have 3 horizontal textfield bars stacked on top of each other that are grouped together. You can’t resize them all at once, you need to ungroup and resize each text bar at the same time and regroup them.
3.) You can’t always allign certain elements if they’re grouped. The align options are greyed out when trying to align 2 different sets of grouped objects.
4.) You need to be able to move multiple items at once without grouping them. If you select more than one item and try to move it, only the item you’re holding the mouse over will move.
5.) Stability, nuff said
I like this app and find it helpful. However, if these (plus other) features don’t get added and it doesn’t become more stable within the next few updates (updates have already been released that have included new features and hopefully stability improvements, but I just got the app so I don’t know exactly what these updates entailed) then I wouldn’t suggest getting this app over some of the other mockup/app prototypers out there.
I gave it three stars mainly since it has a nice workflow and user interface and if everything ran perfectly (no app exists that runs perfectly though) than this app would really be something special (despite some missing key features). But unfortunately it’s not quite there yet. I’ve enjoyed it enough that I’m going to keep it and hold out in hopes that these improvements will be added to it. If they don’t get added though, then it’s definitely not worth the price, but on the flipside if they continue to release feature and stability updates and polish it up, then it was worth every cent.
MacBook Pro 15” w/ Retina
Intel Core i7 2.7 ghz
nVidia Geforece 650m
Hate this, and I asked for my money back
I plunked down $200 and then spent an 2 hours per day, every day for the past 8 days, trying to max out my intuition to learn how to use this software. That’s $200 + (16 hours x $34/hr) = $744 (completely ignoring the non-monetary valuations of my TIME), and what do I have to show for it? Certainly NOT an advanced stage of a software design. Not a completed design, not a half-done design, only a phone graphic with a table on it that I can’t add rows to.
I can endure the slowness and the crashing…but wow: eight days of working with this app, and I have yet to figure out how to add additional items to my table view. Actors? (what’s that?) Actions? (what’s that?) Animations? (surely you get the idea) [And Apple - you approved this app??] If every feature of this enigmatic puzzle is THIS hard to learn - I’m just too stupid for it. Martian craft - please refund my money. My valuable time? It’s just gone.