Software Prototype Manufacturing

What is an APP or WEB prototype?

An APP or WEB prototype is the first conceptual or functional version of a software, usually customized. It is a software mock-up or initial version of a product that aims to simulate, totally or partially, the functions expected of the final software product. Learning about the behavior of users when they use the software, attracting investment to develop the software prototype or sharing versions internally with the development team itself, are some of the most frequent objectives of an App or WEB prototype.

Types of Software Prototype

Software design prototype.

It is a conceptual model in which the screens and critical points of interaction of the future app or WEB page are exposed. Prototype design software is useful for sharing goals and guidance with the development team, it is also sometimes used to show investors, from the first stage, how the software product is expected to be in its final stage.

Software concept prototype.

The Software concept prototypes, in addition to having the screens modeled or designed, aims to simulate the functionalities that the future software product is expected to have. It demonstrates the interaction between screens, buttons, call-to-action points among other critical concepts of the Software. The prototypes of Software concepts pursue as main objective, to learn about the behavior of users before a version of the app or web that you want to launch.

Functional software prototype.

The prototype of functional software includes the functionalities that are intended to be included in the app or website that you want to launch on the market. The difference between a functional software prototype and a final app or WEB is, above all, the base technology. In the case of software prototypes, cheap, easy-to-use technologies are chosen that allow functionality to learn about user behavior. On the other hand, a final software product is manufactured with technologies that, in addition to working, allow the product to scale and grow in a more orderly, structured and robust way.

Useful tools for prototyping Software

Adobe XD: It is used to create and expose the design of the screens as well as the interaction between them. It facilitates the process of prototyping software to obtain the lists of functional requirements. It is very useful to validate the prototype with customers and development team before developing the entire application.

Figma: It allows the development of interfaces that users will use in the future. Unlike Adobe XD, it allows you to share concepts with special ease. Software prototypes built with Figma pretend to be very close to the final product, allowing customers to validate exactly what the platforms' screens will look like. Another important feature of this software prototyping platform is the ease it offers for developers to share comments and interact on the platform while developing the prototype app or WEB.

Fluidui: The FLUIDI software prototyping tool includes icon libraries and inspirational sections to facilitate the software prototype manufacturing process. It stands out for including, in addition to the approach of app prototype concepts, great versatility to design web prototype concepts.

Invision: This useful tool for the manufacture of software prototypes, is one of the most powerful to establish a correct relationship of UX elements (User Experience). It allows interactive prototyping so that customers can navigate the prototype in the same way they will in the final software product. Platforms such as Amazon or Airbnb have been raised in this software prototyping tool.

The Software prototype is the first materialization of the idea. It allows potential customers, software providers and the inventor himself, to interact with the app or WEB before it is developed. Optimize the development time of mobile or web applications and avoid discrepancies in the results.

Attracting funding, learning about customer behavior, even before launching the app to the market, coordinating the development team, focusing efforts on a desired and expected result approved by all parties, obtaining proposals and improvements in the prototyping process is much cheaper than the changes requested in the software prototype development process.

From experience manufacturing prototypes, in Let's Prototype it took about 2 months to develop a Software prototype. It is a creative process where the inventor's interests must be aligned with what his potential clients want, maintaining the balance of technical feasibility and development costs. All the time spent designing the software prototype is time and money that is saved in the final software development process.

Although many inventors consider that the idea is very valuable and that only by having it investors will be willing to pay for the process of design and manufacture of the prototype, the truth is that in this initial stage, it is advisable that the inventor himself, with his own resources and those of his close people, get a your working prototype that allows obtaining metrics of operation and acceptance by customers. At that moment of launching the software prototype, it will be time to attract private financing.

Prototype we have experience linking these products to hardware elements that allow the protection of the solutions as a whole. We can make a diagnosis of your idea for free and we will be happy to discuss options related to the intellectual property of your software product.

In Let's Prototype we have a clear method for the design and manufacture of software prototypes. Step 1. Signing a confidentiality agreement. Step 2. Analysis and survey of functional requirements of the software prototype. Step 3. Development of the proposal of services and closed budget for each of the recommended services. Step 4. Intellectual property strategy of the software prototype. Step 5. Design and manufacture of the software prototype. Step 6. Test of prototype functionalities and delivery.