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Principle is described as 'makes it easy to create animated and interactive user interface designs. Whether you're designing the flow of a multi-screen app, or new interactions and animations, Principle lets you create designs that look and feel amazing' and is a Prototyping tool in the development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Principle for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Mac, Windows, iPhone and SaaS. The best alternative is Figma, which is free. Other great apps like Principle are Adobe XD, ProtoPie, InVision and Framer.

Principle alternatives are mainly Prototyping Tools but may also be UI Design Tools or Wireframing Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Principle.
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Principle makes it easy to create animated and interactive user interface designs. Whether you're designing the flow of...

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  1. Figma is a vector graphics editor and prototyping tool which is primarily web-based, with additional offline features enabled by desktop applications for macOS and Windows.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsFigma can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningFigma has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ Transitions EffectsFigma allows you to apply transition effects between two different scenes/pages using pre-loaded or custom animated transitions.
    ⚫︎ Design handoffView and share snippets of generated code and design specs from your design in Figma
    ⚫︎ Create UI ComponentsFigma allows you to create and define groups of reusable UI elements/materials across your design.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeFigma supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Auto LayoutFigma supports layouts that dynamically grow and adapt to the size of its contents.
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  2. Adobe XD (Experience Design) is a vector-based tool developed and published by Adobe Inc for designing and prototyping user experience for web and mobile apps.

    ⚫︎ Create UI ComponentsAdobe XD allows you to create and define groups of reusable UI elements/materials across your design.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Embedded commentsUsers can leave comments that will appear within Adobe XD
    ⚫︎ Design handoffView and share snippets of generated code and design specs from your design in Adobe XD
    ⚫︎ Auto LayoutAdobe XD supports layouts that dynamically grow and adapt to the size of its contents.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAdobe XD can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Adobe XD simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Smart AnimateAdobe XD create detailed transitions through previously connected micro-interactions
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    This alternative is disputed. Adobe XD is still a legitimate alternative to Principle, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Adobe XD has only some predefined interactions. There is no control over interaction design.

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    Principle's main benefit comes in the fine control over animating UI interactions - XD does not offer comparable functionality (as of fall 2019).

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    Adobe XD is for UI Design, Principle is used for making interaction mockups, where design is ready. So even their main purpose is not similar!

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    ProtoPie

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    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    ProtoPie is the easiest tool used to turn your UI/UX design ideas into highly interactive prototypes for mobile, desktop, web, all the way to IoT.

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    Most users think ProtoPie is a great alternative to Principle.
  4. We believe the screen is the most important place in the world. That’s why we are dedicated to helping you deliver the best possible digital product experience, with our platform and best practices from your peers.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in InVision simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Design handoffView and share snippets of generated code and design specs from your design in InVision
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    InVision vs Principle opinions
    This alternative is disputed. InVision is still a legitimate alternative to Principle, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    InVision is not able to create as precise and delicate animations as Principle.

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  5. Framer icon

    Framer

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online

    Framer combines the power of code with the ease of visual editing. Prototype beautiful microinteractions or realistic apps. It’s time to design with development in mind.

    ⚫︎ Design handoffView and share snippets of generated code and design specs from your design in Framer
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    Marvel

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
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    • Apple Watch
    • Apple TV
    • Apple Messages
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    With the Marvel design platform, access all the core functionality you need to build digital products - wireframe, prototype and generate design specs in one place.

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    Haiku Animator

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Windows

    Animator by Haiku is a creative environment for crafting codebase-ready animations. Carefully built around modern workflows, Animator integrates with your favorite design and code tools, and it's all backed by git version

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    Origami Studio

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • iPhone

    Origami Studio is a free design tool built by Facebook designers for creating interactive UI prototypes. An elegant, layer-based interface allows designers to repaidly create prototypes with layers, build interactions and then share them with others.

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    STUDIO

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    STUDIO lets you easily design & publish websites from scratch without writing any code. With the option of starting from a blank canvas, wireframe or template, you are free to unleash your creativity.

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    Adobe Comp CC

    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Comp CC makes it easy for designers to lay out ideas with real assets like photos, text and shapes. They can then send the wireframe to Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC or Muse CC to refine and finish.

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