This is a list of different software that is used to design HMIs and UIs – both complex applications and useful utilities.


  • Colour Contrast Analyser — utility to check the contrast of UI for accordance with WCAG 1.0 Standard, that is used both in web and desktop applications.


  • Axure — one of the most powerful tools that gives the opportunity to prototype both primitive sketches of frameworks and highly interactive and high fidelity prototypes with keyboard input, conditional logic and so on. This application loses positions in mass-market UIs (websites and mobile apps) but is still recognized among interaction designers of more complex professional systems.


  • XMind — free and powerful application to create mind maps.
  • MindManager — also powerful, and more convenient in details paid application. But seems to be too expensive nowadays.
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