I want to design a Windows 8/8.1 desktop application. Before going into the coding part, I want to create a mockup of the same. Balsamiq would satisfy my need to some extent, but I need something on the lines of Pencil, wherein one could drag and drop stuff into the frame to create a compete design.

Issue with Balsamiq: It offers no special help while creating a Windows app. In Pencil, you could drag/drop a notification-bar, a button etc. (Android) and the app can be made to look exactly as it would after completion.

I’d like a solution for Windows or Linux. A cross-platform tool would be a bonus, though not very necessary.

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    So the wireframing tool is also required to run on Windows 8, correct?
    – unor
    Jul 27, 2014 at 18:23
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    Windows or Linux would do
    – Ranveer
    Jul 27, 2014 at 18:29
  • So what's wrong with Pencil then? Nov 26, 2015 at 14:43
  • Pencil isn't really for Windows-style applications.
    – Ranveer
    Nov 26, 2015 at 17:31

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What about Microsoft Project Siena?

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It is supposed to be rapid development tool for simple Modern UI apps.

After you start, the first thing you are supposed to do is to draw some UI. This looked to me useful for prototyping. UI drawing process is assisted by guides so you can align controls quickly.
Going further, you can even arrange multiple screens and use kind of "Go To" action to move between them. And all the time in preview mode you have all controls live (because you actually created an application) so for example you can scroll image lists.

To me it looked quite useful for UI layout prototyping although it is targeted for more: creation of simple apps.

  • This is not or no longer gratis. I has a monthly payment of at least 5 USD. Jan 5, 2022 at 14:00
  • @ThomasWeller – I wonder whether this unavailability in 2021 was a reason for down voting the answer written in 2014.
    – miroxlav
    Jan 6, 2022 at 19:40
  • Yes, I confess. I came here because I was looking for a gratis wireframe tool - I spent almost 30 minutes on it and it doesn't suit my needs. That's what I consider "not useful" and that's exactly what the downvote is supposed to indicate. Jan 6, 2022 at 20:10

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