PowerPoint for Web Mock-Ups
I had read a tip for web designers a few months back - Adobe Illustrator is good for creating mock-ups for a web apps. Well, I got another tip for all those short-cut hungry, time-savers out there - Use PowerPoint.
We had some 5 days left for submission of Project SpaceLock's architecture for Student2Business, and I had no idea how to show to my group, how the Web Interface would look like.
Enter Microsoft PowerPoint into the scene. All I did was layout the menus and a little background, that all, everything else was taken care by PowerPoint.
Don't believe me? have a look at the Mock-Ups yourself - http://www.slideshare.net/ideamonk/space-lock-web-ui
And then compare it to the finished user interface I did today -
Minor improvements are all that you will find. This is the first time I could complete a complete interface in just 4 hours, I usually take more that a day :O :P ;)
And guess what, mysteriously, I never had those famous nasty bugging IE6 design issues. It work's on a newly installed Windows XP too - http://spacelock.blogspot.com/2009/03/wow-that-worked-on-ie6-on-xp-too.html
The Lesson - Do look at PowerPoint too as an alternative for creating rapid prototypes and mocks for Web Interfaces.