Axure’s New Web Application Modeling Tool First To Add Features For Prototyping AJAX & Other Rich Internet Applications

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Axure RP Pro 4 makes it faster and easier to create wireframes, prototypes, and specifications for current and next-generation web applications.

Axure Software Solutions today announced the release of Axure RP Pro 4, the latest version of its popular web application prototyping tool. Axure RP Pro 4 is the first modeling tool on the market to allow easy prototyping of AJAX or other Rich Internet Applications (RIA). RIAs can deliver a much more interactive and engaging user experience and are quickly becoming the standard for next generation web applications.

Using a simple drag-and-drop interface and easy-to-use features for defining functionality, Axure RP Pro 4 allows business analysts, information architects, product managers and others to quickly create wireframes, prototypes, and specifications for current and next generation web applications.

The new version of Axure RP Pro also includes numerous usability enhancements and performance optimizations that make it possible to design and create web application prototypes and specifications faster and easier than ever before. Priced at $589 per license, Axure RP Pro 4 not only offers features and functionality that outperform other prototyping programs but also does so at a fraction of the cost of other tools.

“I have been designing Fortune 500 sites for 15 years and this is the fastest and most effective tool I have yet used to rapid prototype and capture functional specifications in an orderly way,” said Christopher Gierlich, Senior User Experience Strategist, Wunderman Interactive.

A sample of key features added to Axure RP Pro 4 include:

-- AJAX / Rich Internet Application Design: Axure RP Pro 4 includes the Dynamic Panel widget, which in combination with advanced interaction functionality, let’s users prototype next generation applications.

-- New Widgets: Axure RP Pro now includes a Button Shape widget for easily creating commonly used buttons, an Image Map Region for creating interactive regions over images, an Inline Frame for prototyping frames, and a Dynamic Panel for designing dynamic interface elements from rollover buttons to tabs.

-- MouseEnter and MouseOut Support: Axure RP Pro now allows users to build prototypes that respond to MouseEnter and MouseOut events. Axure RP Pro is the only tool of its type to include this valuable feature.

-- Enhanced Masters: Change one Master and that change is reflected throughout the design. Now Masters can be nested within other Masters, enabling faster updates and easier reuse of design elements. A new interface has also been included for the easy organization and management of Masters.

-- Custom Widgets: Axure RP Pro now allows designers to create custom widgets (composed of one or more built-in widgets) for more rapid wireframe design.

-- CSV Report Generator: Now users can export specification data to CSV format for viewing in Excel or importing into other requirements management tools.

“For this latest version of Axure RP Pro we really focused on performance, usability and new features that allow prototyping of next-generation applications,” said Victor Hsu, president of Axure Software Solutions. “Most web applications today don’t take advantage of AJAX or RIA functionality, but they will. We wanted to get there before our customers do.”

Axure RP Pro 4 is available for download at http://www.axure.com. For more information on Axure products and licensing visit Axure’s web site or e-mail Axure Software Solutions at sales-at-axure.com.

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