Fastest Way to Create Mobile Site Mockups?

by rmx
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What is the quickest and easiest way to create mobile site mockups?

Thanks, RMX
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr Dan
    Im no expert in this but I love to use snagit to do any and all mockups. It is super fast and easy to use.

    Plus they have a 30 day free trial. Made by the same guys who make camtasia.

    I use snagit daily for many things and love it!

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    • Profile picture of the author ronr
      Thanks Dan I have Snagit.

      Can you tell me a little more how you are using it? Just grabbing a few screen shots from their website and putting them together?

      Ron


      Originally Posted by Dr Dan View Post

      Im no expert in this but I love to use snagit to do any and all mockups. It is super fast and easy to use.

      Plus they have a 30 day free trial. Made by the same guys who make camtasia.

      I use snagit daily for many things and love it!

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  • Profile picture of the author redlegrich
    If you use Quentin's mobile script you can do a fully operating site in maybe 15 minutes. Once I got a format down it goes really fast. So you don't even have to do a mock-up, you do a fully operating site in barely a few more minutes than a mock up. Check out his WSO, it's well priced and even if your HTML skills are very basic you'll still have it done in no time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr Dan
    Yes.

    You can just create a blank page on snagit

    then copy sections of the screenshots you got from their site

    then paste them on the blank canvas

    as long as you save as a snagit file and not jpg etc, then you can move thing around the page still.

    I create mockups in minutes using it.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Simple.

    Use an iphone emulator such as the one over at iBBDemo2 - Cross Platform iPad and iPhone Simulator
    This is the best one I have found so far.

    Load up their current site in the emulator and take a screenshot of the phone using snagit. Create a simple mockup template of what their mobile website could look like, once again load that into the emulator and take a screen shot of that.

    You now have two different images to show them... a before and after.

    In terms of creating those mockup sites quickly and easily I just use templates... makes things much faster. Another idea is to just create ONE mockup site per industry. So create one demo mobile site for restaurants. That way you don't need to create a new site for each and every restaurant you visit.
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    • Profile picture of the author rmx
      Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

      FYI

      I tried installing the iphone emulator below but it doesn't want to install. I keep getting a error something like "the installer is damaged. Try getting a new one. "

      I tried downloading it it several times. Maybe it doesn't work anymore.

      This one seems to be pretty close to what I see on my iphone.

      http://www.opera.com/mobile/demo/

      RMX




      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Simple.

      Use an iphone emulator such as the one over at iBBDemo2 - Cross Platform iPad and iPhone Simulator
      This is the best one I have found so far.

      Load up their current site in the emulator and take a screenshot of the phone using snagit. Create a simple mockup template of what their mobile website could look like, once again load that into the emulator and take a screen shot of that.

      You now have two different images to show them... a before and after.

      In terms of creating those mockup sites quickly and easily I just use templates... makes things much faster. Another idea is to just create ONE mockup site per industry. So create one demo mobile site for restaurants. That way you don't need to create a new site for each and every restaurant you visit.
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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by rmx View Post

        Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

        FYI

        I tried installing the iphone emulator below but it doesn't want to install. I keep getting a error something like "the installer is damaged. Try getting a new one. "

        I tried downloading it it several times. Maybe it doesn't work anymore.

        This one seems to be pretty close to what I see on my iphone.

        Opera Mini simulator

        RMX
        No sure what is going on there. You can also just use a website like http://iphonetester.com if you like. I prefer to use some type of emulator/software program if I can.

        Here is another one you might want to try. It is also free: Mobilizer

        The great thing about that emulator is you can view the site on multiple devices and also save png screenshots right from the software.

        A great little piece of kit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ehsan_am
    I would just buy a couple mobile wordpress themes and just change the header and logo every time I need to show a mock up to a business owner.
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  • Profile picture of the author mjbmedia
    the quickest and easiest way is to outsource it to someone else while you're then out winning your next client
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    I just make a mockup of their first page in a few minutes to show them. I use our script etc to do this.

    Q
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrian John
    I also use Quentin's script for the mock-ups.My best investment so far

    Usually i take little time to make an custom page for them cause first impression really counts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wise
    I bought WillR's mobile course and use the template to create a quick mock up site
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr Dan
    You might also try just using a pencil or crayolas.

    I am thinking of having my 2 year old Bodhi draw up a few sites to really stand out!

    What do you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author WReynolds
    There are some good providers out there that will do mock ups very cheaply - leaves you time to continue growing your business.

    Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Virtue
      Originally Posted by WReynolds View Post

      There are some good providers out there that will do mock ups very cheaply - leaves you time to continue growing your business.

      Bill
      Hi Bill,

      Paying someone to create a mockup site is a bad choice as it's just going to cut into your profits and leave less in your pocket. What if the client hates the mockup version or isn't interested at all in a mobile site? Then you've wasted your money on something that is useless to you. A mockup site only needs to be one page, why would you want to create more upfront expenses not knowing if you'll even get the business to bite? For example, you pay for 10 mockup sites, only 3 businesses are interested....you've wasted your money on 7 mockup sites that are worthless to you. If you create a quick mockup site yourself at least the only thing you're investing is a few minutes of your time if the business isn't interested.

      -Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author bonn
    Originally Posted by rmx View Post

    What is the quickest and easiest way to create mobile site mockups?

    Thanks, RMX

    OLD thread *edit* not old haha... just a long time member 2007 *edit* - but i would suggest trying our mobile site builder platform. You can build mobile sites, view them in our emulator instantly and load them up on your device to preview them free for 4 days.

    Access to the platform is free, so you can build as many mobile sites using the builder tools as you'd like. You'll just have to pay to keep pages active after the 4th day. Just enough time to show off what you built to your customer.

    Oh by the way - snag it was a great tool until windows 7 came out with their native snip tool... I cant tell you how much i use that damn thing hahah! ALOT!

    im always snipping stuff out of PDFs and stills from videos etc. And then throwing them up on the mobile sites.

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