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Best UX Tools: Top 10 Software UX designers use in 2022

Best UX Tools: Top 10 Software UX designers use in 2022

Find out the industry-standard tools and software the best UX designers use to design better User Experiences

October 3, 2022 by Jonas Kurzweg

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Thomas Carlyle said it best: “Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools, he’s nothing; with tools he is all.

UX tools have a life-changing impact on your professional life as a mobile or web product designer.

Choose the wrong ones, and your work — and the fun that comes with it — will suffer. After talking to some of the top UX designers, we've compiled this list of the best tools for UX designers. Let’s take a deep dive into it.

Best UX design tools and software list

  1. Balsamiq

  2. Adobe XD

  3. Figma

  4. Sketch

  5. UXCam App Analytics

  6. UserTesting

  7. Applause

  8. Overflow

  9. FlowMapp

  10. UXCam Screen Flow

Contents

    How To Choose the Right UX Tool

    We found four key aspects that matter when choosing the right User Experience (UX) tool:

    1. Usefulness: How well does the tool solve your problem?

    2. Usability: Is the tool easy to use on a day-to-day basis?

    3. Collaboration: Is it easy to share your work with others?

    4. Integration: Are there any integrations with other tools? Does it make the transition between design phases easy?

    If you find a tool that exceeds your expectations in all of those four aspects — congratulations; never let it go!

    Our advice: You aren’t on your own. Keep in mind that other colleagues will also use your toolkit… and you’ll need to share your work with them.

    After all, don’t you show wireframes, prototypes, user flows, and testing results to stakeholders on a regular basis?

    Best Wireframing & Prototyping UX Design Tools

    Amateurs often confuse wireframes and prototypes.

    Here’s a quick explanation:

    Wireframes are low-fidelity, roughly sketched-out frameworks of a digital product. A good wireframe has as little details as possible. Its purpose is to define the structure of the product.

    Prototypes are high-fidelity and detailed representations of the final product. They are not coded yet, but you can click through them and even test them out on users.

    Balsamiq

    Balsamiq UX Tool Wireframe

    Balsamiq is an amazing wireframe tool that’s focused on low-fidelity.

    Balsamiq has consciously chosen a hand-drawn and cartoonist style of displaying elements. This takes the complexity out of the design and forces you to focus on the placement of elements. You won’t get the chance to “accidentally” create a full-fledged mock-up.

    Availability: Web (cloud) / Windows / macOS

    Pricing: Starts at $9/month

    User Ratings G2: 4.2/5 (474+ reviews) Capterra: 4.4/5 (338+ reviews)

    Adobe XD

    Adobe XD Prototyping UX Tool

    XD is Adobe’s flagship UX tool.

    We’ve seen its great evolution in the last few years. Nowadays, it boasts a decent collaboration feature that lets you share documents and work collaboratively.

    XD is a solid prototyping tool that allows you to create elements and then generate animated transitions (microinteractions) with said elements.

    A big drawback as of today: Your colleagues and you can’t simultaneously work on the same document.

    Availability: Windows / macOS

    Pricing: Paid plans start at 9.99$ per month, per user. XD has a generous free plan

    User Ratings G2: 4.3/5 (352+ reviews) Capterra: 4.6/5 (783+ reviews)

    Figma

    Figma Prototyping Tool

    Figma is a collaborative prototyping tool.

    The best thing about Figma is the ability to co-edit live with your colleagues. Besides that, the tool has a nice interface that allows for the insertion of elements, animations and code in order to create high-fidelity prototypes.

    Availability: Windows / macOS. Figma also offers a mobile app to mirror prototypes

    Pricing: Starts at $12 per editor, per month

    User Ratings G2: 4.6/5 (534+ reviews) Capterra: 4.7/5 (396+ reviews)

    Sketch

    Sketch UX Tool

    Sketch is the OG of element-based digital design.

    Its gain in market share was one of the reasons that Adobe released XD.

    Sketch has a clean and easy-to-use interface that’ll make it easy for you to create nice-looking mock-ups. Collaboration is an issue though — especially since Sketch works on macOS only.

    If you’d like to know more, see this in-depth comparison between Adobe XD and Sketch.

    Availability: macOS only

    Pricing: Starts at $99/year

    User Ratings G2: 4.5/5 (1149+ reviews) Capterra: 4.7/5 (680+ reviews)


    You may also like: How To Do a UX Competitor Analysis for Your Mobile App (plus FREE Template!)


    Best Usability Testing UX Tools

    So you created an awesome prototype. Developers have started to work on it and you’re ready to move on.

    But wait — before you spend too much time coming up with new designs, validate your first ones by doing usability testing.

    UXCam App Analytics

    UXCam App Analytics

    UXCam is a qualitative analytics solution for mobile apps that lets you get a deep understanding of user behavior.

    UXCam’s Session Recording capabilities allow you to easily see how real users navigate through your app.

    session video recording

    Session video recording of user behavior

    Sessions can be easily shared even with people that don’t have access to UXCam. The advanced filter system lets you find useful sessions lightning fast.

    UXCam’s integration requires two lines of code and takes less than five minutes.

    UXCam Mobile Analytics

    What customers say about UXCam

    Something to keep in mind is that you will not be able to conduct interviews on UXCam due to its nature of gathering and observing real-usage data. Instead of testing the usability, you get to see how good it actually is.

    Availability: Web / Windows / macOS. Dedicated to mobile apps only.

    Pricing: Upon request

    User Ratings G2: 4.8/5 (96+ reviews) Capterra: 4.6/5 (22+ reviews)

    Try UXCam for FREE now — with 100,000 free monthly sessions and unlimited features.

    UserTesting

    UserTesting

    UserTesting didn’t get the creative juices flowing when coming up with the company name, but the platform is great for finding suited candidates to test new designs on. You can talk with users while they engage with your work.

    Availability: Web / Windows / macOS

    Pricing: Upon request

    User Ratings G2: 4.5/5 (565+ reviews) Capterra: 4.5/5 (99+ reviews)

    Applause

    Applause Usability testing

    Applause is another platform to source usability testing participants.

    As a premium player on the market, it takes a hands-on approach and provides you with a qualified UX expert to help you with your usability study.

    Availability: Web

    Pricing: Upon request

    User Ratings G2: 4.4/5 (44+ reviews) Capterra: N/A

    Best Flowchart User Experience Tools

    Mapping out and keeping track of your product flowchart, also known as user flow, is one of your core responsibilities as a UX designer.

    Therefore, the tool you use for this purpose is crucial. You can use one of the above-mentioned UX tools for this, but it’ll be hard to keep track of them. Consider the options below!

    Overflow

    Overflow UX Tools

    Overflow is a user flow solution that integrates with Sketch, Figma and XD. It lets you impact designs from those tools, add device skins and rearrange them. Then you can connect and annotate them.

    Availability: Web

    Pricing: Starts at $15 per month, per person

    User Ratings G2: 4.2/5 (9+ reviews) Capterra: N/A

    FlowMapp

    FlowMapp User Flow

    FlowMapp offers a low-fidelity, wireframe-style approach to mapping user flows. With it you can build simple diagrams through shapes, lines and icons.

    Availability: Web

    Pricing: Starts at $15 per month

    User Ratings G2: 4.7/5 (73+ reviews) Capterra: 4.7/5 (37+ reviews)

    UXCam Screen Flow

    Screen Flow

    Who doesn’t need a reality check? You may think that users flow through your app in a certain way, but what are they actually doing? You can easily find out with UXCam’s Screen Flow feature.

    Availability: Web / Windows / macOS. Dedicated to mobile apps only.

    Pricing: Upon request

    User Ratings G2: 4.8/5 (96+ reviews) Capterra: 4.6/5 (22+ reviews)

    Try UXCam for FREE — with 100,000 free monthly sessions and unlimited features.

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    That concludes our list of the best UX design software!

    FAQ

    What are UX tools?

    UX Tools help you through the different stages of the design process: User Research – Wireframing – Prototyping – Optimization (There are more stages, but these are the “must-dos”).

    Which software is best for UX Design?

    The job of a UX Designer is complex, therefore the one best software doesn’t exist.

    It depends on the stage of the design process and your individual needs.

    However, here’s my personal preference:

    1. Wireframing: Balsamiq
    2. Prototyping: Figma
    3. User Testing: UXCam
    4. Flowcharts: Overflow

    Why should I use UX tools?

    UX Design is a practice that depends on the utilization of tools and frameworks – be it offline or online.

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    Jonas Kurzweg
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    Jonas Kurzweg

    UX, marketing & product nerd. Coffee enthusiast. Working at UXCam. Leave me comments if you have any!

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