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Axure RP

Axure RP Pro
Developer(s) Axure Software Solutions
Stable release (PC), (Mac) / April 20, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-04-20)
Development status Active
Operating system Microsoft Windows XP, Mac OS X

Axure RP Pro is a wireframing, rapid prototyping, and specification software tool aimed at web and desktop applications. It offers capabilities typically found in diagramming tools like drag and drop placement,[1] resizing, and formatting of widgets. In addition, it has features for annotating widgets and defining interactions such as linking, conditional linking, simulating tab controls, show/hide element etc. There is support for medium-fidelity simulation of Rich Internet Applications.[2] Axure RP can then generate HTML prototypes and Microsoft Word specifications from the diagrams.

The Axure RP Pro application window is divided into 6 main areas:

  • sitemap - a hierarchical list of pages
  • widgets
  • masters (templates, or reusable collections of widgets)
  • page area - the main design area
  • page notes and interactions
  • widget annotations and interactions

Widgets available include:

  • wireframe: image, text panel, hyperlink, rectangle, table, line (horizontal/vertical), menu (horizontal/vertical), tree
  • form controls: button (various shapes, including tab buttons), text field, text area, drop-down list, list box, checkbox, radio button, image map region
  • placeholder, inline frame, dynamic panel (used to achieve interactivity)

Other widgets can be simulated by combining existing widgets and assigning specific actions to events such as OnClick, OnMouseOver and OnMouseOut. For example, dynamic panels can have a number of states, each state being activated by clicking on an element such as a tab button, list-box item, or action button. For tabs, this allows constructing a tab control.[3]


  • April 18, 2012, Axure RP 6.5 [4]
  • June 29, 2011, Axure RP 6.0 (for Mac)[5]
  • April 6, 2010, Axure RP 5.6 (for Mac)[6]
  • August 24, 2009, Axure RP Pro 5.6 (for PC)[7]
  • February 24, 2009, Axure RP Pro 5.5[8]
  • October 15, 2008, Axure RP Pro 5.1[9]
  • April 21, 2008, Axure RP Pro 5[10]
  • July 2, 2007, Axure RP Pro 4.6[11]
  • March 6, 2006, Axure RP Pro 4[12]


External links

  • Axure RP Pro website
  • Axure for Mac blog website
  • Visio Replacement? You Be The Judge - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
  • Example of rapid prototyping made in Axure RP (In Portuguese)
  • How to make a Sketch with Axure RP 6 (In French)
  • Games in Axure RP Pro
  • Axure RP Tutorials (In Polish)
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