10 Useful Applications For Freelance UX Designers
As a freelance UX designer, you are responsible for the different parts of your business. Starting by marketing yourself, capturing leads, making proposals and do the actual work. In this article, you will get introduced to 10 useful applications that you can use for your freelance UX projects. This web applications can be free or paid. Starting from marketing to sales and project management. Below you see a list of the 10 applications that i will introduce in this article.
- Positionly (improve website SEO)
- Insightly (CRM & Lead Management)
- Trello (To do lists & Mini Projects)
- Jira (Software Development Management)
- Axure (Wireframing & Prototyping)
- Sketch (Wireframing and Visual Designs)
- Marvelapp (Simple Prototyping & Design showcasing)
- Snagit (Making Screenshots)
- Dropbox (File storage)
- Keepass (Password Management)
Positionaly tells you how to gain more traffic, improve your rankings and leave the competition behind. This web application is easy to use and have the needed features to keep track of your rankings, improve and optimize your web pages for search engines and track back links of your competitors. It start with the price of $15 per month allowing you to manage multiple websites.
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Insightly is free and easy to use CRM/Project Management system for small businesses. It provides a lot of features to manage leads, opportunities and your sales related tasks. It can be integrated with other application such as Google Calendar, Dropbox, Google drive and much more. I mainly use this great application to manage leads, opportunities and tasks. One of the feature that I love is that I can sync my tasks with Google Calendar. You can use sign up for a free account.
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Trello is the free, flexible and visual way to organize anything with anyone. This great web applications allows you to make different boards, cards and actions you need to do. I mainly use Trello to put my ideas somewhere so I don’t forget them. I share boards with different team members and companies so we have a place to track ideas and to do lists. One of the great features is the ability to assign tasks to certain person and due dates.
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Jira is software development tool used by Agile teams. It allows you to create different projects and manage them. You can have different boards using Scrum or Kanban to solve issues. I mainly use Jira for all of my projects weather I do design or do the design design and development of a website. Jira allows me to be on the same line as developers with any team and share the vision and planning.
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Axure is a wireframing/prototyping tool. It allows you to create complex prototypes without any coding. What I really like about Axure is the ability to export to HTML files. I use this application mainly for creating wireframes and complex prototypes.
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Sketch gives you the power, flexibility and speed you always wanted in a lightweight and easy-to-use package. Finally you can focus on what you do best: Design. Its is a light application allowing you to create wireframe and visual designs. What I really like about Sketch is the fact that I can easily work on Responsive projects. I can have different window views open in the same document without having any performance issues. Further more its vector based which makes modifying sizes much easier without losing any quality.
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Marvel is a free mobile and web prototyping application. It allows you to have different projects where you can upload images and link them together using hotspots. I use this software to show my clients the designed interfaces and ask different them and team members to give me feedback. I use if for simple interactions and links between the pages. This application is similar to Invisionapp but its free.
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Snagit captures screens. Sometimes words aren’t enough. Use images to show people exactly what you’re seeing. Snagit gives you an easy way to quickly provide better feedback, create clear documentation, and change the way you work together.I use Snagit to visualize bug reporting and interface and interaction issues.
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Dropbox allows you to get to your files from anymore on any device and share them with anyone. I use it for my freelance business where I can share certain folders with certain clients and team members.
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KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. I use KeePass to save my passwords and reuse them where ever i need them.
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Do you know other useful free/paid web applications that you use as a freelance UX designer? Please share your thoughts below in the comments section.