February 17, 2014

Flinto – Lightning Fast iOS Prototyping

Most developers understand the value of creating prototypes. However, that value is greatly diminished when a person spends too much time working on a single mockup or when the prototype itself is too far removed from the final outcome of a project. Flinto is an iOS prototyping tool that walks the fine line between speed and realism.

If you’ve built prototypes before, then Flinto’s interface shouldn’t offer many surprises. Create your prototype by linking multiple screens together and setting up transitions. Flinto’s tools make this process as fast and easy as possible. Rather than providing you with complicated design tools, Flinto offers a straightforward solution. Add high-fidelity mockups or rough sketches, and then replace those sketches as you make your way through the prototype. Make your prototypes interactive by linking various screens together. Quickly create links using Flinto’s LinkSnap tool. Hold the option key while hovering your mouse over your sketch, and Flinto will automatically draw a link on your image.

When your prototype is ready, test your app’s interface on your own iOS device. Prototypes install on your home screen—each with their own icons—and you can share those prototypes with others by sending a secure URL directly from the Flinto editor. The prototypes you create will function on all iOS devices in landscape or portrait modes.

Practical Uses:

  • Develop interactive prototypes for any iOS device
  • Collaborate with colleagues when working on an important prototype
  • Track who has viewed your prototype and revoke access at any time
  • Create custom icons for your iOS apps

Insider Tips:

  • Upload screens by dragging them onto the editor window
  • Install links can be tracked and revoked after they’ve been sent
  • “Slicers” are a great way to simulate fixed areas on an app
  • Add a password to your prototype

What we liked:

  • People can install prototypes on their own devices
  • The prototyping index page can be filtered by device, creator, or team
  • LinkSnap is a very fast way to create links on a prototype
  • Prototypes made with Flinto function in landscape or portrait orientation

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2013
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Nathan Manousos and Kazuho Okui
  • Web site:


  • $10 per month for individuals
  • $25 per member, per month for teams

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