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Handcraft

Web Based Prototype Designer


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Published 02/24/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Handcraft is a collaborative prototyping tool for HTML, JavaScript and CSS prototypes. Users can design within their browser without installing any third party software. Each prototype can be constructed with functioning interactive elements, such as error messages, alternate designs and state changes. Sharing tools are built in so users can work together with a team or coworker. Each prototype is accessible at the user’s chosen Handcraft URL and can be protected by passwords to avoid unauthorized viewing. Users can apply or markup to reduce the amount of copy and pasting required. The user’s work is automatically backed up with a change history so the user doesn’t have to save and organize versions. The application makes it easier for users to show clients and colleagues their ideas in a practical format.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Handcraft isn’t widely discussed on the web, but it has received some positive attention from users. Many appreciate the convenient web based design. Others note the features as the application’s strong point. The text editor, for example, contains additional functions including an auto complete feature along with a powerful file management system. The application takes some time to get used to, but once the user becomes accustomed to it there are many ways they can benefit.

What are the differences to other apps?

Handcraft has put together a collection of tools that cater to designers. Users can create functional prototypes that utilize a variety of convenient features that can make life much easier for the designer (once they learn how to fully utilize the application). The application is also equipped with handy sharing tools so users can work together on projects without trying to send files by email. The application doesn’t differ much from other, similar applications, but does provide an appealing collection of features.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Handcraft offers a clean, professional interface that favors lighter hues. The design is very basic and gives the user everything they need with nothing to get in the way. For the most part, Handcraft adopts a modern appearance although it borders on looking a bit plain and unremarkable. Of course many could argue that graphics and design elements are not really important for this type of application. The focus should remain on the user’s prototype.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can try Handcraft by clicking the dark blue “Start 30 Day Free Trial” button found along the left hand side of the homepage. The registration form on the following page asks for a full name, email address and password. A note advises the user that they are automatically agreeing to the terms of service by submitting the form. Those that continue are automatically logged in and can begin testing Handcraft out.

What does it cost to use the application?

The free trial version of Handcraft includes one prototype, access for two users and up to 1 MB of storage space. Users can continue the free trial indefinitely. The 30 day free trial provides the user with access to the paid membership. The paid version costs $19 per month and includes up to five prototypes, access for five users, up to 100 MBs of storage space, archiving, client sign in access and change histories.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Handcraft is an inexpensive solution for designers. Users can create functional prototypes and share them with clients online. The service isn’t costly, but is rather limiting. Users who create more than five prototypes or have larger teams may find that Handcraft is too restrictive compared to alternative applications. Unless the team or company plans to purchase multiple accounts, then they might want to look elsewhere. For others, the service is very affordable and convenient.

  • Free and paid membership options are available
  • HTML, CSS and JavaScript prototypes can be created
  • Edit history is automatically backed up (paid memberships only)
  • Passwords can be added to prototypes for better security
  • Prototypes can be designed in a web browser


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FREE - Permanently free version
Most expensive plan (per month) : $19.00
Free storage space (mb): 1

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