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Free Prototype Design Tools


Here’s some great free prototype design tools:

AXure RP

An Interactive Wireframe Software and Mockup Tool.

Axure RP gives you the wireframing, prototyping and specification tools needed to make informed design choices, persuade any skeptics, get your design built to spec… and maybe win a few fans along the way. Choose the Standard edition for prototyping or go Pro to add documentation and collaboration features.

Axure RP 是一个专业的快速原型设计工具。Axure(发音:Ack-sure),代表美国Axure公司;RP则是Rapid Prototyping(快速原型)的缩写。

Axure RP是美国Axure Software Solution公司旗舰产品,是一个专业的快速原型设计工具,让负责定义需求和规格、设计功能和界面的专家能够快速创建应用软件或Web网站的线框图、流程图、原型和规格说明文档。作为专业的原型设计工具,它能快速、高效的创建原型,同时支持多人协作设计和版本控制管理。


Origami is a free design prototyping with Quartz Composer — created by the Facebook Design team—that makes interactive design prototyping easy and doesn’t require programming.

Swift - the New iOS Language

Apple’s top secret Swift language grew from work to sustain Objective-C, which it now aims to replace

Feature By Daniel Eran Dilger

Work on Swift—Apple’s surprise new programming language unveiled at WWDC—started development four years ago in conjunction with efforts to keep Objective-C relevant. Swift now aims to quickly replace Objective-C for modern Cocoa development on iOS and OS X.


Rather than being an entirely new “beta” idea, work on Swift started in the summer of 2010, according to the new language’s originator Chris Lattner (below), who has worked at Apple since 2005. Lattner is probably best known for LLVM, the Low Level Virtual Machine compiler infrastructure project with a wyvern dragon mascot (above).

LLVM: A new compiler for Objective-C

LLVM originated as Lattner’s research project while a student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2000. It was first publicly released as version 1.0 in 2003. In 2004, Lattner was a summer intern at Microsoft Research, where he worked on the Phoenix complier infrastructure, working to allow LLVM to compile and run .NET code.

Chris Lattner

Lattner caught the attention of Apple after posting questions about Objective-C to the company’s objc-language mailing list. Apple in turn began contributing to Lattner’s LLVM open source project in 2005 and subsequently hired Lattner and began funding his work.

In 2007, the LLVM project released Clang, a front end code parser for Objective-C/C/C++ aimed to provide fast compiling with low memory use, expressive diagnostics, a modular library-based architecture, and tight integration within an IDE such as Apple’s Xcode.






How to Extract Strings From Source Codes?

I’d developed a simple online tool (Using Node.JS) to extract Chinese strings and merge translations automatically before, in a global mail project.

The tool doesn’t care about the source languages. it extracts non-ascii line-based strings, skipping something else - such as HTML codes.

It’s a simple aid tool only, not much time to improve.

I’m always searching open source tools to extract strings from all kinds of source codes, but it seems no such a stuff.

Last month, I found one: the highlightjs!

Yes, it knows lots of programming languages - that’s what I’m looking for.