Briefs is a new Mac app that allows designers to create interactive mockups of iOS apps. Developed by MartianCraft, Briefs can build iPhone and iPad app mockups without a single line of code. It looks like the ultimate tool for prototyping app ideas to clients and developers.
Different elements of an app can be assembled on the desktop and sent to the Briefscase iOS client via a shared WiFi network. From there, the mockup can be used like a real app on an iOS device.
Different screens of an app are called scenes, and each scene has multiple graphical elements, or actors. The Briefs Mac app assembles scenes in a device timeline for the iPhone or iPad, and the prototype, or stage, is created. For a thorough look at how everything works, make sure to check out MacStories’ review.
It’s pretty cool that designers can take image concepts and turn them into a semi-working app without opening Xcode. The Briefscase iOS client is free, but the Mac app runs $200. This is geared towards professionals who will probably make the cost of Briefs back after one gig.