As an Axure software trainer, I can't tell you how many times I've been in the middle of a group training when an advanced user tells me "I didn't know about that, that one tip was worth my whole day."
The user in the quote above is the one "sitting in" while the rest of his group gets trained. That user often has created very advanced prototypes with repeaters, math, local variables and functions. But like most users, he learned Axure on his own. He stumbled through it with trial and error, getting things done as quickly as possible while on the job. After a while, he got addicted to the instant gratification Axure prototypes provide, and probably spent many a long hour "perfecting" his prototypes and digging deeper into more advanced prototyping features.
If this is anything like you and/or your team, read on.
There is nothing wrong with learning Axure this way. The best learning happens when motivated by deadlines and real-world projects. But often the big picture is missed: Axure is not just a design program, it's a system of features that when used together in the right ways, based on the company, project, and team, can work seamlessly, beautifully, and efficiently to create something amazing. But it can also be used in the wrong ways, causing inefficiencies, confusion, and missed opportunities without even knowing it.
Here are the top 5 things intermediate to advanced Axure users get out of our training classes:
1. Prototyping Process
Understanding a prototyping tool starts with understanding prototyping itself. What it is, what it isn't, and how it should fit into a user-centered product design process.
2. Standardizing the Work
Axure is well known for its capabilities to mimic sophisticated functionality in the browser. But perhaps more important are its features that standardize across pages and even files. Used alone or in combination, styles, widget libraries, masters, import/export, and other features create the efficiencies that stretch Axure and your team's design capabilities (and time) to the max.
3. Lesser-known Features
Some features of Axure just aren't as obvious as others. But knowing them can take your prototypes to the next level and same you a TON of time.
4. Workflow Tips
While we are an approved Axure trainer, we don't work for Axure. We love the program, but it's not perfect. We are honest about what parts of the tool are best used, and what parts need some work-arounds. We share our best tips on how we use Axure after getting to know it for 10 years.
5. Working in Teams
Even if you are a design team of one, it may not always be that way. Teams need tools to help them collaborate and a workflow for sharing assets, guidelines, and files. Combining standardizing features, proper process, and team project tools make this all possible.
Written by Alexis Antonelli Morris.