Evolus

Pencil Project


4.5 / 5
15 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Developers who are looking to build mockups and prototypes of mobile and desktop apps.


Average Ratings

15 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 3.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    No
  • Support
    Not Offered

Vendor Details

  • Evolus
  • evolus.vn
  • Viet Nam

About Pencil Project

Open-source GUI prototyping tool based on the Mozilla platform that can be used to create site wireframes and mockups.


Pencil Project Features

  • Collaboration
  • Data Import / Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Flowchart
  • Mind Map
  • Organizational Charting
  • Templates
  • Collaboration
  • Diagramming
  • Drag & Drop
  • Organizational Charting
  • Process Mapping
  • Revision Management
  • Templates
  • Text to Chart
  • Animation
  • Collaboration
  • Drag & Drop
  • Software Prototyping
  • Templates
  • UI Prototyping
  • Usability Testing
  • UX Prototyping
  • Version Control
  • Animation
  • For Mobile
  • For Websites
  • Heatmaps
  • Prototyping
  • Screen Activity Recording
  • Unmoderated Testing
  • Usability Testing
  • User Journeys
  • User Research
  • Collaboration
  • Desktop Interface
  • Drag & Drop
  • Feedback Management
  • Interactive Elements
  • Mobile Interface
  • Mockup Creation
  • Page Linking
  • Presentation Tools
  • Prototype Creation
  • Revision History
  • Screen Capture
  • Wireframe Creation

Pencil Project Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Perfect mockup and wireframe tool

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: * Shocked that I'd never encountered this tool before as I've gone on numerous googlefu missions in search of the better mockup/wireframe app. Lucid Chart, Balsamiq, Fluid, and a half dozen more that were unremarkable.

* No issues with fonts, no crashes, speedy on my 2017 Macbook Pro, and overall a speedy easy to use desktop application. Much better than any Electron based app.

* Installed design kits for Sketchy UI, Material design (mobile and desktop), Bootstrap, Gnome3 widgets, GTK widgets, a lovely blue Generic Wireframe, and both Android and iOS wireframe design kits.

* Super easy to use. Prototyped a login page, semi-complex main interface, and two secondary pages in about 20 minutes.

* Exports PNG, PDF, SVG, ODT, and single web page. Zeor issues with the export formats and I tested all of them.

* I found it to be the perfect tool.

Cons: * Nothing. I have zero complaints and still surprised that such a high quality open source tool has flown under the radar for so long.

Overall: * Used it to mock up a web applications, several are rather complex and have between 15-45 pages.

* Currently using it to mock up a massive CMS project.

* It really is a fantastic tool. Very intuitive if you've use any type of mockup/wireframe tool.

Capterra loader

Create flowcharts, mockups and interfaces quickly and easily

Jul 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Pencil project is an Open Source software with multiplatform support

It has an important library of shapes for the creation of models and interfaces, with the look and feel of the most popular systems and platforms such as Android, IOS and Windows.

It has extensions to be worked from the web browser Mozilla Firefox

allows linking between the sheets of a project to optimally simulate the browsing experience between the screens of the model

Cons: As graphical elements are inserted in the multiple sheets of the documents tends to put the software slower

Capterra loader

One of the best mockup tools around

Apr 21, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Not the most feature-rich or easiest mockup tool around, but boy does it make up for it by being open source. No free trials or elapsed subscriptions, no budget approvals, no limitations on the number of mockups or the people you can share it with. Just download, install and do mockups.

Cons: Could be easier to use and it should be able to hook up to a more extensive online shapes library. But honestly, if you need more then graduate to other apps. Just know that whatever you do in Pencil will always be accessible.

Excellent tool for product managers

Mar 12, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: - Easy to use

- Most of the required functionality with no fluff for developing wireframes

- Does not impose the design-related overhead that many product managers do not want to deal with

- Provides incredibly functional clickable wireframes for having meaningful discussions with designers and engineers

Cons: - Little quirks that have not ironed out yet

- Feels like the project has died -- which is a real pity. It was right on target for the group of product who want to develop clarity about the the product usage without getting bogged down by complex design tools.

Overall: Phenomenal. I wish the project was alive and improving. I am not familiar with any other tool that quite fits this space so well.

Capterra loader

Great, free way to generate quick UI mockups

May 07, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This product is free and available on many different operating systems (Mac, Windows, Linux). It has a short learning curve and is very easy to get up to speed with.

Cons: It does feel a bit dated now for iOS application mockups. The latest stencils/templates are from ~2013 so the iOS designs are dated. Also the Windows templates are old as well.

Overall: If you need to get a quick UI design out, this is a good option. However, it has not been kept up to date since 2013 so the mockups are not up to date with the latest UI trends. You will not want to share your mockups with a customer, but can be used to spread ideas internally.

Capterra loader

I used it in order to design templates and my experience was positive. Its very easy to use.

Jun 26, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very intuitive. Great variety of icons. I don need to know about sistems development in order to working with it.

Cons: I think that its not easy to download. I couldn´t download my work in another format like .pdf or .jpg.

Overall: To learn about sistems design. To make templates and mockups for my tecnology project. To express graphically process in a sistem.

Easy for design

Mar 11, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Pencil is easy to use and allows me to design new screens and websites simply. It's perfect for creating mock-ups. It's quick, easy, and gets the job done.

Cons: Pencil is a little limited in what you can add to your mock-up. They have some great options, but sometimes you wish they had more to offer.

Overall: I love using Pencil for the initial mock-up of a project. I can work quickly, and get the printout to all of my coworkers for input.

Drawing Tool

Mar 06, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: * Easy to access.

* Users can draw any UML diagrams through this tool.

* User can save as a PDF, JPG likewise.

* Have many shapes, arrows in pencil project.

Cons: There are no any cons about pencil project, still I found.

Overall: I use pencil project for create all diagrams for my education. It is a wonderful tool for drawing.

Great open source, lightweight mockup tool

Nov 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: * Great interoperability by exporting to pdf

* Same functions I would have with draw.io or omni tools

* Solid desktop app

Cons: You get what you pay for with the free app. Not much for customer support or trainings. Best for those who have used mind mapping, org charts or other diagramming tools before.

The Best software for drawing diagrams.

Sep 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
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Pros: * It can use to create flow charts, er diagrams and other design parts of projects.

* Easy to use.

* Can get printouts of diagrams through this tool.

Cons: * i have no any cons about the pencil project.

Overall: I use this tool to create diagrams for my office works.

Capterra loader

For making quick mockups

Jan 14, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: As a coder I'm always on the lookout for time saving tools. After running into Pencil a few months ago my search for a mockup maker is complete. As with most free software, the instructions are a bit unclear. But, after a bit of a leaning curve I fell right into using Pencil for nearly all my mockups. It's a great piece of software.

Cons: A bit of a challenge to setup and get a feel for Pencil's capabilities. But, that bit of time is nothing compared to the time saved using this software.

Capterra loader

Excellent product to create flow charts when programming. or imply the functioning of something.

Jul 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ease with which this tool can be used offers impressive results and in a very friendly way. You do not have to be an expert to use it, you just have to be clear about what you want to do and the tool makes everything easy for you.

Cons: I have no problems for this product as it is the perfect tool for flow charts. It is very easy to use.

Overall: Speed when starting my personal and professional projects.

Speed when building flow diagrams.

Capterra loader

Interesting mock up maker

Dec 19, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Simple program that everyone can start to use it immediately. Clip-art database. Some interesting options. Optional personal shapes library.

Cons: Horrible font management. Slow in general. Only basic export options. User interface needs redesign.

Overall: Interesting mock up maker for web and smartphone applications design.

good tgool

Mar 31, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: it is free and easy to use very good very very good

Cons: to many steps to download

it is free and easy to use very good very very good

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good

it is free and easy to use very good very very good

Good drawing/designing tool for mock up design

Feb 23, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is very good and useful software with a lot of design options and features. You can change a lot of options in your work.

Cons: Everything is pretty much good except the user interface is a little bit to basic.

Overall: Good for web and mobile mock up designing.