About Pencil Project

Pencil Project is an open-source GUI prototyping software designed to help businesses draw different types of user interfaces for popular desktop platforms. Key features include inter-page linking, diagram drawing support, clipart browsing, and document export wizard.

Developers using Pencil Project can find cliparts by keywords and add them into drawings by a drag-and-drop operation. Cliparts are listed in vector format, which allows users to scale them to appropriate sizes according to individual requirements. The platform enables teams to link elements in a drawing to a specific page in the same document and define the UI flow when creating website or application mockups.

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18 Reviews of Pencil Project

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.22 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

3.5

Functionality

4.0

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April 2019

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FC from takealot.com

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Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Retail

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

April 2019

One of the best mockup tools around

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.

May 2019

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Max from SparkCognition

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Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

3.0

May 2019

Great, free way to generate quick UI mockups

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.

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.

Reasons for Choosing Pencil Project

Pencil Project is free so was easier to get going with.

January 2020

Anonymous

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Company Size: 11-50 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Functionality

2.0

January 2020

Free and works offline

Overall the experience is below average. Initially i started using it because it's a free tool but now there are many other online tools which are easy to use and have advanced features

Pros

The tool is free and you can download it on your system. Works without any internet connection so you don't have to worry about having an active internet connection at all time.

Cons

I know the tool is free and helps in getting the things done but it's no where close to the paid ones plus now there are many other free tools which has better features and are very easy to use. I only use this when I don't want a good looking detailed work and want to do the work offline.

January 2021

Sanjeep from Herald

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Computer Software

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality

3.0

January 2021

Perfect tool for Prototype and Design wireframe

I am regular user of Pencil, I have found that Pencil is the one the most perfect tool for me to make prototype and design wireframe. It is really easy and helpful for front end. While using Pencil I have realized that still it has some problems which users are facing. It will be more better if mentioned above points are review and improve.

Pros

Some of most best features of Pencil are listed below: - It is free too use - Easy and user friendly to use - Content are well manage - Can save both PNG and .epgz file - Can find wireframe, widgets, prototype, shapes and other (for android, desktop)

Cons

It would have been better if some of given below features are review and improve: - Can not use external images or icon.( It would be better if it allow to use our own images or other file) - Can not save on JPG format. (Only allow to save on PNG file and .epgz file which is not suitable for document and we have to use another software to convert on JPG file) - Some time can not resize as our want. - Result not shown after search shape and icon.

July 2018

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Eduardo from Movilnet

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Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

4.0

July 2018

Create flowcharts, mockups and interfaces quickly and easily

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