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Pencil Project Reviews

Single-user mockup / wireframing / diagramming tool

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Pencil Project and what they use it for.
  • Uizard: Figma alternative with low learning curve
    I am a software developer, so doing UX is never my strength. From time to time though, I would resort to using the open source tool Pencil ( to get a low fidelity mock-up. Lately I've been encountering bugs where images would come out broken when I re-open my wireframe in Pencil. Frustrated of the issue on Pencil, I tried out uizard yesterday, and have been really happy with it. It's... - Source: Hacker News / 4 days ago
  • Quick UI-design tool for mockups?
    Thanks for your replies. I checked some of them out, but I found one on my own that fits me perfectly: Pencil. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Best practice to draw/describe UIs in plain text?
    I wouldn't use text to illustrate a GUI. We use Pencil with the crayon-styled stencils to make quick mockups. The crayon styling makes it clear that they're just mockups so people don't poke at the style aspects of the design. We've gotten great feedback from our clients that these are effective illustrations too. - Source: Reddit / 8 months ago
  • Simple tool for network documentation?
    I use MS Visio at work and Pencil (free) at home. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • A blog web design with Inkscape, what do you think about it?
    Thank you ! Of the ones I have tested, the only one that really works is Pencil, unfortunately, it lacks a lot of functionalities, and it is still far from being as practical as Figma, adobe xd etc. I think Inkscape is much more practical and powerful, but maybe it's just because I'm used to it :). - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Requirements engineering
    Hopefully after the problem discovery phase, you will have identified the primary decision maker(s). The goal of this stage is to reach a loose, shared conceptual agreement of what will be delivered and my favorite way of reaching that is through low fidelity wireframes using Pencil. - Source: / over 1 year ago
  • How do you map out your phone tree?
    Anyone interested in free options can also use things like Pencil, Dia (Bit old but still works), yEd, or one of the multitudes of web based options out there. - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • For artists who I stumbled upon in this sub seeking to use deck for portable digital art; recently a new UI/UX application released it's Linux app and its free! You can benefit it on Steam Deck
    With a quick search, if someone wants an alternative free as in libre, I found (the stable version hasn't been updated in 2 years, but it seems it's still alive since last commit is 4 days old). - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Dealing with an app developer
    You can find a lot of those online. I personally like Pencil, it's a free, open source tool that you install on your PC. If you'd like something web-based, there are tools like Balsamiq. However, if you're comfortable doing something in Paint or PowerPoint or drawing it by hand, that's totally fine. You can use anything you like. The only thing that matters is that you have a clear, understandable plan that you... - Source: Reddit / over 1 year ago
  • Adobe XD alternative for Linux
    Akira is an alpha and is in no condition to be used for work. (Pencil) is probably the only FOSS alternative to Adobe XD. Linux really struggles when it comes to front end work. As the industry only views it as a server computer. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago
  • Wireframe Design
    For straight up wireframing I like to use Pencil it is open source. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Pencil Project

10 Best Visio Alternatives for Cost Effective Diagramming [2022]
Pencil Project is one of the best Visio alternatives which is open-source GUI prototyping software suitable for developers to create mockups, flow charts, floor designs, etc. It has a rich set of shapes and designed collections that make it easier to draw.

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