Protocloud: Effortless Prototyping For All Your Digital Projects

Reinvent your pitches. Convert your static digital mock-ups into a prototype in minutes, which you can user test and instantly engage clients with.
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Jonathan Vella
Technology
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Malta
2 Team Members

Reduce code, reuse assets, work smarter.

Protocloud is a cloud based tool dedicated to one thing: Prototyping.
Before taking the expensive decision to write code, your concepts should be user tested in the real world. You cannot conduct usability testing early or often enough. Prototypes help you gauge how usable proposed solutions are, while engaging your clients and stakeholders more effectively. The problem is that developing and updating prototypes can easily be a time consuming effort.

Protocloud helps you re-purpose sketches and mock-ups you will need to create anyway, by allowing you to convert them into interactive prototypes. Its intuitive, easy to use and anyone in your team will be able to create prototypes as it requires no coding knowledge whatsoever; Product Managers, Content Writers, Visual Designers, Developers and generally anyone who knows how to use a mouse and keyboard.

Why use it?

Presenting your ideas as static mock-ups is anything but ideal. You cannot convey an experience to non-designers from static mock-ups. Interactive prototypes are crucial to communicate your ideas to others better.

Prototyping for any project.
Be it a project for mobile, tablet or desktop, with Protocloud you have the perfect tool to create prototypes for any project you embark.

Tried and tested in the real world.
We have been building Protocloud for the past 8 months. There is still work to do, but we are already using it in our daily work... and it just works. We have also supplied the tool to people we know who work in the industry to use themselves which have given us feedback and helped us shape the great tool it is today. User testing ideas is a hundred times more efficient and clients are instantly engaged.

Cause you can see the outputs and results right now!
Click the button below to see a sample app we created as a demo. We designed the mock-ups and then used Protocloud to make them interact with each other.   Opens in a new window

Reinvent your pitches and demos.

Apart from sharing your project prototypes with anyone, the Premium plan will feature Protocasts which will allow you to communicate your concepts and ideas to your clients more effectively by being able to visually demonstrate an audience how the proposed solution works. Think of it as screencasting but for prototypes and without latency issues. Everyone can take part and anyone can take the lead.



Check out a Protocast video



An intuitive UI that makes sense.

Creating interactions takes seconds. Draw hotspots by drawing boxes on top of your sketches or graphical mock-ups and bring them to life in a fast and easy way with no coding whatsoever. Sidebars, modal dialogues, headers and footers are just a few of the things you can do with it.

Demoing prototypes easily and effectively.

The prototype viewer mimics the device's behaviours. Touch projects (phone and tablet) require drag and move to scroll. The prototype is displayed in the device you set and viewers can leave feedback if you allow it.

Watch Protocloud in action




Key benefits


Made for everyone...

High fidelity prototypes are usually built with HTML and javascript. These require both the skill and time if you want something that can be user tested. With Protocloud you replace HTML with drawing boxes and instead of days you take minutes.



...priced for anyone

Protocloud will be a subscription based service. Whether you're an employee working for a business, a freelance designer or just a design junkie, Protocloud is priced to accommodate everyone. You primarily pay for storage space and it's up to you how to manage that space. No project count restrictions or expensive price tags.



Sharing is caring

Show your stakeholders or colleagues your progress via a link or email. No design is perfect at the first attempt. Sharing a working prototype is the best way to engage people.

User testing? no problem! You can easily provide a link to your testers, including ones from widely popular services such as usertesting.com.



Collect feedback and act upon it

Sharing without the ability to leave feedback wouldn't be right. Protocloud lets people post feedback on the project at hand and relate it to either the project in general or a specific screen.

You will be able to see this feedback in a to-do list style for you to go through and mark the comments you addressed. Simple.



Cloud based

Need to access your projects from home, the office or whilst abroad? Like most software now-a-days, this is no different. The service is cloud based, accessible anywhere with an internet connection.



All your projects in one place

The projects dashboard features a bird's eye view of all your projects. You might be looking at sealing a deal with a new client. Access the dashboard and show him any current or past job easily.



A pricing model that fits any wallet.

Whether you work freelance, have a small design firm, a design agency or work in a design team within a company, the pricing plans are very affordable.

All the editor's features are available at any plan level. The basic plan starts at just 10€ a month with 100MB storage space. If you want to share your prototype demos and collect feedback, the Standard and Premium plans are very similar, the only difference is on the Standard plan you get 500MB while on the premium you get 1000MB as well as the Protocast feature.

Ways you can help us

Back our campaign!
Even if it's the smallest bit of help, the fact that you're willing to help us out on this project means a lot to us and will help us get closer to fully focusing on it. If you are an individual that would find use for such a tool, we invite you to pledge a small amount so you'll see why we are so excited about it.

Spread the word!
Social media now-a-days is incredibly invaluable for projects such as ours. Sharing the project on Facebook, Twitter and others can help attract people to this campaign which have been looking for such a tool and are willing to help us fund it. Indiegogo also promotes sharing by rewarding you for every person you attract who backs up the project (Account > My contributions > My impact).

Tell you friends and colleagues!
Social media is impressive in generating interest and social proof, but it still does not beat word of mouth. If your specific job does not require such a tool but have some colleagues that would, please let them know.

Feedback
Tell us what you think, features you would love to see and any feedback you think would help us make Protocloud a better tool. All feedback can be posted on https://protocloud.uservoice.com/. We assure you we'll be constantly eyeing this space.

Why Indiegogo?

As of today, Protocloud is a side pet project. We like how it's shaping out and we would like to make it a full-time commitment. To do that, we need to attract people to use Protocloud. By setting up an Indiegogo campaign, we can find the people who are excited to use Protocloud as much as we are to build it. This will in turn generate funds which allows us to invest all out time and efforts in it.

Protocloud has gone through various changes already before we decided to release it to the public. Once we launch, any discovered bugs will be given priority and fixed. We have setup a monitoring system which notifies us immediately when javascript errors occur so we can address them as they happen. The funding target is a relatively low one, but since this will be a subscription based tool, we should be able to keep generating enough funds through customer retention.

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Future plans

The utmost priority for us is simplicity. We want a tool that hides complexity underneath an easy to use UI. We will make sure to add features if relevant to most of our users, not just for the sake of adding it and be in line with our competition. Protocloud does not have all the features competitors do, but we believe it is simpler to use. We of course intend to keep adding supported devices and a bunch of new features are already in the pipeline (a.k.a. our Trello board). The challenge for us will be adding these new features while not compromising the simplicity of using the tool.

The team

We are currently a team of two. Jonathan and Erik. We primarily take charge of Design and Development respectively and have been working together for a few years. Our experience stems primarily from the software and online industries, and combined we have over 15 years of experience. We have worked on websites, desktop, mobile and tablet software. Protocloud is one of two tools we are aiming to release this year in an attempt to start our thing and work on what we are truly passionate about. Our company page is www.disrapt.com.

We are based in Malta, the smallest member state in the EU.

Knowledge Base and questions you might have

On our UserVoice page you should be able to find all the info you need answered. Feel free to submit feedback and queries of course. https://protocloud.uservoice.com/

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