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Adobe unveil Project Comet, the new kid on the prototyping block

15th December 2015 by Tom Smee

So what’s Project Comet?

We have recently written about developing website wireframes in-browser. Nowadays we Prototype with Pattern lab, which has brought improvements to workflow and cost savings for clients.

Before the industry tightened up its processes, a common challenge for designers and developers has been the real need to build ‘one-size-fits-all’ viewing experiences. This obstacle was born from the surge in available screensizes which can access online content. In the past, this has resulted in a host of different software packages and tools being used within the wireframing and prototyping phases.

Software giant Adobe has also acknowledged the industry-wide shift in the way we design and prototype for an ever-increasing list of smartphones, tablets, and monitor displays. So they developed Project Comet.

In a bid to bridge the gap between the wireframing and prototyping phases, Comet will be a one-stop-shop for interface development. It’ll be rolling out to designers and developers in 2016, and we’re interested to see what it will bring to our table.

Project Comet will allow users to see their prototype designs on smartphones or tablets once they have been synced with the software. This gives designers a chance to really zone in on how the interface looks on different devices at a much earlier stage, and ultimately, allows for flaws in the prototype to be solved far sooner.

The ability to add real data is another string to Comet’s bow. Prototypes have long used placeholder content because, by their very nature, they are subject to change. Comet however, gives designers the opportunity to open up a single web page, click on a name or thumbnail image, and populate designs with real text and images. Issues such as font size or line spacing can be eradicated at this stage, allowing users to quickly see how the interface will behave when it’s out in the wild.

The real brilliance of this has to be seen rather than read, and is expertly demonstrated in a short video clip over at Project Comet: Designing with Real Data.

We’re always looking to streamline our process and become more efficient, whilst also saving our clients time and money. But, we also strive to produce the best solutions possible, and it’s because of this that we are keen to see how Project Comet can impact on what we do here.