Using Mouse Pen in Wireframing: Is It Recommended?

13 Sep

The image you have seen in your left is called as a mouse pen. The product still has the functions of a mouse, but it has added uses and specifications. The mouse pen is just a fancier build of a typical mouse. The aim of using a mouse pen is to help users enjoy navigating at the fullest while avoiding hand strains and fatigues at the same time. Take it from the phrase “mouse pen” itself – using it is just like writing something on paper while controlling the pointer at the same time.

In wireframing, constant changes in the diagram of a mockup website/application may be necessary. Therefore, wireframers will not only have to exercise their creative brain and their keen eyes, but their hands as well. Wireframers need sheer dexterity in order to create a good mockup. In this blog post, we are going to determine whether mouse pens are needed for wireframing purposes.

Yes, Mouse Pens Can Help!

Mouse pens give us an advantage when we navigate through our computer. You can feel that you are just drawing a straight line. When you navigate, you can feel that your hands are not carrying the load. With a mouse pen, you can immediately draw your idea to your mockup. More importantly, you can square in to the right details while you are doing so. Ergonomically speaking, you have an advantage because you can freely move your hands while working on the mockup.

No, Mouse Pens Aren’t Necessary

Since mouse pens are one of the sophisticated tools, it also comes with a price. One cannot just afford a mouse pen at a very cheap price. It takes time before getting used to the mechanics of a mouse pen. Wireframers who are used to using a mouse as a guiding tool don’t see any necessary changes in their ways. Besides, wireframing with a typical mouse is just the same, and replacing it with a mouse pen can only make things complicated.

Are you impressed with the unique functions of a mouse pen? Is it just another eloquent and expensive material? Share us your thoughts about wireframing with an enhanced tool.

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