About those prototyping stencils for Pencil
… In late 2010, I published a set of Android stencils for the Pencil UI prototyping tool (http://pencil.evolus.vn
). Unfortunately, I haven't really kept them up to date, since creating rich stencils for Pencil requires a bit of work. Fortunately, we now have official Android 4.0 stencils for Photoshop/Fireworks/OmniGraffle available at http://developer.android.com/design/downloads
But Pencil is free and open source, and lots of developers prefer it to the other tools… what about those users? Well, good news, everyone
! +José Miguel Sanz
just mentioned that the Pencil team has published their own set of Android 4.0 stencils!
I took the set for a test drive and while they aren't quite 100% complete and still have a few legacy Gingerbread-style widgets, they're very useful for rough prototyping. Example screenshot attached.
If you're an avid Pencil user and Android developer or designer, this may be the right starter set for you. Download it now at Pencil's own site: http://pencil.evolus.vn/en-US/Downloads/Stencils.aspx
Oh and while we're on the subject of UI prototyping, you may want to also check out http://www.uistencils.com/products/android-stencil-kit
for a physical stencil kit, or Fluid UI (http://www.androiduipatterns.com/2012/07/fluid-ui-wireframing-for-android.html
) for another interesting software tool (h/t +Juhani Lehtimäki