Combining Visio screenflows and wireframes into one integrated & interactive HTML deliverable
Swipr is basically a plug-in toolset for Microsoft Visio. It allows you to create a set of HTML pages that integrate screenflows or sitemaps and wireframes. Anyone can navigate thorugh your sitemap and see the wireframes of the pages in the sitemap just by clicking through it. You can also create links on your wireframes, effectively turning your basic wireframe deliverable into a low-fi prototype.
A large number of IA's already use Microsoft Visio to create (some of) their deliverables, such as screenflows, sitemaps and wireframes. Communicating these deliverables to clients, developers and other interested parties is always hampered by the fact that the relation between the sitemap/screenflow and the wireframe is normally only based on naming conventions. From the independent stacks of paper for the different deliverables, it is hard for the client to visualise what the actual website or application is going to look like.
Integrating these deliverables into one navigable set of HTML documents facilitates the communication of the deliverables. By letting the client click through the sitemap and see each wireframe in the map helps their understanding of the order in which the wireframes are displayed in the application or website. By also allowing links within the wireframes, the IA can now easily create a low-fi prototype from their wireframes.