After winning the Extend Firefox 3 contest, I thought it might be worth checking out Pencil to see what all the buzz was about. This add-on for Firefox is an open source tool for creating diagrams and GUI prototyping that everybody can use. As they put it, “With the power of the underlying Mozilla Gecko engine, Pencil turns your excellent Firefox 3 browser into a sketching tool with just a 400-kilobyte installation package”.
Some of the features included are:
- Built-in stencils for diagraming and prototyping
- Multi-page document with background page
- On-screen text editing with rich-text supports
- PNG rasterizing
- Undo/redo supports
If your a little lost, or just getting started, they also have a great series of tutorials to help you learn a little more:
If anything Pencil shows you the power of what Firefox can do, with a little creativity. You can learn more about the project at the official web site and pickup the extension on the Firefox Add-ons web site.