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Now more than ever, shipping software products that win customers requires the combined strengths of business, design, and technology professionals. Keeping everyone moving together toward a shared goal, however, is a struggle that too many projects face. This is why we're so excited to introduce the new Axure platform today.

With the release of Axure RP 9, we’re upgrading our on-premises enterprise server with the changes and features of the new Axure Cloud and offering a new Axure-hosted option. We’re calling this upgraded solution Axure Cloud for Business.

Axure has always worked to facilitate communication between software professionals through interactive prototyping. For most of our history, that has meant building prototypes in Axure RP. But now with Axure Cloud's new Build feature, anyone can create interactive prototypes from Sketch and image files right in the web browser!

The Axure Cloud desktop app allows you to publish artboards from Sketch directly to Axure Cloud. Now you can share and inspect your designs right alongside your team's Axure RP prototypes — whether you use Axure RP or not. And with the new Build feature, you can turn your Sketch artboards into interactive prototypes without ever leaving Axure Cloud!

With the new Sketch-to-Axure plugin, it's a snap to import polished designs from Sketch into Axure RP, bring them to life with rich interactivity, and add documentation for development.

One of our main goals for Axure RP 9 was to make dynamic panels easier and more intuitive to work with, so we made dynamic panel states editable inline, right where they are on the canvas. Not only does this make editing states quicker, it allows you to see a state's contained widgets directly in the context of your full design.

Users love simple and intuitive products, but the design process required to get there takes considerable thought and judgement. When you’re starting work on a new software product or a new feature, the prototyping stage is a critical step, as it enables you to test product concepts before investing the effort to build them out.

Project overviews for RP 9 files now include a thumbnail preview of each page; and you can extract style and layout information from the widgets in your designs.

Axure RP 9 will officially launch in just a few short weeks! If you want to get a head start on upgrading your existing perpetual licenses or purchasing some new ones, you can do that now.