What is a great design tool for beginners?

I'm looking for a good tool to start wire framing --> mockups --> prototyping my web/app designs. Any recommendations would be great and highly appreciated!(: I have looked into Sketch but an annoyance I see are the third parties involved to get the full functionality I'm looking for. A pro to it though is one simple payment. Another tool is Mocups, which I love to be honest. It's all in one, and easy for collaboration. The down side is that it's more expensive. Thanks Y'all!
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    Animation Desk

    Frame-to-frame animation app for beginners and professionals

    Patricia McGee
    Patricia McGeeWeb Designer (m/w/d) · Written
    I just started using Animation Desk for some light prototyping and animation. It took me maybe 2-3 days tops to learn what all the tools are and get a handle on how things work. I really enjoy using this software for animation, mainly because of how intuitive and fun it is. I'm not a huge fan of complicated and multi-layered software, so with Animation Desk I can do what I want easily. So I recommend this application to all all beginners for animation and light prototyping - it's easy to learn and use, and fun as well.
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    I'd suggest looking into Animation Desk. This app that's easy to master whatever your level is when it comes to animation/storyboarding. I'm still an animation novice, but I enjoy working with this software because it's both fun and intuitive.
    Steven Thompson
    Steven ThompsonFront End Motion Artist · Written
    Animation Desk is a good software for a beginner due to the ease of use and high enjoyability factor since it's designed in a way that makes sense for all user levels. Highly recommend it.
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    Balsamiq Mockups 3

    New public beta for the popular prototyping tool

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas KingerPMM @ Plum | Prev. @ Freshworks Hiver · Written
    Balsamiq is perhaps one of the easiest tools out there. Give it a spin. :)
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    All-in-one web design platform

    John MooreWilliams
    John MooreWilliamsSenior content strategist at Google · Written
    Webflow lets you design and develop websites in your browser and at whatever level of fidelity you want. And because it was built to help you actually build production-ready, responsive websites, your prototypes can include animations, interactions, actually usable forms, etc. — and anyone can open them on any device to get the full experience.
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    POP - Prototyping on Paper
    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen · Written
    Go from paper to interactive mockup. Best place to start imo