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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  1. John Moore Williams
    John Moore WilliamsHead of Content Strategy, Webflow · 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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    Balsamiq Mockups 3

    New public beta for the popular prototyping tool

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    Balsamiq is perhaps one of the easiest tools out there. Give it a spin. :)
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    • John Zettler
      John ZettlerCEO @ Rare Art Labs

      Really love Balsamiq Mockups 3 - it's helped me build some awesome products. The shortcuts are super convenient and thorough, which makes prototyping like playing the piano. Amazing!

      Ah! one shortcut I wish for - flip focus between objects on the workspace and the context menu (right) where I change sizing parameters.

  3. Go from paper to interactive mockup. Best place to start imo
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