Balsamiq Features

Balsamiq

Mockups and Rapid Wireframing Tool

4.41/5 (333 reviews)

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Balsamiq Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Balsamiq's features:

Trever E.

Intuitive Mockups

2018-12-21

When someone drops by my desk to brainstorm an idea, I can pull up Balsamiq to start building the user's idea before the eyes, in real time. Great for idea visualization!

Pros

This easy-to-use software is almost fun to use. Drag and drop, mix and match, you're creating the mock-ups you need in seconds.

Cons

Balsamiq needs to add more variety to allow for better flowcharting, web mockups, database design, etc.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
Senior Designer (Information Technology and Services company, 1001-5000 employees)
Verified Reviewer

One of best wireframing and prototyping tool for UX designer

2019-08-06

Pros

UI iterattion is easy with Balsamiq.Drag and drop feature useful for speedy mockup

Cons

Price part needs to review, Difficult to include column, line, pie charts with some data points. scope for including exports to many file formats.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 11-50 employees)

A great start for new product designers!!

2019-02-08

Balsamiq has been instrumental to my success as a new product person - quick and dirty UI design has made it easy to learn and grow fast

Pros

As a beginner in the product design world, I am so grateful for it!

Cons

No collaboration feature, have to export the screens to png to share

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Svetla M.

Super easy to use, saves tons of time in the design phase

2021-04-07

All you need, easy to use, easy to share and export your work.

Pros

Saves tons of time in the follow-up design phase when you have the wireframes finalized and approved by everyone.

Cons

It did take some time to figure out the editing interface but in general UI is easy and intuitive, no problems.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 1001-5000 employees)

Useful low-fidelity mockups that allow designers to communicate flows, not UI

2019-02-01

Easy to use, drag and drop wireframe and design flow communication tool.

Pros

Balsamiq is a great way to describe the flows (or potential flows) of an application or website, without getting bogged down into UI-level details.

Cons

I'm not sure how that would work, but being able to work using our own design components (we have a shared GUI pack) but then be able to flick over to a "sketchy" versions of these would be super valuable for elements of the screen that are very particular to our products.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 1-10 employees)
Verified Reviewer

User Interface Prototyping Made Easy

2020-06-23

Balsamiq is a very simple but powerful tool to use for app wire framing

Pros

Also, the simple drag and drop interface makes it very easy to create a User Interface prototype in minutes.

Cons

I think the level of flexibility with UI elements during design should be increased.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Siddhanta B.

Good but can be better

2021-05-13

Pros

The visualization of the prototypes makes data easy to comprehend .

Cons

The rigid interface structure makes Balsamiq hard to navigate .

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Insurance company, 1001-5000 employees)

Pretty powerful tool - and easy for beginners

2021-02-04

Balsamiq is intuitive and oddly fun to use. I was able to get what I need out of it pretty easily, and would definitely use it again.

Pros

As a non-designer, it was relatively easy to wireframe some basic page templates quite easily using Balsamiq pre-set objects make it easy to layout sketches.

Cons

The drag & drop functionality could be a little finicky at times, and the file management is a bit non-intuitive/sub-par.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Tracey M.

My favourite softwarae for this type of work so far from the ones I have tried and tested for client

2018-03-08

Pros

I like the simple and clear interface and the features... Collaboration Drag & Drop Software Prototyping Templates UI Prototyping Usability Testing Version Control There isn't a lot that it doesn't do.

Cons

There is little ability for interactive prototypes but I believe this is done on purpose and is a deliberate choice made by the company so knowing that up front makes it easier to understand.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Manikanth C.

Easy to use effective efficient

2018-07-18

Pros

I used it to make a mockup project, where I needed to design layout for a mobile app, and it was excellent, it had all the required elements u just needed to drag-drop and you can simulate a real-life UI

Cons

the UI was a bit dull if it had been a bit vibrant, it would have been a pleasure to work for. maybe that's only by my point of view

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Balsamiq Studios


Hi Manikanth and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about our tool.

If you have time, would you mind sharing more details about what could be improved in the UI?

We always like to hear about things like this, it helps us make the app better!

While it's totally fine if you don't have time for this, we'll be here to help if you'd like! :)

-Virgin

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Sanjeep L.

Better choice for wireframing tool

2021-01-17

It help to me to complete design very quick because of its drag and drop features.

Pros

Some better side of Balsamiq are listed below: - User friendly (easy to use) - Fast performance - Simple and well manage content - Save file automatically (save file automatically if desktop turn off suddenly)

Cons

. - Even though Balsamiq is simple, it would be more better if it has Better UI - Little bit difficult and confuse to resize or edit

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Terence B.

Rapid prototyping tool

2016-12-14

It's so easy to use and saves us valuable time. As they always say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Pros

Simple designer UI, drag and drop, project assets

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rahul Y.

Effective and easy to handle Mock-up Tool around !!

2018-10-05

Pros

Interactive prototypes can be easily created by linking the mock-ups together to give operation view in the real time. When you are done with prototyping the requirement then export option is also available.

Cons

I think the tool lacks in integration with other tools that are used in software design as well as export option is limited to export as PDF or PNG and you can't Print to the printer directly.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Kevin V.

Verified Reviewer

Quick and easy prototyping

2018-11-27

Pros

It supports a large variety of UI controls, so putting together an interface mockup that reflects your idea is totally feasible.

Cons

It would be nice if Balsamiq had more export options, generally the point is to do quick and easy wireframes but for the cases where I've spent a good amount of time putting together more complex layouts it would be nice to be able to export to Photoshop or InDesign for some enhanced tweaks.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Miguel G.

Design with ease

2019-10-22

We do mobile games, so sometimes making the UI artist do some job on a screen, for example, the game user interface can look good on an idea, but when we incorporate everything, it wasn't looking as good as we though, with Balsamiq we changed this, we first check if the actual interface is good enough, and then we start doing it.

Pros

Balsamiq is a great tool for doing mock ups on design, this way you can totally check if your design fits your job, for example, if you want to do a web page, you can design it here to see how it looks, it would be much faster than actually coding and then rewritting.

Cons

Nothing, the software is really useful and easy to use.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Pinjil D.

An easy-to-use tool for rapid prototyping.

2018-03-05

Helps me create rapid wireframes.

Pros

*You don't need any fancy technical skills to use it. *It's like sketching on a digital whiteboard. *It allows you to focus on functionality.

Cons

*Limited collaboration capabilities.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Balsamiq Studios


Hi Pinjil and thanks for sharing your thoughts about our little tool.

Just wanted to let you know that we launched our new web app, Balsamiq Cloud, a few months ago. It is powered by our new native editor and offers many collaboration features (real-time collaboration, chat, comments).

You can read more about it on this blog post: https://blog.balsamiq.com/balsamiq-cloud/

Let us know if you have any questions (support@balsamiq.com).

-Virgin

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Justina E.

Short learning curve.

2018-03-04

Pros

It comes with a great search feature which makes it easy for me to search faster for graphical images needed for my wireframes.

Cons

I wish I am able to integrate my Balsamiq with other great design tools like Adobe XD,Invision, and Edraw max pro. which I currently am unable to do.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jackie W.

Web UI Design

2019-03-06

Pros

With very little instruction a developer or architect is quickly able to create a web user interface design. This is extremely helpful when working with non-technical stake holders.

Cons

Perhaps additional export types would be good but I haven't really found a need for that in practice.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Ashish V.

Light and Efficient

2018-09-11

Does the job quickly and efficiently, great to have collaboration​ and prototyping capabilities.

Pros

It has ready to use components for different form factors so you don't need to draw/create anything from scratch, just drag and drop.

Cons

In the cloud age, the expectation is to quickly add team members and take feedback on the flow, structure or the solution itself in real-time. Default small canvas size is also an issue if you need to draw multiple screens, you need to manually configure the canvas size as per your need.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Balsamiq Studios


Hi Ashish and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

We definitely agree that collaboration is essential for most teams these days and we recently added many ways to collaborate in real-time in our new web version. More details here: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/collaborating/

About linking your wireframes together, you can actually do it directly from our tool: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/linking/

Hope this helps!

-Virgin

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Khera S.

Easy to learn & use - quick prototyping - rich interface

2017-08-24

This tool help to design wireframes in very less time which helps in overall time saving in project/product development and ultimately cost.

Pros

I would say in no time you can start designing the low fidelity wireframes and share you output by using the export functionality either PDF or PNG.

Cons

Parallel working with different wireframes make you a bit confused. While working on high fidelity designs you will feel a little crippled but hope the team will work to make it a wonderful product.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 201-500 employees)

Easy to learn

2018-02-14

Pros

The UI is mostly intuitive to use without any prior knowledge or training.

Cons

Importing assets wasn't intuitive at first, but I figured it out eventually.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from Balsamiq Studios


Hi there and thanks for the review.

Just wanted to let you know that you can export one wireframe/slide to PNG if needed: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/exporting/#exporting-to-an-image

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything else (support@balsamiq.com).

-Virgin

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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 11-50 employees)

Simple Tool to create wireframe/mockup quickly

2019-07-26

Pros

Easy & simple to understand. Drag & Drop

Cons

Not able create screen size mock-up/wire-frame image while export.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Robin M.

Being a QA person , using Balsamiq was an amazing experience for all mockups listings as per project

2017-06-22

Pros

It allow the user to construct a working prototype using native presentation tools found in software they already have installed.

Cons

Because it's more focused on mimicking the behavior of real mobile devices, it doesn't have a strong set of tools for designing UI elements

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Rahul J.

Verified Reviewer

I just love to SKIN any UI with this basic, yet simple-to-use tool.

2017-03-13

Skinning the UI with this tool is easier. Just pick and play and the simplicity of this tool is THE key thing that I like in this tool.

Pros

Ease Of Use. Quick Search. Default Icon set.

Cons

Designing the interface for Mobile Skins, and apps for Apple Watch seems to be a show-stopper.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10

Recommendations to others considering Balsamiq

Amateur Product Managers and Designers who are starting their carrier can start scribbling the mockup UI and draw wireframes using this tool. Any complicated page can be changed into a simple, usable screen by separating the UI into multiple chunks.

Source: GetApp
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Vino Kumar P.

Good for Wire-framing

2017-09-14

Pros

Lot of UI Components (Like Icons and Controls) 3. Exports helps

Cons

Didn't face any Cons in (Desktop or Mobile) apps 2.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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