Balsamiq Features

Balsamiq

Mockups and Rapid Wireframing Tool

4.4/5 (300 reviews)

Balsamiq Feature Summary

  • Low-Fi Sketch Wireframes
  • Click-Through Prototypes
  • UI Components & Icons
  • Export to PNG or PDF
  • Quick Add for Speed
  • Import and Export
  • Drag and Drop for Simplicity
  • Works Offline
  • Full Keyboard Support

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Balsamiq Feature Reviews

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

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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Trever Ehrlich

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
(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
Helpful?   Yes   No
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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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Tracey MacKenzie

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

2018-03-08

Pros

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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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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Khera Sumant

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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Kevin Van Heusen

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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Manikanth Chaganti

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

Value for money
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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Pinjil Dasila

An easy-to-use tool for rapid prototyping.

2018-03-05

Helps me create rapid wireframes.

Pros

*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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Miguel Garcia

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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Terence Beck

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 Yadav

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
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Jackie Wilson

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.

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
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Justina Eze

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
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Rahul JR

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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Trinidad Rebeca Casanova Sambrano

Verified Reviewer

Wireframes, Mockups and more at any time.

2019-07-11

My experience with balsamiq has been quite positive, it allows you to make sketches very quickly, or diagrams, in addition to supporting so many formats it is easy to share with other people, it also allows collaborative projects so i can work in a group effective.

Pros

What I like the most about Balsamiq is the number of formats it supports to export the work done, it is very easy to use its workspace is quite comfortable, it has a great variety of predefined images, which allows wireframes, mockups, diagrams , etc.

Cons

It is a tool of basic / medium use so despite having a variety of buttons and predefined images, they need to increase the amount, the interface, despite being quite intuitive, the design looks somewhat antiquated.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: GetApp
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Christian Boynton

Balsamiq for All Your UI Needs

2019-05-01

I use Balsamiq anytime I need to create user interfaces and get approval from stakeholders.

Pros

- Make mockups lightning quick - Get approval without nit picking - Very affordable - Runs on all my computers - Easily export for sharing - Import your own graphics

Cons

- It could offer additional built-in templates - It requires an update to Adobe Air if you don't use it for a while - Importing media could be a little better - It would be nice if you could integrate pre-built Javascript scripts into the mockups

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Lia McCabe

Great beginner product for mockups

2019-08-27

Pros

Easy to use and learn right away, lots of drag and drop features

Cons

Not very customizable, seems a bit limited in terms of replicating certain design scenarios (like showing functionality)

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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David Marinangeli

Great for simple/ Low fidelity mockups

2019-09-07

Pros

It is a good desktop and mobile mock-up tool with a good quantity of functionalities.

Cons

The app is not this good and the design tools are a little poor: designers, in my company, started doodling the low fidelity in real life and discuss all together instead of using Balsamiq.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

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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Caleb Baitz

A must-have for efficient UI design workflows

2018-11-15

My overall experience with Balsamiq has allowed me to create A to Z interfaces, complete with live links and elements, to test and share concepts with my team.

Pros

It also allows you to show those items in different states--for instance, if you needed to depict a drop-down menu that had been opened to view all the available drop-down options.

Cons

It takes some time to play around with elements and find all the available options, and also requires time to realize what elements are available 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
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Robert Bradfield

Balsamic mockups

2019-07-28

Balsamic mockups help me to fairly quickly represent a mobile app rough UI and flow, providing also a nice balance of a design that looks rough (as it is typically) but professional.

Pros

The UI is easy to use and the wireframes produced by it look excellent, thanks to a quality range of out of the box components.

Cons

Having to export them first into other software is inelegant.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Vino Kumar Ponnu Krishnan

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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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
Helpful?   Yes   No
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