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Quick and easy wireframing for everyone!

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Cloud (Web) version:
2 Projects - $9 /month
20 Projects - $49 /month
200 Projects - $199 /month

Desktop version:
A Single User License – $89

Plugins for Google Drive, Confluence, JIRA - from $5/month

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What I like the most is its price, compared to its competition, it is one of the most economical and perfectly fulfills its function.
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I like that balsamiq is light wireframing tool, fast and most importantly very easy to learn. The price for the product is also very fair , considering what you get for the money.
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Quick, simple and efficient wireframing

Reviewed 3 years ago

Balsamiq is the agency's go to wireframing tool. The application allows the UX team to quickly convey their ideas to the creative designers without the expectation of deciding the visual branding of the site. Whilst the feature set is fairly limited and the tool hasn't been upgraded recently it is still the most efficient method to draw up wireframes we have found.

Pros

- Probably the easiest wireframing tool to use - Focused feature set aimed at creating wireframes in the minimum of time - Very quick to learn with some depth for power users - Can be very quick to use for experienced users - Ability to download pre-made components from a central library or share components easily within a project - Much cheaper than some competitors - Very stable application

Cons

- Wireframes can look child-like and unprofessional with some settings - Currently based on Adobe Air technology which is outdated - No recent feature releases and no fixed release date for the next version leading to a feeling that the product is not moving forward - Some expected features are still missing such as an easy way to create click-through interactive prototypes

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Balsamiq Mockups, the most incredible tool for your UI/UX designs

Reviewed 3 years ago

I just love using Balsamiq! It makes it really easy and fast to build your mockups. I have use it for both desktop and mobile apps with very good results. Clients usually love its friendly appearance. Since the project can be exported as an interactive PDF (if you programmed any interactions), you can show your clients a simulation of the UX and they just love that. Anyone can program this interactions using the software, you do not require any previous experience, it is just a matter of connecting slides, similar to programing a Power Point presentation. 100% recommended.

Pros

I absolutely adore this tool and have done it for more than five years now. I discover it when I was working as an intern at Intel, and I just fell in love with it. Have use it ever since for a lot of projects that involve interface and user experience design. It is the most intuitive tool, extremely simple but also extremely efficient. It takes almost no time to understand how to use it, it is as...

Cons

I know is going to sound like a lie, but I honestly don´t have any complains about this software. If I had to name one, I guess it would be the price, but is not really that expensive and it is totally worth it.

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Fast, cheap mockup and wireframing tool for busy people

Reviewed 4 years ago

Quick wireframing and mockups without having to go on a course to use it. A great way to get your ideas down and shown around.

Pros

This is my go-to wireframing tool when I just need to get an idea down on something more than paper. It's simple to use thanks to the drag and drop interface, with plenty of predetermined UI options like forms, buttons, menus, pickers, etc. It's also ideal for presenting interactive prototypes to clients thanks to the linking feature and full-screen presentation option. I also love the option of "sketch" or "wireframe" so you can make it your work look like a quick draft or a clean wireframe. While there's a short learning curve to use this product, there's tons of help to be found over at the Balsamiq website. I got plenty of tips and tricks to use Balsamiq more efficiently from their blog posts.

Cons

The UI library could use a bit of an update. It would also be good to customize them more than just resizing, especially for picky clients who want a hi-fi mockup. Changing the color of the dropdown buttons or changing the button background color AND text color, for example. If I could double-click on an element and then be able to select specific things, it would be perfect. It would also be useful to add another font option. Just having one font for the entire project is rather limiting when trying to recreate a client's website as closely as possible to sell them on the new UI design. Overall, Balsamiq is sort of like the "quick and dirty" version of more advanced wireframing tools. It's fast and easy to use but may seem like a downgrade if you're used to more high-end programs.

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Hi Jenny and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I've added your vote for the different features/options you have mentioned but feel free to reach out directly if you have any additional input. It's always very helpful for us to hear it! support@balsamiq.com -Virgin

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Sketches in a very simple and fast way.

Reviewed 3 years ago

My experience with Balsamiq has been quite good, it helps me to make sketches, wireframes in a very fast, simple way, speeding up the delivery time of the projects, besides that they can be shared immediately thanks to their export methods, as well I can export them directly to a disk in the cloud and share it with the client quickly.

Pros

There are several reasons why I like balsamiq, it is a tool with a very low learning curve, quite intuitive, and does not need any type of download since it is hosted in the cloud so it is accessible from any device, it has a very useful autosave system that helps you not miss the progress in the project, is excellent for collaborative projects because it allows to invite colleagues or other people, also has a desktop version, supports various forms of export in different formats, from pdf, even images like jpg.

Cons

What I like the least about balsamiq is its interface, it is something old fashioned, besides that they can add a greater variety of objects to integrate in wireframes, sketches, mockups, etc. Another thing that I do not like is that when it comes to overlapping objects on each other very small, it can be quite a challenge, it would be nice if you could edit the position of the object as in web development, with a z-index.

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

Reviewed 3 years ago

Easy to use, drag and drop wireframe and design flow communication tool. Allows for the designer to control the focus of feedback to be at a higher level than UI detailing and really discuss the merit of the experience that is being proposed.

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. The library of low-fi components is super useful to quickly and easily communicate a concept, and have it evaluated at the level that you would like. I like the scrappy styling, as opposed to doing some greyscale geometry in another tool (which just doesn't set the right tone).

Cons

A minor wish I have that I would like Balsamiq to be be able to do, is actually integrate with other tools like Sketch. 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.

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Balsamiq for All Your UI Needs

Reviewed 3 years ago

I use Balsamiq anytime I need to create user interfaces and get approval from stakeholders. This allows me to rapidly prototype and prepares the team for software development. It is indispensable.

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

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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It had helped me to create rapid wireframing in the shortest possible time!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Time and speed! One can pick up the software in one afternoon - short learning curve!

Pros

As a desktop software (one of the 3 options), it is easy to easy and execute to come up with fast wireframes for team collaboration and clients' previews. Learning curve is short with its compact and common features found in UX software. It has a library of standard UX (usability or user experience) elements or templates which I can click and select, and start creating the wireframing pages or interfaces. Oh, the software is very affordable. It now comes with 3 versions - Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Desktop (Desktop App), Balsamiq Cloud (Web App) and Balsamiq Wireframes for Google Drive ( Google Drive Add-On). It is a great tool for UX designers who are just starting out working on UX.

Cons

However, I found that it is only good for basic wireframing. If I need to go for more complex UX elements, it is not readily found inside the library. Besides, it does not contain plugins that can extend the usefulness of the software. There are no 3rd parties that Balsamiq that can partner with and help integrate and make the software more powerful and versatile. I wish that Balsamiq Studios can improve on this aspect of the software.

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Balsamiq lives up to its reputation as an easy rapid prototyping tool

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Balsamiq is designed at creating rapid, low-fidelity static mockups. It does that very well, and is so easy to use. If you use Balsamiq Cloud, it's also easy to share and collaborate on mockups. The Cloud offering has a nice way to publish the mockups to use as a presentation for business customers. The symbol capability is great, allowing you to re-use components of a mockup across a project and even override the defaults from a symbol. I've seen other tools that fall down at this aspect.

Cons

Balsamiq is not intended to create high-fidelity mockups or animation, so it is not comparable to some mockup tools that have those features (Framer, Adobe XD). However, I think the price reflects that. Balsamiq is very affordable for some back-of-the-napkin type mockups that you can throw together quickly.

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My first rapid wireframing experience turned a success thanks to Balsamiq

Reviewed 3 years ago

One of the best tools I've discovered recently. Cheap and easy to use. A must have for quick back and forth on your UX plans.

Pros

Great tutorial to get you started, a ton of elements to use out of the box to create wireframes quickly and painlessly. Balsamiq is perfect for someone with no wireframing experience. The process of transferring your vision to a visual design is a breeze for a person with no experience in graphic design so your product owners and stakeholders could use it too. I love the rough-edged design of the app, and the free-handed look your initial designs get but you can make things more presentable if needed. I am using a Google Drive addition for only $5 a month and couldn't be happier with the value for the money. Only the editors need a license. Any number of people can view your designs that you can share like regular Google docs, slides, or sheets.

Cons

There are several different fields you can use to comment and write descriptions, so it can be confusing as to where to put the most important information about the design so that your team can always see it.

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Excellent for Quick Mockups

Reviewed 3 years ago

I've been using Mockups before I start building websites or apps because it helps me visualize what I want my project to look like and to see how each element will look next to each other. Although I use other design/prototyping tools, I find that doing low fidelity mockups on Balsamiq is a lot quicker and more efficient because it helps eliminate assets and design elements that I don't need for my projects so that I don't waste too much time when creating a higher fidelity prototype.

Pros

This software was very easy to use due to its clean, basic interface and great keyboard shortcuts. I like that you can change the skin of your mockups with a cartoonish hand-drawn look or a more cleaner wireframe for that professional look. I also like the fact that it's a one time payment only and NOT a monthly subscription that you have to pay to use, especially in this day and age when almost everything is moving towards subscription based services.

Cons

I don't really have much negative things to say about Mockups just because it does what it was designed to do, but it would be great if there was an Android/IOS app for people who want to create really quick mockups on the go.

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Easy to use- Good for the price

Reviewed 3 years ago

I think is a very easy to use tool, allows you to quickly sketch something, allows me to create my mockups for any SW requirements on my job.

Pros

I like the fact that you can copy and paste picture of your current product into it and design over those pictures the new functionality.

Cons

Some of the wire-frame elements could have more "functionality" like selecting a button could call the next mock up,

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If you talk about mockups, you are talk of Balsamiq

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Have to describe an app? no problem. Create mockups and link all it. Have to describe a flow? no problem. Create using mockups. Have to describa an application? no problem. You have Balsamiq. Can use everywhere, also inside google and Atlassian products.

Cons

Cost can be a problem, but my opinion is: spend a lot and earn the great results :)

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One of the best tools to create wireframes

Reviewed 5 years ago

We use this tool for prototyping and wireframing. With it we can communicate with the client in a much better and clear way. We reduce the design and development times with the implementation of wireframes

Pros

I love this tool because it's easy to use, to learn and has a lot of elements and capabilities to build awesome Mockups for desktop, tablets and smartphones. We use this tool for prototyping and wireframing. With it we can communicate with the client in a much better and clear way. We reduce the design and development times with the implementation of wireframes

Cons

The price, It's a little expensive, I have the desktop version and don't test the web app yet but also looks a little expensive to me in comparison with others apps.

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Balsamiq is a great tool to create UI mock-ups.

Reviewed 3 years ago

I am using Balsamiq to create UI mockups and give a presentation to stakeholders. It's a great way to show working demo without doing any coding, and it will cost you less to do modification to Balsamiq than to a web prototype.

Pros

* It's really easy to use. * You don't have to install anything, you can use it on the cloud. * You can create your mockups and add actions to them. * You will be able to interact with the final PDF, and it's a great way to show stake holders how the UI will look without coding anything else.

Cons

* Sometimes it gets difficult when you have several views and you want to add interactions between them.

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Great Tool For Price-Conscious Users

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Balsamiq is lightweight is the way to go as far as wireframing for products, websites, and apps. It requires very little training to begin using other than general knowledge of design and prototyping.

Cons

Limited options for exporting/integrate with other tools in the design process. Charging users per project instead of a monthly fee is a bit odd for a product used on a fairly regular basis.

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A real and easy solution for mockups

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Balsamiq is the best application I've tried to make the presentations of the applications and websites that I develop. It allows me to create draw and organize the user interfaces of the products that I develop to my clients in an easy and intuitive way. What I like the most is its price, compared to its competition, it is one of the most economical and perfectly fulfills its function. When you create a mockcup you can save it as an image and include it in the presentation to the clients without problem.

Cons

Balsamiq fulfills its function perfectly but I would like to see new blocks to design websites. The web is one of the fastest platforms that is updated and not having the necessary drawings to show a section on a certain web is sometimes a problem. It can be solved with other types of blocks but it would be great to have new updates including new blocks.

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Easy to learn & use - quick prototyping - rich interface

Reviewed 5 years ago

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

Pros

The interface good as it is easy to learn and design wireframes. 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.

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The standard in wire framing

Reviewed a year ago

It's the best software around to create unique and clean wireframes for clients.

Pros

This is the best product around for creating wire frames. I've used it on countless projects and have great reviews for it.

Cons

With software catching up, maybe lowering the cost would be the only con. Other than that, I really enjoy using it for mock ups and wire frames.

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Perfect tool for low-fi mock-ups.

Reviewed 5 years ago

Quick, efficient low-fi mock-ups. Generous free trial to play around the tool and see if it will work for you & your team.

Pros

I like how this feels like digital pencil and paper; cutting out an in-between step of uploading or scanning drawings while still giving you the flexibility and look of a sketch. Balsamiq is super-easy to use, with a minimal learning curve. The interface is intuitive and with a fast load time, so nothing gets in the way of designing. There are many pre-populated UI items which can also speed up the process.

Cons

While it is great for low-fi mock-ups, you'll need to use something else for your high-fidelity designs. For organizations with limited budgets, that means paying for multiple tools, which may not be ideal.

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Found This App From a Course I Took

Reviewed 5 years ago
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This app is really a diamond in the rough. The app was introduced to me in an online course on Conversion Rate Optimization. I didn't even know I needed this until I saw it...then I knew. I instantly downloaded it for my desktop and got to work (I was only using the free trial, so I knew I didn't have a endless time frame). I made a lot of wire frames using Balsamiq. SUPER easy to use, especially coming...

Cons

I only used a free trial, so I guess my con would be the price. We don't do enough wireframing to invest in Balsamiq, but I wish! I miss seeing it on my desktop!

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Great prototyping tool and worth for money

Reviewed 4 years ago

Saves time, ease of use, better collaboration with team

Pros

Fast and easy wireframing tool that has a low learning curve. Enables speed of execution and is relatively cheap in price. The tool lets you hyperlink across mockups thus enabling you to depict interactions via clickable prototypes.

Cons

The tool only allows creation of skeletal wireframes. It does not allow the creation of high fidelity mockups like other tools such as Invision. The tool does not have a rich library of icons and templates. The software also does not offer any flexibility in manipulating shapes via rotate or tilt actions. The side menus by default tend to occupy a lot of space and cannot be easily minimized.

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Balsamiq is helpful, but a little basic

Reviewed 2 years ago

It's good to get some ideas flowing, but then folks get stuck on objects which are missing or objects which just happen to be there (like an onerous button) and the idea loses value because it's clear it's not a vision of implementation. And granted that's the idea- a mock up. But there's just too many other ways to present ideas; it's hard to get people on board with abstract concepts when it should be easier to display a true prototype design.

Pros

I liked that most folks are aware and comfortable with this tool and that it's otherwise very easy to use. The only limit to the mock up is your imagination.

Cons

Once you're done designing (without limitations) then there are practical issues like implementation. The tool doesn't take unique objects into consideration (like Salesforce for example) so translating what is essentially a doodle into reality becomes difficult. Frankly, the tool is just limited given that there are so many programs to collaboratively draw/shape with. The file organization is decent, but without customizable/relevant objects it can honestly set your goal further back because a concept which doesn't concern itself with implementation now is memorialized and that much hardest to translate to reality.

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The best tool to sketch interfaces

Reviewed 3 years ago

Whenever I want to draw a new interface, I pick up Balsamiq. It's very easy to draw a sample and readjust it. And if you have any questions, they support is second to none. They will do all it's humanly possible to help you.

Pros

It's so simple to use. In a few minutes, you have a sketch ready to get feedback on and modify. The fact that is low res makes it easy to throw it away (you didn't invest a lot of time in it in the first place) and start again.

Cons

It's very hard to find a defect there. The software works great and support is amazing. No, nothing to say here :-)

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Simple and easy mockups that aren't very printable

Reviewed 5 years ago

Balsamiq makes a great product. I used the myBalsamiq online subscription as it was easier and more portable - I could log in from any computer and keep on working. There are tons of predefined widgets to use, so making mockups becomes a quick and easy task. One of the things I didn't like was the snapping capability. It's very imprecise. I know this is a mockup tool for low-fidelity wireframes,...

Pros

- Easy to use - Affordable - The myBalsamiq online version lets you edit from anywhere without installing any software

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A big help for your projects

Reviewed 4 years ago

Balsamiq Mockups helped me with my final grade project. Everyone liked it. The screenshots in the documentation, the interactive screen prototypes and the visual components made the difference. I'm glad to have Balsamiq Mockups as an ally.

Pros

Balsamiq Mockups can help you in designing prototypes and showing it to your users to know very earlier if they will accept your interface or not, and what can be improved. It has many different components so you can reach your goal very easily. You can choose themes to make a singular experience. Your customer (or key users) will love to see what you intend to do by using Balsamiq Mockups. I do recommend it, for sure!

Cons

I guess the licensing fee is a bit high for solo developers. For a company, it's fine to pay monthly to use the software, but I guess it can be expensive if you don't use it regularly. It has a 30 day trial, you can check if it will serve your purposes though.

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Hi Fernando and thanks for sharing your thoughts about our little tool. :) We do have different products that may fit your needs best. For example, our Desktop product is a one-time license fee: https://balsamiq.com/buy/#d Don't hesitate to reach out via sales@balsamiq.com if you have any questions! -Virgin