Creately vs Balsamiq Comparison Chart

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Anonymous
(Automotive company, 11-50 employees)

Allows the right conversation by looking so different from the end product

2018-04-04

Pros

The ugly-ness of the mock ups. It really makes it clear that UX is at the forefront not the UI. If you have stakeholders that like to argue about color and font, this software is a lifesaver.

Cons

It's hard to create re-useable components that can be changes quickly.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Pinjil Dasila

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. *They don't support interactive prototypes. *It's a little difficult to scroll thought the drag and drop library of UI elements.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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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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Anonymous
(Internet company, 51-200 employees)

Easy wireframe creator

2018-12-12

Pros

Great and easy to create interactive wireframes for websites/apps

Cons

no cons yet on this as its simple to just create a wireframe

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Joel Gray

Fast functional mockups

2019-03-26

We use Balamiq to quickly create functional mockups for custom software and website long before visual design is complete.

Pros

Creating mockups quickly and being able to share and collaborate with others is a huge benefit.

Cons

Some objects for more modern interface concepts are missing and must be created manually.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Executive Office company, 1-10 employees)

Would never start a mockup without it

2018-12-11

A beautifully created tool that is a pleasure to use.

Pros

But then dig deeper under the service, and you'll find all sorts of powerful features that allow even the most complex mockup to be created with ease.

Cons

What's not to like. Balsamiq does exactly what it claims to do and it does it beautifully. I've used it for years and I honestly can't think of any times when I thought it was lacking.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, myself only employees)

For making wireframes

2018-09-22

In campus I create 40 wire frames from this software .

Pros

I like icons in this software.icons are userfriendly.

Cons

Not auto saving.It is the weakness of this software.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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James Bush

Invaluable product for user interface design.

2018-01-18

Ability to quickly create UI designs for review, prior to implementation.

Pros

Very simple to use. Able to easily and quickly mock up a UI, pass to user team for review / acceptance before implementing. Saved countless hours of re-development time.

Cons

Very little. I think the pricing is a bit steep for what is a relatively simple single purpose application.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Larry Rodriguez

It has been a pleasure to use this tool for its easy use

2017-12-20

Pros

1. Super easy to use even for someone with minimal design experience. 2.As easy as drawing on a sheet with a pencil.

Cons

1.The possibility that it is an application for 64 bits. 2.No options for creating interactive prototypes

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Response from Balsamiq Studios


Thanks for sharing your thoughts about our tool, Larry. :)

About prototypes: you're right, our little tool has low interactivity on purpose and we don't plan to add such features.

That being said, the existing Linking feature might help you to demonstrate click-through prototypes. More details here if needed: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/linking/

Any questions, we're here (support@balsamiq.com).

-Virgin from Balsamiq

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Luis Raul Espinoza Barboza

A good tool to make prototypes

2018-05-07

I could generate models without the need to generate code and validate ideas before I started working on them

Pros

You can create prototypes easy and fastest, you have lot of tools to drag and create awesome mockups.

Cons

Unfortunately now we have more tools that can generate mockups with better look and feel, you depends to adobe flash media to use it.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Response from Balsamiq Studios


Thank you for the review, Luis! We are hoping to be completely Adobe Flash/Air free by the end of the year.

Only the desktop apps are left. :)

-Brendan

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Brian Ngure

Reliable for quick wireframing.

2018-12-30

Let me get create wireframes faster than any other tool I have tried.

Pros

In my organization,we have been able to create a Balsamiq template which sets the tone for most of our wireframing designs.

Cons

It is obviously pricey and most independent designers just starting up ,probably will seek cheaper alternatives.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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chinmay phadke

Attractive mockups

2017-02-02

I learned balsamiq during my program of business analysis and used it in my further projects to create interactive mockups, wireframes required for our technical specifications It is easy to use, has way too many options to create your own imagination of GUI

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Trever Ehrlich

Balsamiq prototyping software - everyone should have this on their pc!

2017-08-11

Easy visualizations, quick prototyping, anyone can use it.

Pros

I've used this software for many different tasks - for laying out website ideas, planning mobile apps, and for brainstorming ideas. It's so easy and rapid to use - I've had people come to me with an idea, so I'll whip out Balsamiq and start visualizing their ideas on the fly while they're still talking. Love it, and the price is a no-brainer.

Cons

I really would like to see more shapes and templates available for creating realistic visualizations.

Rating breakdown

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Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Todd Korris

A great mockup tool for web development

2019-02-28

Designing and creating proofs of concept, noting ideas and working out what a front-end should look like.

Pros

A lightweight, simple UI that makes marking mockups easy. The feature set is small, but this is made up by ease of use and simplicity. You can knock out a proof of concept quite quickly without lots of time and the learning curve isn't very steep.

Cons

Not advisable for very detailed mocks that require editing and displaying design elements. While slim in features, it still makes up for this with ease.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Melissa Poole

Super simple to use

2018-07-11

Pros

I love how easy it is to bring my ideas to life. It's very difficult to get a thought out of your mind and onto paper using words, especially since I am nowhere close to being a programmer. All I can do is say "here's what I think it should look like and how it should function" and this program allows me to build that.

Cons

For example, Sometimes I want to change the style of a page intentionally to show that it will be different than the rest of the pages I've created. I'm kind of limited to the one style they've created, even though it is a good one.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jonathan Orr

Good tool to create lo-fidelity mockups

2018-06-18

Pros

This is a good tool for creating very lo-fi mockups to share with designers and stakeholders when creating new screens or apps in your org

Cons

Sometimes a little too simplistic. Less feature-rich than other products, which is sometimes a blessing and a curse.

Rating breakdown

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Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Joel Isaac Melendez Mata

Excellent prototyping tool

2018-12-19

Well...in a few words, when I think on creating prototypes, Balsamiq Mockups is the first option to me.

Pros

Is very simple to use. It really helps you when you need to make a prototype. Could be used to make a real feeling for an application or software.

Cons

As a developer, I would like to have the collaborative functionality because when you work on teams, this functionality is very important

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 good runner-up for mockup applications

2018-06-22

Pros

Balsamiq provides a "cute"-cartoony UI and assets to create mockups for products.

Cons

The pricing for Balsamiq is a bit high for what it offers and I would suggest a product like Sketch instead.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Education Management company, 11-50 employees)

A place where great designs projects start

2019-01-22

Balsamiq is one of the tools I use to create tasks for designers.

Pros

That’s why I liked Balsamiq, it has super minimalistic design and very powerful features at the same time. Creating projects in Balsamiq is fun.

Cons

Balsamiq needs some time to learn its components, skins etc. Though it seems simple at first sight, Balsamiq is a powerful tool for professionals and experts. Some experience and UI prototyping is required to get the maximum out of this app.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Karen Geresy

Great tool for mocking up web or app flows

2018-11-11

Pros

Easy to create mockups for websites.

Cons

Not great for creating anything with color.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Nicolaos Kyprianou

tool to create low level prototypes

2019-01-09

Pros

easy and quick to create prototypes for any system in a glance

Cons

a bit expensive for your average user or for students

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 10001+ employees)

Great platform for Mockups

2018-12-11

Pros

I was doing BA training and it really helped me in learning by creating mockups.

Cons

Its good & user friendly. I have not found any issues.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 51-200 employees)

If you talk about mockups, you are talk of Balsamiq

2018-08-06

Pros

no problem. Create mockups and link all it.

Cons

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

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Alexandra Gardner

I prefer Sketch

2018-09-06

Pros

Wireframe builder where you can arrange pre-built widgets using a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG editor. It's fairly easy to use, a lot of companies use it so as a UX designer it doesnt hurt to know how to operate. Good for low-fidelity wire-framing.

Cons

This is not meant for creating fancy UI and you still have to pay for the program.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Sarathi Srinivasan

Balsamiq is a great way to create quick wireframe to visually capture ideas

2018-01-18

Pros

The ease of use and the numerous options make Balsamiq a great tool to use to create quick wireframes.

Cons

I find the navigation a little clumsy. Additionally, when you go to the full screen view or hide panes and other menus it's a bit difficult to get it back to the way it was before. Also, the export feature isn't great. The output tends to be too small to read if you have many items in the board.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Response from Balsamiq Studios


Hi Sarathi and thanks for your review.

I just wanted to reach out and see if we can help with the pain points that you mentioned:

- The different panels/elements of the editor are described on this page, along with the shortcuts to toggle them off/on: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/overview

- Pressing ESC while in the Full Screen Presentation Mode allows you to go back to the editor.

- About the Export: we'd love to know more about your issue and which export option you are using. Could you reach out to support@balsamiq.com so we can help more?

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

- Virgin for the Balsamiq team

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Shelly Hardwick

Balsamiq makes wire framing easy

2017-12-19

Pros

Balsamiq is really easy to use. It was introduced to a team that had minimal experience in wire framing and the team was able to pick it up in no time. In addition to it being easy to use it added real value to the organization by allowing for more detailed wire framing to help flush out ideas.

Cons

I would like to see more options for organizing the wire frames created rather than just grouping them by project.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Response from Balsamiq Studios


Hi Shelly and thanks for your review.

Sorry to show up uninvited, but I just wanted to share a way to organize your projects easily. Check out our Hierarchy feature: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/overview/#using-mockup-hierarchy

This may help with project organisation. Any questions, we're here (support@balsamiq.com).

-Virgin from Balsamiq

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