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150+ Best Marketing Tools Ultimate List - Rebrandly Blog
Mock up applications and web pages before coding begins to ensure your team is working towards one, unified goal.
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14 hours ago
Balsamiq Review 2017 | Wireframing within a budget
One of the best wireframing program providers around is Balsamiq, a company founded by a former senior software engineer from Adobe in 2008. They are based in multiple countries such as United States, Italy, France and Germany. Balsamiq offers a graphical user interface mockup builder application that allows you to arrange certain elements to build the foundation of your website. While it is a relatively new company compared to other known ones in the industry, they still have made it onto our top 10.
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14 hours ago
(2015) How to Use Mockups to Get Buy-in and Speed Up Your Releases - TechProductManagement
The type of tool will depend on your goal. I personally like Balsamiq (https://balsamiq.com/) because it is very easy to use. But, since I’m usually not the one doing the mockups, I’ll leave it to my UX team to decide. Other very popular tools are Sketch (http://bohemiancoding.com/sketch/) and Axure (http://www.axure.com/).

Like you mention, a lot of people like to develop prototypes directly in code using tools like Bootstrap. In my experience, that takes too much time and effort if the goal is simply to convey ideas and foster communication. A simple wireframe in Balsamiq might work best.
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yesterday
Ask HN: Why do people pay for Balsamiq, when there are better free alternatives? | Hacker News
Balsamiq is nice for making something that you want to show to clients I.e. email or put up on a monitor. It's extremely inexpensive for what it does.
As a counter your point, I think a lot of professionals prefer something that is more likely be continually developed and supported in the future - a lot of free things go away or stop getting developed after a few years.
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yesterday
Validating your product design ideas with low-fidelity wireframes
You can create wireframes in all major design software, but for low fidelity wireframes in particular i’d recommend Balsamiq.
Their drag and drop library of low fidelity components makes it quick and easy to build layouts for testing and refinement.
The rough visual aesthetic of the components helps to keep things informal too, and ensures you and the people you are sharing them with focus on the bigger picture, rather than design details.
Obviously the level of detail you want to go to at this stage is entirely up to you but it’s worth noting that the key things you should be focusing on at this stage are -
Mapping user flows and journeys
Navigation
Page structure and layouts
Content information and hierarchy
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4 days ago
Balsamiq Review - Easy to use by G2 Crowd User in Restaurants June 13, 2017
How likely is it that you would recommend the product to a friend or colleague?
10 / 10
What do you like best?
It's super easy to use and makes things feel more fun with the graphics they hse

What do you dislike?
Nothing! I love it! There isn't anything I'd change at the moment

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Creating fast mock ups for clients without needing to do a full dive into things when unsure of what's desired yet
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8 days ago
Balsamiq and Axure - key to the success in prototyping -
Balsamiq is an amazing tool because of its limits and simplicity. First of all, it has sketchy, wireframe look. Thanks to that no one will think it’s the design proposal. Sometimes it happens when your colleagues, boss or client has troubles with imagining things. It’s quite common that people need to see the actual project before they can say if they like it or not.

Balsamiq offers also partially interaction. It is possible to link pages between each other. But it’s impossible to create more sophisticated structures. You may say “how come this could be an advantage?” Well, it is! Because it prevents from spending too much time on early stage ideas. Thanks to this we don’t feel like we’re too engaged to get rid of one idea and replace it with completely new one. And this feature is really easy to underestimate while it’s a real project saviour!

Balsamiq also allows creating interactive mockups, to share them and to run a presentation or a user test. For those who use Google Drive, Confluence Wiki or JIRA it becomes even more convenient since it’s possible to get the Balsamiq as a plugin for each of them.

There is one more reason why it’s worth to start with Balsamiq. It’s simple and intuitive. A perfect tool for the beginning of the project. Allows for quick response for changing conditions.

With Balsamiq, you can run a user test and react very quickly to the feedback you get. It’s easy and you don’t need to spend hours on training to create your own prototype. Plus you can easily connect your project with Jira, Confluence or Google Drive which allows every member of the team to be involved and up to date all the time.
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14 days ago
Balsamiq Review - Balsamiq is a great tool for designers by Ian S. February 16, 2017
What do you like best?
As a designer who also specializes in graphic recording, I have to recommend Balsamiq as a prototyping tool. Even if you can't draw, it has plenty of options for making mock-ups. Anybody with any level of basic design knowledge can use this.

What do you dislike?
What I don't like is that it can be a little daunting to set up. If you don't have any prior experience with say, Adobe Indesign, you may run into some trouble with this program.

Recommendations to others considering the product
This is a DESIGNER tool, so it's highly recommended that you have some prior design knowledge before jumping into this. It's a great tool for UI/UX design as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Basically we're setting up a way (similar to basecamp) where everybody can be on the same page with a website's development. Multiple people can see where a project is from start-to-finish, and we can make edits on the fly. It's a super useful program that makes everything stream-lined.
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15 days ago
Balsamiq Review - A simple strait forward wire framing app that is a little clunky. by John S. March 03, 2017
What do you like best?
I love focused tools. This application allows you to focus on content placement without the distraction of trying to design high resolution mockups, and when your done, you can make a quick interactive demo which I love.

What do you dislike?
The application can feel a little clunky at times. I attribute this to the nature of the platform it was written on. I would like to see some richer prototype interactions as well. Simple point and click is perfect for most scenarios, but being able to make it feel a little more like a prototype and less like a static slideshow would be desirable.

Recommendations to others considering the product
There are similarities between this application and the Pencil project. I recommend trying that first and seeing if it fulfills your needs. If commercial support is important to you, this is a great next step.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I am able to make quick wireframe mockups to share with my customers without the time intensive distraction of high resolution mockups. The simple interface and direct nature of the components allow me to contact my customers quicker with something tangible and this gets them involved earlier. This helps me develop the right product, but it also makes them feel they are making real progress earlier in the process.
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15 days ago
The Importance Of Wireframes In Web Design And 9 Tools To Create Wireframes - Onextrapixel
Using BALSAMIQ mockups gives you the feeling like you are drawing, but it’s digital, so you can tweak and rearrange the controls easily, and the end result is much cleaner. Teams can come up with a design and iterate over it in real-time in the course of a meeting.
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15 days ago
Prototyping tools comparison — Snapcat’s keeping it real in 2017
Balsamiq is a pretty cool alternative for a fast wireframing and validating ideas, but its usability is pretty low.
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15 days ago
Monthly Conversion Optimisation Tools Update - June 2017
Balsamiq stretches wireframes to fit mobiles and iPads

Wireframing tool Balsamiq has solved the problem of mobile pages that don’t fit in a single screen.

Its new stretchy phones features means that users will no longer need to use a rectangle control instead of the phone control -  they can just stretch the phone or iPad down.

The new option has been set as the default for new controls, but existing wireframes won't be affected

In addition, Balsamiq has introduced 41 shiny new icons - featuring everything from a shower and a podcast to a microchip - that could enhance your wireframe designs.
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15 days ago
Mockups | Lokman's Blog
Using Balsamiq Mockups feels like you are drawing, but its digital, so you can tweak and rearrange controls easily, and the end result is much cleaner. Teams can come up with a design and iterate over it in real-time in the course of a meeting.
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15 days ago
Balsamiq Review - Love this app by Victor Alfonso H. June 02, 2017
What do you like best?
I always use it for showing clients how their apps are gonna look like, and it is so easy to use that anybody can use it. I use it for my personal projects too and its amazing how you easily can organize your ideas.

What do you dislike?
It will be nice to have a cheaper licence, the current one is really expensive. Also will be nice to have more of this UI library element but it is not critical.

Recommendations to others considering the product
I can only say that using it is extremely simple, you do not need to know nothing about mockups or design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Mockups for my client requirements.
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15 days ago
25 Minute Design School – Muzli -Design Inspiration
If you’re not the best with pens or markers, there are plenty of easy-to-use tools out there like Balsamiq Mockups, which make wireframing a breeze.
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15 days ago
Everything About Design You Should Know: How to Make A Perfect Interaction Demo that Can Attract Customers?
Balsamiq provides web commonly used components with rich hand-drawn style. You can make a right and rapid prototype with it, which is close to the hand-painted prototype on paper. Usually, designers use Balsamiq to make the first demo draft. It makes your demonstration be more attractive.
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16 days ago
Madcap Idea Part 4: Prototyping the Screens - CodeProject
I am a big fan of the balsamiq mockup tools. This comes as a stand alone installed version or as a plug in for JIRA.

balsamiq provides the following (I am just listing the features I used, there are many more):

Drag and drop from a wide range of forms, containers, controls
Set content for controls (usually using some fancy design time behavior)
Set navigation links
Set properties like IsSelected, IsEnabled, etc.
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16 days ago
Key take aways from the Business of Software Conference(BoS) London 2017
Jason’s talk was followed by a fantastic presentation from Peldi the CEO of Balsamiq – Everything changes with Employee 25. The presentation started with something Peldi had learnt from a Joel Spolsky article: the four pillars of organic growth. Joel’s article explains that the four pillars of organic growth are Revenue, Head Count, PR and Quality, and that they all need to grow at the same rate as one another in order for the company to be successful.

Balsamiq is now at employee 25 which has required putting a more clearly defined structure in place for the way Balsamiq organise themselves. Throughout his presentation, Peldi explained how he has formalised the way they do things, which included updating their current handbook, coming up with clear team roles within the company, and changing the way they carried out their quarterly reviews so that Peldi does not have 100 meetings a year in quarterly reviews alone.
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16 days ago
The 7 Best Wireframing and Prototyping Tools for App Makers | InfoWorld
If you're only interested in putting together a wireframe of your app idea, then Balsamiq is the tool for you. Available as both a desktop and web application, Balsamiq has been around since 2008.

Wireframes are meant to require very little effort and time, so Balsamiq is designed to help you create you wireframes quickly. Simply add the basic elements you need, then resize, position, and customise as needed. The wireframes you create with Balsamiq will look a little rough, but that is intentional. The creative team behind the tool believe that a wireframe that looks more like a sketch encourages brainstorming. Which is a big reason for wireframing in the first place.

Simple version control will help you keep track of where you started, and where you are now. And just because this is a wireframe doesn't mean you can't get input from potential users/clients. You can't create a fully interactive prototype using Balsamiq, but you can link the screens/pages you create to generate a simple click-through prototype. No animations or interactions: the purpose is solely to demonstrate flow.

And if Balsamiq seems a little too limited, you can always add any of the community created extensions, templates, and icon packs.

Balsamiq is available as a desktop app , priced at $89 /user, a web based app starting at $12 /mo, or a Google Drive linked app, priced at $5 /user/mo. But you can start out with a free trial first, to see if it is the right tool for you.
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16 days ago
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