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Communicating via text or voice leaves room for error, so make use of visuals when explaining your thoughts. For example, you could use Balsamiq to share an idea, and draw.io or Lucid Chart to describe a new marketing flow. Preparing visuals before a meeting will save you from having to repeat yourself.
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User Review: My designs with Balsamiq
MARCH 16, 2018
User Review: "My designs with Balsamiq"
Eliz Marvic Melicio Carvajal
Coordinador de desarrollo de software
Ingeniería de Consulta IncostasOil & Energy, 51-200 employees
Score 10 out of 10

Overall Satisfaction with Balsamiq
Use Cases and Deployment Scope
Balsamiq is currently used in the Software Development department, as a design tool. We rely on the tool to design screens that are discussed with the internal users, the versions of the screens are made and it is possible to assemble a whole process with all the screens and it is shown as a presentation for the final approval before starting to develop.
Pros and Cons
It is possible to make several versions of a screen and remain related to then submit them to evaluation with the user.
The application is inductive, or requires much explanation to use it. When working with a functional user it is easy for him to post comments or make a modification.
Integrates with the bootstrap symbols, which allows the screens to be seen as close to the final developed version.
Duplicating a library should only be done from the libraries, it has happened that I duplicated a library, and when I realized I have already designed several screens with the duplicated library, which makes me lose information when I delete the duplicate library.
I would like to see a Blackboard-type version, where at least two people can interact in the same design at the same time. This is because there are clients with whom remote reviews are made.
It does not have a Spanish version, there are functional users who are asked to make comments or changes and do not use another language.
Return on Investment
Significantly improved planning and delivery times.
Rework is significantly reduced, because after the information is collected, the models are made and they are reviewed with the client, showing the flow, fields, etc.
Projects close on time and it is easier to visualize with the client to approve scope changes, which translates into time and money.
Alternatives Considered
Sketch
Balsamiq is selected for cost and product quality. It is inductive, so it does not require much support or courses to start using it, it does not take up much space on the server, it is very light. It can be used in several operating systems. You can load the Bootstrap library, which makes it a good option to see the screens as close to the final presentation. Functional users find it very easy to make comments or create changes in the presented models.
Other Software Used
Adobe Illustrator CC, Microsoft SQL Server, Trello
Likelihood to Recommend
Because it is simple to use, it adapts very well when you want to present, clarify, approve and adjust with a client the models of the product that you request. In addition to this, it supports the developers when starting the code to have a clear idea of ​​what the client wants and to minimize rework or scope changes.
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review: Amazing solution for quick, iterative wireframing
MARCH 20, 2018
Balsamiq Review: "Amazing solution for quick, iterative wireframing"
Engineer in Engineering
Environmental Services Company, 1-10 employees
Score 10 out of 10

Overall Satisfaction with Balsamiq
Use Cases and Deployment Scope
I've used Balsamiq off and on for a while. First while working on the design of a new user interface for a software system for a defense contractor. The software functionality was quite complex, and needed significant amounts of prototyping and iteration. Balsamiq allowed us to prototype the functionality and general layout on each screen without getting very attached to any particular look and feel. This helped significantly with iterating designs from a functional standpoint while separating out any distractions of particular colors and aesthetics. I'm currently using Balsamiq to prototype a GUI interface for wind speed monitoring equipment that we are using.
Pros and Cons
Very easy to learn to use with little previous experience using the software
Great design which allows you to create interface prototypes of a system functionality, in a way that it is really a wire frame and doesn't look so professional that people are afraid to critique it. This allows for gaining feedback from many stakeholders quickly.
New iterations of a design can be built quickly for rapid prototyping and learning
Easier to learn for people with a technical background. The limits of our ability to use Balsamiq easily to create new iterations came when program management and business development people with little background in the software wanted to use it.
Complex or particularly custom functionality is difficult to demonstrate in Balsamiq.
Limited ability to make a mockup interactive
Return on Investment
It has definitely saved time when negotiating interface changes with a large variety of stakeholders
Building a new layout is very quick and saves a lot of time when prototyping any clean basic interface
All of this eventually leads to better functionality for less money, which while hard to quantify is very useful
The only potential negative impact is that the design features are limited so may discourage the use of custom features which would have been particularly useful.
Alternatives Considered
Balsamiq is the only wireframing software I've used. The only other thing that I've used for any wireframing is Microsoft Powerpoint, which does actually increase some customization options, but takes much longer to make a quality wireframe.

I've also used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for more finalized designs. These have a large advantage for anything that you want to look like the final product but also take significantly more time.
Other Software Used
Onshape, SimScale, MATLAB, Squarespace, WordPress, JIRA Software
Likelihood to Recommend
Balsamiq is best suited for early mockups and interface prototyping where you are trying to define the general layout of your screen as opposed to particular aesthetics. It's great for scenarios where you want to get a lot of feedback from stakeholders and integrate the feedback quickly into a new design.

Balsamiq is less useful for final designs or designs that require a large amount of custom and interactive features to be displayed on the prototype as it will not allow for this functionality.
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review: Amazing for fast prototyping
Balsamiq Review: "Amazing for fast prototyping"
Alexis Medvedeff
Product Manager
Omnia SaludInternet, 1-10 employees
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Overall Satisfaction with Balsamiq
Use Cases and Deployment Scope
We have been using Balsamiq as a prototyping tool at the Product department. Being a small software startup this allowed us to make low fidelity prototyping very fast. It has been great for showing users the basic functionality of new features and iterate rapidly with the feedback. It's also perfect for the development team to understand the basic idea and complement it with some written specifications.
Pros and Cons
It is very easy to create a layout and show an idea. With just a couple of clicks, you can state the main screens of an app of any kind.
Simple. Even though you can import assets and make a mockup with real assets, I think the main power of Balsamiq is keeping it in wireframes. This allows you to focus only on layouts, available information, and interactions and then in another stage of the project you take care of the design and look.
Good library of components available by default. This makes it straightforward to open it and work right away in your project or idea.
The project can get a bit laggy around 70-100 pages (on a MacBook Pro). It didn't happen to me but I've seen it in a presentation of a project and it froze in a moment and had to restart the app.
I don't find the design of the components very "pretty". It's totally subjective but still wanted to mention it. I know this is the style they have had since the beginning and it's almost something that identifies Balsamiq, but I think it can be improved.
Return on Investment
It allows for a rapidly paced company where you need to move fast and iterate based on feedback (and you don't have a big team to do that).
Alternatives Considered
InVision, Justinmind and
We have used some other alternatives and Balsamiq is the best one for fastest results.
InVision and Justinmind both work very well and have great tools for collaboration and making interactive mockups. With Justinmind, I have done some app mockups that felt almost functional because I even used real assets. But unfortunately, a lot of time and dedication is needed. It can be good if your application isn't too big.
In this case, I mention powerpoint because we have also used it to make some mockups based on assets we already had. Just by cutting, pasting and cropping different images and assets.
Other Software Used
Trello, Bitbucket, GitHub, Slack, LastPass, Evernote, Justinmind, Bonita BPM, Dropbox, Woopra, Freshdesk, MailChimp, TeamGantt, Zopim by Zendesk
Likelihood to Recommend
It is probably the best option for people who need to move fast and don't care about the aesthetics of the mockup.
It is also very good for a presentation as it has a special cursor that points out easily parts of the design.
It is great when you care most about layout and functionality and less about the final look.

It is probably not the best option for a high definition mock, even though you can do it.
I would not suggest this for a sales/marketing/PR presentation as it is not as good looking.
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review: An excellent tool to design applications
Balsamiq Review: "An excellent tool to design applications"
Miguelangel Nuñez
Software Developer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
Overall Satisfaction with Balsamiq
Use Cases and Deployment Scope
Balsamiq is used in our department to sketch all screens of our application. We draw in an easy way the mockups and later we use the images with another tool to get the app workflow done.
Pros and Cons
This application lets you use default or custom predefined components in an easy way, It allows for a fast prototyping phase.
It is possible to realize several versions of a screen, this allows to send the user different versions for approval.
The application is very easy to use. It's easy for a user to post comments or make modifications.
Balsamiq's UI is very simple. Color combinations are unattractive and it's old-fashioned
Symbol libraries can be duplicated easily and it is a problem because is possible to work with two different instances of the same library at same time
Return on Investment
Significantly improved planning and delivery times.
Alternatives Considered
Weebly
We select Balsamiq for product cost and quality. It is intuitive, so it does not require much support or courses to start using it. It does not take up much space on the server, it is very light. It can be used in several operating systems. You can load the Bootstrap library which makes the screens look as similar as possible to the final presentation.
Other Software Used
MongoDB, Adobe Illustrator CC
Likelihood to Recommend
It is very good to present, clarify, approve and modify the screens of the application to the client. In addition to this, it helps developers to have a clearer idea before starting to program.
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review - Good mocking tool by G2 Crowd User in Internet April 25, 2018
Good mocking tool
What do you like best?
That it is available through the browser is nice.

What do you dislike?
It can have some downsides that it relies on the browser to be used.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Quick wireframeing
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review - Poor design by Margaret (Maggie) T. April 29, 2018
Poor design
What do you like best?
I like that balsamiq has a lot of components already built in and easily dragged in.

What do you dislike?
These components look very childlike. The font is especially bad.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
It’s nice to be able to mock up an idea quickly; but I don’t really end up using this software due to such low fidelity, ugly mockups.
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review - Balsamiq is the Best by G2 Crowd User in Libraries May 03, 2018
Balsamiq is the Best
What do you like best?
So easy to use for creating quick lo-fi prototypes. I love the hand drawn look.

What do you dislike?
I haven't been notified of upgrades or new asset packages. Some of the assets are old, and the community could be a little tighter.

Recommendations to others considering the product
An easier alternative to Sketch

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I'm a UX/IA contractor and do all my own projects in Balsamiq. At least 25+ by now.
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review - Balsamiq Review by G2 Crowd User in Information Technology and Services May 04, 2018
Balsamiq Review
What do you like best?
Good for creating quick, easy, on-the-fly mockups/wireframes to help express ideas

What do you dislike?
Some of the styles are almost childish, the calendar is pixelated etc

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Good for PMs and other colleagues to be able to jot down an idea and deliver it to me, the designer— it helps to have a visual to work off of and make higher fidelity
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review - Quick wire framing tool by G2 Crowd User May 07, 2018
Quick wire framing tool
What do you like best?
It is user-friendly, does not need a lot of expertise to start using it.

What do you dislike?
I do not think there is anything I dislike about it.

Recommendations to others considering the product
It is one of the best tools out there for wire framing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I am constantly using it for wire framing the new features so that I can provide them to my design team.
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review - Does one thing well but not necessary to use by G2 Crowd User May 10, 2018
Does one thing well but not necessary to use
What do you like best?
I like how it is very very simple to wireframe and fast too.

What do you dislike?
I dislike the limited functionality. Can only wireframe and cant do mockups.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Benefits is that it has a prototype feature that lets you easily link the screens and make it seem interactive.
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Balsamiq Review - Easy to use, basic for wireframing by G2 Crowd User in Higher Education May 15, 2018
Easy to use, basic for wireframing
What do you like best?
The pre-made icons, wireframe tools, etc. It's very easy to use.

What do you dislike?
Sometimes it's missing a button/icon that you want, and you have to find another way to make it or show it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Just creating basic wireframes for websites primarily
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4 days ago by balsamiq
Highlights of INDUSTRY Europe 2018 Product Conference in Dublin
Building products that people love, want and need — Giacomo ‘Peldi’ Guilizzoni
Peldi is the founder of Balsamiq, a popular wire-framing tool. He is an engineer who moved to product. Balsamiq helps people to express their ideas without needing a designer. What really stood out was Peldi’s unique philosophy towards building a product.


Giacomo ‘Peldi’ Guilizzoni (source: INDUSTRY).
Most companies spend a lot of time on analyzing the competition and making decisions based on what the rest is doing. Peldi expressed the following opinion on analyzing your competitors:

“I spend zero time on competition. It’s a loser mentality. Is the best you can do copy someone else? I believe you can do better than that.”
When Balsamiq started, Peldi was upset about people cloning their features. He became less angry once he realized that their best was ‘’to copy’ and his best was ‘to innovate’. You will find many unique features in Balsamiq that separate Balsamiq from the competition.

A concrete example is the help menu in Balsamiq. Imagine you are working till late at night on a mock-up. You are tired and still need to eat. You do not know what to make for dinner. Hidden in the help menu is a ‘What should I make for dinner’ option. It contains YouTube videos how to make certain dishes created by the head chef of Balsamiq.

Will a feature such as this be the reason somebody purchases Balsamiq? Probably not. Will it be one of the reasons he will talk about the tool with other people? Probably yes.

Balsamiq follows a human approach towards building products. Balsamiq does not have a sales funnel. The aim is not to grow, but to build a product users love.

Peldi loves how in Italy you can find restaurants and stores that have been passed on from generation to generation. He favors longevity over growth. Peldi expressed his allergy to tracking numbers and focusing only on growth as follows:

“Balsamiq tracks nothing. We do not use metrics, we make friends. After spending an hour with a customer, you made a friend. You can’t make friends with analytics.”
Balsamiq does not use data, apart from talking to customers. The product should connect to customers as a human and evoke positive feelings. Analytics cannot replace talking to customers. The better you understand your customer, the easier everything else gets.
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4 days ago by balsamiq
How to streamline your UI/UX workflow with Figma – Nicole‘s Blog
The simplest classic process would be to build wireframes in one app like Balsamiq, then build the design in another app like Sketch, then prototype it in another app like inVision. This is not an interative process as it causes frictions and wastes a lot of time, not to mention it creates a huge gap between wireframing and prototyping.
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5 days ago by balsamiq
Inspire me with an app – Appzio – Medium
When advising our clients, we suggest that they use a professional tool, where professional does not mean expensive. Popular ones that does not break the bank are Balsamiq and Wireframe.cc and I personally advise to look into Sktech (MAC users only), as it allows you to get more visual (thus weed out more possible problems in one go).
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5 days ago by balsamiq
Scheduling Summer Camps/Classes in Seattle | psourze
I had quickly sketched out (on Balsamiq Cloud -a fantastic program to draft new ideas)
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5 days ago by balsamiq
Mobile App Prototyping Tools Guide – Venice Consulting Group – Medium
Balsamiq is a mobile app prototyping tool that is useful for sketching user interfaces for both mobile and web applications. This service enables users to create new, innovative mockups and effortlessly share them with clients or team members. Balsamiq Mockupsallows the designer to organize pre-build widgets by the use of a drag and drop editor.
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5 days ago by balsamiq
The Product Analytics Playbook – bimal maharjan – Medium
Low-Fidelity Clickable Wireframe
Tools: Powerpoint or Keynote, or Balsamiq. I use Balsamiq
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5 days ago by balsamiq
Wireframing software : userexperience
We use Balsamiq and Blend and I am planning to get Adobe XD as well.

I prefer design tools that are Windows friendly and run on the desktop (no love for anything Electron).
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5 days ago by balsamiq
5 praktische Wireframe-Tools | xeit - Agentur für Social Media Marketing und Online Marketing
Mit Balsamiq
Pro:

Das Tool ist extra für Wireframes gemacht und einfach verständlich.
Es gibt eine Cloud und eine Download-Lösung. Es ist einfach gemeinsam an einem Wireframe zu arbeiten.
Viele vorgefertigte Elemente. Der User findet einfache Titel, Buttons und Aufzählungen aber auch komplexerer Grafiken und viele verschiedene Icons.
Das Tool ist absichtlich grob und einfach gehalten, damit man nicht auf die Idee kommt zu viel zu gestalten und somit nicht zu früh zur Design-Diskussion übergeht.
Kontra:

Balsamiq ist kein gratis Tool. Es kann zwar gratis getestet werden, danach kostet die Cloud-Version $9/ Monat und die Desktop-Version $89 (einmalig).
Es gibt nur eine Schriftart, die nicht verändert werden kann.
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5 days ago by balsamiq
A Tutorial On Xamarin | Redbytes Software
Balsamiq

Balsamiq is another design aid that helps designers get faster, better and smarter in their design building experience. For once, it uses computer to reproduce the experience of sketching on a whiteboard and making wireframes faster. This ultimately helps creative designers generate more ideas and think of the best solutions possible. Here in Balsamiq, one can just drag and drop to elements for resizing, make fast changes and bring clarity to their work.
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5 days ago by balsamiq
HOW TO CREATE USEFUL WIREFRAMES FOR MOBILE AND WEB APPLICATIONS?|Blog
amiq, the best tool for creating the low-fidelity wireframe. It is available both as a web application and a desktop software for Windows and Mac OS. The application has a great solution for agencies and freelancer to create stories with their mockup instead of focusing in detail on the complete functionality of the application. You have the ability to collaborate with team members to share the final thoughts for feedback. This application is more focused on website mockup and you can export the files in PDF, .PNG or clipboard elements. You can take a trial of 7 days before subscribing the tool.
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6 days ago by balsamiq
Why Should You Create A Prototype and What Tools You Can Use? - DZone Agile
Balsamiq is used to create basic, low-fidelity prototype with a quick turnaround time, which is just like sketching on a whiteboard, but through the computer. It has a large library of UI elements, allowing designers to focus on functions, layouts, and interactions.

This tool aims to deliver convenience and ensures speed, encouraging designers with a free spirit of sketching on paper to generate and test new ideas.
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6 days ago by balsamiq
Wireframing Your App: Fake it Before Building it | 360 Degree Technosoft Blog
The core strength of this tool is building wireframes. Well, for using this tool, you need to have knowledge about the process through which you can create an interactive yet simple wireframe for testing and demo. This is basically called linking. This tool is specifically for the sketch lovers as this tool offers a simple whiteboard area for sketching. To accelerate your content creation, there are lots of content created by other which you can import and use for your prototyping. The tool also avails you with the templates for the Android and iOS for handy prototyping.
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6 days ago by balsamiq
Building a UX Team at Virgin Atlantic - Boagworld Show
Absolutely. Anyway, so there we go that is a pretty much us done, except to mention our second sponsor, and I am so ch- [inaudible 01:03:38], It’s Balsamiq. They’re doing another season with us, right. They’re back and I’ve been doing so much work with these guys recently, it’s so much fun.

Paul Boag: At the moment I’m working on them, with them, on a 5 hour master class on encouraging conversion in a way that isn’t manipulative going back to what we’ve just said.

Paul Boag: That’s why I’m so busy at the moment Marcus. I’m writing that like mad. I think it’s the biggest, the most complicated thing I’ve ever done and Balsamiq is supporting me doing it and Oh I’m so excited!

Paul Boag: But they’ll be more on that later or I’ll bore you endlessly about that in the future.

Paul Boag: For now, let’s just talk about Balsamiq. In case you didn’t catch last season you really should check out Balsamiq cloud. It is by far, in my opinion, and that’s not just cause they’re supporting my master class, the fastest, easiest, and most collaborative method for [inaudible 01:04:38] right now. I honestly believe that.

Paul Boag: Everything, if you know how to do drag and drop you can use this. It’s so, so straight forward. And that means anybody can use it. You can create a great experience, you can test and prototype a really good experience without having to get out some fancy design tool, which means your manager can do it, stake holders can do it, you can get users doing it.

Paul Boag: It’s actually even easier than pen and paper because it is just drag and drop. It’s great for collaboration as well and also for designers if they want to collaborate in real time with maybe a stake holder or a customer. It’s so much more straight forward than some of the more kind of fancy prototyping tools out there. So it’s really good for quickly putting things together in the room with a client.

Paul Boag: I would encourage you to give it a go basically. You can find out more by going to boag.world/Balsamiq and yeah, give it a try
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6 days ago by balsamiq
My Crypto Coins app series – Part 2: Mockups, UI, XML layouts - Andrius Baruckis website
There are various software on the market to choose from and you will have to do your own investigation which one fits best all your needs. For all my projects mockups right now I am using Balsamiq Mockups for Desktop app — rapid, effective and very easy to use wireframing software. I am rather happy with it and could confidently recommend it for creating Android apps, so please feel free to try.
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6 days ago by balsamiq
7 Powerful UX Tools Every Designer Needs to Know About - Visual Contenting
A cheaper and more bare-bones tool for building prototypes, Balsamiq is designed for people who work quickly and instinctively. It includes every feature intended to shave precious seconds off your workflow. Balsamiq’s interface is a lot like a digital whiteboard. If you’re whipping up wireframes with a limited time frame, this is the product for you.
Balsamiq also less than 1/5 of the price of Axure RP, so if you’re looking to make static prototypes but don’t need all of Axure’s features, Balsamiq is a great alternative; ff you want to go with a lower-budget prototyping tool, choose Balsamiq.
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7 days ago by balsamiq
Five examples of no-code prototypes | Krit
(if you want something even easier, or want to create wireframes you can take to a designer, you can use Balsamiq)
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7 days ago by balsamiq
A Thorough Guide to Your Mobile App Development Process
Balsamiq, which has been around since 2008, is a popular choice.  Since wireframes are meant to require very little effort and time, Balsamiq is incredibly easy to use.
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7 days ago by balsamiq
100+ Best Web Design Tools for Designers (Speed Up Your Workflow)
Balsamiq is software that assists you to work faster and smarter. It creates the feeling and experience of drawing and sketching on the white board but using a computer.
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7 days ago by balsamiq
Re-designing the user flow of a facility management software.
I heavily used Balsamiq mockups to make the wire-frames, and Adobe XD for a few edits.
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7 days ago by balsamiq
10 Best Web Design Software and Tools (Free & Paid) - SEM
This tool is one of the best professional web design software that is quite interesting to use. You can use some tools like Photoshop and Sketch to develop a complete website. WordPress will come in handy if you want to turn that design into a live website. Balsamiq, on the other hand, is among the best wireframing tools in the market. It is an easy to use tool that will grant you an excellent canvas for filling together with the common elements of the website structure that you may require. You only need to meet the cost of a single license and you will have this tool on your Windows or Mac.
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Jason Martell - Product Developer at Blast
Wireframe your ideas using Sketch or Balsamiq and see that your user experience make sense.
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