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Balsamiq review by <span>Nate S.</span>
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Great tool for quick concepts/wireframes

What do you like best?

Balsamiq is a great wireframing tool that's easy for anyone to use. It has basic features like drag & drop, click to edit, and a library of UI elements that you can instantly search and add to your screen which saves a lot of time and helps create concepts quickly. Balsamiq also lets you hyperlink elements to other screens you create, thus allowing you to create clickable prototypes of your wireframes.

What do you dislike?

The out of the box icon and UI library they offer could use an update to keep up with a lot of the new UI that's being used in the market. The commenting and collaborating functions could use some improvements as well. The desktop app and web app could also use some improvements in sharing mockups from one to the other.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Balsamiq offers a desktop app and a web app. Each has a free 30-day trial, and after that you'll need to purchase a subscription or desktop license. It's worth giving it a trial to see if it will work for you. If you need a tool for creating basic wireframe concepts, it's great. It's also worth comparing it to other wireframe tools on the market to see of others may better meet your UI element needs or pricing needs. There is usually a small learning curve to get used to the nuances of different tools, so personal preference for the UI of a wireframe tool may come into play for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Anytime we are designing or building new web pages, software, mobile apps, etc the first thing we always do is sketch out the requirements into black & white Balsamiq wireframe concepts to keep the focus on functionality and not design. Once we're sure we have the right functionality in place, then we move into design. Balsamiq helps keep us (and our clients) focused on the important details in the early stages of new product designs and not worrying about things like colors when we should be worried about what the purpose of each screen is and what it actually does.

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Balsamiq review by <span>Skyler L.</span>
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Cannot get easier than drag 'n drop

What do you like best?

I like the search function and categorization which make it easy for me to location the graphics I am looking for. This also helps me easily access commonly used graphics like the browser window or phone screens from the top bar section so that I carry out as few actions as necessary. This really speeds up the entire process of creating wireframes!

What do you dislike?

To resize some of the graphics you have to use a sliding scale from small to extra large. I would prefer more customization there so that the wireframes I am creating are as close to the end result as I can get them. Some of the icons alow you to drag a corner to custom resize, and it would be great if all of the graphics had this same resizing option.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This tool doesn't take much time to onboard so you can pretty much toss it into the hands of anyone, however it is not a great tool for collaborative versioning. You have to save working files and share them back and forth elsewhere. Best for teams that are in the same office or can work collaborative

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability for non-technical team members (myself) to be able to communicate ideas to technical team members and clients. There are other wireframe creation tools on the market, but the drag and drop ease of use of Balsamiq make putting it into the hands of anyone on the project team possible.

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Balsamiq review by <span>Joe H.</span>
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Great Prototyping/Wireframing App

What do you like best?

I like how quickly you can get a mockup completed - great for visualizing designs after a brainstorm session. Easy to use, drag & drop, supports data entry and clickable areas to chain pages together. Great design tool at a very reasonable price!

What do you dislike?

Some of the data entry in the grids/spreadsheets can be a bit clunky, but there's not much I don't like about this product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are many lower-cost/free (online) options out there, but this is the one I feel does the best job -- certainly for the price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Getting from requirements to mockups can be a time consuming task, but this software allows you to shorten that timeframe with it's simple UI. Getting the wireframe designs in front of the stakeholder quickly allows you to close the design loop in a shorter timeframe - design iterations can be completed muck quicker. The main benefits are time savings and timely user feedback on the design.

Balsamiq review by <span>Curtis G.</span>
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Fast, easy, cheap wireframing for lean product teams and ux designers

What do you like best?

Balsamiq is a lightweight solution for wireframing products, websites, and apps. It requires very little training to begin using. If you are familiar with other design, prototyping, or wireframing software you'll pick it up quickly. It has some built in features like commonly used libraries (buttons, copy elements, forms, ios screens, icons, even has fontawesome integrated) to help speed up your workflow and kick out some low fidelity wireframes fast. Balsamiq has options for a sketch mode that styles your graphics to look more like drawings for when you need really low fidelity, or wireframe mode which is a little more polished with solid shapes and edges and fonts. Default is a monotone greyscale look to your designs but you can add colors and elements to make them pop moer. You can also create click through prototypes of your various screens and export to PDF for sharing. Plus you can purchase a web/cloud version or install a standalone version on your computer.

What do you dislike?

There aren't a lot of export options or ways to integrate to other tools in the design process such as Sketch, Invision, Adobe XD, etc. to take your low fidelity wireframes right from Balsamiq into the next phase of your workflow. Also, the web/cloud version seems overpriced. Charging per project instead of user. Considering how minimal the feature set, I would expect it to be less. If you are on smaller teams, opt for the standalone version instead.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They have a lot of info on their website about the features and how to use it plus helpful videos. It doesn't take long so do a little research. Also look up other similar wireframing tools and compare features for what you need. Lastly, they offer a free trial and you can easily learn all of the features in that amount of time to make your final decision.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our team needs to be nimble and iterate on ideas, prototypes, and design flows quickly. Balsamiq is an affordable solution to do this.

Benefits:

Fast, cheap, and almost anyone can use this with minimal software education.

Balsamiq review by <span>Nick H.</span>
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A great way of quickly presenting your ideas

What do you like best?

Balsmiq is simply a quick way of drawing out your idea and is easy to pickup and put down. When you launch Balsmiq, your previous "Mockups" are ready and waiting.

Its great for mapping out a system diagram, but excellent for application/web development. Each item you add to the page has a "Link" function will allows you to link this to another mockup. This means that you can mockup a website then when you preview it, all of the links work and take you to other pages. The beauty of it is that you do not have to be a web developer great a mockup. We find it very useful to plan our ideas and then hand our mockups over for them to develop.

What do you dislike?

It can be a little particular here and there. Adding an image or a block of text to the mockup can be a tad confusing as its not entirely obvious from the icons that it is what you want.

Also when you put it in full screen, it really means full screen. So add a little bit of padding around your image if you want to be able to see everything.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have the time and already have Powerpoint installed and licensed, have a play with its storyboarding functionality. If it doesn't do the trick, definitely check out Balsamiq.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wireframing of our systems and mockups of our websites. The key benefit is that it makes is much easier to collaborate on your projects.

Balsamiq review by <span>Maritza L.</span>
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A great low-fidelity mock up/prototyping software

What do you like best?

Balsamiq makes wireframing and prototyping very fast and easy. You have a lot of pre-defined assets such as buttons, icons, titles, text, labels, placeholder items etc. that you can drag and drop, letting you finish an idea for a landing page or app quite quickly.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that you cannot edit the predefined icons. As far as I know, its not possible to even change their angles. Also, the opacity is already predefined, you can choose only about 4 or 5 states of opacity, instead of a percentage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great and easy tool for everybody. It mostly would be used for the early stages of mockups for an app or website and can be used by designers, marketers, or even developers to generate a quick wireframe idea, and helps you understand the user flow too.

It also works great to create low fidelity prototypes to make usability tests, so you can testyour design to make sure the users understand the flow you have in mind, and make quick adjustments, that would be very tedious to do if you were working with high-fidelity prototypes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being a UI/UX designer, this works great for receiving feedback for the idea of a design both by the final users, but for the client too. The benefits: being able to create mockups very quickly and edit them easily. This works for website designs and for apps too. Being able to make usability tests very efficiently.

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