About Balsamiq

Balsamiq Wireframes is the industry-leading rapid wireframing software that combines the comfort and simplicity of paper sketching with the power of a digital tool, so your work is easier to share, modify, and get honest feedback on. Wireframes look like sketches, so stakeholders won't get distracted by little details, and can focus on what's important instead.

Pricing starting from:

US$9,00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Markets

Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$9,00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Balsamiq

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Features

Total features of Balsamiq: 41

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Brainstorming
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Linking
  • Design Templates
  • Desktop Interface
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Feedback Management
  • For Mobile
  • For Websites
  • Ideation
  • Image Library
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Interface
  • Mockup Creation
  • Multiple Projects
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Offline Access
  • Presentation Tools
  • Project Templates
  • Prototype Creation
  • Real-time Updates
  • Revision History
  • Single Sign On
  • Software Prototyping
  • Synchronous Editing
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • UI Prototyping
  • UX Prototyping
  • Usability Testing
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Whiteboard
  • Widgets
  • Wireframe Creation

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,4 /5
(347)
Value for Money
4,3/5
Features
4,2/5
Ease of Use
4,6/5
Customer Support
4,3/5

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Caleb B.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A must-have for efficient UI design workflows

Reviewed on 2018/11/15

My overall experience with Balsamiq has allowed me to create A to Z interfaces, complete with live...

My overall experience with Balsamiq has allowed me to create A to Z interfaces, complete with live links and elements, to test and share concepts with my team. It's made it easy to share ideas for interface design and has become the first step to every new site we build out.

Pros

Balsamiq allows you to make speedy, basic wireframes and nail down all the details of your site/interface before implementing or designing them with graphics. The best feature is being able to depict any possible element used in web design: Menus, radio buttons, text boxes, popups, forms, anything you can imagine. It also allows you to show those items in different states--for instance, if you needed to depict a drop-down menu that had been opened to view all the available drop-down options. The deep customization allows you to work out every detail of an interface before going to production. Revision histories and alternate layouts provide lots of room for creativity--a critical part of building great user interfaces.

Cons

Some of the features, like revision histories, are hard to figure out at first and require a short learning curve. It takes some time to play around with elements and find all the available options, and also requires time to realize what elements are available to use. It's difficult to browse elements and all their states; you have to select them, and then dig deeper within the element's settings.

Graham B.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Quick, simple and efficient wireframing

Reviewed on 2020/01/02

Balsamiq is the agency's go to wireframing tool. The application allows the UX team to quickly...

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

Alternatives Considered

Axure

Reasons for Switching to Balsamiq

Cost, streamlined feature set, ease of learning the software with no training required
Rahul Y.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Effective and easy to handle Mock-up Tool around !!

Reviewed on 2018/10/05

Pros

As a BA, whenever we receive technical specification from the client and break these down to user cases, it becomes important for us to design Mock-ups and confirm if we are on the same page as to the client before we rush into development to do so Balsmiq Mock-up is the one of the best tool around.
Designing the User interface design is faster with available element in User interface library. Just need to pick and drop items in the mock-up.
It is simple & easy to master. Interactive prototypes can be easily created by linking the mock-ups together to give operation view in the real time.
When you are done with prototyping the requirement then export option is also available. Either you can export the single mock-up or all together in PNG format or export the Mock-up as PDF. Export to PDF option is my personal favourite as I usually attach the mock-up in mail and share initial design with client and hence entice their feedback that let us to improve our design as directly from customer perspective. PDF exported file facilitates navigation between mockups through links present in pdf ensuring better understanding of functionality to the client.
It also has chat box and multiple user can operate simultaneously to create mock-ups and access the existing mock up as well . This provides the better communication between the team member and a quality experience of software development
It facilitate plugin from Google drive and Zora allowing to add mockup to and issue.

Cons

I think the tool lacks in integration with other tools that are used in software design as well as export option is limited to export as PDF or PNG and you can't Print to the printer directly. Except that I think it's a wonderful tool as it's web, desktop as well
as Google drive plug in is available

Daniel J.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Evergreen Wireframing tool

Reviewed on 2022/04/13

The best wireframing tool in the market, using it for the last 8 years. Recommended for all product...

The best wireframing tool in the market, using it for the last 8 years. Recommended for all product manager and UX folks

Pros

The ease of use and minimalistic design is my favorite factors in Balsamiq. The drag and drop- WYSIWYG framework make it easy to learn and get going from the day one

Cons

Option to collaborate can be improved, by tagging teammates and discussing real time

Amy H.
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The best software for UX processes

Reviewed on 2021/02/19

Very positive. Has sped up workflows and iterations within processes massively.

Very positive. Has sped up workflows and iterations within processes massively.

Pros

I like the limitations of this software. The stripped back and lack of styling allows me to focus my time only on UX. Previously, I have had issues where doing UX in XD or Sketch the client would be trying to make too many visual considerations. Since moving to Balsamiq this has streamlined communications to focusing on interaction points, hierarchy and best practices.

Cons

Not a con, but being able to assign labels for titles (H1, H2, H3 etc) would really help improve integration with CRO and SEO specialists. Also being able to have titles with multiple lines of text.

A larger and more consistent base of templates would be beneficial - i.e. landing pages, ecomm, brochure sites. Currently there's a lot of app based and molecule based templates and I don't utilise any of these.

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Balsamiq offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$9,00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

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

Balsamiq has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001-5 000

Balsamiq supports the following languages:

English

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Balsamiq integrates with the following applications:

Confluence, Google Drive, Jira, Trello

Balsamiq offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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