Balsamiq

Mockups and Rapid Wireframing Tool

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Balsamiq Overview

What is Balsamiq?

Balsamiq Mockups allows software designers and developers build great software by letting them easily sketch out their ideas, then quickly collaborate and iterate over them.

Mockups offers the same speed and rough feel as sketching with a pencil, but with the advantage of the digital medium: enlarging containers is just a drag operation, rearranging elements doesn’t require starting over, and your wireframes will be clear enough that you’ll be able to make sense of them tomorrow.

Balsamiq Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$12,00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Personal - $12 /month
Starter - $24 /month
Team - $49 /month
Agency - $99 /month
Enterprise - $249 /month
Unlimited Active Projects - $999/month

A Single User License – $79

Plugins for Google Drive, Confluence, JIRA, FogBugz & XWiki - from $5/month


Balsamiq Features

Devices
Business size
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Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia
Supported Languages
English

Media

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Balsamiq Reviews

Balsamiq Reviews

Overall rating
4,4
/
5
Excellent
157

Very good
120

Average
22

Poor
4

Terrible
1

Value for Money
4,3
Features
4,1
Ease of Use
4,6
Customer Support
4,3
91% recommended this app
Caleb B.

A must-have for efficient UI design workflows

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.


Graham B.

Quick, simple and efficient wireframing

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.


Tracy C.

I still love it after 9 years

I've been extremely pleased with the overall experience. I really like the look of making a wireframe look like a sketch. It gives it a very clean look so you can focus on the functionality.


Rahul Y.

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


Nathan W.

Simple wireframing that anyone can figure out.

Overall I've enjoyed using Balsamiq as a lightweight solution to quickly mock up a widget or interface. I've used it on dozens of projects and it has served me well. I've never encountered a bug or usability issue that has prevented me from completing work.


Caleb B.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 11-50 Employees

A must-have for efficient UI design workflows

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/11/15
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Graham B.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Quick, simple and efficient wireframing

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/01/02
Review Source: Capterra

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

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Tracy C.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 11-50 Employees

I still love it after 9 years

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/09/29
Review Source: Capterra

I've been extremely pleased with the overall experience. I really like the look of making a wireframe look like a sketch. It gives it a very clean look so you can focus on the functionality.

Pros

I found it extremely easy to use. It took me very little time to understand the concept and then I was up and running. As I continued to use it I picked up shortcuts and advanced features. It really plays a big role in communicating what needs to be built. I also really like exporting a project into a PDF file so it can be used as a demo with options linking to various pages.

Cons

I haven't really found much that I did not like. There have been times when I would like to have some more elements to include in my wireframes. I have seen some that were available for purchase which is nice.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Rahul Y.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees

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

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/10/05
Review Source: Capterra

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

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Nathan W.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Simple wireframing that anyone can figure out.

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/08/17
Review Source: Capterra

Overall I've enjoyed using Balsamiq as a lightweight solution to quickly mock up a widget or interface. I've used it on dozens of projects and it has served me well. I've never encountered a bug or usability issue that has prevented me from completing work.

Pros

It's a simple wireframing solution that allows multi-page PDF exports. The available tools and controls are simple, which forces you to design with a wireframe mindset and not get caught up in the visual details.

You can get creative with the included assets to create elements that are not built-in by default. Balsamiq supports saving elements as symbols so that they can be easily reused across wireframes.

Cons

I have a licensed copy of Balsamiq Wireframes, however that does not allow me to receive major-version updates. I paid nearly $80 for a license years ago, but in order to upgrade, I need to purchase a new license (albeit at a discount).

I would also like to see a wider variety of predefined assets included out of the box.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

User recommendation
8,3/10
Based on 304 user ratings
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Balsamiq Pricing

Balsamiq Pricing

Starting from
US$12,00/month
Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Personal - $12 /month
Starter - $24 /month
Team - $49 /month
Agency - $99 /month
Enterprise - $249 /month
Unlimited Active Projects - $999/month

A Single User License – $79

Plugins for Google Drive, Confluence, JIRA, FogBugz & XWiki - from $5/month

Personal - $12 /month
Starter - $24 /month
Team - $49 /month
Agency - $99 /month
Enterprise - $249 /month
Unlimited Active Projects - $999/month

A Single User License – $79

Plugins for Google Drive, Confluence, JIRA, FogBugz & XWiki - from $5/month

Value for Money
4,3/5
Based on 304 user ratings
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Balsamiq Features

Balsamiq Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
User Management
Workflow Management
Features
4,1/5
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Additional information for Balsamiq

Additional information for Balsamiq

Key features of Balsamiq

  • Click-Through Prototypes
  • Drag and Drop for Simplicity
  • Export to PNG or PDF
  • Full Keyboard Support
  • Import and Export
  • Low-Fi Sketch Wireframes
  • Quick Add for Speed
  • UI Components & Icons
  • Works Offline

Balsamiq FAQs

Balsamiq FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Balsamiq.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Balsamiq offer?

Balsamiq offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$12,00/month

Pricing model: One Time License, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Personal - $12 /month Starter - $24 /month Team - $49 /month Agency - $99 /month Enterprise - $249 /month Unlimited Active Projects - $999/month A Single User License – $79 Plugins for Google Drive, Confluence, JIRA, FogBugz & XWiki - from $5/month

Q. What are the main features of Balsamiq?

Balsamiq offers the following features:

  • Click-Through Prototypes
  • Drag and Drop for Simplicity
  • Export to PNG or PDF
  • Full Keyboard Support
  • Import and Export
  • Low-Fi Sketch Wireframes
  • Quick Add for Speed
  • UI Components & Icons
  • Works Offline

Q. Who are the typical users of Balsamiq?

Balsamiq has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Balsamiq support?

Balsamiq supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Balsamiq offer?

Balsamiq has the following pricing plans:

One Time License, Subscription

Q. Does Balsamiq support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Balsamiq supports

Q. What other apps does Balsamiq integrate with?

Balsamiq integrates with the following applications:

Atlassian Confluence, Jira, Jira Service Desk, Shift

Q. What level of support does Balsamiq offer?

Balsamiq offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials