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.


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Tracy
Tracy
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

I still love it after 9 years

Reviewed on 2020/09/29

I've been extremely pleased with the overall experience. I really like the look of making a...

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.

Jenny
Jenny
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  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Fast, cheap mockup and wireframing tool for busy people

Reviewed on 2018/08/01

Quick wireframing and mockups without having to go on a course to use it. A great way to get your...

Quick wireframing and mockups without having to go on a course to use it. A great way to get your ideas down and shown around.

Pros

This is my go-to wireframing tool when I just need to get an idea down on something more than paper.

It's simple to use thanks to the drag and drop interface, with plenty of predetermined UI options like forms, buttons, menus, pickers, etc.

It's also ideal for presenting interactive prototypes to clients thanks to the linking feature and full-screen presentation option. I also love the option of "sketch" or "wireframe" so you can make it your work look like a quick draft or a clean wireframe.

While there's a short learning curve to use this product, there's tons of help to be found over at the Balsamiq website. I got plenty of tips and tricks to use Balsamiq more efficiently from their blog posts.

Cons

The UI library could use a bit of an update. It would also be good to customize them more than just resizing, especially for picky clients who want a hi-fi mockup. Changing the color of the dropdown buttons or changing the button background color AND text color, for example. If I could double-click on an element and then be able to select specific things, it would be perfect.

It would also be useful to add another font option. Just having one font for the entire project is rather limiting when trying to recreate a client's website as closely as possible to sell them on the new UI design.

Overall, Balsamiq is sort of like the "quick and dirty" version of more advanced wireframing tools. It's fast and easy to use but may seem like a downgrade if you're used to more high-end programs.

Response from Balsamiq Studios

Hi Jenny and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

I've added your vote for the different features/options you have mentioned but feel free to reach out directly if you have any additional input. It's always very helpful for us to hear it! [email protected]

-Virgin

Timothy
Timothy
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Great for online tutorial creators, outdated for design and prototyping

Reviewed on 2019/04/07

I've seen many Udemy courses using this as a teaching platform, and for that application it is...

I've seen many Udemy courses using this as a teaching platform, and for that application it is great. For modern designers, you should look someplace else for prototyping and outlining your next idea

Pros

- Great for explanation videos or tutorials
- Slide-show style format makes it easy to present complex topics in a simple way
- Lots of templates for mobile / web interfaces to create prototypes

Cons

- Modern design is moving towards working in apps like Sketch, where you can outline, design, prototype, and even generate CSS in a single place. Balsamiq used to be designers' go-to tool, but there are far better options available now.
- You can outline your ideas here, but you're just going to have to recreate them in another app anyway

Ashish
Ashish
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  • Industry: Internet
  • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Light and Efficient

Reviewed on 2018/09/11

Does the job quickly and efficiently, great to have collaboration​ and prototyping capabilities.

Does the job quickly and efficiently, great to have collaboration​ and prototyping capabilities.

Pros

I mainly use Balsamiq to wireframe ideas, it's light and fast for the job. I like how you can quickly translate ideas to screen in no time in black and white. I use it mostly to create wireframes to present the ideas quickly with the team and brainstorm on top of it. It has ready to use components for different form factors so you don't need to draw/create anything from scratch, just drag and drop. In case you need to run a quick paper prototype usability test, just print your screens and you are good to go.

Cons

Though it is a robust tool to work in silos, it misses the collaboration part. In the cloud age, the expectation is to quickly add team members and take feedback on the flow, structure or the solution itself in real-time. Default small canvas size is also an issue if you need to draw multiple screens, you need to manually configure the canvas size as per your need. Also to make things interactive you need to export the screens in PNG format and use another prototyping tool to connect them all.

Response from Balsamiq Studios

Hi Ashish and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

We definitely agree that collaboration is essential for most teams these days and we recently added many ways to collaborate in real-time in our new web version. More details here: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/collaborating/

About linking your wireframes together, you can actually do it directly from our tool: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/linking/

Hope this helps!

-Virgin

Keerthi
Keerthi
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  • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
  • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Easiest mock up creation software

Reviewed on 2018/09/11

An excellent experience for rapid prototyping and a life saver for requirements discussions

An excellent experience for rapid prototyping and a life saver for requirements discussions

Pros

I have a lot of clients that are not able to clearly express their requirements or visualize the outcome of the project. Step in balsamiq software that helps me to showcase the forms and development of very rapid prototyping screens. The software has the option to create mobile screens, grids, all the easier ux elements in a different sketch format. This gives the client an idea of what the product will look like and also confirm that it is a model and not the final product

Cons

Editing of grids or adding rich text elements is a bit painful process

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Balsamiq FAQs

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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:

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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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