Balsamiq Studios

Balsamiq Mockups

4 / 5 32 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Everyone with an idea for a website or an application. Over 500k customers and counting.


Average Ratings

32 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $89.00/one-time/user
  • Pricing Details
    Pricing varies depending on product (Desktop, SaaS, Plugin).
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Balsamiq Studios
  • balsamiq.com/

About Balsamiq Mockups

Rapid wireframing software that enables lean teams to collaborate, make mockups, control versions, and run user test.


Balsamiq Mockups Features

  • Animation
  • For Mobile
  • For Websites
  • Heatmaps
  • Prototyping
  • Screen Activity Recording
  • Unmoderated Testing
  • Usability Testing
  • User Journeys
  • User Research
  • Collaboration
  • Desktop Interface
  • Drag & Drop
  • Feedback Management
  • Interactive Elements
  • Mobile Interface
  • Mockup Creation
  • Page Linking
  • Presentation Tools
  • Prototype Creation
  • Revision History
  • Screen Capture
  • Wireframe Creation

Balsamiq Mockups Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Found This App From a Course I Took

Nov 13, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: This app is really a diamond in the rough. The app was introduced to me in an online course on Conversion Rate Optimization. I didn't even know I needed this until I saw it...then I knew. I instantly downloaded it for my desktop and got to work (I was only using the free trial, so I knew I didn't have a endless time frame). I made a lot of wire frames using Balsamiq. SUPER easy to use, especially coming from someone who is not a designer. It's all drag and drop. I caught on within the first couple minutes of using the tool. This was extremely helpful when I had to explain ideas to our developers. I was able to download a wire frame I made with Balsamiq and our developers could see my vision. I really liked the sticky note feature--it allowed me to add notes to our developers about why certain items were in the wire frame.

Cons: I only used a free trial, so I guess my con would be the price. We don't do enough wireframing to invest in Balsamiq, but I wish! I miss seeing it on my desktop!

I use this application to make screen models for software developed internally in the company

Nov 10, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It is easy to use, friendly, you can make base models, prepare presentations to users, make several versions that allows you to select the optimal one and leave the history of other models, insert bootstrap icons, symbols to make it more similar to the final version, place annotations

Cons: When saving duplicates the symbols, it is difficult to erase them because when deleting they are removed from the ready models.

Overall: It is very good to make models and discuss them with end users, and with developers, it is easy to use and very friendly.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on November 13, 2017

Hi Eliz and thanks for your review! We'd love to hear more about the issue you're seeing while deleting Symbols. If you have time, could you reach us via support@balsamiq.com? While it¿s totally fine if you don¿t have time for this, we¿ll be here to help if you¿d like! :) Kind regards, -Virgin from Balsamiq

One of the best tools to create wireframes

Oct 14, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I love this tool because it's easy to use, to learn and has a lot of elements and capabilities to build awesome Mockups for desktop, tablets and smartphones. We use this tool for prototyping and wireframing. With it we can communicate with the client in a much better and clear way. We reduce the design and development times with the implementation of wireframes

Cons: The price, It's a little expensive, I have the desktop version and don't test the web app yet but also looks a little expensive to me in comparison with others apps.

Overall: We use this tool for prototyping and wireframing. With it we can communicate with the client in a much better and clear way. We reduce the design and development times with the implementation of wireframes

Easy to learn, use, and receive feedback on your mockups quickly

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software was very easy to learn quickly and make mock ups which looked nice, but not so final that it was hard to get people to give feedback about what functionality you were trying to accomplish on each screen. They very clearly look like mockups which everyone is ok with giving good feedback on, but also get feedback from software engineers that I worked with that they were very easy to translate to code.

Cons: It was difficult to demonstrate extremely dynamic or custom functionality, which limited the software designs that we could develop slightly.

Perfect tool for low-fi mock-ups.

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I like how this feels like digital pencil and paper; cutting out an in-between step of uploading or scanning drawings while still giving you the flexibility and look of a sketch.
Balsamiq is super-easy to use, with a minimal learning curve.
The interface is intuitive and with a fast load time, so nothing gets in the way of designing.
There are many pre-populated UI items which can also speed up the process.

Cons: While it is great for low-fi mock-ups, you'll need to use something else for your high-fidelity designs. For organizations with limited budgets, that means paying for multiple tools, which may not be ideal.

Overall: Quick, efficient low-fi mock-ups. Generous free trial to play around the tool and see if it will work for you & your team.

I used it for the prototyping of my website and some mobile applications

Oct 03, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I love the ease of use and the many prototyping tools it gives to the user that it says. Also the support is good .

Good for Wire-framing

Sep 14, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: 1. Simple to Sketch and work for Wire framing
2. Lot of UI Components (Like Icons and Controls)
3. Exports helps

Cons: 1. Didn't face any Cons in (Desktop or Mobile) apps
2. Web related is little low compare to the Mobile features
3. Used few other software also, Sketch is unique

It is been i good experience using Balsamiq software create any type of template in easy way

Aug 31, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: We can created fast mockups and Iterate Sooner & Painlessly most important thing we can sketch any design parts so that person can easily understand

Easy to learn & use - quick prototyping - rich interface

Aug 24, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
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3 / 5
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Pros: The interface good as it is easy to learn and design wireframes. I would say in no time you can start designing the low fidelity wireframes and share you output by using the export functionality either PDF or PNG.

Cons: Parallel working with different wireframes make you a bit confused. While working on high fidelity designs you will feel a little crippled but hope the team will work to make it a wonderful product.

Overall: This tool help to design wireframes in very less time which helps in overall time saving in project/product development and ultimately cost.

Easy to learn & use - quick prototyping - rich interface

Aug 24, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The interface good as it is easy to learn and design wireframes. I would say in no time you can start designing the low fidelity wireframes and share you output by using the export functionality either PDF or PNG.

Cons: Parallel working with different wireframes make you a bit confused. While working on high fidelity designs you will feel a little crippled but hope the team will work to make it a wonderful product.

We use this to wireframe new projects and features for our clients. I can't imagine life without it

Aug 18, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I love how easy it is for people to leave comments on mockups. I also really like how easy it is to share mockups with others. It is very simple to put wireframes together.

Balsamiq prototyping software - everyone should have this on their pc!

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: I've used this software for many different tasks - for laying out website ideas, planning mobile apps, and for brainstorming ideas. It's so easy and rapid to use - I've had people come to me with an idea, so I'll whip out Balsamiq and start visualizing their ideas on the fly while they're still talking. Love it, and the price is a no-brainer.

Cons: I really would like to see more shapes and templates available for creating realistic visualizations. The available shapes are a bit limited.

Overall: Easy visualizations, quick prototyping, anyone can use it.

Wireframing becomes Quick & easy with Balsamiq

Aug 09, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Super Easy to create Wireframes & Mockups with Balsamiq and can be easily exported to PDF or PNG formats. Drag & drop make is very user friendly

Cons: It has limited no of templates and printing mockup is sometimes difficult. Need to add more no of templates.

Great fast little wireframing tool

Jul 14, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, low fidelity prototypes, easy to share and can easily be shipped off as pdfs. You can share them with a distributed team and collaborate easily. Reduced gui design time with lower cost resources.

Cons: What's not to like? Balsamiq is great for wireframing if that is what you are doing. If you want interaction though you need another tool.

Overall: Quick easy mockups during meetings to explore ideas. You can use a white board, but if some of your people are remote then this is a better option.

Being a QA person , using Balsamiq was an amazing experience for all mockups listings as per project

Jun 22, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It allow the user to construct a working prototype using native presentation tools found in software they already have installed.

Cons: Its kind of very difficult to create customized elements for your own app. Because it's more focused on mimicking the behavior of real mobile devices, it doesn't have a strong set of tools for designing UI elements

Good for wireframes

Apr 14, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to learn.

Cons: Hard to simulate accuratly complex interactions.

Overall: I did a few wireframes with it. The helped visualize my thoughts. Got complex to use when the UX got complex

Recommendations to other buyers: Good for product managers. Less for UX experts.

I just love to SKIN any UI with this basic, yet simple-to-use tool.

Mar 13, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: Daily I use this tool to validate the user interface. Whenever there is a use case which I need to resolve in our product, I directly open this tool and start scratching. Yes, I start from the scratch, by having the components separated as a collage. Then I skin the UI by placing them in the positions which looks subtle and usable. Skinning the UI with this tool is easier. Just pick and play and the simplicity of this tool is THE key thing that I like in this tool. Minimized UI is something that we can achieve by splitting the UI into different frames. We can place the components in our desired place to check if customers can feel the importance of the applied element in the page that we are building. We can easily put ourselves in the user's shoes and think from their perspective to check if we are working on a usable interface. Moreover, the linking between the pages/tiles help us to see how the transition between each pages looks like. I usually go with RAW prototypes by scribbling in my notes. After I started using the Balsamiq tool, I go ONE STEP BEYOND scribbling. Yes, I do mocks and share with my visual designers to think through the page/feature that we want to build. This has helped our designers to a great extend. The time of making them understand the flow and designs has drastically come down. Also, the number of iterations has minimized which in turn has improved the quality of the designs that we are converging. of course, the productive has improved a lot in terms of peer-to-peer level convergence.

Pros: Ease Of Use. Quick Search. Default Icon set. The switch between Wireframe and Sketch i modes easier. I personally like the linking between the pages.

Cons: Designing the interface for Mobile Skins, and apps for Apple Watch seems to be a show-stopper. This has to be addressed. At times the screen resolution doesn't supports to take the screen shot from a laptop and to use it in the Balsamiq tool.

Recommendations to other buyers: Amateur Product Managers and Designers who are starting their carrier can start scribbling the mockup UI and draw wireframes using this tool. Any complicated page can be changed into a simple, usable screen by separating the UI into multiple chunks.

I LOVE Balsamiq

Feb 22, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Super easy to use even for someone with minimal design experience.

Cons: Not a fan of all the updates. When a new update comes out, my old version crashes, and if I'm not smart I lose what I was working on previously.

Overall: Hello old friend. I worked up my first mockup on you. You, creator of all wonders, helped me surpass all lousy scratch paper product managers with a cool, stylish design that led even the developers to "ohhhs" and "aaahhhs". Bravo, Balsamiq. Bravo.

Attractive mockups

Feb 02, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Comments: I learned balsamiq during my program of business analysis and used it in my further projects to create interactive mockups, wireframes required for our technical specifications
It is easy to use, has way too many options to create your own imagination of GUI

Simple and easy mockups that aren't very printable

Jan 24, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: - Easy to use
- Affordable
- The myBalsamiq online version lets you edit from anywhere without installing any software

Overall: Balsamiq makes a great product. I used the myBalsamiq online subscription as it was easier and more portable - I could log in from any computer and keep on working. There are tons of predefined widgets to use, so making mockups becomes a quick and easy task.

One of the things I didn't like was the snapping capability. It's very imprecise. I know this is a mockup tool for low-fidelity wireframes, but even so, I prefer being able to snap to more precise alignments and sizes.

Another thing I found difficult was printing. I used the tool for awhile to generate hierarchical site maps, which was immensely valuable, but unfortunately, our sitemap was so enormous it was very difficult to print. I ended up having to export a PDF, then crop and adjust everything in Illustrator so that I could get it to a printable size. (myBalsamiq does have PDF export to page capabilities, but the info ended up too small. I wish you could tell it to fit everything onto multiple pages at a certain scale.)

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are a nonprofit or educational institution, ask support politely and they are likely to offer you a steep discount.

Still a great tool but maybe falling behind

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Comments: I have used Balsamiq for long time, and enjoyed the community around it, but I always felt I needed a different solution. With the growth of prototyping as a de facto UX/Design standard for every project, other companies have created more integrated solutions, almost one-fits-all. Balsamiq better keep up.

Clear and easy-to-use wire frame tool

Jan 11, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use, great for collaboration, useful library features.

Cons: It is sometimes buggy on Mac/Safari.

Overall: Using Mockups is easy and you can restructure, modify, and resize elements in a hassle-free manner. You almost feel as if you are sketching with a pencil!

I particularly like how easy it is to collaborate with colleagues and clients with Mockups.

Recommendations to other buyers: Highly recommended for app UI brainstorming & wire frames.

Rapid prototyping tool

Dec 14, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Simple designer UI, drag and drop, project assets

Overall: Our developers each have a copy of Balsamiq. It's so easy to use and saves us valuable time. As they always say, a picture is worth a thousand words. We can cobble together a prototype fairly quickly with Balsamiq and it still looks great!

Separate Functionality from Visual Design in your Design Docs

Dec 06, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This is a great tool that eliminates early battles over visual design. If what you're trying to do is communicate the layout and basic functionality or flow of the site, use Balsamiq. By doing it as a sketch it sends a very clear message that the visuals carry the same weight of drawings done on a whiteboard.

Quick prototyping

Nov 24, 2016
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: - easy learning curve
- windows / mac compatible

Cons: - templates are a bit limited

Overall: A great tool to convey your ideas to programmers and designers without doing any photoshop or coding.

Recommendations to other buyers: best suited for low-fidelity mockup generation

Solid tool for wireframing

Nov 02, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This is a good tool to use for people who aren't interested in creating visually designed specifications. This is an easy way for non-designers to try and show their ideas without having to invest in learning more complex design software

Amazing tool for PM's and Dev

May 29, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Balsamiq remains an extremely simple and easy to use tool for wireframing - infact it is the default choice of a bunch of product managers, specially at the beginning of their career. The ease allows you to ship out basic wireframes at an amazing pace. Because of this reason it strongly fits into the early stage startup culture. I have personally developed the first version of web apps, mobile apps on balsamiq and never has my dev team complained. It gets a bit tricky to use this extensively at an evolved product stage but nevertheless the tool works and works just fine.

Pros: Simplicity. Anyone, literally anyone can use Balsamiq. The web demo is simple and then all the leading dev and business tools have a balsamiq app - be it Google for Work, Confluence.

Cons: Balsamiq - is a great skeleton wireframing tool and that remains its biggest limitation. It leaves a lot to be desired. Especially the moments when the PM's want to add colors and make the exact replica designs, Balsamiq might not be the best thing to use. + The license fees for a tool which allows only this feels a bit on the higher side.

Quick and easy...

Jun 23, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I'm not a web developer, but I do work with customers to work out what sort of stuff they want on a page of a web application. Using Balsamiq enabled me to make sure I was capturing the data items they wanted in a logical order, and (after checking with the customer) I had a clear outline to pass it to the web development team for implementation and usability suggestions. Didn't use customer service but there isn't a "not applicable" option.

Pros: Widgets for most things - drop-down lists, calendars, radio buttons and so on. Easy drag-and-drop into place.

Cons: Nothing springs to mind...

Superb

Aug 06, 2014
5/5
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Comments: Brilliant tool for sketching prototypes. Especially like the look and feel (or lack of it) - the seppstefano guy seems to think this is a drawback rather than a deliberate decision by the tool maker. Who buys a tool without even researching what it does? Anyway. We DID research it, and it's been brilliant.

Pros: It's very quick; the output is impressive to nontechnical users; it doesn't focus the conversation on the look and feel when we're still in the "what should be on the screen" phase; it's very well supported and nice and easy to extend.

Cons: It's slightly fiddly sometimes, until you get into it. Only real gripe for me is I can't set a wireframe as a background to another one, to show what a popup would look like. Have to copy the whole thing into a new diagram. Not a deal breaker at all.

Not a help, at all.

Feb 20, 2014
1/5
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Comments: Sadly me and my team had been using this tool for a couple of months. We had to use it to mimic a rather complex website, with lot of drag and drop and animations. At least for such an application, this tool was a harm more than a help. We had to spend a lot of time, patience and effort. We got way graphically better results by adopting standard animations/transitions with slides. And with a small fraction of the time needed to work with balsamiq.

Pros: None, sadly.

Cons: Counter-intuitive. Hard to understand, learn and work with. A nightmare for efficiency. Low efficacy due to poor, really poor graphics.

Feb 29, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Value for Money

Feb 17, 2016
2/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Value for Money