Balsamiq Studios

Balsamiq Mockups


4.5 / 5
127 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

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


Average Ratings

127 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 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
  • Collaboration
  • Drag & Drop
  • Software Prototyping
  • Templates
  • UI Prototyping
  • Usability Testing
  • UX Prototyping
  • Version Control
  • 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!


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

Mar 13, 2017
4/5
Overall

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.

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Fast, cheap mockup and wireframing tool for busy people

Aug 01, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall: 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.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on August 02, 2018

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! support@balsamiq.com

-Virgin

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

Oct 05, 2018
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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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

Capterra loader

Light and Efficient

Sep 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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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.

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

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on September 21, 2018

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

I love using Balsamiq as a tool to create simple + effective wireframes for web applications.

Apr 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I've experimented with several different wireframing softwares, and Balsamiq is definitely my favorite. I love that it focuses on product functionality, rather than design elements. I generally find wireframing for design to be distracting and preventative in coming up with a functional product design. Favorite features include:

- Built-in shape templates make it fast and easy to mockup any sort of software or application

- Black + white, hand-drawn feel removes distractions + allows me to focus on the actual product

- Desktop app has one time license fee

- Exporting to PDF is simple, and you can include links within the PDF that allow the user to mimic clicking between pages

Cons: Although I love the simplistic nature of Balsamiq, some people might be frustrated with the lack of certain functions:

- Wireframe is not dynamic - only exports to static file formats

- Built-in shapes might be restricting if you're looking to build something custom

- Lack of folders, etc for organizing multiple pages, so if you're designing something complex you may find yourself searching for which page you left off on (this is something I would add if possible)

Overall: Simplistic nature of the software allows me to design software products quickly and effectively - files are easy to share, and have been very effective in communicating with my dev team.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on April 17, 2018

Hey there! Thanks a lot for taking the time to share your thoughts about our tool. :)

Just wanted to let you know that our hierarchy feature might help you to organize your wireframes/pages: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/overview/#using-a-hierarchy

Hope this helps!

-Virgin

Awesome tool for Mockups

May 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Used a lot in my previous work. I was not at all having expertise in mockups but the tool is so easy that in a week I started completing the mockups for the complete project. Having the chrome integration is actually so helpful that I don't have to worry more about storage also. Availability of readymade components and icon is the beauty of the product. It enables a normal person also to put some super cool design stuff and the idea behind the design.

Cons: If Balsamiq enables integration and collaboration capabilities it will be nice.

The prototype we design is quite a row team can provide now some lea and flat components and icons.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on May 17, 2018

Hi there and thanks a lot for taking the time to share your thoughts about our tool.

Just wanted to mention that the new version of our Google Drive add-on (Balsamiq Wireframes for Google Drive) allows for real-time collaboration, chat and comments among other new features. Might be helpful for your team.

More details on this page: https://docs.balsamiq.com/google-drive/wireframes/collaborating/

Feel free to reach out via support@balsamiq.com if you have any questions!

-Virgin

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

Nov 10, 2017
4/5
Overall

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

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A must-have for efficient UI design workflows

Nov 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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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.

Overall: 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.

Balsamiq is a great way to create quick wireframe to visually capture ideas

Jan 17, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The ease of use and the numerous options make Balsamiq a great tool to use to create quick wireframes. I've used it many times to create designs to illustrate ideas. The note feature allows you to add clarifications to the items in your wireframe.

Cons: I find the navigation a little clumsy. Additionally, when you go to the full screen view or hide panes and other menus it's a bit difficult to get it back to the way it was before. Also, the export feature isn't great. The output tends to be too small to read if you have many items in the board.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on January 19, 2018

Hi Sarathi and thanks for your review.

I just wanted to reach out and see if we can help with the pain points that you mentioned:

- The different panels/elements of the editor are described on this page, along with the shortcuts to toggle them off/on: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/overview

- Pressing ESC while in the Full Screen Presentation Mode allows you to go back to the editor.

- About the Export: we'd love to know more about your issue and which export option you are using. Could you reach out to support@balsamiq.com so we can help more?

While it's totally fine if you don't have time for this, we'll be here to help if you'd like! :)

- Virgin for the Balsamiq team

This is a great tool to create quick mockups to communicate design ideas for our products

Apr 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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Pros: It has a lot of pre-built shapes, icons, containers, symbols and form elements that make it easy and quick to build mockups for webpages or mobile app screens. The auto-save has been a life saver as I have a bad habit of not explicitly saving things I have work on. Ability to export mockups created in multiple formats makes it easy to attach the mockups in documents or with user stories for design and engineering to work on.

Cons: External images copied in to one project are available as assets only in that project and not others. So, I have to copy past them each time, which is inefficient. Some of the shapes, text formats are not as customizable as I would have liked. So, I have to find work arounds that are a little more time consuming

Overall: I am able to create mockups quickly and efficiently to communicate design ideas to different stakeholders. It helps as a great starting point before we refine the design and move to high-fidelity mockups

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on April 25, 2018

Thanks a lot for taking the time to share your thoughts about our tool! :)

I've added your vote for sharing assets between multiple projects. Also, we'd love to hear more about the controls that seem to be missing some properties for your usage.

While it¿s totally fine if you don¿t have time for this, we¿ll be here to help if you¿d like (support@balsamiq.com)

-Virgin

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Easiest mock up creation software

Sep 11, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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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

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

I use this software to show our development projects to our clients.

Dec 15, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: I like that it is a multiplatform application (mac & windows). It is very simple to use, ideas can be easily translated into your "canvases". The insertion of objects and other components is very intuitive. It is easy to present a project on different platforms. When I have to use the full screen mode, it works well, the links that I activate on my screens make navigation through the project real and allow our clients to better understand the idea.

Cons: Using the software, I noticed that in recent versions the symbol libraries are duplicated and I do not know why. It does not have an interactive whiteboard, which allows other team members to join together to develop the same idea.

Overall: Among the benefits I have obtained, I recognize that it has been much easier for me to present ideas and that they are approved by our clients, more quickly. I invest a short time to propose an idea.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on December 18, 2017

Hi José and thanks for taking the time to review our tool. :)

About your issue with Symbol libraries, we'd love to investigate this further in case you're still seeing it.

Also, let's make sure that you're using our latest version (3.5.15): https://balsamiq.com/download

You can reach us directly via support@balsamiq.com, we'll do our best to help!

-Virgin from Balsamiq

The perfect mockup tool for non-designers

Sep 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: When I'm collaborating with designers and/or engineers on a new website or mobile app experience, Balsamiq is my go-to resource for creating mockups.

First, it strikes a very good balance between features and complexity; it's quite easy to find, manipulate, and edit the visual elements you need, even though the range of elements is quite large and the "canvas" is so customizable.

Second, the "hand-drawn" style of the elements is perfect for early-stage mockups, because it allows you to create pretty good approximations of the look-and-feel of a user experience without suggesting (or being responsible for/beholden to) pixel-perfect mockups.

Cons: I sometimes wish the Balsamiq team was more aggressive about releasing new visual elements in the tool to reflect new design styles being produced out in the wild, but usually I can either use a similar element or mush other elements together to create the same effect.

And at the end of the day, this isn't a deal-killer--after all, Balsamiq allows you to create approximations and capture the intent of your design, and if there were an endless supply of element options, you might get too caught up in trying to be precise (which hamstrings the designers).

It had helped me to create rapid wireframing in the shortest possible time!

Jul 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: As a desktop software (one of the 3 options), it is easy to easy and execute to come up with fast wireframes for team collaboration and clients' previews. Learning curve is short with its compact and common features found in UX software. It has a library of standard UX (usability or user experience) elements or templates which I can click and select, and start creating the wireframing pages or interfaces.

Oh, the software is very affordable. It now comes with 3 versions - Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Desktop (Desktop App), Balsamiq Cloud (Web App) and Balsamiq Wireframes for Google Drive (

Google Drive Add-On). It is a great tool for UX designers who are just starting out working on UX.

Cons: However, I found that it is only good for basic wireframing. If I need to go for more complex UX elements, it is not readily found inside the library. Besides, it does not contain plugins that can extend the usefulness of the software. There are no 3rd parties that Balsamiq that can partner with and help integrate and make the software more powerful and versatile. I wish that Balsamiq Studios can improve on this aspect of the software.

Overall: Time and speed! One can pick up the software in one afternoon - short learning curve!

Balsamiq lives up to its reputation as an easy rapid prototyping tool

May 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Balsamiq is designed at creating rapid, low-fidelity static mockups. It does that very well, and is so easy to use. If you use Balsamiq Cloud, it's also easy to share and collaborate on mockups. The Cloud offering has a nice way to publish the mockups to use as a presentation for business customers.

The symbol capability is great, allowing you to re-use components of a mockup across a project and even override the defaults from a symbol. I've seen other tools that fall down at this aspect.

Cons: Balsamiq is not intended to create high-fidelity mockups or animation, so it is not comparable to some mockup tools that have those features (Framer, Adobe XD). However, I think the price reflects that. Balsamiq is very affordable for some back-of-the-napkin type mockups that you can throw together quickly.

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.

If you talk about mockups, you are talk of Balsamiq

Aug 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Have to describe an app? no problem. Create mockups and link all it.

Have to describe a flow? no problem. Create using mockups.

Have to describa an application? no problem. You have Balsamiq.

Can use everywhere, also inside google and Atlassian products.

Cons: Cost can be a problem, but my opinion is: spend a lot and earn the great results :)

One of the best tools to create wireframes

Oct 14, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

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

Capterra loader

Short learning curve.

Mar 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Balsamiq has a short learning curve and comes with a simplified user interface,making it easy for new users to understand its work environment.

It comes with a great search feature which makes it easy for me to search faster for graphical images needed for my wireframes.

Cons: I wish I am able to integrate my Balsamiq with other great design tools like Adobe XD,Invision, and Edraw max pro. which I currently am unable to do. Thereby missing out on ways to make my wireframes better.

Capterra loader

Easy to use, quick to learn, wire-framing software

May 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: - Allows me to build wireframes for our web-based software product without wasting the time of our lead designer.

- Allows me to better explain concepts to our developers, especially concepts which would be hard to explain just through words - interactions between elements, actions on clicking of buttons, etc.

- The learning curve for this software is not very high - anyone with basic powerpoint skills can get started quickly.

Cons: - There are limited set of charting elements available on the tool

- One cannot rotate / tilt elements

Overall: facilitates better communication, saves time and leads to overall lift in product design level

Capterra loader

was a great wireframes software, but it is falling behind in the updates

Jun 29, 2018
3/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: Any school kid can use this app, and if is creative can make a really good looking design. Actually is really good, i used to use this app a lot when it came into the market

Cons: The designs taht can be find rithg now into the market are more atractive to the actual customers, i really really hope that Balsamiq update they functions becouse when you go in schear for a wireframes app, you must get the one who can help you to impress all when they see your creations

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on July 04, 2018

Hi Jahiezer and thanks for sharing your thoughts about our tool.

Are you referring to the style used in Balsamiq?

In this case, you may want to try out our more polished skin, as detailed here: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/skins/

In case you're looking for something else, we'd love to hear more about it. Feel free to reach out via support@balsamiq.com if you have time.

-Virgin

Very Useful Software

Nov 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It's incredibly Simple. I can generate a usable wireframe mock-up in just 10 or 15 minutes with the use of symbols and default options

Cons: It just doesn't quite go where I'd like it to go. It's not easy to refine designs and it has some unusual export options (misplaced alpha channels and such)

Overall: For what it is, it is amazing. Very good software that needs to be supplemented with additional programs for further refinement. I highly recommend it.

Great Tool For Price-Conscious Users

Apr 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Balsamiq is lightweight is the way to go as far as wireframing for products, websites, and apps. It requires very little training to begin using other than general knowledge of design and prototyping.

Cons: Limited options for exporting/integrate with other tools in the design process. Charging users per project instead of a monthly fee is a bit odd for a product used on a fairly regular basis.

Easy to learn & use - quick prototyping - rich interface

Aug 24, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Quick to create wireframe

Oct 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 1. Time it takes to create wireframe is few mins.

2. All the components required to build is available on the tool.

Cons: Not very interactive when it comes to the click through wire framing.

Perfect tool for low-fi mock-ups.

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Found This App From a Course I Took

Nov 13, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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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!

Great prototyping tool and worth for money

May 08, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Fast and easy wireframing tool that has a low learning curve. Enables speed of execution and is relatively cheap in price. The tool lets you hyperlink across mockups thus enabling you to depict interactions via clickable prototypes.

Cons: The tool only allows creation of skeletal wireframes. It does not allow the creation of high fidelity mockups like other tools such as Invision. The tool does not have a rich library of icons and templates. The software also does not offer any flexibility in manipulating shapes via rotate or tilt actions. The side menus by default tend to occupy a lot of space and cannot be easily minimized.

Overall: Saves time, ease of use, better collaboration with team

Simple mock up solution with limited template options

Jun 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It was easy to use this mock up software, and they had a number of "template" options to quickly add to help speed the design process along. I was able to make a mock up of several pages of my companies website in half the time using this system. It also allowed for easy modifications, and duplications - which is a plus! There is also an easy way to download your design for sending to others.

Cons: The example items you can use are few and a bit outdated, and there was no simple way to add a new asset to a project without going back to the main menu, adding, and then going back into your project (which is kind of a pain).

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on June 27, 2018

Hi there and thanks for the review!

Just so you know, the easiest way to add images and icons is to simply drag and drop an image file from your computer on to the wireframes canvas, as detailed here: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/images/

Hope this helps! :)

-Virgin

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My go-to tool for fast prototyping

May 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Balsamiq is quick, easy to use and does a good job of prototyping screen design and other UI elements.

Cons: Has a dependency on Adobe Air which wants to update almost every time I use the software! Would be good to have more "psudo dev" code-like behaviour built in.

Overall: We use Balsamiq to prototype our software. It allows the dev team to visualize the software and make changes before we start coding. When you see a UI design take shape quickly, you can make changes to improve it, and understand what you're building much better. The software that is eventually built is much stronger as a result.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on May 30, 2018

Hi Rod and thanks for sharing your thoughts about our little tool! :)

Just wanted to let you know that we're working hard on our next major Desktop version and it will be native (no more Adobe Air).

It should be ready this year (2018) but in the meantime, you might want to try out our new web version, Balsamiq Cloud, that is already out: https://balsamiq.cloud/

Any questions, we're here! :)

-Virgin

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Best way to get started with any UX

Oct 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy drag and drop of elements to convey any complex idea in minutes.

Cons: Android and ios specific components would be great to have.

Super simple to use

Jul 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love how easy it is to bring my ideas to life. It's very difficult to get a thought out of your mind and onto paper using words, especially since I am nowhere close to being a programmer. All I can do is say "here's what I think it should look like and how it should function" and this program allows me to build that.

Cons: I wish I had a little more customization options with the build in features. For example, Sometimes I want to change the style of a page intentionally to show that it will be different than the rest of the pages I've created. I'm kind of limited to the one style they've created, even though it is a good one.

I really enjoy using Balsamiq to create project mockups

May 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I've used Balsamiq a number of times to wireframe a website. The somewhat cartoony approach gives enough of a visual so customers can get an idea of how it will be structured, but not so much that they get lost in thinking it will look exactly like the mockup. There are plenty of features to make both, a good desktop and mobile mock up, and also the right amount of "functionality" to have links so a user can get a feel for how it will work before actually implementing.

Cons: Getting going was a little challenging at first, but there is a fair bit of trial and error to find out how to do things. I'm sure there are tutorials and help, but it wasn't so difficult that I had to seek those things out.

Overall: Balsamiq mockups allowed me to take client ideas and turn them into a rough wireframe. It works really great for this, similar to using UXPin or InVision, but stripped of design down to the basic elements. I've found this useful as a starting point to get the customer thinking of flow and layout, but not yet getting into overall style.

Simple and easy mockups that aren't very printable

Jan 24, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Capterra loader

A big help for your projects

Aug 16, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Balsamiq Mockups can help you in designing prototypes and showing it to your users to know very earlier if they will accept your interface or not, and what can be improved. It has many different components so you can reach your goal very easily. You can choose themes to make a singular experience. Your customer (or key users) will love to see what you intend to do by using Balsamiq Mockups. I do recommend it, for sure!

Cons: I guess the licensing fee is a bit high for solo developers. For a company, it's fine to pay monthly to use the software, but I guess it can be expensive if you don't use it regularly. It has a 30 day trial, you can check if it will serve your purposes though.

Overall: Balsamiq Mockups helped me with my final grade project. Everyone liked it. The screenshots in the documentation, the interactive screen prototypes and the visual components made the difference. I'm glad to have Balsamiq Mockups as an ally.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on September 21, 2018

Hi Fernando and thanks for sharing your thoughts about our little tool. :)

We do have different products that may fit your needs best. For example, our Desktop product is a one-time license fee: https://balsamiq.com/buy/#d

Don't hesitate to reach out via sales@balsamiq.com if you have any questions!

-Virgin

Capterra loader

Great Way To Prototype

Sep 11, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is such an easy, quick way to map out what you want your site or app to look like. It has made so many projects so much simpler to begin and follow through with.

Cons: The service itself is great, but the pricing structure is a little high (given the simple nature of the feature set) if used as an individual and not a team.

Overall: Very valuable prototyping tool that makes development much faster and more straightforward.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on September 21, 2018

Hi Daniel!

We understand that Balsamiq Cloud (our web app) might not be the best fit for you and we do have other products that may fit your needs best.

For example, our Desktop product is a one time license: https://balsamiq.com/buy/#d

Don't hesitate to reach out via sales@balsamiq.com if you have any questions!

-Virgin

Capterra loader

Awesome tool for mockups and prototyping

Jan 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I really like the fact that Balsamiq has so many field types and shapes available, and is also customizable to work with web or mobile.

Cons: More than a con, an improvement would be to add some sort of navigation between the screen a in the mockups.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on January 31, 2018

Thanks for your review, María!

Our little tool which has low interactivity on purpose but the Linking feature might help you to demonstrate navigation between your wireframes. More details here: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/linking/

Hope this helps!

-Virgin

Terrific for quick mockups; not intended for exact look-and-feel

Mar 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Balsamiq is a great tool to quickly make mockups to show the general idea or functionality of software, websites, etc. It's terrific for designing additional features and functionality for existing software that already has an established style. Balsamiq makes it extremely easy to align different elements with automatically snapping guides whether you're moving an element with your mouse or nudging it with your arrow keys. That definitely helps with efficiency.

Cons: You can only design using a single font, which can be an issue if you need to easily show that a piece of text on the design needs to be monospace, for example. This isn't a tool designed for exact, pixel-perfect mockups, so don't expect functionality beyond wireframing.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on March 12, 2018

Hi there and thanks for sharing your thoughts about our little tool!

We just wanted to let you know that you can change a project's font from the Project Info Panel, as detailed here: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/projectinfo/

Hope this helps! :)

-Virgin

Easy to learn & use - quick prototyping - rich interface

Aug 24, 2017
4/5
Overall

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.

Capterra loader

Great tool for the non designer guys

Jun 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: You can do prototypes fairly easy for web and mobile applications. It would help you to speed things up in your team and it would be easier to transfer your ideas to the UI/UX team as well. You will have a lot of predefined assets that will simplify your work.

Cons: It would be awesome that you could export this directly to other tools like photoshop or sketch and so a designer will be able to easily improve your prototype.

Balsamiq = the best tool ever

Jun 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I was a total newbie to mocking up, but this tool made it SO EASY. It's similar to powerpoint in intuitive usability, and being able to map out the logic is incredibly helpful for the development team and demonstrating mockups.

Cons: Sometimes there is a variable difference between the sizes of the screen squares...that sounds like a strange problem, but basically if you put a web browser container on one screen, it can sometimes be slightly different than the next, making presentation a little clunky.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on June 26, 2018

Hi there and thanks for sharing your thoughts about our tool!

Just wanted to let you know that the Wireframe skin (available in the project info panel) might be useful for having more precise elements: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/overview/#the-project-info-panel

Hope this helps!

-Virgin

Balsamiq makes wire framing easy

Dec 19, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Balsamiq is really easy to use. It was introduced to a team that had minimal experience in wire framing and the team was able to pick it up in no time. In addition to it being easy to use it added real value to the organization by allowing for more detailed wire framing to help flush out ideas.

Cons: I would like to see more options for organizing the wire frames created rather than just grouping them by project. In large projects it can be a little overwhelming trying to find the correct file.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on December 20, 2017

Hi Shelly and thanks for your review.

Sorry to show up uninvited, but I just wanted to share a way to organize your projects easily. Check out our Hierarchy feature: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/overview/#using-mockup-hierarchy

This may help with project organisation. Any questions, we're here (support@balsamiq.com).

-Virgin from Balsamiq

Design tool for non-designers

Aug 14, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: One of the most intuitive design tools for "dummies" out there. I know that some product managers are more design-skilled than others, I'm not. And that's why I love Balsamiq so much. It allows me to take my ideas and concepts and turn them into an something my designers/devs can work with and understand exactly what I want.

Cons: Interactive mockups abilities are somewhat limited. Old-fashioned look which some love (I don't). Even though I said it's easy-to-use, some non-technical users may find it challenging at times.

Capterra loader

Prototype quickly and simply

Jun 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: Really basic tool, which offers exact amount of features as you can tell from the way it looks. Learning curve is as low as possible and it has everything needed to start learning how to prototype.

Cons: If you are building a big system the software can be too basic and sometimes look non-professional. Besides, I wish you could manage a group of objects more efficiently

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

Jun 22, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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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

Easy, efficient and quick mockup tool

Oct 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Balsamiq Mockups is easy to use, efficient and quick wireframing tool. It provides lots of tools, shapes and options to export the design. Moreover, it is handy tool to transfer the ideas especially for non designers or an early learner.

Cons: I would love to see more options for export, form fields and integration with other designing tools

Capterra loader

I use balsamiq to translate sketches into computer-generated drawings

Jun 01, 2018
3/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It's a free tool, so the barrier to entry is low. The limited feature options make it so simple to use that almost anyone could pick up the tool within a few minutes. Creating designs are simple and help expedite feedback from the rest of the team.

Cons: I wish it didn't have the "cartoon" like design. It makes the product seem unprofessional to share out to more than a few people.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on June 05, 2018

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about our tool, Chelsea!

Just so you know, the sketch style/skin can be changed to a "cleaner" one from the Project Info Panel, as detailed here: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/overview/#the-project-info-panel

Hope this helps! Any questions, we're here. :)

PS: Our tool is not free but we do offer a free 30-day trial for all our products.

-Virgin

Best Wireframe tool for quick output

Sep 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Usability, feasibility and quickness. If you need to create design very quickly this is the best tool in the market. Your team will be able to view the output within hours.

Cons: Interaction between the element are not upto the mark. If you want to give interactive demo this is not the tool which will give proper output.

Easy to use effective efficient

Jul 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I used it to make a mockup project, where I needed to design layout for a mobile app, and it was excellent, it had all the required elements u just needed to drag-drop and you can simulate a real-life UI

Cons: the UI was a bit dull if it had been a bit vibrant, it would have been a pleasure to work for. maybe that's only by my point of view

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on July 19, 2018

Hi Manikanth and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about our tool.

If you have time, would you mind sharing more details about what could be improved in the UI?

We always like to hear about things like this, it helps us make the app better!

While it's totally fine if you don't have time for this, we'll be here to help if you'd like! :)

-Virgin

We use this to create mock ups for clients

Jul 19, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the ability to import images and to use such a large variety of graphic representations. It makes it so that usually you can find a feature that represents the website feature you are trying to convey to clients.

Cons: I sometimes had a hard time with copying the pieces within a mock up, and also managing the mock ups when saving them. If you save and then open a new one it wouldn't always become available as a recently edited file. It caused some delay with having to dig through files to pull up the correct one.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on July 20, 2018

Hi Bryan!

Sorry to hear about the trouble while managing your projects. If you have time, could you please share more details via support@balsamiq.com?

We're here to help!

-Virgin

Capterra loader

Very quick way to test ideas of frontend solutions

Mar 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's quicker than drawing on paper (probably even if you're good at it), much easier to save and share, and above all you can make the mockups interactive, which of course you can't on paper.

If you're not a graphic designer or a full time UX designer, it's great to quickly test ideas and show them to your clients.

If you use Confluence, there's a nice plugin that allows to embed mockups in your pages and is possibly cheaper than the standard plans.

Cons: It's a quick and dirty mockup tool, don't expect to give any preview of style.

Not the cheapest tool around, and the free account provides very limited storage.

The interactivity is somewhat limited. Eg: you can't show a popup on the same page, you have to link to a copy of the first page, with the popup added. You can end up with lots of pages...

Quick and easy wireframes to send to developers.

Jun 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is incredibly easy to use and looks decently professional. It has a lot of different UI/UX features you can put into your wireframe, and it is easy to implement all of them and link them to the right pages/bodies. Additionally, you can export via pdf, so none of the recipients of the wireframe have to own balsamiq to view the wireframes.

Cons: Not all of the components for the wireframes can be linked to different pages, so you have to be creative in which ones you choose. It doesn't allow for super complex interfaces, but is better served for simple interactions in my opinion.

Easily create project mock-ups

Jul 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software was great for creating mock-ups of new service components and features in development. The interface was generally quite easy to navigate, and the building tools included all sorts of common tech components such as social media icons, phone templates, web browser nav, etc.

Cons: Using the hosted version, the responsiveness of the program could be a bit slow at times. Saving and timing out were also considerations for use.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on July 13, 2018

Ack, I¿m sorry that you ran into connection issues. If you have time, I¿d love to troubleshoot it with you. Shoot us an email at support@balsamiq.com.

-Brendan

Capterra loader

Love, love, love Balsamiq

Jun 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Balsamiq allows me to quickly and efficiently build mock ups of user interfaces for my projects. I've used it to develop websites, phone applications, and screens for new software projects. It uses drag and drop shapes, and an informal "hand illustration" style that conveys the fact that these are only mock ups, not actual screens, without looking like the mess my own hand-drawn mockups would be

Cons: I would like to see more styles, beyond the "hand illustration" style for other occasions where a more formalized final product is needed

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on June 07, 2018

Thanks for your review, Michael. :)

We just wanted to let you know that you can change the skin/style to a more formal one by using the dedicated option in the Project Info Panel. More details here: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/projectinfo/

Hope this helps!

-Virgin

Great fast little wireframing tool

Jul 14, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Great mockup tools and very functional in my agile projects

Oct 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Cloud and on premise offer. I can use the tool using cloud characteristics and also on premise. We use this tool in my team for creating mockups for our enterprise application developed in house.

Cons: There is not a MAC version. that's really bad, as a MAC user i can't use on premise solution.

Overall: In general, my experience was really great, it fits perfect in our agile team for developing enterprise solutions.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on October 11, 2018

Hi there and sorry for the confusion.

We do have a Mac version available on our website. Here is the link: https://balsamiq.com/download

Please let us know if you need any further help (support@balsamiq.com).

-Virgin

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...

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

Oct 10, 2017
5/5
Overall

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.

Great app for jumping right into mocking up apps

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It is super simple to install and start using for mockups. Its great for beginners and pros and has a good feature set for building your vision into reality.

Cons: It does not have all the features a pro needs to build out apps. It is clearly used more for design and less for actual build-outs.

Balsamiq Mockups

Aug 23, 2018
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy to use with a wide library of object to craft any type of screen prototype from scratch. I would definitely recommend it for newbies in webdesign, UX / UI designers, or anyone who wishes to build a website without mastering other complex design software.

Cons: The sketchy style is not suitable for a professional environment and the final result cannot bear the comparison with prototypes designed with other tools in the market like Sketch or Adobe XD.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on August 24, 2018

Hi there and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

We just wanted to let you know that the style/skin can be changed to a more polished one from the Project Info Panel, as detailed here: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/overview/#the-project-info-panel

Hope this helps! :)

-Virgin

Don't be fooled by the seemingly playful looks this is pro software!

Apr 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Balsamiq gets the mockup experience perfectly right by giving you all the design and collaboration tools you need. By keeping the look and feel of the UI elements simple, the product forces you to focus on the actual result and functionality of your product, rather than colors, icons or pixel-perfect design.

Cons: I honestly love everything about this software! If I had to tell something I like least, it'd be that it only helps in the very initial phase of your product development and you'll have to use another tool to actually design your UI.

Friendly, simple, interactive

Jan 30, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: 1. It is very easy to use, you can easily drag the objects you need to the prototype you are designing.

Cons: 1. Interactive prototypes cannot be made.

2. It has limited no of templates and printing mockup is sometimes difficult.

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

Aug 11, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Create my App just like this

Aug 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: So I'm trying to create an App, and I needed a way to create a mockup that I could share with the Developers who were in another part of the world. I could try to draw on a piece of paper or just keep talking and hope that the developers understood what I was talking about. Thank God for Balsamiq, I was able to draw each screen exactly how I wanted it to look and communicate my vision to the developers. It takes time to get the hang of it, but if you can use a simple drawing tool, then you can easily use this.

Cons: It got pricey after the free trial, and with multiple projects, but the software is amazing.

Overall: Love it, would probably uses something more affordable if it existed.

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Great tool to create Wireframes.

Sep 23, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The only reason for loving it is the simplicity. It took me a couple of days to get the best out of this Balsamiq. It is one of its kind with the perspective of simplicity.

I love to share the website wire frame with designer usings Balsamiq.

Cons: I think this is what Balsamiq should improve (or lacks today):

1- A proper onboarding

2- A better navigation of features

3 - They should also have a way to share some design modules across all the projects. Something like a global directory of small pieces of my design.

Superb

Aug 06, 2014
5/5
Overall

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.

The program allows teams to easily collaborate.

Jun 28, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The program helps me easily access the graphics used, for example, to the browser window or phone screens from the top panel, so that I do as little as possible. Easy to use, drag and drop, support for data entry and interactive areas for merging pages. A great tool for design at a very reasonable price.

Cons: Some forms, text formats are not as customizable as one would like. Limited options for export and integration with other tools in the design process.

Capterra loader

Basic prototyping for beginners

Mar 15, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Balsamiq is a very basic tool, which can be easy to use even if you never prototyped before. It has all it takes to create a quick mock up of a simple functionality

Cons: I wish it looked more sophisticated and stylish, besides actions with multiple objects are tricky, amount of elements available is pretty limited

Capterra loader

Great for quick-and-dirty prototyping of UX designs

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: The software is extremely simple to use and supports dragging-and-dropping items to quickly create designs. The default icons and images are generally sufficient for prototyping designs.

Cons: The art style of most of the default icons and containers is abit too 'cartoony' for my taste. Resizing items is done by selecting a size from 'very small' to 'large' in discrete steps, meaning in some cases having the right size for you design is not possible.

Overall: The software does what it is designed to do, which is to quickly create drafts for designs and for that we use it regularly. However, due to a few limitations in how the images look and function, it comes just short of making 'presentation'-worthy images.

- Powerful and non-technical wire-framing tool!

May 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: - It's exceptionally easy and fast to use.

- Most of the common UI elements are provided.

- Ability to create user flows within the wires - guiding the user through the page(s).

Cons: - No ability to collaborate on the same wireframe (though I understand they are addressing this issue).

- These are very low res wireframes and may not be appropriate for client-facing deliverables.

Overall: I love this product for quick sketches and wireframes. We use it all the time internally to efficiently communicate ideas.

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Great for Mockups, but not much else

Oct 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Balsamiq offers users a great way to quickly and conveniently make mockups. They have 2 styles - one where everything looks like a sketch and one where it looks like computer designed element.s

I love the drag and drop nature of it - it does make it easy to use and it's great for putting your ideas out there.

Cons: It's pretty limited beyond what I mentioned above. It don't think the cost justifies the expense when tools like Sketch, Figma, and others do a lot more for a small increase in price.

Overall: I used it at my internship this summer. It was decent, but i do not plan to use it anymore.

Capterra loader

Balsamiq helped me organize my ideas into designs

Jan 16, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
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Pros: Balsamiq is easy to use. Myself and my team were able to pick up this software and use it without any training. We used Balsamiq to wire frame ideas to accompany requirements and it helped our developers see the big picture. There are a lot of buttons and options included and you can also import your own images if you are already working with something you'd like to keep the look of. We had a small number of projects at one time so the price was reasonable.

Cons: I didn't really experience many true cons with Balsamiq. The only thing I would say to potential customers is that these are true wire frames. If you are looking for something more 'sales ready' design this tool may not be for you.

Overall: Balsamiq cloud made collaborating designs with team members easy.

Easy to use basic wireframing tools

Jul 19, 2018
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: For someone without a design background, Balsamiq makes it really easy to wireframe out ideas. Incredibly intuitive software, allows for interlinking between screens, contains most UI buttons and features you would need.

Cons: Not the prettiest looking wireframes. Great for basic/bare bone wireframes, but not what you would want to use for a final presentation or as final visual designs when developing a product.

Great for quick mockups

Oct 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: This software is the easiest to use and can get your ideas and concepts across quite quickly. One time license purchase.

Cons: This is purely a mockup tool, and therefore you can't apply a design to your mockup once signed off. If you create your wireframes in Sketch however, you could apply the design on top of the wireframe quite easily, where you can complete two phases of a project versus just one for Balsamiq

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

Aug 31, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

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

An easy-to-use tool for rapid prototyping.

Mar 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: *You don't need any fancy technical skills to use it.

*It's like sketching on a digital whiteboard.

*It allows you to focus on functionality.

Cons: *Limited collaboration capabilities.

*They don't support interactive prototypes.

*It's a little difficult to scroll thought the drag and drop library of UI elements.

Overall: Helps me create rapid wireframes.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on March 06, 2018

Hi Pinjil and thanks for sharing your thoughts about our little tool.

Just wanted to let you know that we launched our new web app, Balsamiq Cloud, a few months ago. It is powered by our new native editor and offers many collaboration features (real-time collaboration, chat, comments).

You can read more about it on this blog post: https://blog.balsamiq.com/balsamiq-cloud/

Let us know if you have any questions (support@balsamiq.com).

-Virgin

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A great tool to make quick mock-ups, even if you are not experimented.

Jun 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: -Fast learning curve

-Has most of the current views for designing

-Handle layers for an easy development of the diagrams

-Shows an interactive preview of the muck-up

-Easy to share with others

Cons: -As the mockup makes more complex can be difficult to handle.

-If a page has a lot of content could fliker some hidden elements.

Easy to use mockup tool

May 12, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Really easy to use and learn - All basic options are present - Instant search is a delight to use.

Cons: - Advanced options are missing hence difficult to make a complicated mockups - Collaboration is not possible on the desktop version - Canvas size is limited, hence difficult to use for a long product or list page wireframes

Capterra loader

Next over napkin

Oct 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's fast!

It's easy.

It just works.

Replaces sketching on paper and allows collaboration.

Cons: Time to time it can lost in synchronisation between open web browsers.

Basic but powerful wireframing tool

Aug 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I give quite some workshops on building MVPs and prototypes. Balsamiq is what I get the participants to use for their first wireframes because it's just so incredibly easy to work with. Most of participants are reluctant to draw but are very comfortable just dragging and dropping in Balsamiq. Collaboration features are also great.

Cons: It's basic. It doesn't go a lot further than triangles, circles, squares and lines but, at the same time, as in the software itself: what you see is what you get.

Allows the right conversation by looking so different from the end product

Apr 04, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ugly-ness of the mock ups. It really makes it clear that UX is at the forefront not the UI. If you have stakeholders that like to argue about color and font, this software is a lifesaver.

Cons: It's hard to create re-useable components that can be changes quickly. It's possible to create libraries of custom components, but it's clunky at best.

Simple use for wireframing

Jul 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I'm a self-taught designer and this tool makes it easy to wireframe out ideas and projects. The software is intuitive and has a small learning curve for the basic features.

Cons: I only use Balsamiq for basic wireframes. It's not something I'd use for a final presentation when developing a product or idea.

Invaluable product for user interface design.

Jan 18, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Very simple to use. Able to easily and quickly mock up a UI, pass to user team for review / acceptance before implementing. Saved countless hours of re-development time.

Cons: Very little. I think the pricing is a bit steep for what is a relatively simple single purpose application.

Overall: Ability to quickly create UI designs for review, prior to implementation.

Dynamic mockups made easier

Oct 30, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Balsamiq has a very easy to use interface which help any non tech person to develop a mockup of the product idea and share it with developers.

Cons: User interface is quite old style and can be improved for more features such as color addition. Also the mockups size are quite large when generated. Sharing becomes difficult.

The only mockup software to consider

Jul 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This software is just simply so simple to use. You can quickly build mockups that are interactive and show of the functionality for a client. I love that you can copy and paste the screens into documents.

Cons: It takes awhile to learn how to use the software but once you have that figured out the rest is pretty easy.

Clear and easy-to-use wire frame tool

Jan 11, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Love this tool for UX design and the UX courses I teach

Jun 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
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Pros: This is a simple to use and powerful tool. They make it so simple and focused so you can do exactly what you need without a lot of extra, unnecessary heaviness and features. It's very intuitive and I encourage my students to use this.

Cons: I haven't found much to complain about here. I really enjoy this tool and my students have found it very easy to use. I always recommend this option. It's great for people with a design background or with none at all.

Capterra loader

Amazing tool for diagrams

Sep 13, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I really like thw UI Components and Icons, built-in user interface. I generally use the software to share business test scenarios with developers . I recently also start using it to draw login map for my own projects.

Cons: The price, It's a little expensive there should be a free version or version for individual

Overall: Simplicity, sharing technical diagrams with developers

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on September 21, 2018

Hi Antonio and thanks for sharing your thoughts about our little tool. :)

We do have different products that may fit your needs best. For example, our Desktop product is a one-time license: https://balsamiq.com/buy/#d

Don't hesitate to reach out via sales@balsamiq.com if you have any questions!

-Virgin

Great mockup software

Oct 22, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Its quick and easy to use. Saves time with mockup creation

Cons: I find the desktop version crashes on a Mac occasionally. Not sure if this is a computer problem or their app issues.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on October 26, 2018

Hi Greg and sorry for the hassle.

Please reach out to support@balsamiq.com about this issue and we'll do our best to help!

-Virgin

Not a help, at all.

Feb 20, 2014
1/5
Overall

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.

Capterra loader

A good tool to make prototypes

May 06, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: You can create prototypes easy and fastest, you have lot of tools to drag and create awesome mockups.

Cons: Unfortunately now we have more tools that can generate mockups with better look and feel, you depends to adobe flash media to use it.

Overall: I could generate models without the need to generate code and validate ideas before I started working on them

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on May 10, 2018

Thank you for the review, Luis! We are hoping to be completely Adobe Flash/Air free by the end of the year.

Only the desktop apps are left. :)

-Brendan

Wireframing becomes Quick & easy with Balsamiq

Aug 09, 2017
4/5
Overall

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.

Easy to learn

Feb 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The UI is mostly intuitive to use without any prior knowledge or training. The search bar is very helpful, and shows elements that don't exactly match your search term but are still relevant.

Cons: Importing assets wasn't intuitive at first, but I figured it out eventually. Also, I can't figure out how to export 1 slide from a mockup without exporting the entire project.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on February 15, 2018

Hi there and thanks for the review.

Just wanted to let you know that you can export one wireframe/slide to PNG if needed: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/exporting/#exporting-to-an-image

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need anything else (support@balsamiq.com).

-Virgin

It has been a pleasure to use this tool for its easy use

Dec 20, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 1. Super easy to use even for someone with minimal design experience.

2.As easy as drawing on a sheet with a pencil.

Cons: 1.The possibility that it is an application for 64 bits.

2.No options for creating interactive prototypes

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on December 21, 2017

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about our tool, Larry. :)

About prototypes: you're right, our little tool has low interactivity on purpose and we don't plan to add such features.

That being said, the existing Linking feature might help you to demonstrate click-through prototypes. More details here if needed: https://docs.balsamiq.com/desktop/linking/

Any questions, we're here (support@balsamiq.com).

-Virgin from Balsamiq

Used for quick wireframes for startup

Apr 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Incredibly easy to use. Very intuitive without any tutorials. Has almost all icons buttons and features you would need to create mockups or wireframes for mobile, web, etc.

Cons: Very bare bones basic wireframes. Shouldn't use if you want professional, highly graphical wireframes. Not much control over design /look of the wireframes, so I needed to use something with more graphic design oriented tools.

Easy to use mockup tools

Jun 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: A mockup tools that doesn't need guide how to use it. Everything is self explained. We use this for creating an early mockup for client, and then continue with photoshop.

Cons: Nothing in particular. But would be nice if they are start adding prototyping feature. Where you can simulate a button click, although that would increase its complexity.

Vendor Response

by Balsamiq Studios on June 25, 2018

Hi there and thanks for your review!

While we don't plan on adding more prototyping features in our tool, you can already simulate a button click by using the existing Linking feature: https://docs.balsamiq.com/cloud/linking/

Hope this helps! :)

-Virgin

Great tool for product managers

Apr 01, 2018
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: I'm definitely not a designer but when I have an idea that I need to convey to designers or developers, this tool is perfect.

Cons: Can be very slow, and lacks certain flexibility, like an iPad ap, at least when I last checked. Overall great.

I LOVE Balsamiq

Feb 22, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
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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.

Still a great tool but maybe falling behind

Jan 13, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
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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.

Balsamiq serves its purpose :)

Aug 28, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: I love the simplicity of Balsamiq. Like the title says, it definitely serves its purpose. Strictly for wire-framing purposes and it makes it so easy and convenient to share projects among team mates.

Cons: There really isn't anything that I do not like from this software. Although I do think they can expand and continue to grow to add more features.