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Balsamiq

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe XD

From the novice designer just getting their feet wet on UX/UI design to teams of scale, this software is a good fit. At the rate they are improving it, there is a chance XD can replace so many tools to fit almost any workflow (esp. Sketch/InVision/Abstract). However, it may be missing some key features at the moment for complex prototyping where Axure is still king.
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Balsamiq

Balsamiq is best suited for early mockups and interface prototyping where you are trying to define the general layout of your screen as opposed to particular aesthetics. It's great for scenarios where you want to get a lot of feedback from stakeholders and integrate the feedback quickly into a new design.

Balsamiq is less useful for final designs or designs that require a large amount of custom and interactive features to be displayed on the prototype as it will not allow for this functionality.
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Pros

  • User friendly, dissimilar to many adobe products that have a steep learning curve.
  • Simplifies Application development with interactive prototypes.
  • Gives you the ability to create really attractive prototypes and integrates with Photoshop / Illustrator seamlessly.
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  • Speed. Whipping up a wireframe takes very little time.
  • Ease of Use. The product works intuitively and as expected.
  • Covers common elements. Many of the common elements you need on a website are already built in, just drag and drop.
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Cons

  • It would be great if the software helped to generate usable code. It does not.
  • Only allows for simple transitions and not many effects.
  • Image editing within the application is limited. Should at least be able to crop images.
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  • Duplicating a library should only be done from the libraries, it has happened that I duplicated a library, and when I realized I have already designed several screens with the duplicated library, which makes me lose information when I delete the duplicate library.
  • I would like to see a blackboard-type version, where at least two people can interact in the same design at the same time. This is because there are clients with whom remote reviews are made.
  • It does not have a Spanish version, there are functional users who are asked to make comments or changes and do not use another language.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe XD9.0
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We utilize many of the applications in the Adobe CC suite and our usage of this application came about simply because it was the one that was already paid for. Bearing that in mind we will definitely be renewing the software upon the expiration of the licensing. I am not sure if this is the solution we would go with were it not already included, we would have to evaluate all other options
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Balsamiq10.0
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I'm not sure how else we would be able to complete our work without Balsamiq or another similar tool. All of my experience with Balsamiq has been positive and they continue to develop new features so that my job gets easier. I would be very surprised if we didn't renew Balsamiq
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Usability

Adobe XD8.0
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Very easy to use even for novice software users. A lot of the functionality is ubiquitous among the different software applications so the learning curve is relatively small. The biggest limitation may be someone's creativity or lack of it. There are some functional limitations but my understanding is that reviews come out fast and furious
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Balsamiq8.0
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Very intuitive and easy to understand. It only takes minutes to get the hang of it and get back to work. For new analysts (like, brand new, fresh out of school) it's not difficult and they need minimal to no hand-holding. The training content that is embedded is easy to find and use.
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Support

Adobe XD5.0
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We have never used support for Adobe XD but I'm sure it would be as good as it is for the other Adobe Products
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Implementation

Adobe XD10.0
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Implementation was a snap
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe XD is the only wireframing application that we have used here as it came with our creative cloud subscription. After testing it out the software worked great for our needs and I cannot imagine other software that could suit our needs better, unless they included some missing features like effects and a way to export usable code
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Balsamiq is a quite simple tool; but does exactly what was designed for, it helps with creating mockups, wireframes, and flows. Its simplicity works great for people who are not designers but need to visually represent their ideas. Low-fidelity wireframes work really well in development teams, for example when there is no need for sophisticated designs like wireframes of admin screens.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive ROI ... streamlines scope of the application building process.
  • Prevents miscommunication issues between development team and the application requester.
  • Streamlines the aesthetics when the users can create mock-ups of what they are looking for.
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  • Price tag vs. time it's saved on building full sites; Balsamiq is basically free.
  • Of the 6 months it took for me to single-handedly build our website, 2 were spent building mockup after mockup. Had I had to learn a more complicated piece of software to build those mockups, the project would have taken at least 2 months longer.
  • Balsamiq is a one-time fee rather than the dreaded subscription. It's paid for itself multiple times.
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Pricing Details

Adobe XD

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Balsamiq

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details