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Attribute Ratings

  • Balsamiq is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Balsamiq

100%
29 Ratings
1.0

Draftium

10%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Balsamiq

100%
1 Rating

Draftium

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.0

Balsamiq

80%
1 Rating

Draftium

N/A
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Support Rating

5.0

Balsamiq

50%
2 Ratings

Draftium

N/A
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Likelihood to Recommend

Balsamiq

Balsamiq is very well suited for mocking up / prototyping UIs for systems or apps. The really good thing about it is that the wireframes it produces do not look like real screens but all the same do look nice, neat and tidy. This allows you to express and design how your interface will looks and even work, but it also expresses that these are just wireframes. I have had problems throughout my career when I have mocked up UIs with HTML, often users and stakeholders think that the system is ready to be used or not far off, they can't seem to grasp that there is nothing behind it. Balsamiq helps here because the wireframes are in a hand drawn style, so they can't be confused with a near-ready or working system.
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Draftium

Have been using the prototype software provided by them for almost 2 full years. Fit most needs and then suddenly the prototype was deleted without warning. They specified I should have received warning emails but never did. The prototype was visited frequently as well. When I reached out to support staff they attempted to help but they couldn't identify how it was deleted, why it was deleted, why no email was sent out, and were not able to resolve the issue. I'd stay clear of this platform for these very reasons.
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Pros

Balsamiq

  • Low-fidelity wireframing—Balsamiq offers tools to create lo-fi wireframes without the messiness and confusion that often comes along with other types of lo-fi wireframing (e.g. hand-drawn wireframes). This helps us avoid the need to heavily “translate” our designs to the people we’re showing them to.
  • Easy-to-use interface—We have never had to spend time training anyone on how to use Balsamiq. Drag, drop, arrange—that’s it! This is helpful in getting non-designers and less experienced designers to communicate their ideas of what the finished design should sort-of look like without asking them to spend a lot of time learning a new tool.
  • Ability to convert a design to a PDF—This is definitely a plus! Whereas other design tools require stakeholders to log into a design tool account or view designs on a web page, Balsamiq makes it really easy to just download a design as a PDF and hand/email it to a stakeholder. Lots of our stakeholders don’t want to deal with visiting a website or logging into something. However, they’re typically happy to receive a PDF and not have to ask questions such as, “How do I access that?” and “What’s the password again?"
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Draftium

  • Easy to use, helpful.
  • Clean user interface.
  • Perfect UI/UX design of the product.
  • Saves a lot of time.
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Cons

Balsamiq

  • Although it's not meant for sketching processes, it could be improved a bit for doing this (a bit more support for some more arrows or diagrams).
  • Sometimes it's possible to get a bit lost in different propositions. It's interesting that it's only propositions, but the offline desktop version works faster for me (lot of coping attributes and screenshots into my sketches).
  • It's using flash or something like that in their offline version, it keeps asking for updates.
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Draftium

  • I would like to have more customization of blocks.
  • If you published your draft, SEO bots start ranking your mockup (Google search).
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Pricing Details

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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Draftium

    Starting Price

    $0 year

    Editions & Modules

    Draftium editions and modules pricing
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    Free$0.001
    Pro$199.002

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Balsamiq

    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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    Draftium

    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    Balsamiq

    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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    Draftium

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Balsamiq

    We haven't had to use the support feature yet
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    Draftium

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Balsamiq

    Creating digital wireframes in Photoshop is a nightmare. Photoshop was not really designed for this purpose. It doesn't have good collaboration options and it doesn't allow pattern libraries, which are essential for consistency and efficiency. We use UXPin and Axure for some time, but found that these platforms were a bit bloated. Balsamiq is much simpler than any of these options. It's a perfect wireframing platform for non-designers or for designers that want to focus on content and element-placement prior to design
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    Draftium

    Good price, easy to use product and perfect support.
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    Return on Investment

    Balsamiq

    • It has definitely saved time when negotiating interface changes with a large variety of stakeholders
    • Building a new layout is very quick and saves a lot of time when prototyping any clean basic interface
    • All of this eventually leads to better functionality for less money, which while hard to quantify is very useful
    • The only potential negative impact is that the design features are limited so may discourage the use of custom features which would have been particularly useful.
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    Draftium

    • Saves time for me and my team.
    • Gives us great mockups without a lot of effort.
    • Helps designers to create what marketers want.
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