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Likelihood to Recommend

Balsamiq

Balsamiq is excellent for creating low-fidelity wireframes where the designer is trying to communicate a general, loose idea of how the design should look. Because of this, it should be used early in the design stage, when there are still many decisions to be made about how the final design should look like. However, it is less suitable for situations where one wants to communicate a more final-appearing version of a design. There are limited functionalities (which appear intentional, as the Balsamiq website says that the tool "has 'just enough' prototyping capabilities, but not more”). Because of this, it is likely wise to choose a more high-powered tool, such as Axure, to create a fuller design toward the later stages of the design process
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UXPin

UXPin is an excellent resource for creating website and app flows and to better help our clients understand how their websites and apps will function. It also gives them a visual reference and some real-life application. It can be difficult for clients to truly understand how a website or an app flows from one page or screen to another via a phone call or web conference. UXPin helps us to illustrate these flows in a hands-on, visual format. UXPin also helps our clients understand the purpose of a sitemap. We used to send our clients a sitemap in an outline format. While many understood that the top-level items on the outline were the main navigation of their website and other items were child pages, several did not. We have found that using UXPin to show the main level navigation, how in-page navigation and child pages (drop-down menus from the main navigation) work has been an integral step in getting approval on sitemaps.
Rachel Stantliff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Balsamiq

  • Balsamiq makes wireframing and prototyping very fast and easy. You have a lot of pre-defined assets such as buttons, icons, titles, text, labels, placeholder items etc. that you can drag and drop, letting you finish an idea for a landing page or app quite quickly.
  • I use Balsamiq not only for wireframing, but also sketching processes or business models. The visualization is sketchy enough to keep discussions in the idea-phase, instead of wasting time on detailed discussion.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UXPin

  • Smart elements are super nice because they allow me to create complicated features that will appear on every page. When the client wants to change something it is very easy to do so in one place.
  • Working on grid is important to me. Having the ability to change and manipulate that grid in UXPin is just what I need.
  • There are tons of add on features like Font Awesome icons and prebuilt stuff that not only looks great, but also just lets me get ideas across fast without committing to what the final design is going to look like.
  • I love the ability to edit things if I want. I can control several details, but it's not too overwhelming. They include various font options from Google fonts as well. You can design as much or as little as you want. The interface doesn't get in the way. It's there if you want it but has a simplicity that is nice.
  • Having a link on a live webpage is a necessity. As soon as you make changes, they are live. No more worrying about which is the latest version.
  • I'm a photoshop user so it has a few keyboard commands that are familiar like hold 'alt', click and drag to duplicate is nice!
Charlie Chauvin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Balsamiq

  • Transition to design: In recent years, we have started to move away from Balsamiq to do wireframes in Sketch. By using Sketch for wireframes, we can establish our design patterns and symbol library early. When it's time to add colors, graphics, fonts, and more, our designer simply layers on top of the wireframes. This saves the design team a lot of time. We still use Balsamiq for quick mock-ups, but when building from scratch, we typically use Sketch. If there were some kind of easy way to transfer the Balsamiq symbols library to a design platform like Sketch, we might use it more often. Sadly, I think Sketch makes Balsamiq a bit irrelevant for experienced designers.
  • Rulers: The lack of rulers in Balsamiq is very frustrating. The design does have a "snap to grid" as well as arrangement features like horizontal and vertical distribution, but this is NOT enough for my perfectionists out there.
  • Icons: The icon library in Balsamiq is pretty limited. We typically use font-awesome to source icons for design projects. It would be great if Balsamiq tied in directly with font-awesome to offer a more complete set.
  • Opening projects: Balsamiq changed it's software significantly a few years ago. Previously, each page of a project was saved as a .bmml. Now, each PROJECT is saved as a .bmpr, and can have as many pages as you want. This means in the past, you might have 10 separate files for a single project, and now you only have one. This is definitely a change for the better; however, I find that it's way too easy to accidentally save pages to the incorrect project. Why? Because when you open Balsamiq, it loads the last screens that you were working on rather than a blank new project. To me, this is confusing.
Elizabeth Remaklus | TrustRadius Reviewer

UXPin

  • No search and replace for fonts (missing or just to replace).
  • Tool is built for design/dev teams but does not integrate content teams in well.
  • If you are not careful you can get lost in designing interactions when you should be just creating building blocks - don’t over animate!!!
  • There is currently no “scrub” or click-drag interaction which limits touch capability testing/concepts.
  • Editing adaptive versions of designs is very time consuming, edits to not ripple through from master viewport size. All updates are manual, even when creating an adaptive version.
  • When a library item is updated, it can revert changes you have made unknowingly.
  • Video integration is limited to online video host aggregators such as IMGR, YouTube, and Vimeo.
  • Not a ton of info for a designer on how to use the expressions effectively.
  • Prototypes with a lot of interactions can get slow, especially on computers with a lot of security software. It’s best to work with UXPin to figure out what is blocking APIs, and JS.
Aaron Nickulas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Balsamiq

Balsamiq 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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
Tracy Walton | TrustRadius Reviewer

UXPin

UXPin 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We'll definitely continue to use UXPin. Right now it provides us with everything we need in order to deliver quality projects to our clients. If at any point in time, UXPin doesn't provide us with what we need, we'll start vetting other software out there that may be similar. My guess is that UXPin will continue to make updates and improvements so we'll likely stick with it for quite some time.
Rachel Stantliff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Balsamiq

Balsamiq 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UXPin

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Balsamiq

Balsamiq 5.0
Based on 2 answers
We haven't had to use the support feature yet
Karen Chamberlain | TrustRadius Reviewer

UXPin

UXPin 10.0
Based on 2 answers
In my 10 years as a customer they have never let me down, not called me back, not fixed an issue or improved my experience. They have been an absolute dream to work with
Aaron Nickulas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Balsamiq

We have used some other alternatives and Balsamiq is the best one for fastest results.InVision and Justinmind both work very well and have great tools for collaboration and making interactive mockups. With Justinmind, I have done some app mockups that felt almost functional because I even used real assets. But unfortunately, a lot of time and dedication is needed. It can be good if your application isn't too big.In this case, I mention powerpoint because we have also used it to make some mockups based on assets we already had. Just by cutting, pasting and cropping different images and assets.
Alexis Medvedeff | TrustRadius Reviewer

UXPin

There are definitely pros to these other tools, but UXPin gains a significant edge by providing tools to perform several significant steps of the design workflow in one place. For instance, we could wireframe in Lucidchart, prototype in Marvel, then manually perform user testing using Zoom or some other screen sharing service, where UXPin allows us to do all of those things in one platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

UXPin

  • It helps us work faster and collaborate if your team members are scattered around the world.
  • It's a quick way to mock-up designs so your team can "converge" and "diverge" during design sprints.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Balsamiq

General

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

UXPin

General

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

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