Balsamiq

Balsamiq

Score 8.6 out of 10
Balsamiq

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What is Balsamiq?

Balsamiq is a wireframing tool that allows users to sketch out user interfaces for websites and web and and mobile apps.
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Balsamiq is a wireframing tool that allows users to sketch out user interfaces for websites and web and and mobile apps.

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What is Balsamiq?

Balsamiq is a wireframing tool that allows users to sketch out user interfaces for websites and web and and mobile apps.

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Balsamiq Cloud is the industry-leading solution for fast, approachable, collaborative wireframing. Check it out at https://balsamiq.cloud

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In the past I have just used HTML to mock up UIs, but as I've previously mentioned this can cause problems with user's thinking that the system is already built. Balsamiq is far quicker and easier to create wireframes, it is more collaborative and the resulting wireframes cannot be confused with a real system as they have a hand drawn feel to them.
March 02, 2020

Balsamiq is Sweet

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We think Balsamiq does a good job compared to Visio and we do go to Balsamiq first. We typically know after trying to put together the first wireframe if it will work well in Balsamiq. And we are familiar enough with both tools to get an idea. If it is not working right away in Balsamiq, we go over to Visio.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
While I love these other tools for many different reasons, Balsamiq is the tool I use for low-fidelity wireframing every time. It’s the most simple and easy-to-use out of the bunch, and it gets the job done without a ton of effort and time required. In the early stages of design, our team does not want to spend a ton of time using a complicated tool to create a design that is likely to change a ton anyway. Balsamiq enables us to quickly design and iterate so we can move onto the build phase fully informed and prepared with plenty of feedback.
John Rougeux | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
OmniGraffle can get you to the same place as Balsamiq will, but it will take you longer. Balsamiq has more built-in elements that help you create mockups very quickly. With OmniGraffle, though, you'll be spending more time creating elements by hand. And because OmniGraffle is so precise, it encourages you to create more exact mockups. But with Balsamiq, it feels more appropriate to create something fast and loose.
Craig Orser | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
InVision integrates well with Photoshop but Balsamiq has a much more intuitive pick-up-and-play quality that makes it a useful entry tool to marketing teams just getting their feet wet in the design process. The standardized layout and methodology also gives it an edge if you work in a team with multiple designers.
Elizabeth Coppinger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • It is very much user-friendly.
  • It reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard but using a computer.
  • The handwritten design is unique which lets designer focus on the design.
  • It allows the designer to arrange pre-built widgets using a drag-and-drop editor.
Miguelangel Nuñez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We select Balsamiq for product cost and quality. It is intuitive, so it does not require much support or courses to start using it. It does not take up much space on the server, it is very light. It can be used in several operating systems. You can load the Bootstrap library which makes the screens look as similar as possible to the final presentation.
Alexis Medvedeff | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Balsamiq is the only wireframing software I've used. The only other thing that I've used for any wireframing is Microsoft Powerpoint, which does actually increase some customization options, but takes much longer to make a quality wireframe. I've also used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for more finalized designs. These have a large advantage for anything that you want to look like the final product but also take significantly more time.
Eliz Marvic Melicio Carvajal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Sketch
Balsamiq is selected for cost and product quality. It is inductive, so it does not require much support or courses to start using it, it does not take up much space on the server, it is very light. It can be used in several operating systems. You can load the Bootstrap library, which makes it a good option to see the screens as close to the final presentation. Functional users find it very easy to make comments or create changes in the presented models.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
February 01, 2018

Balsamiq - Easy Peasy

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I just searched free trials and did a test run of Balsamiq for 30 days at no cost. I didn't even look at another product - this one met the immediate need to get a bunch of drawings done and out the door. At the end of the 30 days my manager didn't care, either, just wanted a decision so I made it: tried one, bought one.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Paper App
The Pen tool in Paper is definitely a happy middle between Balsamiq and actual paper prototyping. It has the advantage of being able to copy/paste a section that has already been designed - but even there selecting a specific section is hard - balsamiq's sections are more clearly defined/layered. Paper is used with an external touch pen tool with provides fidelity familiar to sketching and doesn't require a mouse/clicking and dragging gestures, in essence, to "sketch" a prototype.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Balsamiq is very simple and easy, select and drag program for wireframing and prototyping for websites and software. It's really meant for beginners and people who put more weight into the workflow rather than design as there aren't very many options for making it personalized or showing off your creativity. However, for a beginner, it's a really amazing and simple way to get the idea across to the whole team. The graphic designers can then work on top of that wireframe to get it personalized.
February 24, 2017

Cooking Up Quick Mockups

Grant Wilkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We also have Adobe Illustrator. Balsamiq is a great choice when you value speed and want to use the pre-built icons to put together an interface. It is also a slimmed down feature set versus Illustrator and gives you just the essentials. Balsamiq is easier for non-graphic designers to pick up and learn quickly.
Pooja Sawant | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Axure vs Balsamiq. I would pick Axure over Balsamiq. The only con is there could be a learning curve to Axure.
Sketch gives more interactivity over Balsamiq but is limited to Mac users.
UXPin has easier palettes to move around than Balsamiq but Balsamiq is easier to use than UXPin. Balsamiq is easier to check in and check out to the branch since its offline.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Axure
I have also used Axure. I feel both these tools have different features to offer. So, it depends on the use case you want to implement.

Key features:
  • Interactive prototypes
  • JQuery Widget libraries for website and mobile applications
  • Masters which allow for updating of every page of your website wireframe from a single location similar to how CSS changes run right through the whole site.
  • Produce functional specifications in Microsoft Word format that document the interactions, annotations, and even content in your design.
Abbie Cataldo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I think the learning curve for all of the other tools is much greater than that of Balsamiq. PhotoShop, I think, is a poor tool for UX, but is often used by members of my team for its overall prevalence in their past education (many graphics folks). I have found that Illustrator is better in UX, as its layout capabilities are more robust. However, neither of these tools are optimized for linking and showing interaction without the use of a third tool like Acrobat hotspotting or InVision. Axure is good, but the learning curve usually leads me to fall back to Balsamiq with my teams.
March 11, 2016

Balsamiq FTW!

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Axure
Axure is basically a direct copy of Balsamiq for 4x the price.
Moqups is painful to use and it's a monthly subscription.
Although I have not used Adobe Comp, the learning curve is so high, it cannot even come close to the ease of Balsamiq. And Illustrator and Photoshop for mockups is a joke if you are a designer AND a developer. I don't have time for all that nonsense!
Prakarn Nisarat | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Like I mentioned, Balsamiq does well to be in between "sketching" and "high-fidelity" while keeping the speed. Sketch is good but it doesn't feel as "sketchy" enough so client tends to give comment on design. Photoshop is big and slow and designer tends to go overboard with the design and typography. Pen and Paper would be the other choice I made if I need a rapid prototype. But having digital copy is much nicer.
Courtney Famiglietti | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I also leverage PowerPoint for more detailed, high fidelity. Balsamiq has its purpose for the initial planning phases of design. Where PowerPoint allows for much more detail, being able to add in own images seamlessly, ability to update library of stock template tools, etc. I feel like Balsamiq is good what it is used for, which is just a quick mock up, but nothing too in depth or past that. Great for user testing, as it can be published out to html, where users can actually simulate clicking on items, where they'd expect things to be, etc.
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