Great tool to get out in front of planning problems
September 27, 2016

Great tool to get out in front of planning problems

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Balsamiq

Our team uses Balsamiq to get high fidelity napkin sketches put together. We have a team of key stakeholders that are spread across the country and having the ability to create, share, markup and version has been tremendously valuable. Having Balsamiq helps us all envision the same end in a way that using only words tends to leave too much open to interpretation.
  • Ease of use - once you are using the tool it is pretty much like any other tool of this type.
  • Look and feel - it comes with a number of prebuilt items that provide functionality out of the box like: "checkbox groups", "calendars" and "button bars".
  • Repositioning and inserting items requires a fair amount of rework to the layout.
  • it would be nice to have wire up events to take you to a new layout when "this" happens.
  • Balsamiq is a great tool for getting management and implementors on the same page before work is started.
  • Balsamiq keeps us from discovering implementation gotchas after we have been on the job for a while. It saves us from having to go back to the drawing board, since we are already there.
I have used PowerPoint, Pagemaker, Photoshop etc., to do prototyping. None of those tools is made for this job so it is not really a fair comparison.
Balsamiq is great for rapid prototyping of ideas. If inserting items automatically did a reflow, I could probably see myself using it in meetings where we are typing to prototype. As it is now I need to use it to capture the ideas after the meeting. It does work well for getting consensus on the ideas discussed.