Archives / Year: 2015

A Season to be Thankful

Another year has gone and here we are, looking back to what 2015 brought us. As usual, Peldi will publish a detailed “looking back” post soon. In short, we...
Francesca
December 23rd, 2015

Tips for Creating Great Screencast Recordings

As a UX team, we're always trying to improve the work we do to support our customers. Video has been a big part of that from the beginning: Peldi...
Mike
December 21st, 2015

Danelle Bailey: Using myBalsamiq as a Project Hub

"Our team uses myBalsamiq a lot," writes Danelle Bailey in her blog post "How our Design Team uses Balsamiq as a Project Hub". But rather than showing off her...
Leon
December 9th, 2015

[Release] Mockups 3.3, Another Big Step Forward!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We're very excited to share today's release with you. It's a big one, so we're switching the minor number from 3.2 to 3.3 for it....
Peldi
December 2nd, 2015

Free Course on Wireframing with Balsamiq Mockups on Udemy

We now offer a free course on Udemy called Wireframing with Balsamiq Mockups. It's designed to cover the basics of what Balsamiq Mockups is and how to get started...
Leon
November 24th, 2015

Docs.balsamiq.com: Our New Static Documentation Site, Powered by Hugo

Last month we released a brand new web site for our documentation - docs.balsamiq.com. We also updated our support site with a new design and layout. This post describes...
Leon
November 19th, 2015

Free Course on Rapid Wireframing with Balsamiq Mockups on Skillshare

We published a free course for Balsamiq users on Skillshare. The course, Rapid Wireframing: Finding the Right Product Design, is designed for those new to Balsamiq Mockups, but also...
Mike
November 10th, 2015
Wireframing presentation tips

Tips for Presenting Your Wireframes

Now that they're done, what do you do with them? I recently wrote an article for the Treehouse Blog called "3 Steps to Better UI Wireframes" that provides some...
Leon
November 5th, 2015

User Testing your Balsamiq Prototypes with TryMyUI

The following is a guest post by Ritvij Gautam of TryMyUI. Every designer faces a dilemma: we become so familiar with what we have created that we can't see...
Francesca
November 2nd, 2015

[Release] A bit of bug-squashing

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Mockups 3 for Desktop is already super-solid, but we take great pride and joy in making it more and more reliable every day. Squashing software...
Peldi
October 22nd, 2015

[Release] A nice little bug fix release

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Our latest release had some exciting new stuff in it, so now it's time to do a little "let the dust settle" release to fix...
Peldi
October 13th, 2015

Welcome Brendan, Virgin and Stefano!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It is my great pleasure to introduce to you three new members of the Balsamiq family today. Brendan Saricks Brendan is the guy in your...
Peldi
October 12th, 2015

Company Policies: Time Off to Exercise

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. Joining a new company is always overwhelming. When I...
Francesca
October 8th, 2015

[Release] Mockups 3.2: a whole new way to wireframe!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Today we have something so exciting to share that we're switching the version number from 3.1 to 3.2 for it. Check it out! Two new...
Peldi
October 1st, 2015

Plantwise: Using Wireframes to Test Software for Farmers in Developing Countries

This is another great story of a Champion who blogged about a project we couldn't have imagined our software being used for. Abigail Rumsey wrote a blog post called...
Leon
September 28th, 2015

Peldi's 15 Tips For Public Speaking

If you are thinking "I want to give a talk at a conference / event / workshop", I have some tips for you. Well, they aren't from me; they...
Francesca
September 11th, 2015

On Working from Home, Better

Balsamiq is a company optimized for working remotely. Of our ~20 employees, only nine live within commuting distance of our only office in Bologna, Italy, and even those employees...
Leon
September 3rd, 2015

[Release] FontAwesome in myBalsamiq, Drag+Drop of Symbols, and more!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We hope you're having a great summer. We are too, and we're excited to share with you today's releases. FontAwesome everywhere! As you know, we...
Peldi
August 21st, 2015

[Release] Multiple Selection, 66 New Icons, Horizontal Site Map and lots more!

Hello again friends of Balsamiq, I hope you're all having a great summer! 🙂 As always, we've been busy improving our little tool for you all, one step at...
Peldi
July 30th, 2015

[Release] Non-Image Assets!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We continue to crank out new features and fix bugs for your enjoyment. Today's little big feature is called... Non-Image Assets! Did you ever wish...
Peldi
July 8th, 2015

2015 Balsamiq Retreat in the Loire Valley

Since we are a remote, distributed team (9 from Italy, 5 from California, 1 from France, 1 from Germany, 1 from Netherlands, so far - and more are coming!),...
Francesca
July 3rd, 2015

Jay Bennett Uses myBalsamiq for Video Game Prototyping

One of the things we do for fun around here is keep an eye out for the Balsamiq wireframes that people share online in order to learn more about...
Leon
June 24th, 2015

[Release] New Calendar Control, Better Font Size Support and TONS of bug fixes!

Hello friends of Balsamiq, time for another nice little release! New Calendar Control We finally rebuilt the calendar control so that it stretches nicely and no longer says 2008!...
Peldi
June 23rd, 2015

Creating Polished Wireframes

Balsamiq is optimized for creating rough, "sketchy"-looking wireframes (read why here), but there are some situations where a cleaner, more polished look is more appropriate. These include client presentations,...
Mike
June 15th, 2015

[Release] Resizeable left panel, new Export to PDF / Print dialog, and more!

Hello friends! Today's release brings you a couple of often-requested features, and some bug fixes. Let's dive in! New Export to PDF / Print dialog! Mostly for technical reasons,...
Peldi
May 19th, 2015

Volunteering at BOSS

As I wrote recently, some of us use part of our Professional Development Time at Balsamiq to do some volunteering. We also encourage each other to share our learning...
Francesca
May 13th, 2015

The Most Important Skill of the Decade: Jeromy Wilson on Prototyping Techniques

"How do you know you're coding the right stuff?" That's the central question in Jeromy Wilson's recent blog post called "The Most Important Skill of the Decade". He believes...
Leon
May 7th, 2015

Professional Development at Balsamiq

This post is part of a series about our VERY FEW company policies. Read this intro post for some context. We have become hesitant about sharing our company policies...
Francesca
May 4th, 2015

[Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3.1! Alternates, new Google Drive Plugin, Background Music, and much more!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It's only been three weeks since the last release, but A LOT has happened since. In fact, this is such a big update that we're...
Peldi
April 29th, 2015

How We Got Here: The Road to Balsamiq Mockups 3

The release of Balsamiq Mockups 3 was the biggest release in our history since the original product launch in 2008. For this release we took a leap of faith...
Leon
April 17th, 2015

[Release] More Little Improvements!

Hello friends! The dust is definitely settling after the big 3.0 release. Bug reports are slowing down, and people are generally happy with v.3. Today's release squashes the following...
Peldi
April 9th, 2015

Tips for Customer Support

As you can read in the blog post about The Balsamiq Mantras, Customer Support is something really important to us. During the 2014 Balsamiq Retreat, Peldi asked Ben to teach his techniques for...
Francesca
April 9th, 2015

[Release] More bug fixes and optimizations!

Another week, another release! As expected after the major update that was v.3, we're in the "let the dust settle" period, fixing bugs here and there as they come...
Peldi
April 3rd, 2015

Why we switched to Font Awesome for Balsamiq Mockups 3

It was with mixed feelings that we switched to the Font Awesome icon set with Balsamiq Mockups 3. Our original icons were hand-drawn by Peldi's wife Mariah so they...
Leon
March 31st, 2015

[Release] Second batch of Balsamiq Mockups 3 bug fixes

Hello again friends! We're back with another round of bug fixes. Here's what's new in today's release: We did a major cleanup of the "Save" and "Save As" code....
Peldi
March 27th, 2015

[Release] First batch of Balsamiq Mockups 3 bug fixes

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We are happy to report that our big Balsamiq Mockups 3 release from two weeks ago has generally been very well received. As is to...
Peldi
March 24th, 2015

[BIG Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! 🙂 Today is a big day for us: after almost a year of heads-down work, we are releasing the biggest update in our little company's...
Peldi
March 10th, 2015

Mockups To Go, Ready To Use: Captcha, Password Strength, Calendar

One of the most popular things about our little tool is how quickly you can create meaningful wireframes with it. But there are ways to go even faster with...
Francesca
February 10th, 2015

[Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3 Public Beta!

Hello? Is anyone still reading this? After being quiet for 10 months, we can understand if you thought we had sent our developers on a long vacation somewhere... 😉...
Peldi
February 2nd, 2015

Improve your myBalsamiq Prototypes with UsersThink

The following is a guest blog post by John Turner of UsersThink. Enjoy! Being able to iterate quickly is important for any project, and that's one (of many) reason...
Leon
January 28th, 2015

John Bethke on Process Before Product

Our latest Champion, John Bethke of Bethke Consulting, LLC, contacted us to tell us about how he uses Balsamiq Mockups in his work. What I like about his story...
Leon
January 23rd, 2015

Looking back at 2014

Hello again friends of Balsamiq! Peldi here with our traditional "state of the union" end-of-year report. You can find previous editions here: 2008, 2009 and 2013. As usual, this...
Peldi
January 21st, 2015
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