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November 11th, 2009

YouTube-ing Up a Storm!

Hi all. So we've been travelling quite a bit in the last few months for conferences and such. Aside from learning a lot and sharing what we know, conferences turned out to be the perfect way to meet some...

By Peldi
November 3rd, 2009

Weekly Release: a nice basket of low-hanging fruit

Hi everyone! I know I said we wouldn't have an update this week, but we ended up being able to carve out some time to dedicate to adding a few of those long-requested-but-not-so-high-priority features that have been sitting in...

By Peldi
October 30th, 2009

Tools we use for running our startup

Hi there. I've been wanting to write this post for a long time, but things were still evolving too much for me to come up with a definite list. Now that we've been in business for a whole 15...

By Peldi
October 28th, 2009

Weekly Release: OS X Extras and more!

Update: The Spotlight plugin for the Mac is no longer working and maintained. We plan to address this issue in the Mac version in the future. Hi there! I hope this finds you well. Things are crazy busy around...

By Peldi
October 23rd, 2009

Listen to this blog

Hi there, just a quick post to let you know that you can now listen to the most popular posts on this blog via the new blog-to-podcast service from the guys at HearABlog. I like their idea because it's...

By Peldi
October 21st, 2009

Weekly Release: Custom Properties and Bug Fixes

Hi there, just a small release this week since we're focused on the web app. New "Custom Properties" feature This feature is especially useful if you're using one of the 3rd party tools that extend Mockups, such as Napkee...

By Peldi
October 12th, 2009

Weekly Release: Image Improvements, Bug Fixes...

Hi all. Another week, another release. 🙂 Here's what's new: all the good stuff we announced last week is now live in 1.6: account and project assets folders, pasting images directly to the Desktop, pasting text...good stuff. Thanks to...

By Peldi
October 8th, 2009

[pre-release] Better Image Handling, Assets Folders...

Hi all. I hope this finds you well. We have decided to not do an official release this week because we made some pretty big changes we need your feedback on before releasing them. The changes have to do...

By Peldi
October 6th, 2009

Mockups for JIRA: now with user-based pricing!

So Atlassian released JIRA 4.0 today. It is HUGE: killer usability coupled with awesome powers, the way very few companies know how to do. Beyond the new features, we are excited about JIRA 4's new user-based licensing model. No...

By Peldi
September 28th, 2009

ANOTHER release! HUGE Performance boost, Smart Lorem Ipsum, z-Ordering shortcuts...

I know, releasing three new versions in five days is a bit excessive, but we're so excited about this one that we didn't want to sit on it, so we're shipping our weekly update early this time. Here's what's...

By Peldi
September 26th, 2009

Mockups for FogBugz, now shipping!

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you all know that Mockups for FogBugz is now officially out of beta and available for immediate purchase, both for your installed FogBugz server or for your FogBugz onDemand account. 🙂...

By Peldi
September 24th, 2009

BAM! Geometric Shapes, Multi-Line support, Oh my!

Hello friends! We've got a great show for you today! 🙂 Let's get right to it. Multi-line Support in the Data Grid and iPhone Menu! You read it right: you can now FINALLY type multi-line cells within a Data...

By Peldi
September 14th, 2009

A little market-y post

Hi there, a quick market-y post to let you know about a few things that happened today: We are sponsoring LessConference, a one-day conference happening in Jacksonville, Florida, on Oct 17th. We love the speakers, we liked the other...

By Peldi
September 14th, 2009

Weekly Release: Linking in Confluence, Gray Charts and more!

Hi everyone. Here we are again with our weekly update. This one is so big it took us 2 weeks to complete it! 🙂 We're releasing it a day early because we have some other big changes we want...

By Peldi
September 13th, 2009

Let's meet in person for a change!

Hello friends! Some members of team Balsamiq are going to be attending the following conferences and events this fall: October 4th-7th: Valerie will be in Los Angeles for Adobe MAX October 16th-18th: Peldi will be in Prague at WebExpo...

By Peldi
September 9th, 2009

No weekly release this week, but we've been busy!

Hi there, just a quick note to let you know that we're not going to do a weekly release this week. We've been working on some big features so we want to give you guys a little more time...

By Peldi
September 2nd, 2009

"Weekly" Release: FogBugz Wiki integration and more!

Hello everyone! We hope you're having a fantastic first week of September! 🙂 We know, we just did a weekly release this past Sunday...so this is not really a "weekly" release. Still, we couldn't wait to share these new...

By Peldi
August 31st, 2009

You’re a little company, now act like one

"Balsamiq Studios is doing it right. Read their company page. It’s says “Hello.” It says “Yes, a couple of guys in a studio.” They don’t skirt the issues of being a small company."

By Peldi
August 30th, 2009

Weekly Release: More OS-Native Menus!

Hi there. This week's release is a little early because I wanted to fix Snow Leopard compatibility ASAP. Here's what's new: Mockups for Desktop now sports some newly refactored, more OS-native (and Snow Leopard-compatible) menus! Here's the full details....

By Peldi
August 25th, 2009

"Back from Summer Vacation" Release

Hi there, long time no see! 🙂 The reason we haven't done a weekly release since last month is that, in typical european fashion, both Marco, Mariah and I went on vacation for the first three weeks of August!...

By Peldi
August 5th, 2009

Napkee Launches!

An Italian engineer living abroad, happily employed by a large tech company, spots a new revolutionary technology rapidly gaining traction and decides to drop everything in order to "get in on it" by improving it. No, I'm not talking...

By Peldi
July 28th, 2009

Hello World!

Hello world! As a member of Team Balsamiq for just about 3 months now, I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and welcoming good wishes from the Mockups community. We are onto something pretty groovy here. Being employee #2...

By Val
July 24th, 2009

Weekly Release: 30-day trial for JIRA and more

Hello all. We've been very busy in the last couple of weeks, releasing our first public beta of Mockups for FogBugz and opening up the hosted app's private beta to a few selected "friends and family" members (more on...

By Peldi
July 23rd, 2009

Convert Mockups to HTML+Image Maps Prototypes

Hi there. We at Balsamiq are terribly excited about the wonderful community-contributed tools and Mockups extensions that are being developed these days. To introduce the latest one we have asked its main developer, Vitorio Miliano, to write a short...

By Peldi
July 20th, 2009

A New Plugin: Mockups for FogBugz!

Synopsis: Balsamiq Mockups is now also a FogBugz 7 plugin public beta: not for sale but good enough to play with it will go on sale in a couple of weeks per user price: 1/3 of FogBugz product home...

By Peldi
July 14th, 2009

Weekly Release: New Font Sizes, Backgrounds and Bug Fixes

Hi there, this week's release is a small one but important nonetheless. Here's what's in it: Added 24 and 28 font sizes, thanks @Florian_ and @saraonstine for tweeting about it! 🙂 Added background color (and opacity) to the FieldSet,...

By Peldi
July 6th, 2009

Weekly Release: Little Improvements All Over

Hi there. Hard to give a good title to this blog post since the improvements and bug fixes we did this week really span the breadth of the application. So let's get right to it! New features You can...

By Peldi
June 29th, 2009

Weekly Release: Performance, Bug Fixes and more...

Hi there. Sorry we skipped the last two weeks but things have been really busy here at Balsamiq central - we are days away from starting up the private beta program for the Mockups web app (announcement coming here...

By Peldi
June 10th, 2009

Weekly Release: WebORB Integration and More

Hi there. The main feature of this week's release is the previously announced WebORB integration. The nice folks at MidnightCoders (the creators of the WebORB application server for RIAs) have created a web service which converts BMML into a...

By Peldi
June 9th, 2009

Atlassian Summit Trip Report

Last week we participated in the Atlassian Summit, Atlassian's first worldwide conference and Balsamiq's first foray in being a conference sponsor. Below is an account on what happened and what we learned from the experience, in hope it will...

By Peldi
June 1st, 2009

Mockups for Confluence: new Small and Personal licenses!

Hello everyone! It is my pleasure to announce the immediate availability of two new Mockups for Confluence licensing options: the new Small license level:  10 mockup editors for just $400 the new Personal license level: 3 mockup editors for...

By Peldi
May 25th, 2009

Weekly Release: New Default Font (on OS X) and more

Hi everyone! We have a fresh new update for you to download. Here's what's in it: If you are on a mac, the default font for Mockups is now Chalkboard, a nice little font built by Apple in 2003...

By Peldi
May 25th, 2009

Matilde's Mockup of Her Ideal Computer

My friend Nazim just sent me this photo of a paper wireframe designed by his friend's daughter Matilde, who is six years old: Aside from the awesome alphabetical keyboard layout and wonderfully stylized mouse and trackpad (is that a...

By Peldi
May 21st, 2009

Wireframing with Balsamiq Mockups

“Building a wireframe with Balsamiq Mockup is as simple as dragging UI widgets from the gallery onto your canvas.”

By Peldi
May 18th, 2009

Weekly Release: Improved Presentation Mode

Hi everyone. Apologies for not doing a release last week, but we're really busy with lots of very exciting projects and we grew as a company! So in a way you could say that we "released" Valerie onto the...

By Peldi
May 13th, 2009

SWT->BMML: an Interesting New Mockups Extension

Hi there. I wanted to share with you an interesting new little project by Max Rydahl Andersen, a core developer at JBoss (@maxandersen on Twittter). In short, it's a way to transform an existing dialog built in SWT (the...

By Peldi
May 12th, 2009

Please Welcome Valerie Liberty to the Balsamiq Family

Hi everyone. It is with immense pleasure that I get to introduce to you Ms. Valerie Liberty, Balsamiq's #2 employee and "Chief Operating Officer, Wow! Division." I've known Valerie since back when I started at Macromedia in 2002, and...

By Peldi
May 9th, 2009

Why I haven't been blogging as much

Hi there. If you've been following this blog for a while you already know that lately I haven't been sharing as much as I used to. It's true and it pains me, so I want to try and figure...

By Peldi
May 6th, 2009

Weekly Release: "Failed to Save" Alert and Other Little Things

Hi everyone. This week's release is a small one since we're still mainly focused on the Mockups web application and on lots of other behind-the-scenes changes we hope to be able to share with you soon. This is what's...

By Peldi
April 28th, 2009

Weekly Release: Bug Fixes and Better Scaling

Hi there, apologies for not posting about the weekly release last week. We actually did do a bug-fix release but didn't have time to post about it. So here's what changed since our last update: fixed a number of...

By Peldi
April 24th, 2009

Show Me Your Wireframes! (my response to Andy Budd)

Hi there. I'm not sure if my comment over at Andy Budd's blog got trapped in a spam filter or what, but since it was pretty long and had a request at the end I figured I'd post it...

By Peldi
April 17th, 2009

Gary Vaynerchuk on Passion

Be humble, work HARD, hussle, be patient and passionate about what you do. Be so good they can't ignore you, actually genuinely CARE about your customers, be transparent, take the long view...A-men! I want a "GaryVee speaks For Me"...

By Peldi

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