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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
April 15th, 2009

Mockups 1.6 Release: Linking Mockups, and More!

Lots to share, but here's the main announcement: You can now link Mockups together! Simple as that. 🙂 At the moment the feature only works in Mockups for Desktop, but with your help I plan on bringing it to...

By Peldi
April 15th, 2009

Like a kid in a Candy Store

By Peldi
April 11th, 2009

My First Month at Balsamiq Studios

Hi everyone, I'd like to share with all of you my impressions of the first month as Balsamiq employee. It was an exciting, productive, revolutionary, life-changing month. In one word: wonderful! The workstations There are now three places where...

By Marco
April 6th, 2009

Video: 14 Web App Tips from Ryan Carson

Hi all. I just finished watching this excellent video of Ryan Carson's FOWA Dublin 2009 talk: I was incredibly surprised to hear Balsamiq mentioned at around minute 14: thank you so much for the kind words Ryan, we are...

By Peldi
March 31st, 2009

Weekly Release: Tricky Bugs and CTRL+R

Hi there. This week we've been focusing on the hosted version of Mockups (it's coming along really nicely!), but we found some time to fix some long-standing tricky bugs and add a couple of keyboard shortcuts. Here's the full...

By Peldi
March 24th, 2009

Weekly Release: "Snap on Center" and other little things

Hello everyone, we hope you're having a great day! We've been busy this week with one big feature and lots of little improvements and bug fixes. Snap on Center This is one of those features that's been on our...

By Peldi
March 17th, 2009

Weekly release: A Proper Certificate!

Hi all, this week's free update comes with a new digital certificate and a host of bug fixes and performance improvements. The dialog above is what you will see when installing Mockups from now on: it clearly states that...

By Marco
March 10th, 2009

Weekly release: Open Recent

Hi all, Marco here with my first ever blog post as a Balsamiq employee! 🙂 This week's update, as Peldi anticipated, adds "Open Recent >" to Mockups for Desktop. Thanks so much to Paul Cormier for the idea and...

By Marco
March 7th, 2009

Moving the weekly release day to a week-day

Hi there, just a quick note to let everyone know that I have decided to move the release day to Mondays or Tuesdays instead of Sundays. I want Marco to be involved in the release, but I don't want...

By Peldi
March 5th, 2009

999 Followers, or How my Twittering has Changed

Hi there, I thought I'd celebrate my 999th Twitter follower with a little blog post I've wanted to write for a while. Back when I first started using Twitter, I treated it mostly as an extension of my blog,...

By Peldi
March 2nd, 2009

Atlassian Webinar Video and Slides

Hi there. For those of you who came to the Atlassian Plugin of the Month webinar today, thanks so much for attending! Huge thanks to Oren Teich of Replicate Technologies and Adam Wride of BigBrassBand for demoing the product!...

By Peldi
March 2nd, 2009

Introducing Marco Botton, Balsamiq's 1st employee

Feeling a great mixture of excitement, pride and trepidation, it is my pleasure to introduce to you Marco Botton, Balsamiq's first full time employee. How did this happen? A little bit of history Warning: the following section reads a...

By Peldi
March 1st, 2009

iPhone Controls, New Icons and Much More!

Hello everyone! This week's free upgrade is a big one. So big, in fact, that it took two weeks to finish. 😉 Here's what's new: A New Background! The old spiral notebook background has served Mockups well in the...

By Peldi
February 19th, 2009

Killer Mockups Webinar: Feb 25th, 10:00AM PST

Hi there. I am SO excited I can barely type. The news: I am co-hosting a "Plugin of the Month" Webinar for Atlassian next Wednesday (Feb 25th, 10:00am PST). There are still some spots available, so click here to...

By Peldi
February 19th, 2009

No update this Sunday

Hi there, just a quick note to let everyone know that I won't be publishing an updated build this Sunday. I am in the middle of too many interrelated changes so I'd rather wait a week and publish it...

By Peldi
February 14th, 2009

Weekly Release: lots of little things

Hi there. This week's release brings about a bunch of bug fixes and little improvements here and there. I still have lots to do so I'm releasing this one a day early just to get it out of the...

By Peldi
February 11th, 2009

Meet Riley - 8 year old, Application Designer

I just received the following email, which I am publishing with permission: Daugher using Mockups I absolutely love Mockups. I run a software practice and we have about 40 ongoing projects. I have taken a few of my guys'...

By Peldi
February 8th, 2009

Weekly Release: Bug Squashing Time

I have added a lot of new code in the last few weeks, so it makes sense to focus on quality for a little while. Here's the full list of fixes in this week's free upgrade: First up, the...

By Peldi
February 6th, 2009

2000 customers

Hi there, just a quick post to record the fact that today marked the 2000th customer of Balsamiq Mockups. That's 2000 monetary transactions, the number of Mockups users could easily be double that - lots of people buy volume...

By Peldi
February 6th, 2009

My Bookshelf

Hi there, a couple of people have asked me for this so I quickly put together this collage of my home office's bookshelf, as well as my e-books folder. Some books I consider essential and read more than once,...

By Peldi
February 5th, 2009

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Cool Tool for Screen Layout Mockups

"It only took me a few minutes to mock up a pretty reasonable approximation of a SharePoint page layout with no training or documentation – which means this product is really easy to use."

By Peldi
February 5th, 2009

Sarah Allen joins Balsamiq's Board of Advisers

Sometimes I wonder what I did to get so lucky in life. This is one of those moments. Sarah Allen has agreed to join Balsamiq's already star-studded Board of Advisers. Who is Sarah Allen? I am frankly very surprised...

By Peldi
February 1st, 2009

Mockups for JIRA now integrates with GreenHopper

JAN 2010 UPDATE: The information on this blog post is no longer accurate. As far as we know, GreenHopper is no longer extensible. Please contact Atlassian Support about this if you have any questions. Peldi I am extremely pleased...

By Peldi
February 1st, 2009

Near-Real-Time Collaboration with Mockups and DropBox

APRIL 2018: Heads up, the information in this article is out of date. Hi all. I am excited about this week's update because it enables powerful new collaboration capabilities in Mockups for Desktop without compromising the simplicity of the...

By Peldi
January 29th, 2009

Confluence Team Hosted, now with Mockups!

Looking for a best-of-breed, highly usable hosted wiki for your team or company? Well, now you have one more reason to choose Confluence Team Hosted, Atlassian's online version of their excellent enterprise wiki product: effective immediately, all Confluence Team...

By Peldi
January 24th, 2009

Text Formatting, Flickr Integration and More!

Hi all. Today's free weekly update to Balsamiq Mockups is a big one: added support for rich text editing with the _italic_, [link] and *bold* characters. Full details on this blog post. I reworked and finally switched on Flickr...

By Peldi
January 21st, 2009

_italic_, [links] and *bold*!

Hi there. I just finished coding a new feature which I think you may like. You can now use the following notation to format only certain parts of your control's text: for italic, use _this notation_ for a link,...

By Peldi
January 17th, 2009

Introducing "Mockups To Go"

I am extremely happy to announce today the immediate availability of "Mockups To Go" (www.mockupstogo.net), a user-contributed collection of ready-to-use UI components and design patterns built using Balsamiq Mockups. The idea for the community server came from Michael Bourque,...

By Peldi
January 15th, 2009

Look ma', I'm in the paper!

Today's edition of Il Sole 24 Ore, one of Italy's major newspapers - think "Italian Financial Times" - published an article about Balsamiq and yours truly (click on the image for a bigger version). Printed newspapers might be dying,...

By Peldi
January 11th, 2009

Work on Stuff that Matters

I was going to simply ReTweet this but I wanted to add a couple of thoughts and they wouldn't have fit in 140 characters. Here's the tweet by @timoreilly: "New blog post: Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles...

By Peldi
January 11th, 2009

First 1.5 Weekly Relese of 2009!

Hi there. I didn't do a weekly release last week because I didn't have much to put in and no-one would have noticed anyways. Today, the new build brings us: The ability to hide Mockups on the mac with...

By Peldi
January 7th, 2009

Uncommon (i.e. Very Valuable) Startup Advice From Dharmesh Shah

Dharmesh Shah is one of those names that keeps coming up for me. In the startup/entrepeneurship books I read, in the blogs I follow, on Twitter...and his quotes are usually very smart and to the point. Foolishly, I never...

By Peldi
January 3rd, 2009

Balsamiq Roadmap for 2009

This is part two of a two-part post about what happened in 2008 and my plans for 2009. So 2008 was great, no, it was beyond great. I quit my job, moved to Italy and started Balsamiq Studios LLC,...

By Peldi
January 3rd, 2009

A look back at 2008

This is part one of a two-part post about what happened in 2008 and my plans for 2009. First, a few numbers about 2008: days in business: 196 - that's 6 months and 13 days, or 28 weeks. See...

By Peldi
December 28th, 2008

1.5 Weekly Release: what's new this week

I am starting to batch updates and releasing once a week (Sunday morning, Italian time). I used to "fix it an release it" but now that the product is more mature I feel that "slowing down" to a weekly...

By Peldi
December 19th, 2008

New Release: Balsamiq Mockups 1.5

I am extremely pleased to announce the immediate availability of Balsamiq Mockups version 1.5. This is a FREE upgrade for all Mockups versions. Download links: Mockups for Desktop, for Confluence, for JIRA and for XWiki. You can also try...

By Peldi
December 17th, 2008

Mockups 1.5 is on the Way, it's Screencasting Time!

Hi there, just a quick update. I have been heads down coding and bug-fixing in order to get Mockups 1.5 out the door. I feel extremely close, hopefully I'll be able to launch by the end of the week....

By Peldi
November 26th, 2008

Why I love Atlassian, an inspirational video

Hi there. Atlassian once again manages to impress me and make me proud to be affiliated with them. This is one of the best recruiting tools I have ever seen. This totally fired me up, I truly hope to...

By Peldi
November 25th, 2008

Looking for Good Flex Developers To Recommend

I constantly get asked if I know any good Flex developers, and I am tired of answering "I wish!" 🙂 So if you do Flex development, please fill in the form below so that I can send some work...

By Peldi
November 14th, 2008

Man Writes Software, Blogs About it, Makes $100k in 5 Months

“We love this story. Back in July we wrote about the inspiring experience of Peldi Guilizzoni, a lone software developer who'd built a web design mock-up tool called Balsamiq and who was opening up his financial records on his...

By Peldi

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