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July 27th, 2008

New feature preview: "Ribbon"

Hi there. So no-one likes to scroll horizontally, myself included. So why does Mockups force you to scroll that way through 60+ UI controls in the UI Library? Well, the main reason is because I couldn't come up with...

By Peldi
July 26th, 2008

Tiny new feature with a big impact: size overlay

This is my favorite kind of feature: there when you need it, invisible when you don't. It took about 15 minutes to code, and solves a real need. In short: when you need it*, you will now be able...

By Peldi
July 23rd, 2008

A few bug fixes

Perfection is unattainable, but it doesn't hurt to aim for it right? 🙂 I try to get closer, one micro-release at the time. Here's what I just fixed today: ungrouping via the property inspector also locked the controls (kudos...

By Peldi
July 21st, 2008

Mockups for Desktop Volume Licensing

Hi everyone. Spurred by a prospective customer who asked for it, I have now added volume licensing options to the Mockups For Desktop online store. Here are the discounts: 5-User pack: $379 (~4% off) 10-User pack: $709 (~10% off)...

By Peldi
July 20th, 2008

New Release: Balsamiq Mockups 1.1

The news: Mockups version 1.1 is available as of today as a free upgrade to all customers. What to do: go get it! For your desktop and for Atlassian Confluence. Licensed users will NOT need to re-enter your license...

By Peldi
July 16th, 2008

Curly Braces, Scratch-Outs, Big Red X-s, oh my!

Today I finally enlisted my lovely wife (and hand behind all of the UI controls in Balsamiq Mockups) to draw a few more shapes for me. A few hours later, I give you... Curly braces! I added both a...

By Peldi
July 15th, 2008

New feature: lock controls

A few of you have asked for it, and I finally got around to implementing it: you can now lock controls in place in Balsamiq Mockups. This is especially useful if you have a large control in the background,...

By Peldi
July 14th, 2008

Small feature, big improvement

Inspired by my first and best Mockups for Confluence customer yet (hi Neville!), I just added a small feature to Mockups for Confluence. This 40-second, no-audio screencast should speak for itself: The task at hand: creating a variation of...

By Peldi
July 11th, 2008

Profitable, in 3 weeks!

Sorry for tooting my own horn here but I think my current and potential customers will be happy to hear that business is going well, so here it goes. Exactly 3 weeks after launching, Balsamiq Studios LLC is now...

By Peldi
July 7th, 2008

International Languages Support added

Hi there. I just added a new item to the View menu that lets you use system fonts for your mockups instead of the default Comic Sans MS: This allows you to enter non-latin characters in your mockups. The...

By Peldi
July 6th, 2008

Mockups For Desktop 1.1 alpha - not for the faint of heart

A full 16 days after the release of Mockups 1.0, an alpha version of 1.1 is ready for testing for the braves amongst you. 🙂 Version 1.1 is scheduled to be released on July 21st, and it will be...

By Peldi
July 3rd, 2008

Mockups for Confluence now 2.8+ compatible

Hi there, just a quick note to tell you that I just posted a new build of Balsamiq Mockups For Confluence which works with Confluence 2.8 and above, i.e. you can now see the "Add UI Mockup" link. Here's...

By Peldi
July 1st, 2008

Polish-time, and Callouts!

Hi everyone. I used Mockups for a couple of hours the other day and realized that it was still too rough around the edges for my taste. So here's another small release to try and smooth things out a...

By Peldi
June 26th, 2008

Balsamiq: Week One Recap

Hi everyone. It's been now a full week since my official launch, and my what a ride it has been! I know the adventure is just getting started, but I wanted to put together and share some quick stats...

By Peldi
June 21st, 2008

New micro-release!

I want to write a "launch post-mortem" entry tomorrow, but for now I wanted to encourage you to go download the new release of Mockups, as there are some pretty cool enhancements and bug fixes all around: Bugs Fixed...

By Peldi
June 19th, 2008

Launch: Balsamiq is Open For Business!

What's happening: Balsamiq Studios LLC is launching today. What it means to you: Balsamiq Mockups 1.0 is now officially for sale, both as a Confluence plugin and as a desktop application. The website copy has been tweaked, the screencast...

By Peldi
June 18th, 2008

Mockups Demo: over 100 downloads in 6 days

So I uploaded Mockups for Desktop to the Adobe AIR marketplace on Monday, and already it's showing 102 downloads of the demo app, plus my entry page is generating a bunch of traffic for my site. Not bad for...

By Peldi
June 14th, 2008

Adobe AIR as a bridge between now and the future

So I went to the Adobe AIR tour Milan yesterday, which was fun and well organized. Adobe AIR is a "bridge product" in many ways: it lets you sync data between online and offline state, it lets you use...

By Peldi
June 12th, 2008

Weekly update - one week to launch

Hello there. As usual, I'm a little late with the weekly update (I might have to find a different name for it). This has been a busy 2 weeks. First off, ConnectNow shipped as part of I have...

By Peldi
June 6th, 2008

Thanks for your feedback

Last week I posted the following on the Business Of Software forums: Free Software in exchange for quality website feedback Hi there. I am less than a month away from the launch of my first micro-ISV (Balsamiq Studios) and...

By Peldi
June 5th, 2008

MessageFirst website: wow.

I just stumbled upon today. All I can say is wow. It's been a long time since a website impressed me, so I had to share. Notice the balanced, clean, readable design. The whole site is on ONE...

By Peldi
May 25th, 2008

Weekly Update: a month from launch

The main new and exciting development this week is that I have decided to start selling the Dekstop (AIR) version of Mockups. I'll write a blog post about it this week, but basically it comes down to this: people...

By Peldi
May 21st, 2008

Making RSS work for your micro-ISV

I just love RSS. I can't remember what life was like before it. I get all my news that way, via Google Reader on my iGoogle home page. I thought I'd share how I use it to keep my...

By Peldi
May 19th, 2008

Search Engine Optimization? Check! :)

I am extremely happy to report that turns up as the coveted #2 spot for Google searches for "web office plugins", which is exactly the space I am trying to play in. This is remarkable considering I am...

By Peldi
May 18th, 2008

Balsamiq Mockups Online Help

I just completed the first draft of the Balsamiq Mockups Online Help documentation. These are my beliefs about software documentation in our current state of technology: software should be very simple and ideally require no documentation. online help should...

By Peldi
May 17th, 2008

Mockups didn't make the cut, oh well

So back in February I ran into this call for entry for the "Application Design Annual: Year's 10 Best UIs" and decided to apply, as a free marketing channel and also because I was hoping to get some good...

By Peldi
May 10th, 2008

Wow that was hard

Sorry for not sending out updates for soe long, but it's been quite a hard and busy time since then. My family and I relocated from San Francisco to Bologna, Italy on May 1st, so we had to sell...

By Peldi
April 22nd, 2008

Weekly update, a bit late

Hey there, sorry for not posting this last Sunday. Basically the update is that I haven't be carve out some uninterrupted time to focus on Mockups development this week. The move to Italy (next Thu, can you believe it?)...

By Peldi
April 22nd, 2008

UI Prototyping Discussions Kicking into High Gear

And it's about time! More and more people realize that usability is a key differentiating feature - remember Macromedia and their "experience matters" motto from 5 years ago? 🙂 Here's a couple of related blog posts I ran into:...

By Peldi
April 21st, 2008

Why don't I host Mockups myself?

A couple of beta testers have asked me why I don't host Mockups on as a ad-based or subscription-based niche Web 2.0 app. First let me get the "advertising-based" part out of the way: ad based business models...

By Peldi
April 18th, 2008

Preparing for Launch

Doing my homework in preparation for launch: Press for Startups: 10 tips 17 Tips For Getting Bloggers To Write About You The Art of Sucking Up Five Wrong Ways to Pitch RWW and One Great Way 12 Things Not...

By Peldi
April 12th, 2008

Weekly Update: 2nd week of April

Hi there, quick update. This past week: I fixed the remaining bugs in Mockups For Confluence. I spent 2 hours at Atlassian chasing down my last big bug only to find out that it was a Confluence bug, which...

By Peldi
April 6th, 2008

Weekly Update: 1st week of April

Man things are hectic around here, there are boxes everywhere! I just sold half of my personal belongings to my friends, crazy mixed feelings abound. Anyways, quick update: It took me 8 hours (if not more) to make this...

By Peldi
April 1st, 2008

Weekly Update, a bit late

Hey there, here's what happened in Balsamiq-land since last week's update: I fixed the blocking Mockups+Confluence bugs I set up my build machine to post new builds of the 30-day trial downloadable plugin automatically I added the e-junkie shopping...

By Peldi
March 23rd, 2008

Weekly Update: week of March 17th

Hi there, I'll try to keep it short this time Coding - I finally got around to writing the licensing, serial-key / 30-day-trial code I needed. I was dreading it, but it ended up being kind-of fun to write....

By Peldi
March 16th, 2008

Weekly Update

Let's see, what did I do this week. Website: I wrote a few more pages, including the Privacy Policy (I know, fun). Still too many broken links though, I'm not at a state where I want people to see...

By Peldi
March 11th, 2008

Continuous Integration is rad

I just finished setting up my first CruiseControl project (I can't afford Bamboo right now). So now every time I do a check-in that's related to Mockups Live, if the build is successful it automagically goes live here within...

By Peldi
March 11th, 2008

Too overwhelmed to post

Hi there, you might be wondering what happened to me in the last couple of weeks. In short, so much has happened that I was too overwhelmed to write an update about it. The dust is settling a bit...

By Peldi
February 23rd, 2008

Email to advisors for "about us" page

Here's another email I sent this week, asking for help. This time I wanted my advisors to send me a little blurb for my "about us" page, along with a picture. Here's the email template I wrote. I decided...

By Peldi
February 23rd, 2008

Introductory Email to a lawyer

One of the reasons I have this blog is to help others like me who might be starting a software company on their own (micro-ISV-ers?). So if you are like me and know nothing about legal matters and get...

By Peldi
February 17th, 2008

Balsamiq update: Week of Feb 11th

Welcome to another long rambling weekly update. In this post: Product Updates: Mockups Website Update Beta Updates Business Updates What I’m reading How I’m feeling Product Updates: Mockups Fixed a few bugs and made the following improvements: I re-did...

By Peldi
February 10th, 2008

Balsamiq Update: Week of Feb 4th

Hello friends. Here's what happened in Balsamiq-land this past week. In this post: Product Updates: Mockups and FlatWorld Website Update Beta Updates Business Updates What I'm reading How I'm feeling Product Update: Mockups I finished the "group/ungroup" feature (try...

By Peldi

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