The Balsamiq Mantras

As we say on our company page, since starting out in 2008, we are trying to build a company we’d like to do business with ourselves. We aim to be a company that’s human, respectful, transparent, inclusive, socially and...
Peldi
March 22nd, 2016
I know web design

Staying Fresh with Good Old HTML and CSS

As the internet keeps evolving at staggering speed, new tools are released constantly, and employers are always looking for the most experienced players. Designers seem to have no choice but to struggle with what to learn next. Fortunately, our...
Jessica
March 15th, 2016

[Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We're happy to announce that Balsamiq Mockups 3 has come to JIRA Cloud! In March of last year we introduced version 3 to Mockups for Desktop and later to our Google Drive plugin. Well, today...
Peldi
March 14th, 2016

[Release] Another Nice Little Release

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Another month, another nice little release to make you even more awesome at wireframing! 🙂 Let's dive right in. Automatic Repositioning of Aligned Labels This little and nearly invisible feature will save you loads of...
Peldi
March 9th, 2016

Ankit Bhangar: Wireframe Specialist

We were flattered to receive an email recently from Ankit Bhangar praising our little tool. Ankit is a UI/UX specialist currently working for inoltrotech.com. He is a long-time Mockups user and has used it for over 40 projects large...
Leon
February 24th, 2016

[Release] Full Screen Project Centering Rules, Read-Only Mode, and more!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We never get tired of making our product better so that you can be even more awesome using it. 🙂 Let's see what's in today's release. Full Screen Project Centering Rules! This is one of...
Peldi
February 9th, 2016

Looking Back at 2015

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, 2013, and 2014. As usual, this is going to be a very long post. Summary...
Peldi
February 5th, 2016

A New Year's Toast to Some Awesome Non Profits

Four years ago we added a company donation policy. Over the years we increased the amount we donate from 2% to 3% of our profits and we've added the ability for each employee to split up their donation between...
Natalie
January 20th, 2016

[Release] myBalsamiq Annual Plans!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! In December we released a new version of myBalsamiq that offers annual plans and billing improvements. You may not have noticed it while creating mockups over the past month, but we hope December's release will...
Natalie
January 15th, 2016

[Release] "Resize To...", New Combo Box, Arrows Improvements, Easier Project Maps, and More!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We hope you all took a refreshing break during the holidays, and wish you all a fantastically creative and productive 2016! We have a small release for you today, and we hope you'll like it!...
Peldi
January 7th, 2016

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 have grown, released our biggest update ever, learned a lot...
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 wrote his tips at the end of 2008! Video is...
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 team's design work, she describes how myBalsamiq has become a...
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. Make yourself comfortable and let's dive in! 🙂 A New...
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 with it. It will walk you through the primary features...
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 what we did and why we did it. The new...
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 features some demonstration of new features like Quick Draw and...
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 wireframing tricks that I've learned in my career as a...
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 aspects of the flow or copy that might be confusing...
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 bugs is fun! 🙂 Here's what we've fixed in this...
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 some bugs here and there. We were able to squeeze...
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 family that everyone calls when their computer doesn't work. He...
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 started working for Balsamiq almost a year ago, I was...
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 control types: Block and Line of Text Our sweet spot...
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 "Mocking up the Plantwise Knowledge Bank" that described the process...
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 are from a workshop called "A talk about talks" that...
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 rarely go in five days in a week. As I...
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 switched to using the FontAwesome icon set with the Balsamiq...
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 the time. We're pretty excited about today's release, so let's...
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 you could keep all of your collateral files together with...
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!), usually we see each other as two-dimensional people via webcam...
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 how people are using our tool and what they're building...
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! 🙂 Check it out, both in sketch and wireframe skin:...
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, portfolio samples, or Instagramming 😉 In an article called "Creating...
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, printing has been one of the roughest parts of Mockups...
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 experiences in order to inspire each other, so the "Bayamici"...
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 that for a technology company to be successful they need...
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 because they are, and they should be, forever in evolution....
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 calling it 3.1! Don't worry, this is a free update...
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 and went nearly an entire year without releasing any real...
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 issues: We fixed an issue (introduced in 3.0.7, sorry) when...
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 excellent customer support with the rest of the team. Here's...
Francesca
April 9th, 2015

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