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
Anatomy of a perfect reply

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

[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 up. Here's what's in today's update: MAJOR optimization when editing...
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 had special meaning to us. But creating new ones and...
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. It's now much cleaner and finally reliable. We also show...
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 be expected with all major updates, some bugs have surfaced....
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 history: Balsamiq Mockups 3. Today we are shipping v.3 on...
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 Mockups. Symbols, for example. Symbols let you create reusable common elements...
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... 😉 Well, we didn't. In fact, we have been working really...
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 why Balsamiq is so awesome. It makes it easy to...
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 is that it's a reminder that software is frequently only...
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 is going to be a very long post. Summary We're...
Peldi
January 21st, 2015

Balsamiq, the Secret Sauce

It's not hard to guess that our company has always had a strong affinity with food. Especially good, earthy, artisanal, unpretentious food. We even added a menu item in our software's Help menu about it! Clicking on it will...
Francesca
January 14th, 2015

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