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August 23rd, 2016

Jane Portman Cooks Up UI Breakfast

Jane Portman is the creator and author of UI Breakfast, a practical resource full of UX design and business lessons based on her extensive experience with both. It also contains an amazing column called UI Practicum where she tackles...

By Leon
August 8th, 2016

Welcome Drew Lafferty and Lizelotte Green!

Hello, friends of Balsamiq! Our not-so-little-anymore team keeps on growing! Today I would like to introduce to you our two new team members: Drew Lafferty and Liz Green! Drew Lafferty Drew is a jack-of-all-trades Developer / DevOps, based in...

By Peldi
Edit the docs
August 2nd, 2016

Edit the Balsamiq Docs!

We've made it easy for anyone with a Github account to submit edits to our documentation. As we've written about before, improving our documentation has been a focus of ours for a while. We've gone from one or two...

By Leon
July 28th, 2016

Scott Gallant on Adapting to Succeed

Not long ago we received an email from Scott Gallant in response to our blog post about our new Hugo-powered documentation site. He said he was building a Content Management System (CMS) for websites running on Hugo and Jekyll,...

By Leon
July 19th, 2016

Volunteer Opportunities for UX Designers or Developers

Photo Credits: Code for America We spend years developing skills and craft to further our careers. That experience becomes a valuable resource that may be put to good work in the form of volunteer time or pro-bono work for...

By Mike
July 12th, 2016

Balsamiq Summer Camp: How We Planned Our 2016 Retreat

Annual retreats have become an essential part of working together at Balsamiq. From our first gathering as an entire company in 2010, we realized seeing each other face to face is an essential part of building awesome relationships in...

By Natalie
July 1st, 2016

[Release] A Nice Little Bug-Fix Release

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Another month, another release! This one is pretty small, it just fixes some bugs and adds a new little feature in Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud. Easier Export to Confluence We now made it easier...

By Peldi
June 27th, 2016

Wireframes: A New Tool for Marketers and Content Writers

Let's imagine. The Marketing Department just created the ultimate inbound strategy; the plan has been handed off, and now it's the copywriter's, designer's, and developer's turn to make their individual contributions and get the best results. But, how can...

By Jessica
June 9th, 2016

[Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Confluence Cloud!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! A couple of months after releasing Mockups 3 for JIRA Cloud, we're happy to announce that Balsamiq Mockups 3 has come to Confluence Cloud as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can find it on in Atlassian Marketplace,...

By Peldi
June 6th, 2016

Kate Toon Uses Balsamiq to Transform The Copywriting Process

I recently returned from the Write the Docs 2016 conference in Portland, where people who write documentation, marketing copy, and more gather to talk about the state of all things documentation. As a designer and writer, I came back...

By Leon
June 6th, 2016

Tools We Use for Social Scheduling

Hello friends of Balsamiq! This is the last installment of our 5-part mini-series of posts about how we do marketing. Here's the full list: The Balsamiq Mantras The Balsamiq Marketing Checklist Tools we Use for Brand Monitoring How We...

By Francesca
May 31st, 2016

[Release] Mockups 3.4!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Today's release is bigger than our usual ones, so we're switching the version number from 3.3 to 3.4 for it. Let's see what's new and improved: (Optional) Manual Save One of the most daring features...

By Peldi
Content Discovery Sources
May 23rd, 2016

How We Do Content Discovery

Hello friends of Balsamiq! This is part 4 of our 5-part mini-series of blog posts about how we do marketing. Here's the full list: The Balsamiq Mantras The Balsamiq Marketing Checklist Tools we Use for Brand Monitoring How We...

By Francesca
Brand monitoring
May 16th, 2016

Tools We Use for Brand Monitoring

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We're back with more from our 5-part mini-series of blog posts about how we do marketing. Here's the full list: The Balsamiq Mantras The Balsamiq Marketing Checklist Tools We Use for Brand Monitoring How We...

By Francesca
May 2nd, 2016

In Case You Missed It: New Hidden Powers in Balsamiq Mockups 3

Finally getting to work on features that have been on the back-burner forever is a great way to rejuvenate developers and reward long-time customers. After a slow year of public releases in 2014 while we re-wrote our product from...

By Leon
April 19th, 2016

The Balsamiq Marketing Checklist

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Today we would like to share another one of our Handbook pages with you. This time, it's about Marketing. We've come a long way since my guerrilla marketing approaches of 2008, and our marketing style...

By Peldi
April 15th, 2016

[Release] Easier Access to Alternates, More Android-y Controls and Lots of Little Bug Fixes!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! As you know, we never get tired of making our little tool better and better for you all. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let's see what's in today's release. Easier Access to Alternates! Many of you asked for this,...

By Peldi
April 12th, 2016

Danielle Tate: The "Elegant Entrepreneur"

Danielle Tate is the author of "Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting & Growing Your First Company", which she wrote "to lower the barriers to entry and success for female founders." In it she teaches topics relevant...

By Leon
Jessica Orellanes
April 7th, 2016

Jessica Orellanes Joins Balsamiq!

Hello, friends! I am Jessica, and I've just become the 21st member of the Balsamiq team as a Community Manager. How I landed here is a mix of timing, location and -maybe- luck. My love for Italy and my...

By Jessica
March 25th, 2016

Peldi's Talk About Balsamiq's Journey So Far

Balsamiq's story is a compelling one: one man creates a product, builds a company and stays fiercely independent. It sounds good, but as you can imagine it's not without pain. As we grow, many ask us how we did...

By Jessica
March 22nd, 2016

The Balsamiq Mantras

As we say on our company page, since starting out in 2008, we are trying to build a company weโ€™d like to do business with ourselves. We aim to be a company thatโ€™s human, respectful, transparent, inclusive, socially and...

By Peldi
I know web design
March 15th, 2016

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...

By Jessica
March 14th, 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...

By Peldi
March 9th, 2016

[Release] Another Nice Little Release

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Another month, another nice little release to make you even more awesome at wireframing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let's dive right in. Automatic Repositioning of Aligned Labels This little and nearly invisible feature will save you loads of...

By Peldi
February 24th, 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...

By Leon
February 9th, 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let's see what's in today's release. Full Screen Project Centering Rules! This is one of...

By Peldi
February 5th, 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...

By Peldi
January 20th, 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...

By Natalie
January 15th, 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...

By Natalie
January 7th, 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!...

By Peldi
December 23rd, 2015

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 โ€œlooking backโ€ post soon. In short, we have grown, released our biggest update ever, learned a lot...

By Francesca
December 21st, 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...

By Mike
December 9th, 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...

By Leon
December 2nd, 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ A New...

By Peldi
November 24th, 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...

By Leon
November 19th, 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...

By Leon
November 10th, 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...

By Mike
Wireframing presentation tips
November 5th, 2015

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...

By Leon
November 2nd, 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...

By Francesca
October 22nd, 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here's what we've fixed in this...

By Peldi
October 13th, 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...

By Peldi
October 12th, 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...

By Peldi

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