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! šŸ™‚ 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! šŸ™‚ 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 šŸ˜‰ 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 importantĀ toĀ us. During theĀ 2014 Balsamiq Retreat, Peldi asked BenĀ 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! šŸ™‚ 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 youĀ 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... šŸ˜‰ 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

The first wireframes are "version 3"

Over time, I have learned to consider the first wireframes of any new idea to be "version 3", meaning that, because of how our brain works, we usually tend to put way too many details in them. So, once...
Peldi
December 29th, 2014

Even Santa uses Balsamiq?

As you know, our little company is spread out around the world. We have a Hipchat room we use to share day-to-day stories, which helps us bond. Today Stefano told us a story from his weekend which we'd like...
Francesca
December 23rd, 2014

Santa visited Balsamiq today!

As Santa gets ready forĀ his annual trip around the world, heĀ came by for a visit to our different locations this morning. We all were ready for him, bouncing off the walls and with big smiles on our faces. We...
Francesca
December 18th, 2014

Francesca Fabbri joins Balsamiq!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! I'm Francesca, the seventeenth member of the Balsamiq family. What can we expect from you? My primary role at Balsamiq is to be the Community Manager;Ā you canĀ meet me on all the major Social Networks and...
Francesca
December 15th, 2014

John McGarvey on Why Writers Should Wireframe Too

A recurring discussion point in the user experience community is the push for designers and developers to work together more in order to bring about the best experiences. John McGarvey introduces a new variable into the UX equation by...
Leon
November 19th, 2014

FHI360: Mockups Making a Difference in HIV Prevention

FHI360 is a non-profit organization based in Durham, North Carolina with projects around the world. Deen Gu from their Vietnam office contacted me to tell me how they're using Balsamiq Mockups to design electronic medical records (EMR) software for...
Leon
October 28th, 2014

2014 Retreat: Learning From and About

Ride pride Friends, I can't believe it's October. Before summer becomes a distant memory, I want to tell some stories from this year's Retreat. If you've been following our company, you'll recall that our little team has grown a...
Val
October 20th, 2014

Using Balsamiq Wireframes with Pattern Libraries and Frameworks

Design Systems, Pattern Libraries, and Frameworks simplify development and relieve pressure on developers to style user interface components. While wireframes (low fidelity, non-interactive) may seem like an odd pairing with design systems (high fidelity, backed by working code), they...
Leon
August 6th, 2014

Mike Kulakov Shares His Mockups Tips and Tricks

A while ago I came across an article from our latest Champion, Mike Kulakov, called "Balsamiq 101: Wireframe quickly & effectively" and, to be honest, I was a little envious. One of my jobs here is to write documentation...
Leon
August 5th, 2014

Creating Project Templates and Examples for Polished UX and Bootstrap Projects

We created a tutorial to give you some ideas for how to create project templates that contain elements you commonly use in your projects. Along with this tutorial, we created two example templates. The UX Template is designed for...
Mike
July 30th, 2014

Transformative Living @ Balsamiq

I believe it all started in San Francisco. In 2013, our yearly retreat took place in a big house on the pan handle and one of the many highlights was a hatha yoga flow session at the Yoga Tree...
Luis
July 18th, 2014

Happy to Learn Something New!

WeĀ encourage each other to be lifelong learners at Balsamiq, and I decided to take a class.Ā Opportunities for online education are abundant, but don't overlook the benefits of an in-person course.Ā Check out your local universities' continuing education. I enrolled in...
Val
July 11th, 2014

Fred Schebesta on the Risks and Rewards of Innovation

The theme of my interview with our latest Champion, Fred Schebesta, was innovation. Bold and innovative products have been the keys to success for his creative team, which is constantly challenging itself to come up with novel ideas. But...
Leon
June 26th, 2014

Wireframing Tips for Getting Unstuck

Writers refer to it as "writer's block." Unfortunately, it doesn't happen only to writers. As with all creative processes, wireframing can be especially challenging at times, often because we seem to get in our own way. The result in...
Leon
June 18th, 2014

Nick Pettit on Learning for Life

Nick Pettit loves learning. Learning as a way to survive in an ever-changing business landscape; Learning as means of breaking into a new field; Learning as a tool for personal improvement. He recently wrote in an inspiring blog post...
Leon
June 4th, 2014

Page 5 of 15
1 3 4 5 6 7 15