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March 6th, 2014

Admin Engineers

About a year and a half ago, we started experimenting with a company structured around project-based work. I remember Peldi asking me what I thought we should name the project for the more operational things he, Anna, Joy, and...

By Natalie
February 25th, 2014

Dan Olsen on Becoming a Lean Product Ninja

Dan Olsen has traveled the country teaching people how to become "Product Ninjas" by introducing Lean product development processes into their organizations. He also consults with startups on how to create better products and processes. I was fortunate enough...

By Leon
February 10th, 2014

Behind the Scenes of Our Documentation Process

We are always committed to improving our support website experience. Read this blog post for the most recent changes to the Documentation site. We recently wrote about some of the changes we made to our support site in the...

By Leon
January 21st, 2014

Improving the Experience of Our Support Website

We are always committed to improving our support website experience. Read this blog post for the most recent changes to the Documentation site. At Balsamiq we've always prided ourselves on our customer service. We have real live humans who...

By Leon
January 9th, 2014

Jon Matthews on Using Wireframes to Clarify Your Ideas

Our latest Champion, Jon Matthews, recently tweeted about how well Balsamiq works for drawing decision trees, like the one below. He has used it for a long time to help him design his products as well. He told me,...

By Leon
December 30th, 2013

Looking back at 2013

Hello friends of Balsamiq! As 2013 comes to an end, it's time to revive an old tradition (2008, 2009) and look back at all that we have achieved this year. TL;DR: We continue to truck along nicely, growing organically....

By Peldi
December 13th, 2013

Release: new Image inspector, huge leap forward in Mockups for Google Drive, and more!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It's time for another release! This one is an exciting one. Let's see what's new. New Image Inspector Pulldown The image inspector pulldown had been in need of some love for a long time. It...

By Peldi
November 15th, 2013

Wayne Chen on Avoiding Common Mobile Product Mistakes

Our latest Champion is Wayne Chen. He wrote an article recently that caught my eye called "Top 10 Mobile Product Management Mistakes And How To Avoid Them (Part 1)". He introduces his article by saying that there's no magic...

By Leon
November 4th, 2013

Sketching the 2013 Retreat

Our home for the week Hi all! Ben here again. As Val already posted, last summer we had our annual company retreat. This was my first opportunity to attend, and it was such a wonderful event. When we work...

By ben
October 24th, 2013

Release: new color picker, tiny character counter, image rotation and more!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Another month, another cool little release. Let's get right to it! New color picker and color names! We made quite a few improvements to the color picker: You can now enter any HEX color (we...

By Peldi
October 14th, 2013

Ben on the Balsamiq Customer Experience

Supporting customers is such a huge part of what we do as company. Everyone contributes to customer support in one way or another, and our awesome team keep working to improve that experience. Recognizing that we don't just care...

By Mike
October 8th, 2013

Glenn Murray on Using Wireframes for Copywriting

Our latest Champion, Glenn Murray, is not a prototypical Balsamiq user. He's a copywriter (although perhaps not a typical copywriter either). He recently wrote an article that opened my eyes both to the world of copywriting and to uses...

By Leon
October 3rd, 2013

An office with a View

It's been a wild 3 years since my last blog post about our office in Bologna. Since then, we've grown to 16 friendly faces, a whopping 8 in Bologna alone! (If you're keeping track, we are in Bay Area,...

By Val
September 25th, 2013

Release: Retina Support, new Mockups for Google Drive UX, big myBalsamiq improvements, and MUCH more!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We hope you all had a great summer. Most of us took some time off to unplug, recharge and get ready for a great, highly productive fall and winter. Even during the summer break, we...

By Peldi
September 24th, 2013

User Testing Your Mobile Balsamiq Mockups with HeatData

The following is a guest blog post by Jason Shah of HeatData. Enjoy! What if you could know precisely where - down to the exact pixel - people were tapping on your content, pinching and zooming on your images,...

By Leon
September 24th, 2013

Sketchnotes from Mobile UX Summit 2013

Hi, all. Ben here again with more sketchnotes! (Here is a link to the first set of sketchnotes I posted.) Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in the Mobile UX Summit, put on by Environments for Humans...

By ben
Dilbert - Ease of Use
September 17th, 2013

The User Experience Gap

Here at Balsamiq, we hear a lot of stories about people using our application to build great user experiences. We are so proud to be a part of the UX revolution that has taken place over the last ten...

By Leon
September 3rd, 2013

Yarone Goren on Validating Product Ideas with Mockups

Yarone Goren is the founder and CEO of Iteration Group, a product firm that relies heavily on Balsamiq Mockups for its projects. Yarone told me that of the 10 or so employees "we have about 5 people at the...

By Leon
August 19th, 2013

JR Harrell Gets Deep on Flat Design

A few weeks ago I posted an interview with JR Harrell on our Balsamiq Champions blog. He is a UI/UX Designer who shared some great tips about how he uses Mockups and how to succeed as a designer today....

By Leon
July 30th, 2013

JR Harrell on the State of Design in 2013

JR Harrell is a Denver‐based UI/UX designer. He regularly uses Balsamiq Mockups in his design workflow. He contacted us by email and wrote: As a UI/UX designer, I have used Balsamiq as my wireframing tool for a couple of...

By Leon
July 17th, 2013

Happy 5th Birthday, dear Balsamiq!

With the SuperMoon shining upon us, the friends who make up Balsamiq met in San Francisco to celebrate our company's 5th birthday. Our team is scattered around Europe and the States, so being together is rare and deliberate. Our...

By Peldi
July 16th, 2013

From Product Trainer to Product Owner: Craig J Willis's Story

Our latest Champion is Craig J Willis. Craig is a long-time Mockups user who has used it in both enterprise and, now, startup environments. He wrote to us to tell us one of his Mockups success stories that resulted...

By Leon
July 11th, 2013

Sketchnotes from GetSatisfaction Conference

Hi, I'm Ben. This is my first blog post for Balsamiq, so I thought I would do a brief introduction. I am a long-time user and fanboy of Balsamiq, and starting this last April, I am partnering with Balsamiq...

By ben
July 9th, 2013

New release: Breaklines, iPhone 5, list view in myBalsamiq, Confluence Blueprint and much more!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! We are back from our yearly week-long company retreat, energized and ready to rumble. 🙂 Let's see what's new in today's update: Breaklines! We have added breaklines support to the Browser control, as well as...

By Peldi
June 16th, 2013

Salvatore Cammarata joins Balsamiq!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Our little team is growing again! This time I'd like you to join me in welcoming my good friend and old college buddy Salvatore 'Sax' Cammarata to the Balsamiq family. Sax will take on the...

By Peldi
June 14th, 2013

Apps for Good in the Media

Our friend Mark Littlewood just wrote a great article on his Business Leaders Network blog about his visit to the Apps for Good awards presentation evening. In the article, Mark envisions a future, 30 years from now, where women...

By Leon
June 10th, 2013

Ubuntu Uses myBalsamiq for Community Designed Mobile Apps

I recently came across a blog post by Jono Bacon of Ubuntu called "Community Driven Ubuntu Phone Core Apps". It describes the Ubuntu for phones project, which, in the spirit of Open Source, invites community contributions from not only...

By Leon
June 3rd, 2013

Tales from a UX Guerrilla

I have a confession to make. For the first few years of my UX Design career I was afraid to call myself a designer. I rejected the designer moniker to gain acceptance at the technically focused, development-led enterprise software...

By Leon
May 28th, 2013

Jenni Merrifield, Our Community Superstar

I'm happy to introduce our latest Champion, Jenni Merrifield. Jenni is another long-time user and regular contributor to our community forums. She frequently appears in the release notes on our product blog because of her detailed bug reports and...

By Leon
May 21st, 2013

New release: dashed and dotted lines and arrows, tri-state checkboxes and radio buttons, and more!

Hello friends! Another little release. As usual, we have a mix of bug fixes and feature enhancements. Let's get right to it! All versions: Added dashed and dotted stroke options for Rulers and Arrow controls! Thank you derrickjon and...

By Peldi
May 15th, 2013

User Testing your myBalsamiq prototypes with UserTesting.com

The following is a guest blog post by Darrell Benatar of UserTesting.com. Enjoy! Part of the reason we’re such big fans of the Balsamiq Mockups interface is how simple it is. Users can literally have a mockup of a...

By Leon
May 9th, 2013

Andrea Serra joins Balsamiq!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Andrea Serra, the latest member of the Balsamiq family. Andrea is a client-side developer who will be focussing on our myBalsamiq wireframe editor, at least at...

By Peldi
May 6th, 2013

Michael Bourque on Using Wireframes to Tell Stories and Sell Your Ideas

I'm very excited to highlight one of our original Champions, Michael Bourque. Michael began contributing to our community forums in August 2008, just two months after Balsamiq Mockups was introduced. In addition to answering community questions, he has suggested...

By Leon
April 16th, 2013

New release: File Browser Position, fixed Printing, fixed Copy/Paste on Windows 7, and lots more!

Hi there! Time for another great little release! Let's dive right in. New in Mockups for Desktop: File Browser Position! Working on large projects in Mockups for Desktop? Tired of those tiny file tabs at the bottom? We have...

By Peldi
April 15th, 2013

Rev.com Uses Mockups to Help its Translation Services Stand Out from the Crowd

This week's Champion is Mark Chen from Rev.com. Mark wrote us one of those emails that we absolutely love to get that started with this: "We love using Balsamiq at Rev.com and would like to be able to tell...

By Leon
April 5th, 2013

Meet Michele and Ben!

Hello friends of Balsamiq! Another week, another piece of good news. No, two! 🙂 We hired a new team member to speed up our software development, and we partnered with a long term friend's company to improve our software...

By Peldi
March 25th, 2013

How GoodApril Used Balsamiq to Save Hundreds of Hours in Building its MVP

Our newest Champion is Mitch Fox. He is the co-founder of GoodApril, a tax planning software startup. Mitch emailed us after being inspired by reading about Balsamiq Champions to share his story of using Balsamiq Mockups to help focus...

By Leon
March 14th, 2013

App Design with 8th Graders

Note: If you are an instructor interested in using Mockups for free, read more here. And go here to apply. On the same day my 14-year old son was inspired by this video about how everybody–including kids-- should learn to code, I...

By Val
UX Apprentice
March 12th, 2013

Meet UX Apprentice

Hello friends of Balsamiq, we have a very exciting new resource to announce today! Balsamiq Mockups has helped democratize interface design in the communities who use it. A broad range of people coming from different roles and fields have...

By Mike
March 11th, 2013

Apps for Good

Today's Champion is Satwant Kenth. Satwant is a Course Specialist for Apps for Good, an educational program in the United Kingdom. What is Apps for Good? Apps for Good is an acclaimed education movement where young people in schools...

By Leon
March 8th, 2013

Balsamiq partners with Aramis B.V.

Hello friends of Balsamiq! It is with great pleasure that I can announce today that Balsamiq has entered a long-term partnership with Aramis B.V., a Dutch software development company owned by my long-time friend Stefano Masini. Aramis is going...

By Peldi
March 8th, 2013

A quick little bug-fix release

Hi everyone! We just did a little release to fix a few bugs uncovered by last week's release. Here's what's new: All versions: fixed issues with selecting Arrow controls when zoomed and when inside groups. All versions: fixed alt+drag...

By Peldi

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