Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Wireframing with Balsamiq

After playing with and comparing a few wireframing tools, we settled with Balsamiq.  We've been using it for the past few months and are quite happy with it so far.  Following is a screenshot of one of the sample mockups.

What we like about Balsamiq are:

  • It produces unreal-looking yet professional mockups
  • Ability to link pages and click through them
  • Extensive set of UI controls (out-of-the-box, from the Balsamiq community and upload your own) 
  • Create reusable common elements across different mockups with symbols (aka template, master page) 

We use Balsamiq desktop version during intensive wireframing sessions and web version for sharing and collaboration.  One thing Balsamiq could do better is integration between the desktop version and web version. Currently you have to export all mockup as separate BMML files and upload them one-by-one to the web.  It is a tedious and time-consuming process. It'll be nice if we can pull mockups directly from the web into desktop and publish them right back when it's done.

Disclaimer: my company and I are not associated or affilicated with Balsamiq in any way other than we are a paying customer.  

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