Balsamiq Mockups 3: Conclusion

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As I am sure is apparent, I like Balsamiq Mockups and have used it quite a few times now to design screens for projects. It is very easy to use and allows for rapid creation of screen mockups which you can design while talking to a client. I find it useful for designing the screen as we talk about options and how things might look.

Balsamiq Mockups 3: Creating a mockup

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Balsamiq is a simple program to use for creating mockups. The available objects are available along the top of the screen; you simply drag-and-drop the object where you want it on the page:

Balsamiq Mockups

The mockup shown above only took me a couple of minutes to create. Within a project you can create several mockups which are grouped together within the project.

Balsamiq Mockups 3: Download

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The desktop version of Balsamiq, Balsamiq Mockups 3, can be easily downloaded and used under a 30 day free trial so you can make sure you’ll be able to use it. After navigating the the link, click the large blue Download Mockups 3 button:

Balsamiq Mockups 3 download page

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Balsamiq Mockups 3: Licensing

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Mockups 3 for Desktop is a one time purchase and there are no maintenance costs for the license; in addition, licenses are tied to humans and not a particular machine so you can work on it on a desktop and laptop with the same license. A single user license currently costs $89.99, but there are volume licenses available with discounts starting at 5 users and increase with volume.

I use the desktop version as I often work offline (when travelling and on dodgy WiFi) and don’t like recurring subscriptions.

With the desktop license, minor-version updates are also free (so 3.2, 3.3, etc.) and there are no maintenance or renewal costs to keep using the software; major-version updates will have an additional cost, but as updates are not required, you will be able to continue to use version 3 if you don’t wish to purchase a major version update.

Balsamiq Mockups 3: What is Balsamiq Mockups 3?

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Balsamiq Wireframes is a rapid low-fidelity UI wireframing tool which reproduces the experience of sketching on a notepad or whiteboard, but using a computer. It aims to force you to focus on structure and content early in the design process, avoiding lengthy discussions about colors and details which should come later.

Balsamiq have a YouTube channel with a number of introductory videos and tutorials.

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Balsamiq Mockups 3: Series Index

BalsamiqI’ve posted about a number of useful applications in the past (a href=’https://www.azurecurve.co.uk/2019/04/installing-filezilla-client-series-index/’>FileZilla, Windows 10 Calculator Replacement and Notepad++ as examples) and will post more in future. The subject of this small series, is Balsamiq Mockups.

Over the next few posts, I’ll take a look at what it is and how to install and use it.

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