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.
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:
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 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.
I’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.