[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 for a long time. With today's release, we decided to get rid of it, and improve it at the same time! I know, it sounds non-sensical, but hear me out.

Before today's release, you could only print the current mockup you were seeing, and without any options. In today's release, we decided to remove that limited functionality and replace the Print command with the much more powerful "Export to PDF" command, which we also improved. This way, if you want to print something, you just export it to PDF and then print the PDF using your Operating System's built-in PDF viewer (or whatever PDF viewer you prefer to use). It's one more step, but it's worth it: think of the step of opening the PDF in the PDF viewer as the "Print Preview" step. No more having to print twice because it wasn't exactly what you wanted!

Here's how we improved the Export to PDF dialog:

exportpdf

  • You can now select which mockups you want to export. Your selection will be remembered on your computer.
  • You can now include mockup names and page numbers.
  • You can now include mockup notes.
  • You can now access the Export to PDF function with CTRL+P (or CMD+P). Handy!

Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • You can now resize the left navigator panel (for Mockups, Assets and Symbol libraries). This will help if you have long mockup names or want to see bigger or smaller thumbnails. Your preference will be remembered for each project, on your computer.
  • Changed how we name mockup clones (no more "Copy of Copy of Copy of...")
  • We now sort Symbol Libraries and Symbols alphabetically.
  • Added font size support to Field Set, Callout, Menu Bar and Site Map controls.
  • Fixed an issue with resizing the combo box really small.
  • Fixed an issue in export when mockup names included "illegal" characters.
  • Fixed an issue with the Menu Bar control not exporting properly to PDF when autosized.
  • Fixed an issue with the Accordion control hiding things too early when resized small.
  • Fixed an issue with "Save Project As" not saving what was in the project's Trash.
  • Fixed an issue with locked controls not disappearing when an Alternate was promoted.
  • We got BMPR registered with IANA! The application/vnd.balsamiq.bmpr mime type for BMPR is now official! :)

How do I update?

If you're using Mockups 3 for Google Drive, you're already updated.

For Desktop, simply install from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

For posterity, today's release is build 3.1.2.

Special Thanks

This release would not have been possible without the help of the following awesome people: ahobday, aledis, bjdewilde, Dan B., dantappin, Fabrizio D., fdivis, Francois H., George V., Guy J., heringsfilet, Jenni_Merrifield, Jennifer G., John P., kcandersen, Luibi Matt V., MrTaurus, Nick S., patrick, Peninah, RaeHanley, Romain A., screencaptor, Sharon S., Sheila S., Steve C., Tovi Grossman, Vauc, VinceSmith, vytasm, Wes F., wichase, and others.

Thank you all so much for your feature requests, your bug reports, and for caring about our little tool. :)

Onward!
Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

    [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 for existing customers.

    Let's dive right in.

    New feature: Mockup Alternates!

    Alternates (also sometimes referred to as versions or branches) allow you to create variations on a single mockup design without adding more mockups to your project.

    Creating alternates can be useful during the early design phase when exploring concepts and in later stages for reviewers to add their feedback and propose changes.

    Some possible reasons for using alternates:

    • You want to create only one mockup per screen but have several ideas about each one.
    • You want suggestions for design improvements but don't want other people changing your mockups.
    • You want to send your project around for feedback and track each person's feedback individually.
    • You want to design feature ideas for future releases without including them in the mockups for the current release.

    Here's a quick video about it:

    We've been using Alternates for a few weeks, and can't imagine going back.

    Read the full documentation here: Working with Alternates, there are some exciting semi-hidden features to explore!

    Mockups 3 comes to Google Drive!

    Our Google Drive plugin is the first to "catch up with Desktop". Today's release brings all of the v.3 goodness to Mockups 3 for Google Drive customers.

    The plugin was already using auto-save, projects and even BMPR files (though they were saved in a different format internally). It also had real-time collaboration, which we've improved a bit in this release as well.

    This release also removes the 10Mb size limit on BMPR files, and shows an RTC-powered viewer when you share a BMPR with someone but only give them read-only access.

    We also greatly improved the billing interface for new subscribers (we now control the whole subscription process by integrating with Stripe instead of using Pin Payments as a middle-man). This was A TON of work and will come to existing Mockups for Google Drive subscribers soon and later to myBalsamiq as well.

    To use Mockups 3 for Google Drive, just open your existing BMPR files, wait a few seconds for the conversion to the new format to finish and enjoy!

    If you have never tried Mockups 3 for Google Drive, you've been missing out! Try it now!

    Built-in Background Music!

    For years we've been suggesting people use headphones when working in Mockups, to help you get in the creative zone.

    A few weeks ago we asked ourselves, why not give our awesome users a built-in, get-in-the-zone-inducing track to listen to? And so we did!

    Just go to the Help menu, click "Play Background Music", and get to work! :)

    music

    The track is called Ascension, by Dr. Christopher Lloyd Clarke B.Sc, Msc.D. Meditation music composer and founder of Royalty Free Meditation Music.com.

    We cut the track down to 25 minutes, added a Zen bell, then added 5 minutes of nature sounds recorded by our own Michael Angeles in his hikes around Marin County, CA. We then made the resulting 30-minute track loop 4 times.

    Why the (25 + 5)*4, you ask? Because this way you can use the music to time your Pomodoros, of course! :)

    We are absolutely thrilled with this little new feature. It feels like another "I can never go back" feature.

    Improvements to Full Screen Presentation Mode

    • Changed how we show link hints in full-screen. We no longer leave the pink rectangles on all the time, but instead "flash them" as needed and fade them out so that they don't disturb your mockups. If you want to see where they are, you can click on any empty areas of the mockup to make them flash again.
    • Added a subtle animation when hiding the full-screen toolbar.
    • We now remember the following settings across project and across restarts: active right-side panel, toolbar minimized or not, show link hints, show cursor, show markup, zoom mode.
    • Fixed an issue with settings showing the wrong value in some cases.

    Bug Fixes Related to Controls

    • Fixed an issue with the "123" label in the iOS keyboard not being centered.
    • Added support for the {mockup-name} macro in Title and Subtitle controls.
    • Improved how the iPad, iPhone and Accordion controls behave when resized to be very small.
    • Made the top padding of the Label and Text control types match, and improved the padding of other text controls.
    • Changed the default size of the Geometric Shape text to be 13pt, like most of our controls.
    • If you use \r in an image label, the text stays centered now.
    • Same as above but for the Image Map control. :)
    • Fixed how the text alignment works in the Sticky Note control.
    • We changed the color of the Red X control in Sketch skin to be a brighter red.

    Other Improvements and Bug Fixes

    • Some users were seeing saving errors, especially when working with OneDrive files. Those should all be fixed now.
    • We now work well with read-only files! We no longer try to update mockup thumbnails unless you change something in the mockup, so just opening a BMPR and looking around won't change the file on disk.
    • We now support our markdown syntax (except for strikethrough) in mockup notes and project description. *Try it out!* :)
    • Fixed an issue with the positioning of the resource menu in the navigator panel.
    • Fixed an issue with reordering not working on the first attempt.
    • Added a subtle animation when creating a new mockup.
    • Added a subtle animation when entering "grid view".
    • Fixed an issue (on Windows) with project windows not maintaining their size or maximized state across restarts.
    • Fixed an issue with creating a symbol library when there are none generating a run-time exception.
    • Fixed an issue with the vertical scroll position of the navigator after a "move to trash" operation.
    • Fixed an issue with using arrow keys to change position and size.
    • Fixed an issue with QuickAdd losing focus in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue with placing new symbols in a symbol library in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue with selecting something in the Symbols navigator incorrectly opening all other branches.
    • Fixed an issue with new projects getting created after discarding an unnamed project.
    • Fixed an issue with link hints from other symbols being shown incorrectly in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue with importing the same image twice not updating all usages.
    • Fixed an issue with removing symbol overrides not working in some cases.
    • Fixed an issue with importing BMML projects when a file name contained an illegal character.
    • Removed illegal characters from mockup names when exporting to BMML.
    • In Mockups for Desktop, the About window now properly says "Adobe Air Player" instead of Flash Player.
    • Fixed an issue with the UI library showing blank thumbnails after reopening a project.
    • Fixed a typo in the Google Wallet icon name.
    • Pressing CTRL+PAGEDOWN and PAGEUP now loop around mockups when you get to the last (or first).

    How do I update?

    If you're using Mockups 3 for Google Drive or the Web Demo, you're already updated.

    For Mockups for Desktop, simply install build 3.1.1 from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

    As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

    What else is going on?

    • Welcome Agnese! We are thrilled to announce that Agnese Sgarbi has joined our team as our first ever intern! Agnese is a programmer, and her main job right now is to be "The Queen of Controls", improving our 76 UI control widgets, one Pivotal Tracker story at the time. She's been here only a few days, but she's already shipping code! The Bug Fixes Related to Controls list above was all her doing.
    • We have switched balsamiq.com to be "HTTPS all the time".
    • balsamiq.com and our other websites are now responsive! Try them on your phone or tablet, it should all look great.
    • We're getting ready for our company retreat at the beginning of June. We're going to be exploring the Loire region in France this year, sweet!

    Special Thanks

    This release would not have been possible without the help of the following awesome people: Cynthia T., Edward B., Emma Jane Westby, Frederik Bader, Geir Sagberg, Greg Jankowski, Jan W., Jenni Merrifield, JeromeR, jonhath, Juliet Sabol, Mark Bednarski, Mark Decker, Markus Groener, MrTaurus, Pablo M., Paul, Philipp Quaet-Faslem, Philipp Quaet-Faslem, Renee Grebe, Sebastien Giroux, Sebastien Giroux, Shane Hussain Naqvi, Tim, Tim Price, Timothy W., Todd F., Vaclav Kocian, Vincent van S., Yan Z., and others.

    Thank you all so much for your feature requests, your bug reports, and for caring about our little tool. :)

    Onward!
    Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

      [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 exporting projects containing symbols to PNG or PDF.
      • We mitigated a memory leak that people were seeing when switching mockups and using the app for a long time. It should be much better now.
      • We made several performance improvements, the UI should feel more responsive now.
      • We fixed an issue with restoring mockups that used symbols from Trash.
      • We fixed an issue with the "No Margins" option in the PDF export dialog "selecting itself".
      • We now insert new mockups after the currently selected one, instead of at the end of the list.
      • We fixed an issue with controls added via QuickAdd being placed in the wrong spot when editing groups.
      • We fixed an issue with the project navigator flickering a bunch.

      How do I update?

      Today's build number is 3.0.8, and you can download it from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

      As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

      What else is going on?

      Right now we are working on bringing you a new exciting feature, previously only available to myBalsamiq: the possibility to create alternate versions of mockups! It's awesome, we can't wait to show you.

      We are also very close to being able to ship the new v.3 hotness in Mockups for Google Drive, and we continue to work on bringing v.3 to myBalsamiq, Mockups for Confluence and Mockups for JIRA.

      Onward!
      Peldi for the Balsamiq team

        [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 symbols in large projects. This was basically unusable, now it's super-fast.
        • MAJOR optimization when opening large projects. One giant test project a customer sent us went from taking 4.5 minutes to open to just 32 seconds. 8x baby! :)
        • Changed a menu item to properly say "Move to Trash" instead of "Delete".
        • When a symbol has overridden properties, we now make it more prominent in the inspector with a little note.
        • Fixed an issue with the Paste command getting disabled in some situations.
        • Improved the looks of the "Replace Confirmation" dialog you see when importing something that's already in the project.
        • Fixed a couple of issues with the text of the Geometric Text control not wrapping properly.
        • Fixed an issue with the Rename dialog ignoring white spaces.
        • Fixed an intermittent bug in the List widget we use for the resource navigator which was causing the app to get into a broken state.

        How do I update?

        To install build 3.0.7, simply install from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

        As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

        Onward!
        Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

          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 keeping them updated as logos changed (our Twitter icon was three generations old, for example) was time consuming and didn't provide as much value to our customers as adding new features and fixing bugs.

          And then Font Awesome came along and it was free and, well, awesome. We used it internally and added it as an easy-to-install icon pack on our Extensions page and our customers loved it too.

          In our Beta feedback forums our users started talking about integrating Font Awesome when we decided to remove the Account Assets feature. So Peldi contacted Dave Gandy, creator of Font Awesome, and asked him if we could use them in our tool.

          
          From: Giacomo Guilizzoni peldi@balsamiq.com
          Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 6:28 PM
          Subject: Hello from Peldi from Balsamiq!
          To: Dave Gandy
          
          Hello Dave!
          
          This is Peldi from Balsamiq. We make a wireframing tool called Balsamiq Mockups, maybe you've heard of it? 
          
          We have noticed that quite a few of our customers use your awesome Font Awesome set of icons in conjunction with our tool. There's even a github repo of someone who made it easy to do.
           
          We are working on a new version of Mockups, and were wondering if it would be possible to include your Font Awesome set as a built-in set, replacing our homegrown (and much inferior to yours) set.
          
          I looked at your licensing page and it looked feasible, but I thought it'd be worth maybe having a quick chat first?
          
          What do you think? I am excited about the idea, as it would give our users a standard set of icons that their developers would understand immediately...and probably also help cement Font Awesome as "the standard" for app and web design, even more than it is today. :)
          
          I am in CET, and happy to meet any time.
          Peldi
          

          His response was delightfully straightforward.

          
          From: Dave Gandy
          Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 6:34 PM
          Subject: Re: Hello from Peldi from Balsamiq!
          To: Giacomo Guilizzoni peldi@balsamiq.com
          
          Heck yeah. Go ahead and throw them in. It’s as open source as I can get it. :)
          

          A few days later Peldi had swapped out the old ones for Font Awesome and remapped the labels so that existing projects with icons wouldn't break.

          We were a bit giddy here when we used the first Beta build with the new icons. Getting so many great icons all at once felt like Christmas to us.

          We'll also be updating our icon set whenever Dave updates Font Awesome. So, now, if you want us to add icons to Balsamiq Mockups, request them in Font Awesome and they'll make their way into our product!

          We hope you're enjoying the new icons. And, if you're nostalgic for the old ones, we've made them available for download as custom icons.

            [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 a little notification when you hit save, so that you have confirmation that autosaving is doing its job.
            • We now commit any text you might have typed if you hit CTRL+S or Save from the menu, like we did in version 2.
            • Fixed a bug when renaming a custom icon asset after using it.
            • Fixed an issue with some menus (Close Project, Print...) staying disabled if you closed all project windows and opened a new project.
            • Made some optimizations while editing symbols. MUCH bigger optimizations in this area will come in the next release, probably next week.
            • Sped up the loading of projects, and improved the "Loading" and "Drawing" messages even more.
            • Fixed an issue with exporting to PNG or PDF when the mockup was bigger than the maximum canvas size.
            • Fixed the handling of the Restore and Delete Permanently menus in the Trash view.
            • Fixed an issue with mockup ordering "not sticking".

            How do I update?

            Install build 3.0.5 from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

            As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

            You can expect another release similar to this one in a week or so.

            Onward!
            Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

              [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. We're still working through them, but we fixed a bunch already so we want to get these fixes into your hands as quickly as possible.

              So, without further ado, here's what's in today's Mockups 3 for Desktop release:

              • First and most important, we fixed some occasional data loss bugs. We changed how we manage the SQLlite connection between the app and the BMPR file, opening and closing it for each operation instead of keeping it open for long periods of time, which is proving to be unreliable.
              • Fixed some bugs that occasionally prevented the application from quitting.
              • Fixed some issues with keyboard shortcuts no longer working after a while.
              • Fixed an issue with not being able to remove some overridden symbols properties.
              • Assets were not shown in the correct order in the Image Inspector pop-up panel.
              • Moved the "Move to Trash" menus to the bottom of the little project navigator menus, and put a separator above them, to lower the chances of clicking it by accident.
              • Fixed an issue with the Previous and Next Mockup menus keyboard shortcuts on Windows.
              • We now remember your choice of Thumbnail or List when you create new projects.
              • We now show tooltips in the project navigator if the name is too long and doesn't fit.
              • Fixed an issue with a Flickr Import dialog string getting truncated on retina screens.
              • Shrunk the minimum application window size to fit in a 800x600 screen.
              • Fixed an issue with renaming a mockup not updating the text if the {mockup-name} macro was used.
              • Changed the wording of the loading screen a bit to better reflect what the app is actually doing.

              What else is going on?

              Some of our developers had a mini-retreat to kick off the "v.3 in myBalsamiq" project. It will take some time, but it will be awesome.

              We are also working hard to bring v.3 to all of our plugins, and making great strides too.

              Last but not least, we are also working on bringing the concept of "Alternate Mockups", now only available in myBalsamiq, to all of our versions.

              How do I update?

              Install build 3.0.4 from our download page on top of your current installation. You won't have to re-register.

              As always, if you hit any snags with the new build let us know immediately and we'll fix it right up! :)

              You can expect another release similar to this one in a week or so.

              Onward!
              Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

                [BIG Release] Balsamiq Mockups 3!

                Hello friends of Balsamiq! :)

                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 the Desktop and in the Web Demo. The plugins and myBalsamiq will be updated to v.3 as soon as possible (think weeks, not months).

                Balsamiq Mockups 3 is both simpler and more powerful at the same time.

                The core editing experience should feel very familiar, but we have made what used to be hard simple - single-file projects, using reusable symbols, a more standard editing UI with left and right panels, immediate auto-saving.

                We also added powerful features for the experts: tons of new keyboard shortcuts, a new Project Information panel, big performance improvements for large projects, a Trash bin, a hugely more powerful full-screen presentation UI, notes for the Project, Mockups, Assets, Symbol Libraries and Symbols, and the ability to open multiple Project windows at once.

                We also gave the app a nice and modern new coat of paint, a new application icon, and even threw in a new huge set of icons at the last minute.

                Oh, and we also fixed over 900 bugs while we were at it, because why not. :)

                Balsamiq Mockups 3 is the culmination of almost a year of really hard work, almost a complete rewrite of our 6-year-old codebase.

                In many ways though, this feels like a new beginning: Mockups 3 feels to me like the product I should have built from day one, had I known everything you have taught us in the last 6 years. The new UI also lays the foundation for what’s to come in the future. We have big plans, and we’re certainly not stopping here. In fact, the new codebase will allow us to add things really fast again. We hope you’ll continue to come along for the ride, helping us make Mockups the best it can be for all of us.

                So, without further ado, here it is for download: Balsamiq Mockups 3.

                We cannot WAIT to see what you’ll do with it.

                Some useful links:

                We took this opportunity to adjust the pricing of Mockups for Desktop for the first time, mostly to adjust for inflation after all these years. A single Desktop license went from $79 to $89 (full pricing info). Desktop licenses are still tied to you and not a particular machine, you’re free to use the app on any machines you own and use. Balsamiq Mockups 3 also comes with free minor-version updates, so you’ll be able to update to 3.1, 3.2, 3.3...for free. That’s probably a couple of years worth of updates.

                When we ship v.4 (which will be native and probably sold via app stores), we’ll try to give existing customers a discount for updating, but we can’t promise anything as we’re pretty far away from that date and things are changing quickly with app stores.

                For posterity, today's full release number is 3.0.2.

                If you have any questions or find any issues with Mockups 3, you can email us at support@balsamiq.com or head to our new community forums. We're all-hands-on-deck and ready to pounce on any bug you might uncover! :)

                As always, happy wireframing!

                Onward!
                Peldi for the Balsamiq team

                  [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... ;)

                  Well, we didn't. In fact, we have been working really hard on a lot of different things: see my recent Look Back at 2014 post for the nitty-gritty details.

                  Today marks an important milestone for our little team, we are releasing a beta version of Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Desktop, the next major version of our best-selling product.

                  Let's dive right in: What's new in Balsamiq Mockups 3?

                  In a word, lots! In many ways, this feels like the product we should have built from the beginning. It takes care of some of our longest-standing feature requests, and lays a solid foundation for exciting future developments.

                  Here are the "highlights" you should know about. For a more detailed list, see this article.

                  BMPR: a New File Format for Your Mockups Projects

                  Probably the biggest change in Balsamiq Mockups 3 is the transition to a new file format, called BMPR (we pronounce it bumper).

                  It stands for Balsamiq Mockups Project aRchive, and it contains all of the mockups, images, custom icons and symbols for a project.

                  BMPR files are super-easy to share, and designed for the future: we plan on adding revisions, branching and comments to them soon.

                  To convert your existing project folders or ZIP files downloaded from myBalsamiq into BMPR files, just head to the Project > Import menu:

                  A More Professional Editing Experience

                  Gone is the annoying flying property inspector. Now you have mockups on the left, and properties on the right. Simple, predictable and quick.

                  We greatly simplified how to create, manage and edit reusable Symbols.

                  We added a way to manage your project's assets easily, and even added a project Trash bin.

                  Autosave is the new norm: we always auto-save every change immediately so you won't ever lose any work, and you won't get bugged by annoying dialogs while trying to quit the app.

                  The full-screen presentation mode has been greatly improved too, check it out (below with every option showing):

                  You can also save notes for your mockups and symbols, and even open multiple project windows at the same time!

                  Removed Support for Rarely-Used, Support-Generating Features

                  Balsamiq Mockups 3 no longer runs as a desktop application on Linux. We also removed support for account assets, the BalsamiqMockups.cfg configuration file, and exporting from the command-line.

                  Those were tough decisions, but we think they were the right thing to do. If you have any questions about those, come talk about it on the new Balsamiq Forums: we're listening!

                  800+ Issues Delivered

                  We spent months re-architecting and refactoring the whole application, cleaning up 6-years worth of technical debt and fixing literally hundreds of bugs and feature requests in the process.

                  The app is noticeably faster, even with big projects.


                  To sum it up, let me tell you this: after getting used to v.3, going back to 2.2 feels like a HUGE step backwards. You have to use different files and save them in specific folders and save manually like some kind of animal? And what's that ugly floating thingy!?!?! Ugh. Who built this crap!!! ;)

                  Download

                  To download Balsamiq Mockups 3 Public Beta, head to our Next Release Preview page. New builds are pushed there automatically after every check-in.

                  It will run side-by-side with Balsamiq Mockups 2, no need to uninstall anything.

                  Balsamiq Mockups 3 will be a free upgrade for existing customers (it automatically migrates the old license), and cost $89 for a single new license (a $10 increase over today's price).

                  We're dying to know what you think of it!

                  If you find any issues or have any comments, please use the Help > Send Feedback menu in Mockups to comment in the new Balsamiq Forums. We'll see you there!

                  Although the app is already in very good shape, we expect the public beta period to last a month or two. Once the app is SUPER-SOLID, we'll do an official release and announce it here. We also plan on bringing all the new goodness to myBalsamiq and our plugins as fast as possible, so sit tight! 2015 is going to be awesome! :)

                  Onward!
                  Peldi for the Balsamiq Team

                    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 build and edit mockups quickly, even if you're not a designer.

                    But being able to get objective feedback is also important in the process of designing, and that hasn't always been easy. I started UsersThink to make it easy to get focused feedback on your mockups and prototypes, without needing endless setup or recruitment or any of the usual hassles.

                    And the combination of an easy-to-use mockup tool like Balsamiq with an easy-to-use feedback tool like UsersThink is like peanut butter and jelly, especially when you see how well they work together.

                    Here's how to get UsersThink feedback on a myBalsamiq design in just a few steps:

                    1. Get the prototype URL from your myBalsamiq mockup

                    Head over to your project and open the mockup you want to receive feedback on.

                    In the upper right corner of the mockup screen, there should be an arrow pointing to the upper right.

                    myBalsamiq

                    If you hover over that arrow, it should say "Launch Prototype".

                    Launch Prototype
                    Click it, and you'll get a publicly shareable URL of your mockup. Make sure to copy that URL, you'll need to enter it into UsersThink.

                    2. Visit UsersThink.com

                    UsersThink provides you with focused feedback on any landing page you give it, including a myBalsamiq mockup, like the one you've just prepped for feedback.

                    UsersThink Homepage

                    To get an example of what a UsersThink participant's feedback will look like, check out a sample user response on the home page.

                    Click on the Pricing option, and then select the test option you want. The test options are distinguished mainly by the number of participants who will be giving you feedback.

                    Select the option that works best for you.

                    3. Paste the Launch Prototype URL into UsersThink

                    In the first part of ordering, there is a field labeled "Your Landing Page URL".

                    Prototype URL

                    Paste the Launch Prototype URL into that field, then hit the right-facing arrow button.

                    Enter your payment information, and click Pay Now.

                    4. That's it!

                    That's how simple and easy it is to order feedback from UsersThink. We got tired of the endless options and configurations of other tools, so we standardized and streamlined the process so you can focus on the feedback, and not waste time on setup.

                    Within 24 hours (often much sooner) you'll get the results of the feedback via email.

                    5. Get feedback and improve your prototype

                    Read through the feedback on your prototype and you'll notice trends in terms of what's working and what isn't with your initial design. Since Balsamiq is so easy to use, you can take your newfound knowledge and quickly turn it into improvements in no time.

                    If you have any questions or if there's anything you'd like to know, feel free to reach out to me, John Turner (CEO of UsersThink) at john@usersthink.com.


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