Balsamiq Mockups Now Integrates with Google Drive!
In case you missed it, Google just released Google Drive, their new storage and collaboration offering in the cloud.
We've been using it for a couple of months over here, and it's really awesome. You can get to all your files from any device, it all syncs automagically.
What's especially cool in Google Drive are the super-powerful sharing abilities: you can share files and folders with another person, a group of people, everyone on your Google Apps domain, or the whole world. If you've used Google Docs in the past, you know what I'm talking about. Except now you can save ANY kind of file in there, the first 5Gb are free and Google Docs files don't count against your quota. Sweet.
Another feature that really stands out to us is Drive's extensibility. You can create and edit documents directly from Google Drive, using in-browser applications.
When Google approached us to see if we would be interested in integrating Balsamiq Mockups with Google Drive, we jumped at the chance. It's been a couple of months in the making, but we're proud to release it to you today!
Balsamiq Mockups for Google Drive is available on the Chrome Web Store, and it works on all modern browsers.
There's a free 7-day, fully-functional trial. After the trial you'll have to sign up for a paid plan ($5/month or $50/year) to continue to save your mockups with the app, but you'll still be able to view them.
The editor is the one you know and love from the other versions of Balsamiq Mockups, but it's a little more limited in its feature set (linking, image upload and symbols are not supported right now). As usual, we wanted to get something useful out the door quickly, then listen to your feedback to help us prioritize what to work on next. We plan on improving the app FAST, don't worry. Use it for a while and tell us what you think! We're all ears.
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One of our goals as a company is to be there where you need us, not to force you to work in a specific way in order to use our software.
Mockups for Google Drive brings us closer to that goal. We hope it will help you and your team design better software, and have fun doing it!
Peldi and the Balsamiq Team