Mistone - thanks. I am not planning to offer a subscription model right now, reasons here: http://www.balsamiq.com/blog/?p=59
snprbob86 - I also like drawing on a whiteboard. After using Mockups for a while though, it has become my favorite way to prototype my UI ideas, I find it to be faster and more flexible than paper, and the results are clearer (sometimes you only understand a paper prototype if you were present during its creation). Of course, I am biased, but I have heard others feel the same way about Mockups. In other words, when I only have paper and pencil, I miss Mockups.
- JimEngland: polish in a mockup is the enemy of usability. People get attached to gradients, icons and whatever element is more polished in a mockup and forget to think about what really mattes, which is the layout and choice of controls. Mockups is designed to feel like paper, but be collaborative (via wikis) and immediately digital.
- tortilla: collaboration/interaction is enabled in the wiki version of Mockups. I have a sticky note and callout controls that can be used for commenting, and I am planning on adding more meta-controls like this in the next few days.
- nirmal: I tried to offer only the functionality that made sense and nothing more. Of course, my judgment could have been wrong. What controls don't behave as you expected, aside from the Calendar?
- mmelin: yes, I'm not super happy with my home page either. The problem is that I'm selling different versions of the same product, each priced very differently from each other. I'll work on it more.
Again, thanks a lot for the feedback, keep it coming! I'm @balsamiq on Twitter or you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was near impossible to figure out how to GET it. Download it, buy it, etc.
You don't have to be cheesy about it, but every page should give the user an option to convert... i.e. ASK FOR THE SALE.
The happy face on this mockup is made of win.
As for your use-case, I think it's a definitely important one, and that's why I offer Export to PNG and export to XML even in the free web version. I believe a non-technical client could take a stab at creating a Mockup, export it and send it to the designer/developer without too much effort. Sure having a twitpic or skitch-like page for commenting would be nice...I just don't have the bandwidth for it...yet. :)
I look forward to using this tool more and seeing how it progresses.
A 30 day trial would be useful. Most people arent about to drop 80 bucks on an app after only using it for 5 minutes.
Any have any alternatives? I've used Axure for a while. It works well, but the aesthetics aren't great (meaning.. its ugly). Plus it only works on windows, so I have to use it through Fusion.
EDIT... disregard this comment...
I finally decided to just create a bare bones html site.
I also remember seeing a canadian site a while back that helped in prototyping websites (can't remember name) but they too were too difficult to use.
That's Apple's Interface Builder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interface_Builder
the more crude your mockup is, the more the viewer focuses on layout rather than design. Crudity like this will keep people from saying, "what if we had rounded corners there?"
I think the look is excellent. It makes explicit to the client or whoever that this is a mock-up and not to be confused with the look and feel of the app/site. You can say that until you are blue in the face and quite often someone will say 'isn't that line a bit thick'.
Moreover sometimes designers can get locked into overly prescriptive design rough too early. This avoids that.
Another benefit of this app is you can easily share your work (I know you can scan your sketches). But a negative is you can't really interact with it or make comments (Balsamiq).
this doesn't seem it's going to give you any more power than the traditional IDE so why bother use it?
Its goal is to help you think about your UI (i.e. your innovations) without getting in your way.
It is designed both for developers who want to iterate on their ideas before firing up their IDE and also for people who might know about usability and software requirements but who might not know what an IDE is (product managers, UX designers).
you won't make innovation with a tool that constraints you to classic examples of user experience, whatever that is called mockup or ide
Innovation often requires iteration and that's exactly what this is good at doing.