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December 28th, 2008

1.5 Weekly Release: What’s New This Week

I am starting to batch updates and releasing once a week (Sunday morning, Italian time). I used to "fix it an release it" but now that the product is...

By Peldi
December 19th, 2008

New Release: Balsamiq Mockups 1.5

I am extremely pleased to announce the immediate availability of Balsamiq Mockups version 1.5. This is a FREE upgrade for all Mockups versions. Download links: Mockups for Desktop, for...

By Peldi
December 17th, 2008

Mockups 1.5 Is on the Way, It’s Screencasting Time!

Hi there, just a quick update. I have been heads down coding and bug-fixing in order to get Mockups 1.5 out the door. I feel extremely close, hopefully I'll...

By Peldi
November 26th, 2008

Why I love Atlassian, an Inspirational Video

Hi there. Atlassian once again manages to impress me and make me proud to be affiliated with them. This is one of the best recruiting tools I have ever...

By Peldi
November 25th, 2008

Looking for Good Flex Developers to Recommend

I constantly get asked if I know any good Flex developers, and I am tired of answering "I wish!" 🙂 So if you do Flex development, please fill in...

By Peldi
November 14th, 2008

Man Writes Software, Blogs About it, Makes $100k in 5 Months

“We love this story. Back in July we wrote about the inspiring experience of Peldi Guilizzoni, a lone software developer who'd built a web design mock-up tool called Balsamiq...

By Peldi
November 14th, 2008

Hit $100,000 in Revenue, Time to Start Looking Up

I feel a bit sheepish posting this since I don't want to come across as bragging, but a promise is a promise, so here it goes... I just recently...

By Peldi
November 13th, 2008

Introducing Mariah, Balsamiq's Better Half

Hi there. I am very pleased to introduce to you my wife and best friend Mariah. She has been the hand behind all of the UI controls in Balsamiq...

By Peldi
November 7th, 2008

Show #4: Microsoft's BizSpark, Balsalmiq Studios

My interview on the Startup Success podcast.

By Peldi
November 7th, 2008

AtlasCamp, Podcast, Linked Mockups, Yay!

Hi there. It was a long day yesterday, with Lufthansa reminding me about how bad airplane food can be. 🙁 It's good to be back in the Bay Area,...

By Peldi
November 5th, 2008

Off to AtlasCamp!

Hi there. Just a quick note to tell you that I'll be at AtlasCamp, Atlassian's first developer conference, from tomorrow (thu Nov 6th) until Monday night (Nov 10th). I...

By Peldi
October 31st, 2008

Balsamiq Mockups: Deliberately Not Slick

"The drawing style is deliberately sloppy: rough lines, semi-handwritten text, even the ability to add scratch-out lines over part of an interface that you want to cross out. This...

By Peldi
October 24th, 2008

10 Inspirational “How I Did It” Stories

"This is the story of how a young coder from Italy, who was until fairly recently working at Adobe, quit his job to launch Balsamiq."

By Peldi
October 20th, 2008

Looking for Mockups 1.5 Testers

Hi there, I am approaching release quality for Mockups 1.5, and am looking for volunteers to test the pre-release version. If you are interested, simply go to the Next...

By Peldi
October 19th, 2008

My Thoughts on Software Piracy

Are you worried about pirates stealing your software? Don't be! Read all about our approach here.

By Peldi
October 17th, 2008

Some Excellent ISV Advice from Jason Fried

This is so wild...watch the video below...I could have given the exact same talk! OK, probably a lot less eloquently, but I am amazed at how closely what Jason...

By Peldi
October 16th, 2008

"Minor Edit" Support in Mockups for Confluence

Spurred by a customer's email, I have made the following enhancement to Mockups for Confluence today. The problem is that when people create and edit UI mockups in Confluence,...

By Peldi
October 16th, 2008

One More Way to Get Mockups for Desktop for FREE

Hi there, I have done this with a few people already and it's worked out so well that I have decided to make it a policy: starting today... If...

By Peldi
October 14th, 2008

Personal: What’s Your Story? Why Start Balsamiq?

The following is a story that I told many people already, but didn't think was interesting enough to put on my blog until a certain Tamales Princess I know...

By Peldi
October 9th, 2008

Balsamiq Mockups Page on Facebook

Hi there, just a quick note to let you know that I just created a Balsamiq page on Facebook. Become a fan and meet other people who like Mockups...

By Peldi
October 7th, 2008

New Product: Mockups for JIRA Personal

I know I know, it might not be the smartest thing to release a new product every day, but I'm too excited to sit on this one. The news:...

By Peldi
October 5th, 2008

New Product: Balsamiq Mockups for XWiki

Hi there. Less than a month since shipping Mockups for JIRA, I have some more exciting news to share. In case you didn't know, XWiki (xwiki.org) is both a...

By Peldi
October 2nd, 2008

A small enhancement: Background Transparency

Hey there. Just a quick post to show a new little enhancement I just added. You can now set the transparency level of the background color for the Tree,...

By Peldi
October 1st, 2008

500 Customers!

I just sold a license to my 500th customer! That's a much bigger number that I expected to reach in such a short time (it's been less than 3...

By Peldi
September 25th, 2008

8 Desktop Applications I Couldn't Live Without

I should really be doing something else right now, but I wanted to get this out. I think it'd be fair to say that I use "the cloud" and...

By Peldi
September 24th, 2008

Added 7 New Icons

Enjoy!

By Peldi
September 19th, 2008

Little Updates Here and There

Hi there, sorry for not blogging for a while (a whole 10 days!), but I've been pretty busy with both Balsamiq work and life in general: after 3 months...

By Peldi
September 9th, 2008

Mockups for JIRA: Now Shipping!

I am thrilled to announce the immediate availability of Balsamiq Mockups for JIRA, the latest version of Balsamiq Mockups. You can download it, test it and if you wish,...

By Peldi
August 31st, 2008

Another Small Improvement: Selection in Menu and Tree

Hey there, the title pretty much says it all, but here's a picture too: 🙂 I also fixed a bug with Mockups not showing up on startup when you...

By Peldi
August 30th, 2008

New File Extension: BMML

After getting a nod from my superstar customers, I have changed the default file extension used by Balsamiq Mockups for Desktop from XML to BMML. It stands for Balsamiq...

By Peldi
August 29th, 2008

New Icons!

You asked for them, you got them! Sorry this took a little while. We (i.e. my lovely wife, the hand behind all of Mockups' icons and UI controlsI) also...

By Peldi
August 27th, 2008

Export Your Mockups from the Command Line!

Hi there, I just added a new feature to Balsamiq Mockups for Desktop, which I hope will help you integrate it in your workflow even more. In short, you...

By Peldi
August 25th, 2008

Mockups for JIRA: Getting Close!

As you can see, Balsamiq Mockups for JIRA is pretty close to becoming a reality. The build is approaching beta-quality: if you'd like to help me test it, email...

By Peldi
August 24th, 2008

Faster Faster Faster!

The faster you are able to create your UI mockups, the happier I am. In the last few days I made some improvements which should help you get your...

By Peldi
August 17th, 2008

Lessons Learned in Font Licensing

Hi there. If you have been following Balsamiq Mockups, you'll know that a number of potential customers have been turned off by my choice of "Comic Sans MS" as...

By Peldi
August 12th, 2008

InspireUX and Mockups: Get Inspired!

I am extremely excited to announce a new little feature of Balsamiq Mockups: Clicking on the menu will simply open a new browser page to www.inspireUX.com. If you don't...

By Peldi
August 11th, 2008

$$ Tag for Twitter Ads? I Want to Pay For Twitter!

I love Twitter and can't remember life before it. It's a whole new channel of communication, with its own dynamics and conventions. I like how it fits nicely between...

By Peldi
August 9th, 2008

Recommended Mockups for Desktop Upgrade

Today I finally had some time to dedicate to bug fixing and performance tuning. Here's a summary, roughly in order of importance the big one: in some instances, Mockups...

By Peldi
August 8th, 2008

New Feature: Merge Mockups

More than a new feature it's a change to the existing "Import Mockup" feature. Starting now, importing a mockup will no longer clear the current mockup. No UI changes,...

By Peldi
August 7th, 2008

Balsamiq Mockups Makes Big Impression on Hacker Community

“Since its launch a few short months ago Balsamiq mockups has taken the hacker community by storm. Why? This is one of those rags to riches stories that inspire...

By Peldi
August 5th, 2008

Startup Marketing Advice from Balsamiq Studio

In August 2008 Balsamiq was starting to gain traction in the marketplace, just 2 months after launch. People asked me how I got noticed, so I wrote a blog...

By Peldi
August 3rd, 2008

Time to Kiss Comic Sans MS Goodbye

Ok so people hate Comic Sans MS, I get it now. So let's get rid of it. Adam Alexander was kind enough to provide me with a list of...

By Peldi
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