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December 21st, 2010

The Last Mockups Release of 2010

Hello friends! Here's a tiny little release before we break for the holidays. What's new: All versions: fixed a bad bug when using Checkbox Group and Radio Button Group...

By Peldi
December 14th, 2010

Weekly Release: Bug Fixes and Skinnier Arrows

Hello again friends! First of all, you should know that we've just announced our latest addition to our staff: an awesome software tester / tech support guru named Louanne!...

By Peldi
December 13th, 2010

Louanne Poisson Joins Balsamiq

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Louanne Poisson, who joined Balsamiq as Regina della Qualita', which is italian for Queen of Quality. She is based in...

By Peldi
December 7th, 2010

Weekly Release: It's the Little Things

Hello friends. We're back to our weekly release schedule, and it feels great. Here's what's new in this week's release: Text alignment in numeric stepper moved to the right....

By Peldi
December 2nd, 2010

A Quick Bug Fix Release

Hello again friends! As it was to be expected after such a big release, some little bugs here and there popped up. Thanks to our awesome user community, we...

By Peldi
November 30th, 2010

Mockups 2.0: The Symbols Release

After months and months of work, we are ecstatic to finally be able to release Mockups 2.0 into the world. The main feature of Mockups 2.0 is what we...

By Peldi
November 23rd, 2010

Pre-Release: Symbols!

I know, we've all been waiting for this feature for so long, it's hard to believe it's actually here, ready for testing. Here's a nine-minute video that gives you...

By Peldi
November 18th, 2010

Video of My LessConf 3010 Talk

I had the pleasure of giving a talk at Less Conference 3010 last May titled "Guiding Principles for Running a Successful Little Startup". The conference was one of the...

By Peldi
November 13th, 2010

Interview with Giacomo Guilizzoni, founder of Balsamiq Studios

My interview with Paul Olyslager.

By Peldi
November 5th, 2010

Guiding Principles for Running a Successful Little Startup

My talk at LessConf 2010.

By Peldi
November 3rd, 2010

Paolo Ottanà Joins Balsamiq

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Paolo Ottanà, the newest member of team Balsamiq. Paolo will be working out of our Bologna office, helping us with...

By Peldi
October 27th, 2010

If You Build It, They Won’t Come (Unless…)

“Balsamiq Mockups is a ludicrously popular wire-framing tool. The software is good — don’t get me wrong — but what sets Peldi (the founder) apart isn’t prescient feature selection...

By Peldi
October 22nd, 2010

Keeping it in Perspective

I have a love/hate relationship with change. I love new challenges and new opportunities, but would love to have them completely on my own terms. Of course change doesn't...

By Natalie
October 15th, 2010


This week we quietly relaunched, overhauling and re-tuning the site to align with our new priorities as a growing company. On the surface it may not seem like...

By Mike
October 14th, 2010

An Update from Balsamiq-Land!

Hello friends, long time no see! So sorry for not keeping you in the loop more about what's going on in Balsamiq-land. Although it might seem like we're not...

By Peldi
October 6th, 2010

Lo-Fi Design Is Conquering the World of Tech

“A lesser-known firm that’s tapped into the lo-fi aesthetic is Balsamiq, whose Mockups software allows designers to create their own user interface as if they are sketching it on...

By Peldi
September 9th, 2010

Email, Key Lookup, Bounced Check

After our company met in Italy on July 1, I stayed abroad until my recent return to the Bay Area, and since I got back, every day has been...

By Val
August 10th, 2010

Release: Bullets, SHIFT+Drag, l0rem and Bug Fixes

Hi again! This week's release is not a huge one but I'm very happy about it since it includes some features and bug fixes I've been meaning to do...

By Peldi
August 6th, 2010

Mid-Summer Release: Colors, Notifiers and Bug Fixes

Hello friends! With most of the team traveling around the world for vacation and family visits, summers are a bit slow here at Balsamiq. We are part European after...

By Peldi
July 26th, 2010

Office Space

If you follow our company blogs, you already read about our first-ever team meeting. A highlight for us was on a Lake Como ferry to Bellagio, where we had...

By Val
July 19th, 2010

First Post-Retreat Release

Hi everyone! This update is a small one, we're still recovering from our first company retreat, which was AMAZING. You can read all about it in Natalie's trip report...

By Peldi
July 19th, 2010

Our First Company Retreat

I'm on a boat! Being a Balsamiq employee for just over two weeks, I wasn’t sure my perspective of the staff retreat would be of much value. After all,...

By Natalie
July 15th, 2010

Mockup Tips: Datagrids and Specifying Interaction

We often get questions about how to do complex things in Mockups. I think the best bet is try to design with minimalism in mind. That goes equally for...

By Mike
July 1st, 2010

They're Coming!

I mentioned today that I feel like Balsamiq (the company) is really just starting now. The team is in place, the processes are pretty smooth, the revenue somewhat stable,...

By Peldi
July 1st, 2010

Natalie Gould Joins Balsamiq

I am thrilled to announce that my very good friend Natalie Gould has joined the Balsamiq team! We're not sure about what her final job title will be, but...

By Peldi
June 29th, 2010

Weekly Release: Quality, Performance and Looks!

Hello friends of Mockups! 🙂 Small release this week but packing a powerful punch. Here's what's new: we changed the font for the chrome of the application. We now...

By Peldi
June 22nd, 2010

A Quality-Focused Release

Happy Tuesday friends! Thanks so much for the great feedback on the 1.8 release from last week. We love the group editing feature too! 🙂 For this week's release...

By Peldi
June 18th, 2010

myBalsamiq Beta Gets an Overhaul

It's been quiet around the UX blog for the past month. We've been heads down working on a beta refresh, making big usability improvements to the way you work...

By Mike
June 11th, 2010

Mockups 1.8: Editable Groups and Much More

Hello friends! Wow, it's been 4 weeks since our last update, that's probably the longest we've EVER gone without releasing! I hope you'll agree it was worth the wait....

By Peldi
June 2nd, 2010

Our Short and Mid-Term Feature Roadmap

Hi there, I've written bits of this enough times now that I thought a little blog post about it would be in order. Here's what we're working on RIGHT...

By Peldi
May 31st, 2010

Bringing a Little Balsamiq to Atlassian's #Summit2010

I'm doing some creative visualization about the upcoming Atlassian Summit in San Francisco on June 6. We are sponsoring, and I'll be managing a booth all by myself for...

By Val
May 19th, 2010

I Tink, Therefore, I Am. (Sorry, Descartes)

We love people who get stuff done. We are, therefore, extremely proud to sponsor one of the puzzles concocted by Tinkering School at this weekend's Maker Faire. Tinkering School,...

By Val
May 17th, 2010

Refresh! My Blog, Reborn

Ahh, the best-laid plans of mice and bloggers... I had such grand ideas about waxing poetic every day, chronicling what we are learning as a company and my growth...

By Val
May 14th, 2010

Double-Click to Edit Groups: We Need Your Help!

Hello friends! We just posted an AWESOME new feature on the pre-release page. You can now double-click to enter groups and edit their contents. Simple as that. HUGELY useful....

By Peldi
May 13th, 2010

Quick Release: Text Orientation, Colors Back to Normal

Hi all. I just released a new version to address a couple of critical bugs and snuck in a new little feature while I was at it. 😉 Text...

By Peldi
May 10th, 2010

7-Day Demo, Larger Canvas, Transparent PNGs...

Whoa, it's only been 18 days since the last release but somehow it feels much longer. We've been really busy (see below), but once again we were able to...

By Peldi
April 22nd, 2010

Weekly Release: Better Color Management and More

Hi friends! This week's release is a colorful one! 🙂 One of the nice things of finally having someone with graphic design sensibility in-house (yay Mike!) is that we...

By Peldi
April 12th, 2010

Biweekly Release: Version 1.7!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great easter/spring break and are fully recharged for the months ahead. This is the first blog post from our new web...

By Peldi
March 31st, 2010

Employees Define Company Values by Designating Matching Funds

Hello everybody, thanks for visiting. I am delighted with our little company's growth, and we have quickly settled into a comfortable rhythm in 3 time zones. Now that we...

By Val
March 31st, 2010

Next Steps for myBalsamiq

Over the past month, I've been working in myBalsamiq daily, and have been reviewing and answering issues in our GetSatisfaction forum. Each day I went over every detail trying...

By Mike
March 31st, 2010

Biweekly Release: More Bug Fixes and a Company Update

Hello friends! This week's release actually took two weeks because we decided to squash some old and tricky bugs, so we wanted to take the time and do it...

By Peldi
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