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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 were able to identify and fix them all up quickly....

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 pre-announced last week, the ability to reuse groups of controls...

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 an overview of the feature: And here's the draft of...

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 best ones I have been to. Very well organized, very...

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 lots and lots of different programming tasks. His main responsibility,...

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 or bug-free releases, it’s his startling transparency.”

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 exactly work that way. At times we have to endure...

By Natalie
October 15th, 2010

Overhauling Balsamiq.com

This week we quietly relaunched balsamiq.com, overhauling and re-tuning the site to align with our new priorities as a growing company. On the surface it may not seem like a huge effort, but it was challenging. I'll run down...

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 doing anything from the outside, the last few weeks have...

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 paper.”

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 an action-packed festival of learning. I feel like I could write...

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 for quite some time. Let's get right to it! New...

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 all... 😉 That said, we managed to do two new...

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 our first-ever chance encounter with a customer! Jonathan from altogether...

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 here. I’m on a boat! Here's what's new in today's...

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, I don’t yet have a complete grasp of all elements...

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 simplying your wireframes as well as your interface. Datagrids One...

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, the work for the next year or so clearly defined....

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 "like Valerie, but on Central European Time" should give you...

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 use Lucida Grande on Mac and Lucida Sans Unicode on...

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 we decided to focus on bug fixing, but we also...

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 with projects in myBalsamiq, and we've just released the latest...

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. This is one of our biggest updates since we started,...

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 NOW: The components feature. STATUS: we are going to release...

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 most of the time (I might get a surprise visit...

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, founded and run by Gever Tulley & Julie Spiegler, is...

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 in transitioning from working at a company of a few...

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. Here's a little video to see it in action (go...

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 Orientation on Labels You can now select 3 types of...

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 squeeze in a few new features and bug fixes for...

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 can finally start making things a little prettier for everyone....

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 server, so if you find any broken links or anything...

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 have a US team in place, I am reviewing our...

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 to understand how everything works, and looking for issues that...

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 right. What's New the biggest fix of this release has...

By Peldi
March 30th, 2010

10 Excellent Tools For Creating Web Design Wireframes

"Using Balsamiq Mockups feels like you are drawing, but it’s digital, so you can tweak and rearrange controls easily, and the end result is much cleaner. With 75 pre-built controls to choose from, you can design anything from a...

By Peldi
March 16th, 2010

Weekly Release: Lots and Lots of Bug Fixes

Hello friends! Marco here doing the release this week, as Peldi is in Austin for SXSWi, a.k.a. geek sleep-away-camp. 😉 I can't wait to hear his report! And while Peldi is "working" in the US, is bug-squashing time here...

By Marco
March 13th, 2010

12 Free Or Cheap Web Apps Your Startup Needs Now

“Balsamiq is a very popular app for making mockups of various apps, and rightfully so. It's fun and easy to use, and saves a lot of time.”

By Peldi
March 9th, 2010

And the UXLx Winner is...

The upcoming UXLx Conference (May 12-14 in Lisbon) is a wonderful chance for Usability folks to hear some of our favorite speakers and meet like-minded experts who believe, like we do, that “Life’s too short for bad software.” Balsamiq...

By Val
March 8th, 2010

Our Spring 2010 Travel Plans

Hi everyone. We are all heads down making a TON of progress on all areas of our business: the website, the product, the web app, our internal processes...it's awesome. Now that Mike is on board we seem to have...

By Peldi
March 4th, 2010

Install and Update Usability

One of the nice things about working in a small, flat organization is that you have to do support. With no levels of hierarchy and everyone monitoring support, communication is easy and fixes are fast. My experience today in...

By Mike
March 2nd, 2010

UX Design in the Open

Today marks a new chapter in the ongoing evolution of Balsamiq. In the spirit of openness and transparency that you've come to know from the crew at Balsamiq, Michae talks about how we're going to design in the open...

By Mike

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