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September 9th, 2009

No weekly release this week, but we've been busy!

Hi there, just a quick note to let you know that we're not going to do a weekly release this week. We've been working on some big features so we want to give you guys a little more time...

By Peldi
September 2nd, 2009

"Weekly" Release: FogBugz Wiki integration and more!

Hello everyone! We hope you're having a fantastic first week of September! 🙂 We know, we just did a weekly release this past Sunday...so this is not really a "weekly" release. Still, we couldn't wait to share these new...

By Peldi
August 31st, 2009

You’re a little company, now act like one

"Balsamiq Studios is doing it right. Read their company page. It’s says “Hello.” It says “Yes, a couple of guys in a studio.” They don’t skirt the issues of being a small company."

By Peldi
August 30th, 2009

Weekly Release: More OS-Native Menus!

Hi there. This week's release is a little early because I wanted to fix Snow Leopard compatibility ASAP. Here's what's new: Mockups for Desktop now sports some newly refactored, more OS-native (and Snow Leopard-compatible) menus! Here's the full details....

By Peldi
August 25th, 2009

"Back from Summer Vacation" Release

Hi there, long time no see! 🙂 The reason we haven't done a weekly release since last month is that, in typical european fashion, both Marco, Mariah and I went on vacation for the first three weeks of August!...

By Peldi
August 5th, 2009

Napkee Launches!

An Italian engineer living abroad, happily employed by a large tech company, spots a new revolutionary technology rapidly gaining traction and decides to drop everything in order to "get in on it" by improving it. No, I'm not talking...

By Peldi
July 28th, 2009

Hello World!

Hello world! As a member of Team Balsamiq for just about 3 months now, I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and welcoming good wishes from the Mockups community. We are onto something pretty groovy here. Being employee #2...

By Val
July 24th, 2009

Weekly Release: 30-day trial for JIRA and more

Hello all. We've been very busy in the last couple of weeks, releasing our first public beta of Mockups for FogBugz and opening up the hosted app's private beta to a few selected "friends and family" members (more on...

By Peldi
July 23rd, 2009

Convert Mockups to HTML+Image Maps Prototypes

Hi there. We at Balsamiq are terribly excited about the wonderful community-contributed tools and Mockups extensions that are being developed these days. To introduce the latest one we have asked its main developer, Vitorio Miliano, to write a short...

By Peldi
July 20th, 2009

A New Plugin: Mockups for FogBugz!

Synopsis: Balsamiq Mockups is now also a FogBugz 7 plugin public beta: not for sale but good enough to play with it will go on sale in a couple of weeks per user price: 1/3 of FogBugz product home...

By Peldi
July 14th, 2009

Weekly Release: New Font Sizes, Backgrounds and Bug Fixes

Hi there, this week's release is a small one but important nonetheless. Here's what's in it: Added 24 and 28 font sizes, thanks @Florian_ and @saraonstine for tweeting about it! 🙂 Added background color (and opacity) to the FieldSet,...

By Peldi
July 6th, 2009

Weekly Release: Little Improvements All Over

Hi there. Hard to give a good title to this blog post since the improvements and bug fixes we did this week really span the breadth of the application. So let's get right to it! New features You can...

By Peldi
June 29th, 2009

Weekly Release: Performance, Bug Fixes and more...

Hi there. Sorry we skipped the last two weeks but things have been really busy here at Balsamiq central - we are days away from starting up the private beta program for the Mockups web app (announcement coming here...

By Peldi
June 10th, 2009

Weekly Release: WebORB Integration and More

Hi there. The main feature of this week's release is the previously announced WebORB integration. The nice folks at MidnightCoders (the creators of the WebORB application server for RIAs) have created a web service which converts BMML into a...

By Peldi
June 9th, 2009

Atlassian Summit Trip Report

Last week we participated in the Atlassian Summit, Atlassian's first worldwide conference and Balsamiq's first foray in being a conference sponsor. Below is an account on what happened and what we learned from the experience, in hope it will...

By Peldi
June 1st, 2009

Mockups for Confluence: new Small and Personal licenses!

Hello everyone! It is my pleasure to announce the immediate availability of two new Mockups for Confluence licensing options: the new Small license level:  10 mockup editors for just $400 the new Personal license level: 3 mockup editors for...

By Peldi
May 25th, 2009

Weekly Release: New Default Font (on OS X) and more

Hi everyone! We have a fresh new update for you to download. Here's what's in it: If you are on a mac, the default font for Mockups is now Chalkboard, a nice little font built by Apple in 2003...

By Peldi
May 25th, 2009

Matilde's Mockup of Her Ideal Computer

My friend Nazim just sent me this photo of a paper wireframe designed by his friend's daughter Matilde, who is six years old: Aside from the awesome alphabetical keyboard layout and wonderfully stylized mouse and trackpad (is that a...

By Peldi
May 21st, 2009

Wireframing with Balsamiq Mockups

“Building a wireframe with Balsamiq Mockup is as simple as dragging UI widgets from the gallery onto your canvas.”

By Peldi
May 18th, 2009

Weekly Release: Improved Presentation Mode

Hi everyone. Apologies for not doing a release last week, but we're really busy with lots of very exciting projects and we grew as a company! So in a way you could say that we "released" Valerie onto the...

By Peldi
May 13th, 2009

SWT->BMML: an Interesting New Mockups Extension

Hi there. I wanted to share with you an interesting new little project by Max Rydahl Andersen, a core developer at JBoss (@maxandersen on Twittter). In short, it's a way to transform an existing dialog built in SWT (the...

By Peldi
May 12th, 2009

Please Welcome Valerie Liberty to the Balsamiq Family

Hi everyone. It is with immense pleasure that I get to introduce to you Ms. Valerie Liberty, Balsamiq's #2 employee and "Chief Operating Officer, Wow! Division." I've known Valerie since back when I started at Macromedia in 2002, and...

By Peldi
May 9th, 2009

Why I haven't been blogging as much

Hi there. If you've been following this blog for a while you already know that lately I haven't been sharing as much as I used to. It's true and it pains me, so I want to try and figure...

By Peldi
May 6th, 2009

Weekly Release: "Failed to Save" Alert and Other Little Things

Hi everyone. This week's release is a small one since we're still mainly focused on the Mockups web application and on lots of other behind-the-scenes changes we hope to be able to share with you soon. This is what's...

By Peldi
April 28th, 2009

Weekly Release: Bug Fixes and Better Scaling

Hi there, apologies for not posting about the weekly release last week. We actually did do a bug-fix release but didn't have time to post about it. So here's what changed since our last update: fixed a number of...

By Peldi
April 24th, 2009

Show Me Your Wireframes! (my response to Andy Budd)

Hi there. I'm not sure if my comment over at Andy Budd's blog got trapped in a spam filter or what, but since it was pretty long and had a request at the end I figured I'd post it...

By Peldi
April 17th, 2009

Gary Vaynerchuk on Passion

Be humble, work HARD, hussle, be patient and passionate about what you do. Be so good they can't ignore you, actually genuinely CARE about your customers, be transparent, take the long view...A-men! I want a "GaryVee speaks For Me"...

By Peldi
April 15th, 2009

Mockups 1.6 Release: Linking Mockups, and More!

Lots to share, but here's the main announcement: You can now link Mockups together! Simple as that. 🙂 At the moment the feature only works in Mockups for Desktop, but with your help I plan on bringing it to...

By Peldi
April 15th, 2009

Like a kid in a Candy Store

By Peldi
April 11th, 2009

My First Month at Balsamiq Studios

Hi everyone, I'd like to share with all of you my impressions of the first month as Balsamiq employee. It was an exciting, productive, revolutionary, life-changing month. In one word: wonderful! The workstations There are now three places where...

By Marco
April 6th, 2009

Video: 14 Web App Tips from Ryan Carson

Hi all. I just finished watching this excellent video of Ryan Carson's FOWA Dublin 2009 talk: I was incredibly surprised to hear Balsamiq mentioned at around minute 14: thank you so much for the kind words Ryan, we are...

By Peldi
March 31st, 2009

Weekly Release: Tricky Bugs and CTRL+R

Hi there. This week we've been focusing on the hosted version of Mockups (it's coming along really nicely!), but we found some time to fix some long-standing tricky bugs and add a couple of keyboard shortcuts. Here's the full...

By Peldi
March 24th, 2009

Weekly Release: "Snap on Center" and other little things

Hello everyone, we hope you're having a great day! We've been busy this week with one big feature and lots of little improvements and bug fixes. Snap on Center This is one of those features that's been on our...

By Peldi
March 17th, 2009

Weekly release: A Proper Certificate!

Hi all, this week's free update comes with a new digital certificate and a host of bug fixes and performance improvements. The dialog above is what you will see when installing Mockups from now on: it clearly states that...

By Marco
March 10th, 2009

Weekly release: Open Recent

Hi all, Marco here with my first ever blog post as a Balsamiq employee! 🙂 This week's update, as Peldi anticipated, adds "Open Recent >" to Mockups for Desktop. Thanks so much to Paul Cormier for the idea and...

By Marco
March 7th, 2009

Moving the weekly release day to a week-day

Hi there, just a quick note to let everyone know that I have decided to move the release day to Mondays or Tuesdays instead of Sundays. I want Marco to be involved in the release, but I don't want...

By Peldi
March 5th, 2009

999 Followers, or How my Twittering has Changed

Hi there, I thought I'd celebrate my 999th Twitter follower with a little blog post I've wanted to write for a while. Back when I first started using Twitter, I treated it mostly as an extension of my blog,...

By Peldi
March 2nd, 2009

Atlassian Webinar Video and Slides

Hi there. For those of you who came to the Atlassian Plugin of the Month webinar today, thanks so much for attending! Huge thanks to Oren Teich of Replicate Technologies and Adam Wride of BigBrassBand for demoing the product!...

By Peldi
March 2nd, 2009

Introducing Marco Botton, Balsamiq's 1st employee

Feeling a great mixture of excitement, pride and trepidation, it is my pleasure to introduce to you Marco Botton, Balsamiq's first full time employee. How did this happen? A little bit of history Warning: the following section reads a...

By Peldi
March 1st, 2009

iPhone Controls, New Icons and Much More!

Hello everyone! This week's free upgrade is a big one. So big, in fact, that it took two weeks to finish. 😉 Here's what's new: A New Background! The old spiral notebook background has served Mockups well in the...

By Peldi
February 19th, 2009

Killer Mockups Webinar: Feb 25th, 10:00AM PST

Hi there. I am SO excited I can barely type. The news: I am co-hosting a "Plugin of the Month" Webinar for Atlassian next Wednesday (Feb 25th, 10:00am PST). There are still some spots available, so click here to...

By Peldi
February 19th, 2009

No update this Sunday

Hi there, just a quick note to let everyone know that I won't be publishing an updated build this Sunday. I am in the middle of too many interrelated changes so I'd rather wait a week and publish it...

By Peldi

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