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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 Mockups Markup Language, and it's still the same human-readable XML...

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 re-drew some of the previous icons, which looked too jagged...

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 can export your UI mockups from the command line. Here's...

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 me and I'll send you a link with instructions. On...

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 work done faster. Here's what you'll get if you upgrade...

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 the primary font in it. Not being "into fonts" myself,...

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 know InspireUX, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Catriona Cornett...

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 instant messaging and blogging, and I hope one day it...

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 for Desktop wasn't saving data to disk properly on "Close...

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, just use the Import Mockup feature as you did before....

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 us all.”

By Peldi
August 5th, 2008

Startup Marketing Advice from Balsamiq Studio

First off, the title of this post is a bit pretentious for my taste, but I wanted to pay homage to Mike Speiser's excellent post on A/B testing using AdWords, and take advantage of his $10.87 investment while I...

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 possible replacements, so I thought I'd run a survey here...

By Peldi
July 31st, 2008

A little update and a record day

I just published a build with a few bug-fixes: the Tree no longer goes crazy if you use system fonts (thanks Travis Jensen for reporting it) the DataGrid selection is no longer off by one (thanks Don Coleman for...

By Peldi
July 30th, 2008

Balsamiq, a Mockup Creator in AIR, is on Fire

“It’s a great story of a creative entrepreneur using new technology to address a key market need and finding a healthy number of customers willing to pay for software. ”

By Peldi
July 30th, 2008

$10,000 in revenue in the first 6 weeks

The huge amount of attention that my "Profitable, in 3 weeks!" post has received so far tells me that there's a thirst for financial results of small bootstrapped startups in the interweb, so here's another milestone report: Less than...

By Peldi
July 29th, 2008

Licensing Changes for Mockups For Confluence

The news Your Mockups and Confluence licenses no longer have to match. In other words: you can now install a small license of Mockups (i.e. a Team license) on a bigger license (say, Enterprise) of Confluence. In other words:...

By Peldi
July 29th, 2008

A tiny new feature, and the Ribbon is in

Ok so I merged the Ribbon UI Library changes described yesterday into the official build, thanks for the feedback everyone. I also added a solid background to a bunch of controls (Button, Calendar, MenuBar, NumericStepper, TextArea, TextInput), so that...

By Peldi
July 27th, 2008

New feature preview: "Ribbon"

Hi there. So no-one likes to scroll horizontally, myself included. So why does Mockups force you to scroll that way through 60+ UI controls in the UI Library? Well, the main reason is because I couldn't come up with...

By Peldi
July 26th, 2008

Tiny new feature with a big impact: size overlay

This is my favorite kind of feature: there when you need it, invisible when you don't. It took about 15 minutes to code, and solves a real need. In short: when you need it*, you will now be able...

By Peldi
July 23rd, 2008

A few bug fixes

Perfection is unattainable, but it doesn't hurt to aim for it right? 🙂 I try to get closer, one micro-release at the time. Here's what I just fixed today: ungrouping via the property inspector also locked the controls (kudos...

By Peldi
July 21st, 2008

Mockups for Desktop Volume Licensing

Hi everyone. Spurred by a prospective customer who asked for it, I have now added volume licensing options to the Mockups For Desktop online store. Here are the discounts: 5-User pack: $379 (~4% off) 10-User pack: $709 (~10% off)...

By Peldi
July 20th, 2008

New Release: Balsamiq Mockups 1.1

The news: Mockups version 1.1 is available as of today as a free upgrade to all customers. What to do: go get it! For your desktop and for Atlassian Confluence. Licensed users will NOT need to re-enter your license...

By Peldi
July 16th, 2008

Curly Braces, Scratch-Outs, Big Red X-s, oh my!

Today I finally enlisted my lovely wife (and hand behind all of the UI controls in Balsamiq Mockups) to draw a few more shapes for me. A few hours later, I give you... Curly braces! I added both a...

By Peldi
July 15th, 2008

New feature: lock controls

A few of you have asked for it, and I finally got around to implementing it: you can now lock controls in place in Balsamiq Mockups. This is especially useful if you have a large control in the background,...

By Peldi
July 14th, 2008

Small feature, big improvement

Inspired by my first and best Mockups for Confluence customer yet (hi Neville!), I just added a small feature to Mockups for Confluence. This 40-second, no-audio screencast should speak for itself: The task at hand: creating a variation of...

By Peldi
July 11th, 2008

Profitable, in 3 weeks!

Sorry for tooting my own horn here but I think my current and potential customers will be happy to hear that business is going well, so here it goes. Exactly 3 weeks after launching, Balsamiq Studios LLC is now...

By Peldi
July 7th, 2008

International Languages Support added

Hi there. I just added a new item to the View menu that lets you use system fonts for your mockups instead of the default Comic Sans MS: This allows you to enter non-latin characters in your mockups. The...

By Peldi
July 6th, 2008

Mockups For Desktop 1.1 alpha - not for the faint of heart

A full 16 days after the release of Mockups 1.0, an alpha version of 1.1 is ready for testing for the braves amongst you. 🙂 Version 1.1 is scheduled to be released on July 21st, and it will be...

By Peldi
July 3rd, 2008

Mockups for Confluence now 2.8+ compatible

Hi there, just a quick note to tell you that I just posted a new build of Balsamiq Mockups For Confluence which works with Confluence 2.8 and above, i.e. you can now see the "Add UI Mockup" link. Here's...

By Peldi
July 1st, 2008

Polish-time, and Callouts!

Hi everyone. I used Mockups for a couple of hours the other day and realized that it was still too rough around the edges for my taste. So here's another small release to try and smooth things out a...

By Peldi
June 26th, 2008

Balsamiq: Week One Recap

Hi everyone. It's been now a full week since my official launch, and my what a ride it has been! I know the adventure is just getting started, but I wanted to put together and share some quick stats...

By Peldi
June 21st, 2008

New micro-release!

I want to write a "launch post-mortem" entry tomorrow, but for now I wanted to encourage you to go download the new release of Mockups, as there are some pretty cool enhancements and bug fixes all around: Bugs Fixed...

By Peldi
June 19th, 2008

Launch: Balsamiq is Open For Business!

What's happening: Balsamiq Studios LLC is launching today. What it means to you: Balsamiq Mockups 1.0 is now officially for sale, both as a Confluence plugin and as a desktop application. The website copy has been tweaked, the screencast...

By Peldi
June 18th, 2008

Mockups Demo: over 100 downloads in 6 days

So I uploaded Mockups for Desktop to the Adobe AIR marketplace on Monday, and already it's showing 102 downloads of the demo app, plus my entry page is generating a bunch of traffic for my site. Not bad for...

By Peldi
June 14th, 2008

Adobe AIR as a bridge between now and the future

So I went to the Adobe AIR tour Milan yesterday, which was fun and well organized. Adobe AIR is a "bridge product" in many ways: it lets you sync data between online and offline state, it lets you use...

By Peldi
June 12th, 2008

Weekly update - one week to launch

Hello there. As usual, I'm a little late with the weekly update (I might have to find a different name for it). This has been a busy 2 weeks. First off, ConnectNow shipped as part of Acrobat.com. I have...

By Peldi
June 6th, 2008

Thanks for your feedback

Last week I posted the following on the Business Of Software forums: Free Software in exchange for quality website feedback Hi there. I am less than a month away from the launch of my first micro-ISV (Balsamiq Studios) and...

By Peldi
June 5th, 2008

MessageFirst website: wow.

I just stumbled upon www.messagefirst.com today. All I can say is wow. It's been a long time since a website impressed me, so I had to share. Notice the balanced, clean, readable design. The whole site is on ONE...

By Peldi
May 25th, 2008

Weekly Update: a month from launch

The main new and exciting development this week is that I have decided to start selling the Dekstop (AIR) version of Mockups. I'll write a blog post about it this week, but basically it comes down to this: people...

By Peldi
May 21st, 2008

Making RSS work for your micro-ISV

I just love RSS. I can't remember what life was like before it. I get all my news that way, via Google Reader on my iGoogle home page. I thought I'd share how I use it to keep my...

By Peldi
May 19th, 2008

Search Engine Optimization? Check! :)

I am extremely happy to report that Balsamiq.com turns up as the coveted #2 spot for Google searches for "web office plugins", which is exactly the space I am trying to play in. This is remarkable considering I am...

By Peldi

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