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Are Updates for Balsamiq for Desktop Free?


Historically, updating from any version of Mockups for Desktop to Mockups 3 for Desktop remained free. Balsamiq Wireframes for Desktop is a brand new application, completely written from scratch, and because of that, it will require a paid update (a first for our company in its 11 years).


What is the Cost to Update to Balsamiq Wireframes for Desktop?

For new customers, Balsamiq Wireframes for Desktop will be available at its regular price, starting at $89 USD for one user. However, we wanted to do something special for our existing customers. This means you can use your existing Mockups license for 50% off your Balsamiq Wireframes for Desktop purchase (we call it a major-version update license).

The discount will essentially allow you to exchange your Mockups license for a Wireframes one, including the number of users. For example, if you currently hold a 1-user Mockups for Desktop license, you can purchase a major-version update license for 1 user at $44.50 USD. If you hold a 2-user Mockups for Desktop license, you can purchase a major-version update license for 2 users at $89 USD, and so on.

To purchase your major-version update license, you will need your Mockups for Desktop license key, which you can paste on our buy page to automatically receive special pricing.


What if I Don't Want to Update?

You absolutely don't have to. While we have always suggested keeping the software up-to-date, this remains entirely optional. We'll likely be busy gathering feedback on the new version, but we are committed to doing our best to continue to support Mockups 3 for Desktop until January 15, 2021.

You can still update from any older version of Mockups for Desktop to the latest available v3 version for free.


Tell me more about Balsamiq Wireframes for Desktop

A good place to start would be our What's New in Balsamiq Wireframes for Desktop documentation, and go from there.

Of course, any minor version update (like going from 4.0 to 4.1) will be free once you have a license. As usual, there are no maintenance or renewal costs in order to keep using the software. Details about how to transition from Mockups for Desktop are found here.


Questions? Please contact us!