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Introduction to Balsamiq Wireframes for Jira Server



This page contains usage instructions for Balsamiq Wireframes for Jira Server.

Jira Server Administrators: the Balsamiq Wireframes for Jira Server Admin Guide is for you.


Balsamiq Wireframes for Jira Server provides very similar functionality to the other versions of Balsamiq Wireframes. The main difference is that the Balsamiq project files are stored and managed as Jira Server attachments.



Adding a New Project to a Jira Issue

To add a new Balsamiq Wireframes project to a particular Jira issue, you simply need to click on the "Add Balsamiq Wireframes" menu option.

This will launch the Balsamiq Wireframes editor, where you can create your wireframes (or import existing ones). This will also create a new Balsamiq Project file (.bmpr file extension) attached to your Jira issue containing all the resources that belong to a project (wireframes, symbols, images, icons).

If you do not see the menu option, please check with your Jira Server administrator that the Balsamiq Wireframes for Jira Server app is installed and that you have editing permission on the current issue.


Using the Balsamiq Wireframes Editor

The Balsamiq Wireframes editor allows you to create wireframes just like our other products. Start with the application overview to learn more about using the editor.


Collaborating with Other Users in Real Time

Balsamiq Wireframes for Jira Server supports real-time collaboration between users. You only need to have everyone launch the editor on the same project. Everyone’s changes are shared in real-time with all your collaborators.

The other users connected will be shown in the top right corner of the editor. Hovering over their picture shows their Jira username.


Copying or Moving Wireframes between Projects

Sometimes you might want to copy or move a wireframe (or a few) from one project to another. Here is a simple way to do it:

  1. Open the two projects (each in its own browser tab or window)
  2. In the source project, select the wireframe(s) you want to copy or move
  3. Copy the wireframe(s) (CTRL/+C)
  4. In the target project, paste your wireframe(s) (CTRL/+V)

That’s it! You may now delete the wireframe(s) from the source project if you wish.

This simple method works across all our Balsamiq Wireframes products.


Importing from Other Versions of Balsamiq

If you have a project created in another Balsamiq product (that uses the .bmpr extension), you can directly upload your project to your Balsamiq Cloud Space, as detailed here.

Another easy way to import it is to create a new project and use the "Project > Import > Import from BMPR.." option.


Exporting to Other Versions of Balsamiq

To export your project to another Balsamiq product, all you need to do is download it and open it there. Selecting the Project > Export > Download Project BMPR option will create a .bmpr file to download containing all the wireframes, symbols, and images used in the current project.


Saving the Project

All the changes made on your project in the editor are always autosaved and visible by the collaborators that are editing the same project in real time.

However, the changes made in editing mode (i.e. inside the Balsamiq Wireframes editor) will not be flushed to the official version that is attached to the Jira issue until the project is expressly saved.

This can be done by selecting the Project > Save Project option or by simply closing the editor.


Returning to Jira (Closing the Editor)

When you are done editing your wireframes you can exit the editor by selecting the Project > Exit back to Jira option. This will also save the current project and update the version that will be now visible on the Balsamiq Wireframes Panel.

Alternatively, you can perform the same action by clicking on the breadcrumb link pointing to the issue containing your BMPR project, on the top-left part of the menu bar.


Using the Balsamiq Wireframes Panel

Once you have created a new project, the Balsamiq Wireframes Panel will appear on your Jira issue.

The panel will show the thumbnails of the wireframes contained in the currently saved version of the Balsamiq project. A variety of actions are available from the Balsamiq Wireframes Panel.


Editing Existing Wireframes

There are two ways to open the editor from the Balsamiq Wireframes panel:

  1. You can click the "edit" icon that is shown when your mouse is over each thumbnail. The editor will open showing the selected wireframe.
  2. You can click the Edit button: the editor will open the project on the first wireframe.


Adding a New Wireframe

Clicking the Add Wireframe button will open the editor and create a new wireframes named "New Wireframe 1".

You can also add wireframes directly from within the Balsamiq Wireframes editor.


Deleting the Project

If you want to remove a project from the Jira issue you can use the Delete Project button.


A Couple of Little Treats for You!

Built-in Background Music

For years we've been suggesting people use headphones when working on wireframes, to help get in the creative zone. So we asked ourselves: why not give our awesome users a built-in, get-in-the-zone-inducing track to listen to? And so we did!

Just go to the View menu, click "Play Background Music", and get to work!

The track is called Ascension, by Dr. Christopher Lloyd Clarke B.Sc, Msc.D. Meditation music composer and founder of Royalty Free Meditation Music.com.

We cut the track down to 25 minutes, added a Zen bell, then added 5 minutes of nature sounds recorded by our own Michael Angeles in his hikes around Marin County, CA. We then made the resulting 30-minute track loop 4 times.

Why the (25 + 5)*4, you ask? Because this way you can use the music to time your Pomodoros, of course!

What Should I Make for Dinner?

We know how it is. It's 5pm, and you've just had a glorious day of work, creating awesome wireframes for your next project.

And then it hits you: what should I make for dinner tonight?

That's where we come in.

Go to the Help menu and select "What Should I Make for Dinner?". You'll be taken to this page.

Lots and lots of easy, every-day recipes straight from the Balsamiq team's kitchens, in super-quick video format you can watch while you put your jacket on to leave the office.

Just browse through the list of videos, pick one that looks good, jot down the ingredients and run out the door.

Nothing fancy here, this is what we cook for ourselves when we don't know what to make.

Buon appetito! 🙂