Saturday, September 12, 2009

Product review of Balsamiq Mockups

Balsamic Review


Recently I came across Balsamiq Mockup which is a Adobe AIR based application to create mockups. I recently used it to create multiple mockups for a website that I am working on. Here is a brief review of that effort.

Here are some of the features that I really like about this tool.

Alignment
  • left - top to bottom (e.g. all labels/input fields in a form
  • middle - useful for adding multiple items at the same level horizontally (e.g. a label and input textbox in a form)

Variety of elements
  • Amazing number of UI elements that can be added to mockups. They are nicely grouped into logical categories like containers, buttons, layout etc.

Customization of elements
  • Each element provides all possible kind of customization that might be needed for it.
  • I really liked the customization to move elements forward or backwards when they overlap. Very useful when using containers.

Grouping of elements
  • It is very easy to group a number of elements by just clicking the mouse and dragging it to cover multiple elements. They can now be easily moved around as a group. This makes it very easy to change their positioning

Overall it is a great tool to rapidly develop a User Interface prototype. I am in the process using it in conjuction with Napkee which builds upon Balsamiq bmml (xml output of balsamiq mockup) and generates stylized html or Adobe flex output. I think the two of them combined make a compelling case for a web developer with limited UI skills to reapidly develop UI mockups. But in itself Balsamiq is great to develop quick prototypes in an agile manner.


2 comments:

Ravi said...

Hi,

Really great! post.. Thanks a lot.

I got one more please check here..

http://www.rsdhariwal.com/2009/08/14/flex-mockups-tool-and-generate-flex-code-from-mockups/

nice post dude..

Efraim said...

Great post!
I love Balsamiq & Napkee, makes my life way easier!
It's hard though to use software when drafting collaboratively, I use http://www.MockupMagnets.com in that case, GREAT for client meetings.
Good post!!

-Efraim