Mockups Eases Visual Communications
From rapid prototyping to sales pitches and beyond, Balsamiq (www.balsamiq.com) gets everyone on the same conceptual page, with its advanced Mockups wireframing tool.
According to Balsamiq, “using Mockups feels like drawing, but because it’s digital, you can tweak and rearrange easily. Teams can come up with a design and iterate over it in real time in the course of a meeting. Product managers, designers, developers, and even clients can now work together in the same tool to quickly iterate over wireframes, before writing code.”
That sounds great and cost- and time-saving and all, but to truly appreciate the value, flexibility and power of this unique tool, you need to give it a try — which is easy to do via the free trial option. Pressed for time? An online video demo highlights the speed of Mockups, showing how to produce an iTunesstyle interface in a matter of moments.
The ease with which multiple layouts can be tweaked and tested, even without the need for collaboration, makes this a valuable tool for webmasters seeking the best results in the least amount of time. Reproducing the experience of sketching, the “doodle-style” images focus attention on the larger developmental issues, without petty distractions such as div colors or icon choices getting in the way.
Users don’t need to be connected to the Internet to use Mockups, enabling greater freedom for designers; while the 75 built-in user interface components and 187 icons are complemented by the wide array of components offered by the user community, covering common items such as mapping controls and carousels, web browsers and video players.
Balsamiq Mockups is available for download as a desktop application; for use online; or as a plugin for the Confluence, FogBugz, JIRA and XWiki development platforms.
With companies such as Adobe, Apple, Google, IBM and more than 80,000 others using Balsamiq Mockups to develop software and for other business communications, this handy $79 application is a worthwhile addition to any adult operator’s toolbox.