A couple of days a go I surfed the Adobe Air marketplace and found the application Balsamiq Mockups.It looked interesting but I mainly installed it to test if my Adobe Air installation on my Ubuntu 10.04 64Bit machine is configured correctly. The installation worked properly, Balsamiq Mockups started.
Three days ago I decided to start a new little application, my first Air application (it is intended to be used on Adobe Air for Android). As a good developer should do I created a UML usecase diagram and a first draft of the application GUI side by side. Normally I do the GUI mockup using a piece of paper and a pen or a whiteboard in the company. But this time … aahhh, yes, there was this Balsamiq Mockup application.
I tried it and I like it! Balsamiq Mockup is easy to handle and seems to have the most important GUI components which I use for Flex / Air applications. The biggest benefit in comparison to a piece of paper or a whiteboard is I can change drafts whenever I want with only little effort because one can use Balsamiq Mockups like a vector orientated drawing application using layers. You don’t have to wipe something or scratch something out and your result is nice to look at.
Of course I could have used some big application like MS Visio. But every time I use Visio I don’t feel comfortable. For me the user experience is not optimal and it takes me lots of time to find the correct shape and often the shapes I use don’t have the same lookalike.
For me Balsamiq Mockups is simple enough to use and powerful enough to fulfill my needs.
If you want to create a new application and you have to get a first draft of the GUI you should try Balsamic Mockups. Just follow the link and find out what you can do with this nice piece of software!