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What is Balsamiq?

Balsamiq Wireframes is a rapid wireframing software that combines the comfort and simplicity of paper sketching with the power of a digital tool, so your work is easier to share, modify, and get honest feedback on. Mockups look like sketches, so stakeholders won't get distracted by little details, and can focus on what's important instead. Balsamiq really shines during the early stages of designing a new interface. Our little tool is zenware, meaning that it will help you get "in the zone", and stay there. Our aim is for you to forget our software is there at all. Balsamiq offers the same speed and rough feel as sketching with pencil, with the advantage of the digital medium: drag & drop to resize and rearrange elements, make changes without starting over, and your work is clear enough that you'll make sense of them later. Please consider that we don’t reply to G2Crowd requests for contact. Here’s how and where you can find us: https://balsamiq.com/company/#contact

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German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
Product Description

Life's too short for bad software! With Balsamiq Wireframes, anyone can design great


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Balsamiq
Company Website
Year Founded
2008
HQ Location
Sacramento, CA
Twitter
@balsamiq
17,509 Twitter followers
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38 employees on LinkedIn®
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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Great for quickly throwing together a design idea in a wireframe to share with teammates and for quick user flow feedback. When using the tool, I often make a mockup and then export as a PDF to print out and test paper prototypes with users for feedback. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A tad rigid in some of the functionality which sometimes makes me choose to use another tool that allows me to mainly sketch the idea out. Additional customization would help a lot for improving the product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great for basic wireframing but you'll likely move to another piece of software in the later phases quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating wireframes to quickly iterate on user flows and experiences. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Project Coordinator and Analyst
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to use. Gives a feel of using pen and paper. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It can include more predefined shapes and templates that can be choosed. Export feature doesnot include preview kind feel making hotspot feature not much usable Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Good tool for project managers and coordinators to provide quick demo during meetings Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick and easy brainstorming ideas, can create basic wireframes to be handed to graphics team Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like how it is very easy to drag and drop controls onto the screen. Also, all you need to do is save your mock-up as PDF and the client can easily click through to see how the app flow will work. Balsamiq saves a lot of time in terms of requirements gathering as the client can see and approve the sketch of the app without us having to design the apps UI in an IDE. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some of the controls and components are a bit rigid in terms of what you can do with them when designing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Balsamiq has allowed us to pitch our ideas faster by enabling us to do quick clickable sketches of our idea. In addition, it makes requirements gathering easier for complex requirements as the client can visually approve the concept and know what they are to expect from the app design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Product Manager - Global Systems
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like how quickly you can build up a wireframe, both static and clickable, and have a number of button, text, and CTA elements available to you Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I feel like it's sometimes difficult to find the design element you're looking for Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows me to quickly create a design artifact, in both Mobile and Web formats. Quick way capture an idea and thought into a more presentable format Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

- ease of use

- quick export option

- share option on cloud Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing I dislike about this cool tool, I wish they can add more elements based on new material design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When we are in ideation phase, we use Balsamiq to come up quick wireframes and share them with internal stakeholders and even with customers. Since it is easy to use and easy to edit, we can always iterate our designs and revise it on the go. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Fullstack Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Balsamiq mockups lets me create beautiful wireframe prototypes in minutes, it supports a wide range of prototypes from web prototyping to mobile UI prototyping and desktop software prototyping. To use Balsamiq mockups one does not need to be a user experience ninja, one can simply know to use a basic word processor and the same skills can be translated into Balsamiq mockups wire framing. Drag and drop mockup creation is the area in which Balsamiq excels the most. I am not a design expert by any means, but Balsamiq lets me create , export and share beautiful interface prototypes before e spend any time in coding these apps. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Balsamiq mockups does not have much flaws, it is robustly built, but the number one complaint for me is the lack of Linux or tablet apps to do these mockups. These days more and more designers are ditching their desktops and laptops for the convenience of their tablets, the developers of Balsamiq mockups need to be mindful of this and release tablet apps that are compatible with the apple pencil and other styluses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Draw.io is a good free alternative to Balsamiq if budget is a constraint, but Draw.io is not as feature rich. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Balsamiq let me create rapid wireframe prototypes and share it with my colleagues before we start building the actual interface Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Marketing / Product head
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

If you're someone like me that is worse than a kindergartener at drawing, creating UI mock-ups and prototypes can be a huge pain. Even if you're a seasoned pro at sketching UI mockups, it takes time to create and it takes even more time to edit your paper prototype's features. Balsamiq enables users of all skill levels to create a wire frame prototype in seconds. Users can export the prototypes to PNGs or PDF. If users want to do physical prototype testing, the mockups can be printed easily. I like the wide array of native components that are available inside of Balsamiq to create not only web UI prototypes but also Mobile interfaces. Your search for the best wire-framing mockup tool ends with Balsamiq Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The ability to export the components to SVG would be a welcome addition to the already phenomenal tool. Apart from this there is not much to complain about Basamiq as it the industry leader when it come to wire-framing tools. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Gravit designer is another free tool that can do basic wire framing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rapid prototyping and mockup creation. Wire framing while designing web and mobile user interfaces are the two major problems we solve with balsamiq Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Symbols, which I can re-use again and again for the common elements Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Cannot type in the value for the scroll bars from the UI Library. The only way is to adjust the slider accordingly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easy, Simple and Fun! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Balsamiq helps me to create a nice, clean and logical mockups for my client presentation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Fullstack Developer - Software
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Wireframing is a rapid prototyping technique and is crucial in designing interfaces for human computer interaction. Balsamiq is used by UX designers and it is the go to standard for designing web interfaces and mobile interfaces. It is very expensive to design full fidelity prototypes but Balsamiq makes it super cheap and convenient to create wireframes. It enables even newbie users to generate stunning prototypes. Before using Balsamiq I was sketching prototypes on paper, but these prototypes were not easily editable, I had to erase many pars and redraw them. But with Balsamiq editing these prototypes was a breeze, I could incorporate changes suggested by my teammates easily. They offer both desktop and cloud apps that can get your prototype up in minutes. Balsamiq comes with a good set of inbuilt icons. It also lets users import their own assets. It is easy to export these prototypes to PDF and PNG. Adding components to Balsamiq is as simple as a drag and drop. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Balsamiq isn't as feature rich for high fidelity prototyping, in scenarios like that I use Sketch, It would be awesome if they let me invite another user to the desktop app to collaborate with me. The licensing fee could be made a bit less expensive. Also the app consumes a lot RAM so it might be slow in older machines. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're looking for something with more fidelity options, try Sketch. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick and effective prototyping is made possible by Balsamiq. I stopped sketching on paper and started wire-framing. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

There are different templates available for different purposes, which makes easy to start Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I would like to be able to change more details related with the design Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is useful to create a quick version of a Software Idea, and it is also possible to work both online or locally (they have both version available) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Balsamiq to create a mock-up of a software project Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Organization Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

We can place the components in the desired place to verify if customers can feel the importance of the element applied on the page we are creating. We can easily put ourselves in the user's place and think from their perspective to verify if we are working on a usable interface. In addition, the link between the pages and mosaics helps us see how the transition between each page looks, I usually use RAW prototypes scribbling in my notes after starting to use the Balsamiq tool and everything worked as expected. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Multiple display screens the canvas size could be improved since it could be a problem if the user wanted to draw multiple screens, not dynamic enough, the program only exports to certain file formats what is inefficient for many users, in the same way if the user wants to create something customized from scratch the built-in forms can be a bit restrictive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I have used it since then for many projects that involve interface design and user experience. It is the most intuitive tool, extremely simple but at the same time very complete, it hardly takes time to understand how to use it is as simple as dragging and dropping items from a large menu to your canvas and starting to organize them the way you want them to look its interface It has many elements to build your design and you can program them to simulate user interactions. It makes it very easy to build your models and it is also extremely fun to use, we recommend it to anyone. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This great tool helped us for desktop and mobile applications with very good results, customers generally love its friendly appearance, since the project can be exported as an interactive PDF if you programmed any interaction, you can show your customers a simulation of UX and they love. Anyone can schedule these interactions using the software does not need prior experience, it is just about connecting slides in a similar way to scheduling a PowerPoint presentation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Balsamiq is a good tool to create quick wireframes. these wireframes are created as prototypes for our client projects. Balsamiq has good elements to create the wireframes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing to dislike about Balsamiq. Most elements are available and is used in flowcharts by our team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Balsamiq is good for drawing architectures and flow. It can be helpful to various people who draw things online. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Balsamiq is used to manage wireframe designs by our team. We create wireframes for projects and to discuss ideas with our customers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UX Designer and Front End Developer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It’s so easy and so good. The wireframes are perfect without requiring a lot of time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

They started charging for updates. The license used to be ‘forever’ Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just go for it. The cloud version is pretty cool too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None. I like it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Venture Capital Analyst - Intern
Venture Capital & Private Equity
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
AI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

We use three products from Exact Synergy, the Exact Globe, Exact Event Manager and the Exact Synergy workflow. The Exact Globe used by the accounting department to maintain general ledger and account balance, the product have simple interface easy to understand. The other product Exact Event Manager it is used for automating the workflow process and an event monitor for Exact Synergy, the product serves its function but lacks the simplicity of configuring each task. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Exact Globe needs an urgent update, as the current version performs slow with the latest .Net Framework 4.6, we have informed Exact support about the issue and have not receive any response from them.

Exact Synergy interface can be complicated to use, and it lacks customization, staff members are unable to create their own workflow the control is only given to the admin. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend to look for alternative product if you value quality, support and simplicity. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Paperless solution for automating the process of approval and delegation through workflow and centralized accounting system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Business Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The ability to turn real life artefacts into something that looks more cartoon like really helps the end user to visualise and able to articulate their requirements more clearly and succinctly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The desktop version that I have is limited with the latest icons that are available however the cloud version is much more up-to-date with the latest and most recent iCons available Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try to get the cloud version of this particular tool as it is the most up-to-date and relevant and more cost-effective with the latest updates continually refreshed Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To be able to better articulate business requirements with the use of graphical visualisation, The ability to wireframe models during an agile sprint Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Digital Marketing Executive
Computer Software
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

One of the best is UI & icons for Wireframe, Huge number of icon will available

You can easily export into PNG & PDF

Eay to use (You can use by Drag & Drop Simplicity)

you can work offline

You can share wireframe easily Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not think so is there any dislike except Pricing, Pricing is more According to me

Limited sharing Options

limited canvas SIZE

Some time client-facing challenges in presentation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to create wireframe or Sketch for the website then its best choice & and it is good for mobile app prototype Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

MAking Sketch of Websites for developers, they can understand easly what is flow of system or how many Pages will be in system & Interlink to each Other.

2. After Requirement gathering easy to create wireframe & I used to send a client for better understanding of the system

3. For Review of the system on wireframe

4. Easy to change if any feature going to place wrong Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Business Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

We use Balsamiq to make wireframes beginning in the design process. We draw simply the mockups and later we use the images with another tool to get the application workflow completed. This is much more useful than trying to describe requirements in words to the developers. The analyst team uses Balsamiq regularly to wireframe use cases for business review and approval of concepts. Balsamiq is simply a quick way of drawing out your idea. There is very good support from the vendor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We can not share files via the web.

Text input function can be a bit tricky.

Limited User Interface elements. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Balsamiq for quick approval of concepts. And this also useful than trying to describe requirements in words to the developers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Manager General
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

I really like balsamiq since it helped me to improve the designed screens that store in files of extension bmml, a language of the application, based on xml, that can be interpreted to obtain the design information created, this helps us later to be able to create the project as similar as possible to our sketch on paper. While we do it in pencil, we make changes, we cross out, we have better ideas and these sketches become the prototype. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

To be honest, it does not have anything to displease me, since it serves to create flowcharts, uml and others it is very versatile, it also facilitates me to draw an idea quickly, so that I can move on to a more detailed prototype. If you need a simple tool for models and fast structures, Balsamiq is a too simple option for employees to develop excellent projects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This product can be recommended for its simplicity of the tool to save, open and convert them in different document formats, it is also an application used, among other things, for the design of prototypes of screens, also has a process called Wireframing which is the creation of the structure of an interface. All this can be done since it appeared in our company Balsamiq. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to design and build new web pages, but with Balsamiq everything has been faster and more efficient since it helps us focus on the important details in the early stages of new product designs and allows you to drag and drop buttons, form fields and text on the screen with comments so that our clients can clearly understand what we are offering. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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team manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like this tool because it is very easy to use and it has also allowed us to design our model of structure is Balsamiq. Thanks to the same we can establish what will be the configuration of our website, even has a free version of Try web demo and one of payment, very useful and that can save us a lot of time and efforts. Balsamiq has no comparison because in my company we have tested other products and can get complicated quickly, while this tool keeps everything simple and powerful when using it Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

What I may come to dislike of this great tool is that it has spreadsheets can be a little slow, but so with this advantage there is nothing more that I do not like about Balsamiq. It's also fast, cheap, and almost anyone can use this with minimal software education. My team must be agile and iterate over ideas, prototypes and design flows quickly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

My company can recommend this product as he has given us an idea to gather quickly for comments. In the same way this software makes wiring and prototyping very fast and easy, which has allowed us to finish an idea for a landing page or an application quite quickly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This product has many benefits, besides being a very light and flexible tool that allows you to do simple drills. Balsamiq has a lot of excellent widgets that you can use to make Mocks and the best thing is that all these functions are not so difficult to find, because in recent months we have mastered this software very well achieving great results and improving sales of my business Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Giorgi Gogoladze
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I mostly like its easy to use design. everyone can use it without difficulties Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it has a few forms and tools to create mockups , in general its enough to create what you want, but would be better if would be much more forms. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend everyone to use balsamiq for creating mockups, because its very easy to use, you can create quick prototypes and that's the biggest opportunity to know others idea about your plan before you implement it Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can create prototype of my project, show them to others and understand their opinion about it. It Helps to know others idea about my plan which is very essential for me . Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Spécialiste SEM / CRO
Marketing and Advertising
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Learning curve = 5 min

Really that simple. But that means not too much features, but in this case, it's a good thing.

Option for online version or desktop version. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Software is based on Adobe air, so doesn't feel 100% made for Windows/mac, but it's still pretty much ok. Online version is pretty great but you pay on a monthly basis. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Not recommended for pixel perfect mockup, more for fast mockup. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast and quick mockup, so I saved a lot of time but the idea is not too focus on detail. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Technology Consultant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The ability to create an interactive mockup with multiple screens and pages to understand the user experience Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The look and feel is very "drawn" which is great to communicate ideas but not professional once moving forward through to the design process with developers Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Communicating website needs and interactions in an MVP Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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