Balsamiq Mockups是产品设计师绘制线框图或产品原型界面的利器。在产品设计的需求阶段，低保真的线框图或者草图设计介于产品流程设计与高保真DEMO设计之间，在Balsamiq Mockups出现之前，流程图可以使用Visio，高保真DEMO可以使用Axure，但我们并没有好用的草图设计工具；在产品设计管理中，我们通常在产品的业务流程和数据流转已经相当明确时才开始进一步考虑产品的结构层和框架层，虽然此时纸、笔、白板都是非常简单方便的交流工具，但是他们的最大劣势就是——很难将有价值的原型保存下来。Balsamiq Mockups的出现完美的解决了这个问题。
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.
Designed for Collaboration
Mockups is designed to help you and your team or clients iterate on wireframes as early in the process as possible, when it's cheapest to do so. Here are some of the features that support this goal:
extreme speed: you can create and tweak designs in real time during a design discussion meeting, whether you're all in the same room or sharing your screen in an online meeting.
a look no-one is afraid to criticize: wireframes created with Mockups are intentionally rough and low-fidelity. The idea is to encourage as much feedback as possible…no-one will think you'll be offended by their input, they'll know immediately that you just 'threw it together' quickly.
multiple ways to share and get feedback on your designs:
Mockups exports to common PNG images which can be emailed as attachments, easily embedded in a website or saved in a shared folder.
Mockups also exports to the clipboard, so that you can simply paste the snapshots to your Word or Powerpoint requirement documents and feature specifications.
If you are using a plugin version of Mockups, you will be able to embed your Mockups in your wiki pages or bug reports, with access control, versioning and all the great Web Office features you've come to love.
You can achieve near-real-time collaboration by coupling Mockups for Desktop with a "file sharing in the cloud" service like DropBox (learn more).
If your colleagues haven't bought Mockups, they'll still be able to import your XML code in the free online demo version, tweak it, export it back and email it to you.
We are currently developing an online version of Mockups (subscription-based), which will have commenting, versioning, access controls and all that good stuff.
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