Storyboards in Balsamiq?

12 Nov 2009 - 10:09am
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Bonnie E. John
2008

Does anybody actually use the links in Balsamiq Mockups to make
storyboards that can be walked through to show the interaction of a
system? I looked at all the examples in the Balsamiq Mockup gallery and
they all seem to be single screens (except for one which shows a
Google-like interface with the first search-box screen and then a
search-results screen).
I'm wondering if folks use Blasamiq for actual storyboards, with links,
and branching, or if the predominant use is with independent un-linked
screen sketches.
Thanks,
Bonnie

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12 Nov 2009 - 11:16am
Samantha LeVan
2009

Bonnie,

I've never used Balsamiq for interactive wireframing but I believe
it could be successful. When I've done interactive wireframing, it
usually has been with HTML (Axure also is a great tool but
expensive).

My preference for Balsamiq, though, is to demonstrate a sketchy
concept for individual pages rather than for interactive testing.

:)

Samantha

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12 Nov 2009 - 4:06pm
theomandel
2003

I've used Balsamiq for low-fidelity storyboards/prototypes. Like most
prototyping tools, you can easily link screens together in a workflow or
simulate buttons, links, etc., by making almost any element a link to
another page.

One thing I don't like about Balsamiq is the inability to do global changes.
For example, if I want to change the label on a button, I have to open each
screen/page with that button and manually edit or copy/paste the new button
label.

Otherwise, it is a pretty good prototyping tool.

Hope this helps,
Theo

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13 Nov 2009 - 5:13am
James Page
2008

Have you tried another mock up tool called pidoco.com which fully supports
story boarding, as well as prototype testing. I have heard it is free for
Educational use, if you email them.

It may be worth asking them for an export function, of not just the
prototypes, but the use cases as well to Cog Tool.

All the best

James

2009/11/12 Bonnie John <bej at cs.cmu.edu>

> Does anybody actually use the links in Balsamiq Mockups to make storyboards
> that can be walked through to show the interaction of a system? I looked at
> all the examples in the Balsamiq Mockup gallery and they all seem to be
> single screens (except for one which shows a Google-like interface with the
> first search-box screen and then a search-results screen).
> I'm wondering if folks use Blasamiq for actual storyboards, with links, and
> branching, or if the predominant use is with independent un-linked screen
> sketches.
> Thanks,
> Bonnie
>
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13 Nov 2009 - 5:25am
AJ Kock
2007

@Theo
I Twittered @Balsamiq a few minutes ago regarding your issue and he
responded inside 10 minutes. The feature you want is on the "Next
list", but it currently has a workaround: http://bit.ly/2Fw1rn (look
under advance features - IMAGES).
If only other company's had someone like Peldi. His customer response
time is astounding.

13 Nov 2009 - 7:10am
Jacki Ray
2009

I think Balsamiq is a good tool for creating UI sketch. As for interactive prototyping, I think tools like Axure or ForeUI will be much better.

13 Nov 2009 - 7:27am
Bonnie E. John
2008

Thanks, but I am not looking for the feature itself -- I know about and
have used the linking feature.
I am wondering if people actually USE it in practice and am looking for
examples.
Balsamiq makes it really easy to make static screen sketches, but I find
the linking clunky and very inconsistent (e.g., you can link from a
button but not from a menu) and wondered if people actually use it.

AJKock wrote:
> @Theo
> I Twittered @Balsamiq a few minutes ago regarding your issue and he
> responded inside 10 minutes. The feature you want is on the "Next
> list", but it currently has a workaround: http://bit.ly/2Fw1rn (look
> under advance features - IMAGES).
> If only other company's had someone like Peldi. His customer response
> time is astounding.
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17 Nov 2010 - 5:20pm
bojcampbell
2010

I use it... a lot (1 year and 4 days later).

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