Balsamiq Reader for non-design team member to be able to VIEW raw *.bmml files

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Hey, I am a UX Designer and very happy Balsamiq user. I love the ease of use and how quickly I can create sketches to get something in everyone's hands to touch, feel, and discuss... I work in a fairly large corporate environment with a large development and business group (upwards of 40 people). The company cannot/will not purchase a license for everyone on the team, and the majority of the team does not need to edit the *.bmml files I create. They do, however need to view them. We are having a hard time keeping up-to-date pdf's available for everyone. I was thinking that in order to make Balsamiq even more powerful and useful for our team, it would be awesome if there was a stripped-down browser plugin or air application that only allowed people to view the current *.bmml files on their machine similar to Adobe's Acrobat Reader... That way I could even use a source control system like SVN or GIT to create a repository complete with versioning. That way everyone on the team could always pull down and view the latest sketches without having to save out pdf's for every change...

Gabe

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Posted 4 years ago

Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni, Official Rep

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Hi Gabe, the demo version already works this way, as it lets you open bmml files. It has a 5-minute nag, but it can be dismissed. Also, the nag is going away with the next release, as we're switching to a "7-day fully-functional demo which turns into a non-saving demo on day 8" model. So the nag screen will be gone. If you'd like to try the new build (please do!), it's here: http://www.balsamiq.com/products/mock...

Gabe

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The nag feature was definitely the downfall of asking everyone to use the demo version. I am working with UI designers all the way up to business executives in a fortune 500 company. To make it an acceptable solution, I need to have something that feels seamless and professional.

Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni, Official Rep

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Makes sense. Did you try the new build? The nag is gone, they'll just see a strip at the bottom that says "want to save your work? buy mockups". It's pretty unintrusive.

Gabe

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Just downloaded it on a virtual machine and playing with it. I think this will work. Not as elegant as a "Reader" version but it is done, which has a lot of value... :) Thanks!

Giacomo 'Peldi' Guilizzoni, Official Rep

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Glad you like it. They'll also be able to zoom in and out etc. Also, here's a little secret: the "Export..." function still works, so they could paste the mockup into the text file manually if they want to save...not that they'd want to do this all day every day...that's what paid licenses are for! :)

Gabe

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Fair enough! :) Thanks for the time, I am a huge Balsamiq Advocate. I tell everyone who will listen how much time and headache it saves me. Well worth the license price. You have at least a couple new customers from my referrals... Hopefully the company I am contracting for will grab on to the value-add potential of implementing Balsamiq into there regular flow...