Hi friends - where are the guidelines in Balsamiq 3? I want guidelines that appear in the application only and don’t export to the PDF. I’ve hacked this using Vertical Rules, but this forces me to remove them when I want to export.
Thanks for the post!
In Mockups 3, there are Smart Guides which should appear automatically - to suggest alignment relative to other objects on the canvas - any time you are dragging controls around. Like this:
If you’re not seeing those Smart Guides when dragging controls, let me know and we can dig into that.
We also have background graph paper which offers a rough guide:
If you are not seeing the graph paper, it may have inadvertently been switched off. You can toggle it back on via the menu: View > Graph Paper
As you note, the graph paper squares appear on the canvas but are omitted when you export to PDF.
Perhaps I should have been clearer.
I am after guidelines that I drag on to the screen (from a ruler for example)
I’ve got the graph paper on, but I’m going cross eyed counting squares.
We don’t have a guideline/ruler feature built into the app. Given the focus on low-fidelity wireframing, more pixel-accurate features tend to be found in higher-fidelity tools.
That said there are some user-contributed layout templates at https://wireframestogo.com/ e.g. https://wireframestogo.com/fecb-960-Grid-24-Column-Template/
But I’m not sure that’s exactly what you’re looking for?
No, it’s fine thanks.
Hack after hack to make this tool work. It’s frustrating.
I want a guideline so I can line up elements across different mockups.
I worry that we’re not quite the right tool you need and I totally understand that having to find workarounds for things you’re trying to do, and shoehorn some features, can get annoying.
We want you to be delighted to use Balsamiq - not frustrated. If you think another tool would meet your needs better - and we’re comfortable with the idea that we’re not going to be the right tool for everybody - please reach out to us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to refund your purchase if you decide that our little tool is not for you and you’d like to to move on.
I’ll be a couple of months get switched over to another piece of software as I am in a large organization.
Thank you for your offer.