First of all, thank you. I’m a big fan of the tool and use it every day. Makes me a more valuable professional.
You guys have a very hard task: designing software for UX designers. Good luck getting it right! So here’s one more designer feedback.
After long years with previous versions, I moved to version 3. Always eager to keep up with the latest and greatest I gave it a few weeks try-out. Here’s what I think you could have done better. I can sum it in one sentence: Balsamiq now has a learning curve.
Layout management is harder. Personally I don’t like real estate taken by properties panel, but it’s something I can get used to. Was the floating widget that annoying? No really. 70% of the time it could be in the same position across all my mockups because its layout uses the same container, either a browser page or a phone, in the same position. At least give me the chance to go back to it.
The left panel is just a bad idea. You cannot drag and resize like before (I used to stack’em left, not default bottom), so no way to see the full name of your mockups. Believe me, the last part of the file name is usually the one that matters. Ellipsis don’t help here. And what about the tiny navigate up and down buttons if I hide it? Are you really expecting people to use those? It’s a poor alternative and not well designed.
One of the beauties of Balsamiq was the white canvas. Now it looks more like other prototyping tools like Axure. It’s delicious brandng and even DNA you’re losing. It’s disappointing cause, as I said, I’m a fan.
You changed the quick add box from left to right. Should know better not to mess with something so delicate. I understand you want to place object-related stuff together, but it was a wrong choice. It should be even easier to access it and search for a component, btw.
Project notion is a good idea, but not that well established. Seems over-engineered to me. I would be happy just by grouping the +50 mockups sometimes I have open in some way. Each group is for me a project. Take groups in powerpoint thumbnails view as an example. Also having to open a project to grab a single mockup is not flexible. They’re trapped in Projects now!
Been playing with symbols Library hopping it was easier now. It’s not. Tried do import a symbol library and couldn’t figure out how. I’m dum just like any user. Sharing one single symbol or library across multiple projects is still not possible. I believe in terms of productivity this should be a priority.
The extended font awesome icon library is awesome!
And that’s it. Just a few notes. I will continue with version 2. It’s cool we can have them side by side. Allows you to improve B3 while users are still happy.
That’s all for now. Hiope you take some of my thoughts as positive feedback.