PDF Export Quality


Same here. PDF is very low quality. :frowning:


Sorry about that @Julinho.

As Brendan mentioned, this is going to be much better in the next major version that we are preparing for the tool. We’ve started the private beta for the new web version and a Desktop version will follow that.

We’ll make sure to let you all know here when it’s available!


Need another beta tester…? :smiley:


I’m adding you to the list @Design_SeventyOne, we’ll be in touch soon! :slight_smile:





I’m testing Balsamiq for wireframe mockups atm and I really like it so far. However, the poor PDF export quality is a deal breaker, so I am wondering when is this new version going to be available and will I have to purchase a new license for a newer version of Balsamiq?


Hi @DeadApe and thanks for the kind words. :slight_smile:

We don’t have any ETA yet but our new web version is already in private beta. We’re working hard on making it as smooth as possible before launching it and a Desktop version will follow that. We’ll make sure to keep you all in the loop here.

Major-version updates will have an additional cost indeed, please find the details on this page.

We’re here if you need anything else. Enjoy your day!


Hi guys, same situation here - I love Balsamiq but the low quality PDF export is a deal breaker here too :slight_smile: Thanks for working hard on it!


Any updates on this? Balsamiq used to allow great quality PDFs that were linkable. Why would you take functionality away? Can’t use this tool anymore :frowning:


I’m sorry about that @CMMM. We are super close to having better exports in the web app. We have had to rewrite the whole thing in order for this to happen. As you can imagine, that’s been a pretty big undertaking.

But better exports are coming. We should have more news about Web and Desktop updates soon. :slight_smile:


Any updates on this?


Indeed there is, @Nicolai_Kilian - I’m sorry we haven’t been more forthcoming with it!

Almost all of our apps (Mockups 3 for Desktop and myBalsamiq being the exceptions) have the improved PDF quality. We are working hard to bring all the improvements to the next version of the Desktop app.

myBalsamiq won’t get the update because of its platform limitations. Balsamiq Cloud (our next-generation web editor) does have the high-res PDF exports.

We are working on bringing high-res PNGs as well. Hoping to have more news on that soon. :slight_smile:


The cloud app export quality is much much better (as you’d expect with vector), but I’ll be waiting for it to come out on the desktop app. :slight_smile:

Any idea when this might be?

P.S. thanks for making Balsamiq an awesome app.


Hi @Dominic,

We’re working hard on both the native Mac and Desktop apps and, as you might imagine, it’s a big job.

Right now, we’re telling people ‘later this year’. I know that’s not the most helpful, specific timeline but we’ll update the Blog as we get closer and have a better idea of an accurate release date, ok?

Would you like me to add your name to the list for early testing? Which platform are you on?


Hi @alasdair,

Mammoth task I’m sure.
I’d happily test an early release and provide feedback. I can test on both Mac and PC at home.



Added you to both lists, my friend.

We will be in touch. :slight_smile: