Balsamiq vs Framer: What are the differences?
Balsamiq belongs to "Wireframing" category of the tech stack, while Framer can be primarily classified under "Mobile Prototyping & Interaction Design Tools".
Some of the features offered by Balsamiq are:
- Low-Fi Sketch Wireframes
- Click-Through Prototypes
- UI Components & Icons
On the other hand, Framer provides the following key features:
- Generate assets out of Photoshop to set up new projects.
- Animate any layer in 3D space with spring physics and bezier curves.
- Hardware accelerated for high frame rates, based on CSS transforms.
"Useful mockups" is the top reason why over 69 developers like Balsamiq, while over 11 developers mention "Great for prototyping" as the leading cause for choosing Framer.
Framer is an open source tool with 5.45K GitHub stars and 506 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Framer's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Balsamiq has a broader approval, being mentioned in 177 company stacks & 63 developers stacks; compared to Framer, which is listed in 27 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.
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