Balsamiq vs Proto.io

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Balsamiq vs Proto.io: What are the differences?

What is Balsamiq? Rapid wireframing tool that helps you work faster & smarter. Balsamiq Mockups is a web tool that allows users to mock up different designs and ideas quickly and easily. Balsamic Mockups is similar to drawing mockups, but it is digital.

What is Proto.io? Build high-fidelity fully interactive mobile app prototypes in minutes. Proto.io supports all the major mobile gestures and touch events like tap, tap-hold, swipe, pinch, and zoom. Interaction designers are not limited to a single ‘link’ transition anymore. Instead they can apply animated screen transitions like slide, fade, pop, flip, flow, and turn.

Balsamiq belongs to "Wireframing" category of the tech stack, while Proto.io can be primarily classified under "Interactive Mockups".

Some of the features offered by Balsamiq are:

  • Low-Fi Sketch Wireframes
  • Click-Through Prototypes
  • UI Components & Icons

On the other hand, Proto.io provides the following key features:

  • Interactive designs
  • Prototype for all devices
  • Wonderful UI libraries

"Useful mockups" is the top reason why over 69 developers like Balsamiq, while over 3 developers mention "Easy to get started with a good set of UI controls" as the leading cause for choosing Proto.io.

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What is Balsamiq?

Balsamiq Mockups is a web tool that allows users to mock up different designs and ideas quickly and easily. Balsamic Mockups is similar to drawing mockups, but it is digital

What is Proto.io?

Proto.io supports all the major mobile gestures and touch events like tap, tap-hold, swipe, pinch, and zoom. Interaction designers are not limited to a single ‘link’ transition anymore. Instead they can apply animated screen transitions like slide, fade, pop, flip, flow, and turn.
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        AmericanBibleSociety uses BalsamiqBalsamiq

        [One time purchase] Sketch and Invision have taken this slot but this is a nice down and dirty wireframing tool.

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        TruFlow Design uses BalsamiqBalsamiq

        One of the ways we help bring your vision together, and stay on the same page from the very beginning.

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        Ana Phi Sancho uses BalsamiqBalsamiq

        Fast, cross-platform software for wireframes, mockups and prototypes.

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        douglasresende uses BalsamiqBalsamiq

        To create mockups and organize my ideas.

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        Shi Minjie uses BalsamiqBalsamiq

        Quick wire-framing without (any) details

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