Balsamiq vs Figma
Last updated: September 15, 2022
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Balsamiq vs Figma in our news:
2022. Adobe snaps up Figma for $20B
Adobe has announced that it would acquire Figma for $20 billion. Design and prototyping, for individuals and teams, executed in a very streamlined and modern, cloud-based environment, are Figma’s product strengths, and it’s amassed some 4 million users to date. Adobe meanwhile has been building and acquiring a number of businesses in the wider world of digital creation, and that has taken it not just into the larger and more general reaches of design but also marketing and other areas adjacent to design in the longer creation chain. Adobe’s DNA is in design, though, and it has built out iconic products in areas like imaging (such as Photoshop), fonts, illustration, video and 3D and more. The idea now will be to create a seamless connection between these and Figma, essentially building it out as the native platform to bring them all together. Adobe, of course, already had something like this, in the form of AdobeXD.
2021. Figma introduces a whiteboard tool called FigJam
Online collaborative design service Figma has launched FigJam - a whiteboarding tool. Not only does FigJam give designers a place to come up with ideas together, but it also gives nondesigners a place to participate in the brainstorm. FigJam functionality includes sticky notes, emojis and drawing tools, as well as shapes, pre-built lines and connectors, stamps and cursor chats. As expected, FigJam works with Figma so components or other design objects breathed into life on FigJam can easily be moved into Figma. Figma is also introducing voice chat into all of its products. That means users who are designing alongside one another in Figma or brainstorming in FigJam don’t need to hop into a separate Zoom call or Google Meet, but can just toggle on chat in Figma to use audio.
2020. Design platform Figma raises $50 million
Figma, the design platform that lets folks work collaboratively and in the cloud, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series D financing. Figma launched in 2015 after nearly six years of development in stealth. The premise was to create a collaborative, cloud-based design tool that would be the Google Docs of design. Since, Figma has built out the platform to expand access and usability for individual designers, small firms and giant enterprise companies alike. The company also launched an educational platform called Community, which gives designers the ability to share their work and let other users ‘remix’ that design, or simply check out how it was built, layer by layer.
2019. Online design tool Figma gets new enterprise collaboration features
Figma, the design and prototyping tool that aims to offer a web-based alternative to similar tools from the likes of Adobe, is launching a few new features today that will make the service easier to use to collaborate across teams in large organizations. Figma Organization, as the company calls this new feature set, is the company’s first enterprise-grade service that features the kind of controls and security tools that large companies expect. For designers, one of the most important new features here is probably organization-wide design systems. Figma already had tools to create design systems, of course, but this enterprise version now makes it easier for teams to share libraries and fonts with each other to ensure that the same styles are applied to products and services across a company.
2018. Balsamiq Mockups improves navigation, offline access
Prototyping tool Balsamiq Mockups rolled out a bunch of new features that make it easier to navigate, edit, and export with Moqups. There are two big changes to Pages: Pinned Pages and Page Thumbnails. Pinned pages allow to pin your most active pages to the top of the Pages Panel. Export now has its own button and, with it, a great new option: The ability to export an offline version of the Viewer. The Export to HTML option downloads a fully interactive prototype that can be viewed offline, hosted on more restrictive environments like behind-the-firewall intranet servers. Other improvements include smarter forms, color replacement on page, improved SVG support, image cropping, blur filter.