The UX of Mockingbird Prototyping Tool

For the last few weeks I have been using Balsamiq.  So far, I am pretty happy and learning more about it each day.  Today, I saw a new tool that is taking the same general approach.  It’s called Mockingbird.  I want to give the tool the benefit of the doubt.  Right now, it only has a fraction of the functionality of Balsamiq.  So let’s ignore that part.

My main complaint is: Where is the charm?  Balsamiq has oodles of love baked in with it’s hand crafted design style.  This just looks like Arial and black strokes.

Maybe this tool will get alot better as they add in the ability to customize things.  Right now, it just feels like a weak copy of Balsamiq.  The fact that it doesn’t use Flash is meaningless to me.  It’s a prototype.  It’s not final code.

I am just trying to keep it real.  No one sponsors me.  Mockingbird, if you want to succeed, yu either need to have more functionality or more charm.  Looking at Balsamiq, I would probably try for the former.  Keep up the good work.  I will follow their blog and watch progress.

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