myBalsamiq and Mockups 3 for Desktop

This document aims to answer a few common questions between the interaction between myBalsamiq and Mockups 3 for Desktop.

Using Both Versions Effectively

Using the Same Version of Mockups 3 for Desktop

The current versions of myBalsamiq and Mockups 3 for Desktop use different file formats. You can export between the two, but if you are planning to work on the same projects in both versions you may want to use the old version of Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Desktop (2.2.28) instead.

Going from myBalsamiq to Mockups 3 for Desktop

Note: Before performing these steps, please make sure to update Mockups 3 for Desktop to the latest version.

If you are using myBalsamiq and would like to move your wireframes over to Mockups 3 for Desktop, here is the way to download it from your myBalsamiq project page:

The option is also available from your myBalsamiq home page:

The “Download BMPR” option will create a BMPR file from your myBalsamiq project and downloads it to your computer. This file contains all the mockups and assets from this project in one file. It also includes the mockup notes, project description and alternates versions.

The resulting BMPR file can be opened directly in Mockups 3 for Desktop (from version 3.5.7 and above).

Going from Mockups 3 for Desktop to myBalsamiq

Here’s how to export from Mockups 3 and import to myBalsamiq:

  1. In Mockups 3 for Desktop, select the menu “Project > Export to BMMLs Zip…

  1. Go to your myBalsamiq site and click the Upload New Project link from your home page. Browse for your .zip file.

Note: Balsamiq Mockups 3 doesn’t export non-image assets so if you use them you’ll have to manually upload them to myBalsamiq.

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