Wireframing & Prototyping Free Balsamiq Alternative – Pencil – Udemy

(10 customer reviews)




What you’ll learn

  • Download and install the free Pencil wirefrmaing and prototyping Alternative to Balsamiq
  • Easily create wireframes of websites, apps and software products to show clients, designers and developers
  • Add user interface elements, icons, sketches and more to your wireframes
  • Export and share user interface wireframes in a variety of file formats

Wireframing and Prototyping Course – What Students say:

“I’m going to recommend this course to all product managers and team leaders in our company. It’s not only about the Pencil tool – but also about some cool ideas and good practices for wireframing in general. I specifically like the lectures about creating wireframes for dashboards and for mobile devices.”

**** Updates to Wireframing and Prototyping course August 2017 ****

A new user interface version has been introduced for Pencil. This lesson quickly covers the new look and feel and shows you how to get around with it.

**** Updates to Wireframing and Prototyping course April 2016 ****

New wireframing and prototyping for specific use cases section added with videos to show you how to create wireframes in Pencil for specific uses – such as Mobile device app prototyping or for planning Big Data Website Dashboard screen wireframes.


Are you planning or designing a website, a software product or an application? If you are then creating a great user interface is probably one of the most important factors to the success of the project.

There are many tools to design a software user interface. In this course I introduce you to an easy to use, freely downloadable tool called Pencil, and quickly show you how to create user interface wireframes and prototypes by yourself.

Within an hour, you will be able to create your user interface sketches and prototypes, and share them with clients, designers and developers.

No prior skills or experience is required to take this course. It takes you all the way from downloading and install the free Pencil tool, through creating wireframes and prototypes and working with all the Pencil tools, and onto saving and exporting your prototype designs.

You’ll also find some extra Goodies on the course, such as icons and assets you can add to Pencil, and example wireframe designs to help you get started.

There are several paid wireframing tools out there – tools such as OmniGraffle, Blasamiq, Axure and Visio would cost you anywhere from $89 to $600 and more. Before using those, make sure you take this course to be able to try out wireframing by yourself for free. Even if you do plan of using one of the paid tools for wireframing, the skills you will learn and apply through this course will prove invaluable.

Who this course is for:

  • Are you thinking of or planning a website, an app or a software product? You need to have a visual representation of it (a Wireframe) so designers, developers and clients understand how it’s going to look and work
  • Project manager? Design student? User experience specialist? This Pencil tool you will learn in this course will save you lots of hours of work, misunderstandings by clients, designers and developers. The great thing is it does not require any programming skills at all. We’ll show you how to use an intuitive, FREE software to make your life easier right now!
  • If you are not sure Wireframing is what you need and if you’re wondering if you should spend hundreds of dollars on paid tools such as OmniGraffle, Balsamiq, Axure and Visio – take this course first to be able to try out wireframing quickly and for free. Then you can decide if you need another tool or can simply go on using Pencil

Course content

  • Wireframing and Prototyping – Getting started
  • Creating a great wireframe or prototype with ease
  • Tips for faster and more effective work with Pencil
  • Saving, Publishing and Sharing wireframes
  • Wireframing with for specific uses

10 reviews for Wireframing & Prototyping Free Balsamiq Alternative – Pencil – Udemy

  1. Donny Phan

    Super practical. Lessons are catered towards anyone looking to find work in this industry. It felt very comprehensive and gave me a broad understanding of the programming spectrum

  2. Madhav raj Verma

    Thanks for your great effort. i am fully satisfied with this course the way you teach and your explanation are very clear ,The content you provide in your course no one can do this at this price.

  3. Sachin Gupta

    I really didn’t want to leave a low rating as Angela is a great teacher. The 1st half of this course was terrific. The 2nd half was terrible. Under the justification of “teaching students how to figure things out on their own”, pretty much all videos and all explanations were dropped. You were just told what to do, given links to documentation and told to figure it out on your own. I understand doing that to some degree, but to revert to that entirely for nearly half the content barely makes this a course. It’s just a list of things for you to learn, then you’re left on your own to learn them. The 2nd half was so bad, especially the data science component, that I didn’t bother finishing the course.

  4. Vincent Beaudet

    Amazing 40 days course.
    Angela is a great teacher.
    The other 60 days are all about web developement, interacting with web pages, on your own with little to no explanations. I did not expect that at all. I wanted to learn more about software and scripting.
    This left me disappointed , confused and i started to doubt myself. Not a fun experience after the amount of effort i’v put in this course.

    Exercices format and explanations for the first 40 days were worth it tho.

  5. Ben K

    Not just an introduction to python, but really helps you learn fundamental aspects of python and coding in general. Some parts may require some knowledge on the subject (data science comes to mind) and there is quite some web development in the course. So, a few areas were not completely to my liking (I would have liked to see it done differently), but this course deserves the 5 stars in my opinion.

  6. Omid Alikhel

    I found the method a bit difficult when a code is written and then changed back to something different, with no enough explanation of how something happened and where it came from or a step by step explanation of why something is happening, i have no doubt in the instructors talent, but we are beginners!

  7. Alica Cverdeľová

    I love this course, Angela explained it very easily and clearly from the beginning, but I loved her 1 minute final videos, which ended later: What a pity.
    BUT I felt a little disappointed now with the project Day 39/40. Where I was maximally lost, I could not come out of where to look for anything and it was poorly explained and the biggest mistake was that there were no videos with explanations, I think it was quite a complicated project where many things were used and no explanation, only the final results. And they carried a few things in the projects before, so I had her project run once and it showed her the mistake as well as me, so in that case you have to leave it at that and what else is a shame. It’s hard to do a project when you don’t see what’s going on there.
    I’m a little worried about the next few weeks, and I hope it won’t be a waste of time.

  8. Szymon Kozak

    I think that the course tutor is really good in giving right information to learn at the right time. Thanks to this fact, my understanding of coding in python after 29 days of learning is above my expectations.

  9. Begoña Ruiz Diaz

    Ha sido la mejor elección que podría haber hecho.

  10. Vaibhav Sachdeva

    I want to thank Angela for making such an amazing course. It really helped me explore more things with python.

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