I'm not a designer, but a developer. Still, part of my job is requiring mockups.
I've always just used pencil and paper but thought I'd use software finally. There seem to be a bunch of free options, but my company seems to be at least potentially open to paying for something. The only one I'd heard of before doing this (because a previous project manager used it) was Balsamiq.
My question is, is it worth the extra cost to get something more well-known even if there are free alternatives just to say I have experience with this, or for my company to say that we use tool X (which is better-known), or should I just pick a free tool?
I don't have huge amounts of time to try out a dozen tools. I've found a few articles that list a bunch of these, but they are pretty minimal in terms of description, so if there is are some good DETAILED comparisons of different tools that would be great for bringing a recommendation to my company, and if anyone has any strong opinions on why I should go with one tool over another, that would also be very helpful! Again, take into account that I'm not a designer, and as such, the less fiddling with design elements for me the better...