Draw.io - cost effective mind mapping and information architecting tool.
November 16, 2018

Draw.io - cost effective mind mapping and information architecting tool.

Matt Heerema | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with draw.io

Our web design agency uses Draw.io to create complex information architecture, site map, and spec requirements for websites. It is an easy to use, easy to share, clear set of tools that allows us to rapidly create and share these artifacts with our clients, get their commentary, make changes, and finalize sign-off on the most important part of any web design project: the site structure.
  • Rapid mind-mapping: draw.io's tools are simple to use, minimizing time between thought and action
  • Cloud-based sharing: no need to hunt for the right export settings to share documents with a client
  • Google Suite / Drive integration: Draw.io files live alongside all our other project documentation inside of Google Drive.
  • Interface is pretty spartan, which can be a strength, but better utilization of Google's design standard could lead to a cleaner interface, making it more fun to use.
  • Better tools to reflow connected elements in a comprehensible way would be very handy.
  • Draw.io has fostered better communication with our clients because it is easy to use and easy to share. This has led to greater clarity on projects, leading to better success in delivering on time and to our clients expectations
  • The tool is included with Google Suite, so no expensive additional software to purchase!
  • Draw.io publishes to .html format, so no proprietary software is needed to view and collaborate on a document.
Draw.io is a solid, no-additional-cost (included with G-Suite) substitute for OmniGraffle for our use case. The client can view and collaborate on documents produced with draw.io without us having to go through an export process, or the client having to own an additional piece of pricey software.
Good for: Rapid mind mapping, prototyping, site mapping, org charts are our primary usage and what this is really well suited for.

Less good: complex drafting, room layouts, detailed physical layout emulating.