Ready, Set, Draw!
August 01, 2019
Ready, Set, Draw!
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with draw.io
We use this tool for many different types of graphs, diagrams, tables and charts. It is very intuitive and because we can export vectors, that makes is easy to scale to any size without loss of quality. This is important when creating presentations. I've used it to create several flowcharts that show the steps involved in different processes. This has been very helpful for others to understand who is responsible for each step and how they can use the process to request different services.
- Vector graphics can scale to any size without loss of quality
- Alignment of different elements are easy to perform
- It can import from many services including Dropbox, OneDrive, GitHub, Google Drive and Trello
- The user interface is very intuitive
- When very elaborate diagrams are needed, it lacks the amount of tools and customization needed
- Since this is an online tool, it can freeze and that causes you to lose that work up to that point
- Performance can lag with very complex diagrams
- Creating product's flowcharts as part of the development process have been very helpful in determining where changes should be made.
- The side menu and icons provide many necessary elements to compose our schemes and the can be saved and shared with others on the team.
- You can use this tool to make network diagrams that aid in presenting to clients the physical structure of a product and how it addresses their pain points.
Draw.io is a free online diagram drawing application for workflow, BPM, org charts, UML, ER, network diagrams. No login or registration are required and features include the ability to save locally (including svg), a range of stencils, .vsdx, Lucidchart and Gliffy import and real time diagram sharing. When I compare draw.io to Lucidchart, it's natural that the first point of comparison will be templates. Lucidchart provides many more templates for both beginners and professionals than draw.io but draw.io has all the essential tools and templates for both business professionals and students (engineering drawing, floor plans, etc). Lucidchart lets you import all the three Microsoft Visio formats — .vdx, .vsd, and .vsdx as well as diagrams from Gliffy, Draw.io, and Omnigraffle. Draw.io lets you import Google Drive, Dropbox, Trello, Gliffy and GitHub. Overall, if you plan to make simple drawings, Draw.io is perhaps the best tool for you. All you need is a Google account to upload and save documents. If you can live with the three documents and sixty objects rule of Lucidchart, you may want to give it a try instead.
It's very easy to collaborate on the same file with team members and create simple concepts and flowcharts that you can use in the development process. It is also very handy for creating graphs and tables for presentations. Since this is a web application, we can use it anywhere, anytime and on any device; which provides great flexibility and accessibility. It also offers the functionality to save your work as you develop it, which is very helpful.