A great easy-to-use and free alternative to Visio
April 28, 2021

A great easy-to-use and free alternative to Visio

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with draw.io

I've been using draw.io for a couple of years now and it is a great (and completely free) alternative for Microsoft Visio. It has a good range of native stencils, such as AWS, Azure, Cisco, Citrix, GCP, Office, Veeam, VMware and many others. Draw.io is very intuitive and easy to use and requires no client installation, you can use it completely from its web interface. It's very useful to create diagrams and architecture designs. Since I started using it, it was also spread to other colleagues on my team and to my management.
  • A very good and friendly interface - easy to use since first time use.
  • It's free.
  • Integration to Google Drive, OneDrive, Drop Box, GitHub and GitLab repositories.
  • Doesn't require client installation - It's completely web-based.
  • Not so complete as Visio, it lacks a few advanced features.
  • It is free and easy to use.
  • It requires no client installation.
  • It has native stencil/shapes for technologies that we use.
Draw.io has the basic features that allows you to create great diagrams. It's main difference to MS Visio is that Draw.io is free and it doesn't require client installation.
On the other hand, MS Visio is a more complete tool with a lot of extra functions.
My advice is to try Draw.io first... It is a very good tool and very intuitive, you can create a good diagram in a few minutes.
If it doesn't fit to your needs you can switch back to Visio, but I truly believe it is suitable to at least 90% of the cases.

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It's very suitable to most part of demands, from small to large companies and also for studying and personal use, as it is completely free. It is a very good alternative to Visio that allows you to create basic diagrams with no cost and very easily. It has some native stencils/shapes to various technologies. In my case Veeam, VMware, Cisco, Azure and Citrix are the most useful.

Of course it is not so complete as MS Visio, so if you need more advanced features you can switch to it.