Gliffy for architecture documentation.
December 20, 2022

Gliffy for architecture documentation.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Gliffy

I use Gliffy together with Confluence to be able to illustrate the architecture and design solutions integrated with textual documentation. Gliffy makes it possible to store and manage versions together with textual documentation. It solves the problem that when someone wants to change an illustration, they don’t have to find the original instead, they can edit it directly on the Confluence page.


  • Integration with Confluence.
  • Simple UML diagrams.
  • No need to install desktop software on each client.


  • It’s missing good auto layout functionality.
  • It would be good if it’s was easier to export a bitmap or vector image.
  • Resizing UML symbols make them look a bit strange, especially component object.
  • Integration with Confluence.
  • Affordable
  • Easy to learn.
  • Save time since we no longer have to spend time searching for original image files.
  • Easy to manage since there is no need to install software on each client.
  • More people are willing to spend time updating the documentation.
Gliffy is easier to use together with Confluence since it provides an integration where you can edit an image directly on the page. Visio and PowerPoint is better drawing tools but we have moved away from them since there isn’t a good way to keep track of the original file of the vector/bitmap included in the Confluence page.

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Gliffy is great if you have a need to show images directly on a Confluence page. It’s also good for people that just want to illustrate something that would be harder to draw with a strict modeling tool. Gliffy is less appropriate if your personnel are skilled modelers and appreciate the modeling functionality provided by a real modeling tool.


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