Great tool for great diagrams
January 24, 2022
Great tool for great diagrams
Engineer in Information TechnologyInformation Technology & Services Company, 10,001+ employees
Score 8 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Lucidchart
I started using Lucidchart right away after 15 minutes of studying it. It was easy to understand what should you do to achieve the results you want. Of course, I had experience with other similar tools, but it was not so important, cause everything was intuitive, with good captions and icons, and what is more important - documentation (and internet) where you can find answers to some of your questions
I use Lucidchart on my projects on a daily basis. Typically, I use it to draw diagrams and flowcharts that later can be presented to stakeholders for further explanation and clarification. I share my documents with other people very often (with edit rights). However, since I am always is the primary individual who works on the design, other people rarely contribute to the documents. So, I can not say I have a collaboration with other users experience with Lucidchart (in terms of the concurrent usage)
- It is possible to create a software diagram very quickly (UML, Cloud, etc.)
- It is very easy to create a sequence diagram
- It is very easy to share documents with other people and to export results as images to be able to include it in final documentation
- I like how it is simple to align objects (with a mouse or with a menu item)
- The concept of layers give a lot of benefits in creating diagrams
- It is hard to align the text that goes with icons (not possible to move it above the icon or to the left or right side)
- It would be nice to have an option to work with coordinates of the shapes
- When zooming out some shapes they don't stay in proportion (like database shape)
- Improve productivity
- Save my time cause I do my work quickly
- Improve efficiency of the work
I have already mentioned this, I like that there is a lot of information and documentation about how to use Lucidchart on the internet (and very often you can open it directly from Lucidchart). And what is also very good in Lucid documentation is that it contains study information, for example - how to draw a flowchart, what symbols mean what, and so on. I used to use it to learn a lot of new stuff for myself.
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A very big difference for me was how you store your document: Lucidchart stores it with your account, while in the draw.io you have to store the file on your own. Also, there is a difference in how you work with icons and shapes: I had to resize them very often to align with each other in draw.io, and in Lucidchart I just drop them on the drawing area and start using them.
I have to draw many diagrams (static and dynamic) for every project. I use Lucidchart to do this and it is very useful. I create a document for each project and then use a tab for every diagram on the project (and it is especially useful when stakeholders ask you to create another version of the diagram with some additional attributes, so you just duplicate the tab and edit it as a new version). When I finish everything with diagrams, I export them in png format and insert them into the final architecture document. The reference to the original Lucidchart document I post together with the document.