Gliffy is a free web-based diagram editor. It is being touted as the online visio killer.
The client application is built using OpenLaszlo.
OpenLaszlo is an open source platform for creating zero-install web applications with the user interface capabilities of desktop client software.
Snapshot of the Gliffy UI
The following types of diagrams are supported:
- Flow Chart
- UML Diagrams (I tried to write a sequence diagram; was kind of painful ! )
- User Interface Diagrams
- Basic Shapes
The diagram can be exported as SVG,JPG or PNG.
So next time you have quickly add a component diagram, or an UML diagram in your design document, try Gliffy 🙂
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I’ve been using Gliffy for a while and really like it. There’s a competitor out there called Cumulate Draw. It doesn’t have the features as Gliffy but doesn’t need Flash. I’ve just written a review at my blog. My blog is to uninstall ALL applications from my desktop and replace it with online tools. Check the review out at:
worth a look: Open-jACOB Draw2D
thanks for the openjacob hint……very nice API and absolute fast.
Thanks for the outline of Gliffy. I will be recommending my readers to view this post.
Thanks for the review of Gliffy. We are very appreciative. If you have any suggestions and/or feedback please drop us a line at our newly revamped website! Thanks,
debik at gliffy dot com
I’d recommend looking at http://www.lucidchart.com. Lucid Chart also has Visio import (a lot cleaner than the attempts I made on diagramly mentioned above that just refreshed the page with nothing showing up…). We’re in the process of converting all our files to Lucid Chart now and moving to the cloud….finally!
Another great web based Visio alternative is Creately. It has real-time collaboration which makes it very easy to work with clients and they have hundreds of beautiful templates to get started quickly.
So I’ve tried out gliffy, lucid chart and creately based on the articles and the comments. For me, I’m grateful that Linda posted here because Lucidchart’s Visio editor was the key differentiator. It’s the only one that actually works with Visio!