Friday, April 27, 2007


There are many online Office Apps around at the moment, e.g. Google Docs & Spreadsheets. However I had not yet seen an online app to replace Visio before today.

Then I came across Gliffy. This online drawing tool uses some pretty nifty Macromedia Flash technology to impart the feel of a desktop tool within a browser app. The stencils include Masic Shapes; Flow Chart; UML Shapes;E-R Diagrams; Networks; UI and user-uploaded graphics.

Once drawn, the pictures can be saved as graphics files, embedded in websites and blogs, shared with other collaborators etc.

Here's an example diagram I mocked up...

Not necessarily a work of art, but also not substantially worse than I could have achieved with a Visio installation. Most surprisingly, the tool was very easy and fun to use as well as quite intuitive.

3.5 Stars out of 5.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for the review of Gliffy. We are very appreciative. I think you might upgrade our star status once you check out our new symbol libraries! If you have any suggestions and/or feedback please drop us a line at our newly revamped website! Thanks,
debik at gliffy dot com