Gliffy is a browser based software for creating diagrams. Flowcharts, SWOT analysis and floor plans are some of the wide range of diagrams that users can create. It is a free service and no signup is required.
- Sharing of diagrams with other users
- Full shape library
- Publishing of diagrams as images to blogs and other URLs
- Exporting of diagrams
- Online forum help
Collaborating with different users
Collaboration is a function that allows you to invite other users to view and edit your document. Any changes to the document can be saved. Users do not need to worry if he or she is unhappy with the revised document as Gliffy will store a copy of the previous work everytime it is saved. You can retrieve the document to see what has been changed and make amendments to it or revert back to the earlier version.
Gliffy’s role in providing its users with “rich user experiences”
Rich Interactivity: Wide range of functionalities to choose from the user interface. Different type of diagrams and shapes which users can experiment on by dragging and dropping the shapes into the workspace.
Platform Independence: Most people would be familiar with Microsoft Visio but Gliffy is the browser-based version of a diagramming software. Users can have access to this software as long as they have a web browser with internet connection. They can also edit documents collaboratively through private invitations.
Userbility and simplicity first: It is really easy and straight forward to use Gliffy. Users can manipulate shapes and arrows simply by using the drag and drop action. User interface is also neat and easy on the eye.
Match the technology usage to the requirement: Gliffy was built using OpenLaszlo to deliver multimedia content for its users.
Preserve content addressability: Users can publish their diagrams to make it public. A embed code and direct links to the document will be generated. This ensures that content is still findable.
Deep, adaptive personalization: A function called “Drawing Guides” when turned on, will detect for shapes with matching edges and center points in the relevant workspace. If a matching edge is found, Gliffy will automatically join the shape which the user has dragged into the workspace to the other shape’s edge and a green line will appear to show the new alignment. The same applies to center point alignment. Users will save all the hassle trying to do alignment which can be time consuming and frustrating.
Here’s a video demo on Gliffy: