Drawing flowchart diagrams online, free and paid

Sometimes you like to draw flowcharts or some other diagrams to support your documentation. Nowadays there are many online services where you can even do this in your browser. Although I am using Microsoft Visio, I have looked a 2 online drawing tools.

Gliffy, beautiful but not so free

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If you have 50 USD per year to spare, then Gliffy is your tool. That is, if you like eye catching diagrams build with a very intuitive interface. Working with drag-and-drop, it is making it so easy to make diagrams. It is supporting the most common diagram templates.

Gliffy also has an Google Chrome app for using it even offline. Gliffy is popular and a great tool for making diagrams. One of the best I have seen so far.

Pro

  • easy to learn
  • great library of templates
  • great help function
  • beautiful diagram style
  • great interface
  • offline use with Chrome app

Con

  • price (free account only 5 diagrams)

Draw.io, the free alternative

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Maybe not so slick as Gliffy, but completely free is draw.io. It holds also a nice library of objects and it almost as intuitive as Gliffy. Like Gliffy it supports the export of your drawings to popular image formats like PNG and JPG. And also like Gliffy it supports sharing your diagrams over the popular social networks.

Pro

  • free of charge
  • nice interface
  • great library of templates

Con

  • saving drawings with Google Skydrive
  • not as slick as Gliffy

Links

Gliffy
Draw.io

Johan van de Merwe
Dedicated to professional software development since 1985. Has worked since 1992 as IT manager in several international operating companies. Since 2007 CEO and Sencha Ext JS web application developer at Enovision GmbH.

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