Diagrams, Drawings and Charts are easy and free at Gliffy.com

By at 22 September, 2006, 9:28 am

I am a firm believer in finding tools that make the job of an attorney and their staff easier.  While sometimes there are no little cost options to a particular solution, it is always nice to find a tool that will provide the same or similar functionality at a lower cost without sacrificing ease of use or core features. 

As a transactional attorney, I found tools to create timelines, diagrams and drawings helpful in my practice.  One such tool that I used was Microsoft Visio.  According to Microsoft: "Visio 2003 is a diagramming program that can help you create business and technical diagrams that document and organize complex ideas, processes, and systems."  I used Visio for a number of tasks including flowcharts, diagrams showing relationships between entities, floorplans and more.  Fortunately for me, Visio was included in the Microsoft Action Pack subscription I maintained which provided me copies of Microsoft programs for one annual fee as a reseller and consultant.  Otherwise, Visio can generally be found for under $100.  However, if you only use a program such as this occasionally, that is $100 that could be spent on something else.  Enter Gliffy.com , a web-based application that provides much of the functionality is Visio,is extremely easy to use and is a web-based application which can be used from anywhere. 

 

Gliffy Demo Drawing

 

Currently, Gliffy is available in an ad supported format although its website does state that there will be a paid version that will do away with the advertising.  However, the ads are minimal at this time and should not prevent you from trying out this terrific web-based application.

According to the Gliffy FAQ, "Gliffy is a suite of online applications designed to replace expensive and difficult to maintain desktop software. Since Gliffy applications work in any web browser, sharing your work is made simple."  According to another FAQ, the initial application offering was designed to produce documents including:   

* Flow Charts

* Workflow documents   

* Class Diagrams   

* Network Diagrams   

* Database schemas   

* Website layouts/wireframes   

* Floor plans   

* Seating charts… and more!

I strongly recommend that you give this web application a try and see how it can help you in practicing more effectively and more efficiently without spending a dime for now.

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Jonas November 5, 2006

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:
http://www.myuninstalledlife.com/cumulate-draw-online-tool-to-replace-visio

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