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Draw.io review by Jay B.
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" Drawing tool for elegant flow charts"

What do you like best?

I have used this tool online several times to create UML diagrams and some other flowcharts. From the beginning it is very easy for anyone to use it. You can save your chart or diagram in the Google unit, onedrive or even on your local hard drive. there is no login, you just have to go there and start drawing. Simpler than the simple user interfaces that I have seen. In addition, it is free to use. And this tool offers a wide variety of tables and diagrams that are classified according to the type of work, such as engineering, related maps, etc. And you can save the graphic in different formats, such as PDF, JPG, etc.

What do you dislike?

Positioning a shape or a group of shapes can be a bit painful. When I want two rectangles of different sizes to be centered in the position (which means that the centers of the rectangle are aligned vertically), I have to make some small calculations before I can enter the coordinates because the coordinates are always the top left point. That is an inconvenience. Draw.io must have nine reference points for each shape (or group of shapes) and set the coordinates for any of these points will move the form accordingly. It should be like in Adobe Illustrator. If completed, this software will be at another level of perfection.

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draw.io is simply the best for what I use it: create beautiful flowcharts and end-user diagrams in just a few minutes without the need for expensive Adobe software or others. Recommended.

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I recently decided that it was time to replace our old network diagrams for a disaster recovery scenario and I was also in charge of creating a flow chart that was sufficient as a partial software roadmap. My first inclination was to go with Visio, but then I remembered draw.io from a hobby project. Remember me again the name of that other open source and open source graphics / graphics application? keep thinking? that's fine, you do not have to do it was draw.io.

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Draw.io review by Lixin W.
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"Simple, User-friendly Diagramming"

What do you like best?

Draw.io is a very user-friendly tool for creating diagrams and charts. It provides handy templates for making every type of diagram from UML to software architecture. I love how it syncs to my Google Drive and auto-saves. It can also export my diagram in a variety of formats or I can share it with my colleagues via a Google Drive link. The user interface is very minimal and easy to understand. Best of all, it's free for anyone to use.

What do you dislike?

I wish it allows me to import images into my diagrams. That would be very useful for my UI/UX designing- I would then be able to show mobile screenshots for app maps and UIs. Another downside is that you cannot edit on Draw.io without an internet connect since it is a web-based app. But other than that, Draw.io is a super handy tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend this to any user experience designer, product manager, or developer for documenting their projects. It's free and easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Draw.io to create user flow diagrams to show the navigation within an app I am designing. The split boxes are great for depicting what the user sees and the actions he/she can perform on each screen. Plus I can easily rearrange the boxes without having to worry about moving the arrows because they sticky to the boxes. After I am finished, I can simply link my diagrams to my team and client through Google Drive.

What Diagramming solution do you use?

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Draw.io review by Karolina P.
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"Creating a visual representation of your thinking process is effortless."

What do you like best?

Draw.io is a powerful tool to create diagrams and charts. You don't have to download the software, as the browser version exists. This way you can save some recourses such as a memory. The tool provides many templates and varieties of usage so that it could meet your expectations, regardless of the type of your project. Also, the diagrams could be saved to Google Drive, OneDrive or your device.

What do you dislike?

Personally, the most significant issue is slowing down working with large projects. On the one hand, the web version is comfortable, but the desktop version would better handle a massive number of objects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a simple software to create diagrams, you should consider trying this tool. You don't risk anything, because it's free.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The tool allows me to create charts and share them by Google Drive instantly. Also, idea mapping using Draw.io is brilliant, because you are able to create a visual representation of your thinking process.

Draw.io review by Lorena H.
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" Multifunctional tool"

What do you like best?

What I like most is that it is a tool that does not require installation, it is executed quickly and it allows me to create diagrams, maps, GCP, uml diagrams, etc. Quickly and easily, with a very intuitive interface, with many export formats, from jpg, png, pdf, etc. It also allows to host the files directly to my account of google drive, trello, dropbox, and many other platforms.

What do you dislike?

It is a very complete tool and with very little room for improvement fulfills its functions and more.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This tool is very useful for different sectors, be it computer, administration, marketing, etc. It is a software in the cloud that can be used equally offline, aimed at an immense public, is widely recommended for any professional or student who needs to draw any type of diagram, map, etc.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is very useful when it comes to making flow diagrams, database, uml diagrams, maps, streamlines the creation time and it is very easy to customize them, add colors, also has many predefined themes which help to speed up the whole process of creation, can also be modified quickly, allows import and export in various formats which facilitates the rapid sharing of files with third parties.

Draw.io review by Ryan W.
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"Create your diagrams on your desktop"

What do you like best?

With this application I have been creating flow diagrams and organization for my projects programmed in java, I used to do it on paper and it used to be very unprofessional, now with this application not only the result is professional but also I can share the representations or diagrams with a link or with a file.

The software is very easy to learn like any other diagram designer and it does not have problems such as lag when moving the bubbles that I have found in other similar ones. In addition there are a lot of different icons and in good quality.

To unite two entities is a simple one, only pressing a click, before it was dragged and the arrow was badly oriented so it had to waste time trying to correct its position. It also has two applications, one online and one desktop that is what I have been using myself.

What do you dislike?

The only negative advantage is in the version in the cloud because of losing your connection to the internet or presenting problems you may not be able to complete your work. The solution is to use the desktop version that in my opinion is superior and works more fluid.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend this application if you are a user that seeks to better organize your projects using flowcharts or even to create relational entities to manage or create databases. Also you do not have to pay a license because it's free.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was looking for an alternative to create diagrams that were not the paper as I had been using lately since the results were not professional, with this application the results are good and it helps me to organize the projects better.

Draw.io review by Rangga S.
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"Draw.io is best free diagramming solution"

What do you like best?

The main reason is free. Draw.io is neat tool to create from simple organizational chart to complex diagrams. I have no difficulty in using in the first time. It's easy to use.The other feature that I really like is Draw.io support real time collaboration so that making it easier to work with team. The only thing we need to do is just connect draw.io to google drive

What do you dislike?

- I wish that draw.io has symbol/instance feature so that when I change property of certain object, other object with same symbol/instance will updated automaticaly

- It's not actually pixel perfect

Recommendations to others considering the product

Draw.io is the best free diagramming tool. Try it and get your work done easily

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have some app projects that require me to draw UML diagrams (use case, activity, sequence, and class diagrams). Draw.io helps me to create them easily. With the collaboration feature, everything is going smoothly

Draw.io review by Wilfred M.
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"Create your diagrams online or use your desktop"

What do you like best?

Having used draw.io for more than one, or I think the best thing is that it offers two versions to use, one in the cloud and one in your computer, this is very useful when you do not always work in the same position. It has some advantages over other similar applications and is that the icons support HIdpi resolutions.

Technically the application is very complete and very easy to use to create flow diagrams, especially oriented to database design or programming. A success of the application is that you can export your diagrams to dropbox or Google drive.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it is difficult to sort and organize objects if your diagram is especially large. It is also difficult to save your progress if you are using the online version if you lose the connection but this happens with all applications that work in the cloud. And another thing to improve could be the inclusion of 3D icons to generate diagrams more attractive to the eye.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend using draw.io if you are a graphic designer or programmer and you need to create flow diagrams for your programming projects. The application generates diagrams with a good result and has no license costs.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the draw.io application we can create the UML flow diagrams that we use to project our applications. The application has no license cost so I can also save on costs using this application.

Draw.io review by Marcin D.
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"Probably not the best, but the best we got"

What do you like best?

In short: it's powerful and free. Seems to do the same things paid alternatives do, but I don't diagram so frequently that I need a paid solution that's going to charge every time there's an opportunity.

What do you dislike?

Some features don't work very well.

The initial screen which requests a save destination doesn't allow me to actually select where I want to save the file (usually a folder in Google Drive), where it defaults to the root folder. I understand this is could be an auto-save precaution in case the browser crashes, but to spare my root folder from becoming a cemetery of draw.io files, I stopped using this altogether.

Also, some table-like UML symbols are really hard to work with. They require a lot more detail than it's worth. for me to use them, assuming I am able to get them to work properly at all.

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Some of the UML symbols are hard to work with, I haven't totally figured them out. I mostly stopped trying. The basic symbols work fine. Also, the first "where do you want to save this" screen doesn't seem to work with Google Drive - it will only save to the root folder. I now always skip this step (there's a little button at center-bottom to skip) and save it later, since I'm trying to keep my drive somewhat organized.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to diagram existing systems, plans, ideas. It's the easiest to initialize something on paper, and finalize it in the software to send to stakeholders, developers, etc.

Draw.io review by carlos t.
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"Great application for diagrams"

What do you like best?

This online application helped me a lot, thanks to it I managed to make my flow diagrams of my program, and also explain to the user which was the clearest function. All its tools are easy to use, everything is well organized, but besides that, it gives you a series of quick templates which you can modify to your liking in case you do not want to start from scratch.

What do you dislike?

The only thing that I do not like about application that nothing else has the English language, to position itself more in the market should apply several languages ​​more and thus facilitate the use to many other users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

En la realización de todo lo que son los diagramas de estadísticas diarias en redes sociales, diagramas de flujo de mis programas y diagramas corporativos en forma de jerarquía.

Draw.io review by Davis C.
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"Easiest way to make diagrams"

What do you like best?

This software has many interesting features, first of all it is free, i really like that it can be used completely in the browser without the need to download it, it does not consume many resources of memory, video, processor, etc, run so smooth with high performance, also it has a great catalog of templates of different types of diagrams, such as uml, object, component, activity, use case, and it allows you to create your own diagrams, I also like the great variety of auto-forms that it includes, there are even 3D objects, however What I like most, is that I can save, my work directly in the cloud from the web page, and I can also download them from anywhere.

What do you dislike?

I did not like that it only allows to work with predefined forms and only whole objects can be erased, reason why the superposition of forms is something tedious, can not connect with visio.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend it for students, professionals, or anyone, since you do not need to know or have advanced knowledge in drawing diagrams, can help organize and develop different models of a fast time, with a very clean appearance, it is free software so there is not reason to don't use it if you are looking for software to make diagrams.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With draw.io I can create diagrams in record time, with very good aspect, besides that it allows me to import the diagrams in several formats, like jpg, pdf, png, svg, etc. I can also create a direct link to the diagram and share it, and by being able to save them directly in the cloud I can access them from any device, at any time.

Draw.io review by Rachel W.
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"Amazing for free, could be better."

What do you like best?

This is an amazing educational tool for brand new student designers. It's also great when making graphics for presentations and non-design projects.

It mostly functions to replace Inkscape and Photoshop for the *initial* black and white phase of basic logos and product designs. Great for getting ideas down on the go, and preserving resources on my main rig.

What do you dislike?

It fails at color options and the nuanced later phases of design. I never finish a project on draw.io. This definitely can't be used for professional graphic for-print projects. I'm sure it's fine for many websites, but not *enough* for my own business.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This web app is great for your toolkit. I use it for initial ideas, with success. It's also good to use different environments in general. Great for simple designs for simple sites or swag.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mostly I use it for first ideas, on the go and in higher quantity. I LOVE that it's cloud based.

Draw.io review by Mauro G.
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"Simple but with several problems"

What do you like best?

It has the necessary functionalities and it is a simple and easy to use application. No prior learning is required, as it is very intuitive. The integration with Google Drive is a plus point as it allows integration with all products in the suite.

What do you dislike?

It requires authorization several times from google and many times it is without connection and the data is not saved in real time, so you have to be especially careful and keep saving each time. It is slow to start.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Although we do not use it regularly, in many cases it is useful in our company to make different diagrams, used both internally and to work with clients. Its ease of use and integration with Google tools is the most valued, although it does not always work as it should

Draw.io review by Rebeca B.
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"Diagramas fáciles al alcance de cualquiera"

What do you like best?

Creo que me quedo con la facilidad de uso y la funcionalidad. Me encanta su simplicidad. Escribe draw.io en tu navegador y immediatamente obtendrás un canvas vacío donde empezar a dibujar sin tener que darte de alta. Viene con las formas básicas para los elementos UML, ER y BPMN. La sencillez visual, su facilidad de uso y la cantidad de figuras disponible. Lo mejor es que es bastante fácil de usar para diagramas y flujos de usuarios, y tiene varios métodos para sincronizar archivos en Google Drive.

What do you dislike?

La manipulación de formas podría mejorarse para facilitar la selección y el cambio de estilos. Por otra parte, algunas veces puede ser difícil lconseguir que el diagrama sea presentables, ya que, eS difícil alinear todo correctamente. Otro punto negativo, esta es claramente una herramienta que no entiende nada de lo que estás modelando. Puedes hacer lo que quieras sin ningún tipo de control. Muy peligroso si no tienes ya cierta experiencia. Tampoco permite la colaboración a la hora de dibujar.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

No tiene tantas formas como podría tener OmniGraffle Pro, pero vale la pena al ser gratis.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Generar diagramas de flujo

- Modelado de diagramas de relaciones de entidad de base de datos

- Diseño instruccional

Cuando necesites hacer un diagrama "casual" y no dispongas de software o no te guste hacerlo con otras herramientas como el Power Point, Draw.io es una solución rápida y puede ser suficiente. Es fácil de usar, y en unas horas estarás haciendo diagramas de cierta complejidad sin problemas.

Draw.io review by Ramon Enrique B.
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"It is a very versatile tool to represent diagrams of different models"

What do you like best?

I like it is the amount of symbols and graphics or figures that it has to represent a diagram and it is very easy to manage, it is intuitive, and it has several functionalities to represent Use Cases and UML. It also has customer support that this is very good at the time of having a problem with it can communicate through your email address, has a lot of features that of course makes the software is flexible when designing any graphics or diagrams with their respective symbols.

What do you dislike?

The desktop version is a bit heavy the most current is approximately 49 MB of the rest I recommend the Google Chrome Store is lighter with 19 MB approximately. I do not see another disadvantage so far highlighting

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Allowed me to insert many defined cliparts such as computers, printers, Routers, Laptops, and other devices for the design of networks. This application is quite intuitive and easy to understand can be installed as an extension of google chrome, for the design of the databases is also very good that is to say for the entity relationship between the databases can be designed with this software is very versatile I like it a lot, this diagram editor is very good.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has helped me in the design of my use cases and the development of my screens when it comes to programming because I design based on the UML which is unified modeled language.

Draw.io review by Ana P.
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"A quick and uncomplicated way to make diagrams available online or offline"

What do you like best?

I love that it is free to use it with g-suite, the quality of the diagrams is excellent, the forms and symbols allow a bit of customization because you can change colors and some effects like gradients, you can use it from your website, as a complement to google docs and also without internet connection downloading it to the device, it is translated into several languages and you can export the diagrams in many formats such as png, jpg, pdf, cvs, xml among others, it also allows importing files from multiple sources such as google drive, onedrive , trello, github, dropbox or the device itself.

What do you dislike?

Even though you have an option to create your own shape, it is difficult to do so if you do not have a basic programming knowledge.

some symbols or forms do not correspond to the most important updates of the diagram or language, for example in the UML diagrams they have symbols that do not conform strictly to the current standard

Recommendations to others considering the product:

if you work with confluence server, confluence cloud or jira cloud it is convenient to buy the license for these cases depending on the amount of users is cheap and you can have very useful functionalities for companies. In the case of confluence server you will have a perpetual license and support for one year and you can also pay annually.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to do many types of diagrams without restrictions, especially the UML diagrams and to use it from g-suite to work collaboratively with my students.

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"Go-To Tool for Creating Flowcharts and/or Diagrams"

What do you like best?

I really like how user-friendly this program is. I use Google Drive a lot and rely heavily on storing my work there, and I love that I have the option to use draw.io as an app within Google. I store my diagrams from draw.io in Google folders that are shared with colleagues for easy access and to make any edits without having to go into a different program altogether.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the formatting when turning into a PDF gets out of whack. A couple of my colleagues have found that troublesome enough to not want to use it, but with a little bit of troubleshooting, I don't find it too much of an inconvenience.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend using it as an app within your Google Drive if you store any of your work there. If you don't, you can use this application anywhere such as Dropbox and OneDrive. Also, keep in mind that Draw.io is free to use, so it doesn't hurt to give it a try, and it does not require any training or explanation on how to use it. Easy to use through and through.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to create flowcharts easily without having to use programs that require a lot of moving parts. I am able to simply add boxes and easily connect them with arrows. It's also very helpful that draw.io has checkered board as the background.

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"Useful tool for brainstorming sessions "

What do you like best?

Draw is very intuitive to use and it is extremely fast to set up since it has a web interface. It is nice because it can be saved online and go back to it during other team meetings. People often want to draw diagrams in order to sketch out thought processes and design ideas, but it is not worth going into InDesign and Photoshop for that. Simple is best.

What do you dislike?

Somehow the mouse controls are not as clear as they should be and making edges coincide takes a bit of time. I don't understand why you can't pull from an edge or side of an object. I think having templates to start with could also be a good option, so that people can have some inspiration and not think from nowhere.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out! Its easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Talking notes during group meetings and workflow sessions. It makes taking notes both more fun, inspiring, and smooth, particularly in a creative environment.

Draw.io review by Sofia L.
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"Best for diagrams"

What do you like best?

I had to make an operation diagram and i found draw,io. It is really easy to use, has already all the shapes I needed and exporting my work was really usefull. Also it has good tools in order to organice them.

I really liked too that there are already proposed templates for other diagrams, which I started using too, so i found my oficial page to do diagrams and charts,

What do you dislike?

Everytime i need to use it I have to get into internet. There is not a desktop app

Recommendations to others considering the product

Adding a desktop app

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Show step by step a process and a tool that everybody can use. Design it in an efficient way.

Bennefits: you can download them in different formats.

Draw.io review by Richard Y.
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"Free diagramming tool with strong collaboration."

What do you like best?

The best part of Draw.io is the collaboration features. It is offers saving files directly to services such as Google Drive or Dropbox along with saving to to computer. It's really cool that I can instantly save my works to my Google drive and open them later from anywhere to modify or to demonstrate it in a very clean and professional look.

What do you dislike?

Compared to the similar products that offer a wider selection of templates, Draw.io's selection of templates and shapes need to be improved. Importing from other file type often results in failure due to unknown reason.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Draw.io may not be the best diagramming tool but it is one of the best tools offering a free level of high-quality service. Draw.io is a great option if you only need this kind of software every so often. This tool will help you create diagrams with a lot more ease than if you were using other similar software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Draw.io is a great diagramming app for those who occasionally need to make diagrams. It allows me to use a free diagramming service with strong collaboration features via Google without any additional costs.

Draw.io review by Maria R.
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"I think that Draw.io is the best diagramming tool ypu will ever find"

What do you like best?

After using many diagrim tools, I decided that my favorite would be Draw.io. And why is that? Firstly, because it is simple and easy to use: I like the way I can select from many pre-made diagrams and flowcharts so that I get suggestion of the best forms to use on my own chart. Secondly, I even like more that I am able to personalize the color and position of anything I place on my chart, from sizes and styles to colors!! Lastly, Draw.io is better than any other diagraming tool because it also allows me to place characters (actors) on my charts; I have not seen anyone else offering this feature.

What do you dislike?

This is a tricky question, but I will answer it right now. One of the cons I found when I started using Draw.io is that it might take quite a bit of time for the page to load properly; also, it's sometimes a bit hard to type up text inside the forms you choose because the default stting for text and fonts is big (something like a heading font size). But I firmly thing that these are minor details because I can easily change them, and that is the reason I am giving this software a grade of A+.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Draw.io has all the tools you needregarding making wonderful diagrams and flowcharts.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Everybody in this world need to make chrts, flowcharts and so on, especially those like me, who run a business on their own. Due to this situation, Draw.io gives me all the tools to make easy and colorful flowcharts, and to start making any type of diagrams so that I can keep my business in order and running smoothly.

Draw.io review by Marcelo d.
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"A Great Flowchart and Diagram App"

What do you like best?

Works with many online services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Onedrive, etc.

Great selection of templates

Easy to start

Very flexible and capable of solving most cases

What do you dislike?

For some more advanced formatting, a knowledge of CSS is required

Sometimes there are glitches with authorization of online services

The interface can get a bit confusing sometimes. Part of this is due to the many functions the app present, but it still could be upgraded.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Many flowchart and diagram apps are crowded with functions that are not necessary for most users. I suggest you evaluating Draw.io for solving daily tasks in a quick, easy way.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Draw.io allows us to design quick diagrams and flowcharts and share them instantly. It is lightweight and far more usable than more expensive solutions. At my organization, we use it for idea mapping, creating website navigation maps, game flows, wireframe for hot sites and many other tasks where there is a necessity of a tool that is quick to use and easy to share. It is also an excellent support tool for groups of students who must work together as teams.

Draw.io review by Danny J.
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"Powerful but limited"

What do you like best?

Contains many options for making layouts and drawings from a slew of existing images, as well as letting you add your own images easily.

What do you dislike?

Workflow can be difficult at times, including using layers. Text editing can sometimes be problematic and not appear as intended. The biggest problem is reaching the maximum number of objects in a file, causing it to be unusable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Quick and easy to use, so if you try it out and it does what you want, then it's worthwhile to continue usage. If you find it restricting and too limited, then it may be better to look elsewhere.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provided a more thorough way to make basic wireframes and mockups compared to other drawing tools. Allowed us to import into documents and edit each other's files without needing to install a program.

Draw.io review by Dylan B.
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"Easy Diagrams"

What do you like best?

The feature I like the most is that you can choose premade digrams and edit it with your preferences. Another feature I like a lito is the integration with the cloud services because you can save it to Drive , Dropbox... I mainly use it the desktop app but the web app is very helpful when you are using a different computer. It is very easy to use and very intuitive. It is for begginers and for more advanced users because it has a lot of features and they are easy to understand

What do you dislike?

I like almost everything about this awesome app.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a free app very useful to create workflow diagrams or infographic documents

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it to make ER diagrams for the databases.

Draw.io review by Santiago M.
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"Network topology made easy"

What do you like best?

The possibility of drafting up network topology diagrams makes draw.io one of my daily used tools. Great advantages over Visio, that overlaps features and doesn´t offer a "light" or "cloud" version. Easy to export and to share diagrams. It counts with a great DB of icons and can allways import.

What do you dislike?

SVG and PNG exports don´t necessarilly work as they should. Page setup features are somewhat poor. Should be able to share quickly form the same platform.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Check it out, it may allow you to opt for simpler tools from now on even if used to big names such as Microsoft or Adobe.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I no longer need a Visio licence. Drafting up projects is easy and quick, and can even bring my laptop to a meeting and build potential scenarios toghether with my prospects.

Draw.io review by Scott S.
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"Draw.io is super quick and easy for diagraming"

What do you like best?

Tons of shapes already there for you, you can group items, drag them around, change arrows quickly when making connections, overall great software. I also love the fact that you can save your data to dropbox and other platforms very easily and it uses common shortcut keys so you can save, copy, cut, paste, etc. quickly. Also, the export options are excellent, PDF, JPEG, SVG, XML, HTML are all extremely useful, we will take the PDF and send it to the client, or use the HTML/SVG version to post a graphic on the website, it is vector so it's scalable and lossless which means you don't need to measure and resize a bunch of times.

What do you dislike?

When your editing your diagrams sometimes the system can get a little glitchy, the drag points will be off or you can’t quite make a perfect square if you accidentally move a corner, it would be nice if it was similar to illustrator where you can’t modify an object shape unless you use a specific tool

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need a simple and easy to use diagramming software this is the one, there is no risk because it is free, they have tons of symbols, and the interface is very intuitive, kind of like a illustrator feel

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We diagram all of our software workflows so that the team can all understand the big picture.

Draw.io review by Patrick C.
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"Fast and simple diagram tool"

What do you like best?

Quick to learn. I needed a free tool quickly and downloaded this app. The possibility to have some template already, and the full support of keyboard shortcuts, and it's fully integrated with google drive by chrome extension.

What do you dislike?

There is no feature to save your diagrams on your Draw.io account (not sure if you can even make accounts on this site). You must download the diagrams. Printing. I make big flowcharts and when I print or save it comes out tiny.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Absolutley love Draw.io. A simple yet powerful tool. Can't go wrong with a free tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Very quick diagrams, also available to share it quickly. And Mapping workflows in pretty much every system that we use.

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"Easiest tool for creating flows"

What do you like best?

Draw.io is web-based, hooks up with OneDrive to save your files, and is just easy to use. There's no setup, just open a new document and drag and drop to begin creating a flow. It's very simple and very effective. On a more specific note, being able to resize the document I'm working in is convenient because I never know how big my flow is going to get.

What do you dislike?

The only thing that I dislike so far has to do with connecting flow elements. From what I can tell, it's only possible to connect elements in a straight line. It would be nice to be able to control the connecting line and shape it to go around other elements, if I wanted to go from A to B to C back to A for example (but they're in a straight line).

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a free tool that's easy to use, I have no reservations for using Draw.io.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Draw.io is very useful for me when I need to visualize complicated processes in our product design.

Draw.io review by Patrick L.
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"Draw For Life!"

What do you like best?

What I like most about draw.io its ability to be flexible, this tool requires no download but only internet access which is very easy to access without any other external libraries or extensions! The tool is very user-friendly and is able to generate a very neat report!

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about draw.io is that even though is very user-friendly and easy to access but it has very limited tools and features which I won't really blame since its free to use and fast in deplying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend anyone who travels a lot or likes to work at a coffee shop to try out draw.io it also can be used for college assignments instead of a real life job. Good luck! Most of all its free!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I just realized that with this tool I have the ability to work flexible and conduct my job anywhere at anytime. This is a must have tool if you are high in mobility.

Draw.io review by Somontha P.
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"Useful, Easy to use, and great software for creating diagrams."

What do you like best?

Draw.io is great as a free software that has templates that are easy to use and you can easily export as Google drive files or as images. I just it all the time at work and for presentations to present information in a more easily consumed way. You can also have coworkers add their own comments or edits.

What do you dislike?

There's not much that I don't like about Draw.io, it's free and easy to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely try it out, it's easy to use and the cloud is useful to get feedback.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Draw.io for many presentations and it reduces the need to overuse explanations so I can write pipelines for a process.

Draw.io review by Kai G.
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"Draw on one, two, Free.... This thing's a pistol with a punch."

What do you like best?

the tools are uniquely put together in the kits to get things done ~fast~. it's surprisingly lightweight and runs in the browser on pretty much anything, as well as the client-dedicated applications. it's easy to get fast once you learn the tools. they are very familiar to visio users, but with a near caricature feel, that comes together to make a highly effective tool for rapid charting and diagramming of many more types than the templates let on.

What do you dislike?

Being internet based, it's not going to work for you offline That's the cost of their feature list. the integrations with file storage and teamwork services essentially mean that there's no demographic for offline users, as any profit they make comes from hooking up the extra services (which are absolutely good to have but are by no means stifling). you should make sure you save your project immediately upon opening before even drawing because there is No. zero recovery feature for work that crashes before being saved. There is the "autosave" function, however, which will go to work after your first save, but even with it turned on, you must save your project somewhere, like your google drive, for instance, so you don't lose hours of crafting your masterpiece.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it for your quick sketches and make it your secondary. it doesn't readily export quality universal formats yet, so, you're stuck finishing what you started in Draw by using Draw. not like a visio file which is easier to work with different pieces of software on and export in many ways. for any drawings that you're not going to need to archive and keep as high qualkity masters 3-5 years from now, draw is great.. but for any project that you'll need a template or transferrable upgradeability and longevity, stick with the establishment.. Draw.io is for prototyping fast and effective good looking visuals that you'll only need to use a couple times, then delete.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i find it's a fantastic solution for many aspects of web development. from the physical hardware layout to the software mesh, the development stack and how the data will flow, you can go end to end very quickly, get your drawings done either to share or work on them together with your team. it will more than get the job done for any average diagram or chart. It won't really do UX design, though it wants to, and it doesn't have advanced features like an animation of flow along the connectors, but as far as a free tool goes, amongst any software category, this stacks up as one of the great all-time free pieces of software. not quite a cannon to blow away the biggest of projects, but not exactly a pointy stick trying to defeat the giant either.. it's like the noisy cricket gun from men in black.... small, cartoony feeling, but iit has quite the kick.

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"Good software for drawing basic engineering flow diagarams"

What do you like best?

I like that this software is free to use and is simple to use without any training. I used this in engineering school for block flow diagrams and process flow diagrams. Now I use it for basic sketches at work since it is simple to use. I also like how you can search different shapes without having to go look for them in the large list.

What do you dislike?

I am not a huge fan of the user interface of this software. It looks a bit outdated versus other types of drawing softwares I have used before. Other than that, I do not have many complaints, especially since the software is free to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would like the interface to get spruced up a little bit to increase user perception of the product. I also would like them to provide pre-determined templates that you can then make small alterations to without having to create things from scratch.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software is nice to be able put together drawings quickly without opening a larger software, but it is much more complex than simple paint. This is nice for quick jobs. I have found many of my coworkers wanting to learn which software I used for the quick drawings.

Draw.io review by Rahul B.
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"Versatile Graphic Drawing tool available anywhere"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of the tool is the best. It allows you to create a drawing/diagram/chart no matter whatever field you are working on. It has integrations with One drive, Google drive and other cloud storage which is great! Additionally the tool support as an add-on for google drive, google docs and even online! No questions asked, no email signup required, just seamless draw and export!

What do you dislike?

Although the tool provides editing the shapes though HTML style editor, editing is difficult by changing the HTML components. It would be great it the elementary shapes are allowed to be edited in the similar fashion as the drawings and let users to reuse it again.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its free, easy, fast and robust tool, great for reporting requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drawing Logic, System and Block diagrams in the reports are easy when compared to many of the inbuilt drawing tools in the office applications. It allows exporting the final drawing in any of the flexible format (png, jpeg, xml etc.), which makes it easy to use. Other benefit of draw.io is whenever you need to continue your design, you can save it as xml and import the xml back to exact save point of the design.

Draw.io review by Pankaj B.
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"draw.io: The best online tool for Drawing"

What do you like best?

The good things are 1. This is online and you can edit your figures from any environment(Linux, Mac, Windows) 2. You can export the image with high quality and can share it with others for editing 3. This is the best replacement of Microsoft Visio. 4. More importantly, it is free.

What do you dislike?

Some disliking points are 1. When you save the file, in the repository you can not see the figure. If you have multiple files and can't remember the name than it is hard to find the desired file. 2. It makes high memory usages and sometimes Google Chrome crashes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is one of the best online tools for professional and quality drawing. I used Visio earlier but when Google launch Draw.io, I along with my colleagues moved to this tool. You can create a clear and colorful drawing for the powerpoint presentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool is my first choice for drawing figures. When I write papers the tool gives me quality images and after zooming it, the image does not degrade.

Draw.io review by Ilia T.
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"Ideal site for diagrams / flowcharts of different types"

What do you like best?

A lot of opportunities

Integration with Google Drive

A wide choice in the construction of sketches

Autosave!

Completely and absolutely free.

Full functionality is available, there is even more than necessary.

This is quite a convenient navigation.

Saves the schema in XML.

Supports layers.

While working on one project, all the tool sets are available.

What do you dislike?

With multi-layer files it may not be easy to work

Manual alignment

A little confusing interface

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need to design complex projects, then it is better to not find the program. It can structure thoughts even at the stage of thinking over the project and help in fixing ideas on paper. Site map, routes, sales funnel, project structure .. you can display any structure. Cool stuff.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use to build workflow diagrams with further import into HTML page and sending to the customer

Draw.io review by User in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"When you work in communications and design and need a miracle "

What do you like best?

Quick and easy to design graphs that come already arranged and are easy to customize to your needs. Not having t make the graphs from scratch saves so much time and unlike many softwares that force you to pay for low quality charts you could've made yourself, Draw.io actually lives up to its promises. Literally hundreds of graphs to choose from and icons to fill them in with. If you want to impress your boss with a presentation or proposal, use this.

What do you dislike?

From my experience, it saves as an entire document so when trying to insert it into a word doc or a presentation, I have alway had to take screenshots of it and then insert the photo (ruining the quality). I have yet to find a way around this but if your just trying to create a chart/graph as a stand-alone item, then there should be no issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely worth it. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used draw.io in:

1. business plans

2. program proposals

3. brochures

4. presentations

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"Great Diagramming Software for Professionals"

What do you like best?

This is an amazing diagramming software. I think what I like most is that fact that it is web based and so user friendly. You do not need any training at all to create visually stunning diagrams for any sort of work purposes or processes.

What do you dislike?

I think what I dislike is that that user interface can be a bit cluttered at times. This means that there are a ton of great features but I would like a way to clean up the front end interface a bit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend using Draw.io if you are familiar with Google Docs. The interface is very similar and it integrates well with your existing account.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to properly document various processes that are better communicated in a visual way. This helps clients understand the flow of a project versus just writing a paragraph.

Draw.io review by Inma L.
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"Herramienta muy versátil para representar diagramas de diferentes modelos"

What do you like best?

Lo mejor de Draw.io es que no necesita instalación, puede ser usado desde tu propio sitio web así como que se puede instalar una pequeña extensión en nuestro navegador para usar la herramienta de una forma mucho más cómoda.

La herramienta soporta diferentes tipos de diagramas, los más comunes son los diagramas de clase pero también hay otros como los diagramas de entidad-relación , además la herramienta también soporta diagramas orientadas a aplicaciones móviles.

What do you dislike?

Una de las aspectos que no me gustan de esta herramienta es que no ofrece la posibilidad de traducirla a otros idiomas, no obstante mi nivel de inglés es aceptable y la terminología usada es básica .

Otro aspecto negativo a destacar es que si creas diagramas algo más complejos el sistema puede llegar a ralentizarse e incluso puede llegar a colgarse como por ejemplo con el navegador "Google Chrome"

Recommendations to others considering the product

Lo recomiendo a todo el mundo que desee crear diagramas ocasionales de forma rápida ya que es una herramienta gratuita y por tanto no supone ningún coste económico su evaluación.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Al ser una herramienta gratuita siempre tienes la posibilidad de probarlo para poder así evaluarlo y comprobar si cumple o no los requisitos mínimos que necesitas para tu caso en concreto.

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"Quick and easy"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Draw.io is that all you need to do is make your first box/shape and then simply just tap on the arrow and it will automatically just add a new box/shape for you.

What do you dislike?

Even though it's also a Google plugin, it's a little easily shareable, but not so much. Sometimes it doesn't seem like it actually changes in real time with the people you share with. Another problem with sharing is that when you make a file through the Draw.io app, it makes a separate document and doesn't automatically go through Google suite, which is unfortunate since the entire software is through Google.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is free and very easy to use. Make sure to figure out the full sharing capabilities as you may not realize that although you work on the desktop version and it still looks like a Google plugin version, it won't get shared and updated to everyone!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Draw.io, I am able to create site and system maps as one of the first steps of the UX design process. Benefits would be that I am able to easily create maps and somewhat easily share with others.

Draw.io review by Tyler W.
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"The best diagramming software out there!"

What do you like best?

I love Draw.io and recommend it to everyone I know. Here's what I like about it:

- Free

- Saves as XML so it can be checked into git

- Ability to save to Google Drive, locally, etc.

- Since it's a free webapp, anyone with the file can view or edit your diagrams! No software install or license required!

- It keeps getting more and more features

What do you dislike?

I do not dislike anything about Draw.io.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give Draw.io a shot! It's amazing!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Draw.io, I can send diagrams to anyone to view or edit regardless of their OS, what software they have installed, or what licenses they have purchased.

Draw.io review by Aitor G.
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"msiJ4vier2017"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Draw.io is that it doesn't need installation, it can be used from your own website (which its name indicates so as not to forget it) as well as we can install a small extension in our browser to use the tool in a much more comfortable way.

The tool supports many types of diagrams. Among the most common are the class diagram.

Another of the diagrams that stand out are the Entity-Relationship diagrams and in addition the tool also supports diagrams oriented to mobile applications.

What do you dislike?

What I like least about Draw.io is that it is not translated into other languages, but as it is a free tool you can't ask for more.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Draw.io to anyone who needs to make any kind of diagram, it is as easy as dragging and dropping, in a matter of minutes you will do a simple job with a professional look.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many times we need to use some professional tool when building UML diagrams, Entity Relationship etc. There have always been many options but almost all of them are payment options. Now, little by little, tools are beginning to appear in the cloud that offer quite a few free features, one of the most outstanding of which is Draw.io.

Draw.io review by Abhishek T.
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"Not as good as ERD Plus"

What do you like best?

Being drawing ERD as the primary purpose, the software is a handy tool for a quick start with your analysis. Offered online as well as a standalone application, signing up to use it is not necessary. The application supports all required tools for professional templates from flowcharts to ERD diagrams. The tool allows exporting in jpg, png, vector file, pdf and interestingly as XML and HTML. One can also export with custom dimensions as required with an option to set the background as transparent.

What do you dislike?

The software still feels in the initial phase and sometimes pops with random error messages. The addition of relationships in your diagram can get tricky as the shapes can mess with its size and alignment. There is no option to highlight the primary key in the traditional way of an underline. Making the connections with the attributes can seem to be a herculean task for some people. It's just not there yet. The tool can end up being a frustration if things do not go well with the goal of the design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would prefer ERD Plus over draw.io if designing ERD is the sole purpose else, the tool does the job well to some extent. Be ready to spend more time in aligning the entity shapes and sizes and also making the connections with the attributes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Draw.io allows creating flowcharts and ERD which very few drawing tools provide. ERD bring the primary purpose for the use of the product, the creation of flowcharts is also amongst the purpose for its use.

Draw.io review by Divyank C.
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"Good Tool for making Software workflow."

What do you like best?

This tool is open source and contains lots of good features as follows:

1. U can make diagram in any shape.

2. It is good for making software workflow.

3. you can export diagrams or workflow in various way like pdf etc.

4. Easy setup like no need to install just open link draw.io for use.

5. You can make diagram with the existing pictures in your system by import picture or any file from your system.

What do you dislike?

It is difficult to use in mobile device so that it is not responsive and it contain diagram in uml which is difficult to open without uml support tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I solve my workflow problem like for making workflow in pdf, wordpad . It is better for making workflow comparison to making in wordpad.

Draw.io review by Cy M.
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"AMAZING diagramming application"

What do you like best?

Very well-designed, and super easy to draft up diagrams for any number of purposes. Also, the platform allows you to save your work to a variety of online cloud services, which is excellent since other vendors only allow one. I also like that the platform seems to be have been optimized for widescreen monitor use.

What do you dislike?

It's a little difficult to configure things on the platform. For instance, there is no personalization of tools or editing of what's available.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product! It's a little difficult to get the hang of at first, but draw.io is a real game changer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's been very easy to draft up designs and share them for collaboration. A web-based app is also super affordable and easy to collaborate and design without having super expensive equipment.

Draw.io review by Tyler L.
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"Easy to use diagram creation tool."

What do you like best?

Draw.io has a friendly and simple-to-use interface. I have never had any issues creating both simple and complex diagrams. It also has many shapes to choose from, and a simple way to connect them using arrows.

What do you dislike?

It can sometimes be easy to accidentally delete the diagram you are working on, so be sure to save your progress!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use draw.io to diagram our user stories and data flows. The benefits we have realized are the ability to quickly plot out an idea directly from your head onto a diagram.

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"Powerful Online Diagram Tool"

What do you like best?

I like Draw.io because it is easy to learn and it has many powerful features that will help you get your diagram done in a perfect way.

I also like the way it is flexible and full of many shapes that you can use to deliver what is in your mind and put it down in one diagram.

What I like the most is that it is compatible with online services such as google drive, so you can save your diagram where ever you like and get back to it whenever you like.

What do you dislike?

Overall it is a good tool, but sometimes I find some issues dealing with the arrows and the text inside the shapes.

Some work on this and it will be perfect.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend Draw.io to all those who are looking for a diagram tool, this tool will help you with your diagram, plans, charts, ... etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to draw flowcharts to understand how the systems work.

This helps organising the work and it clear for all.

Draw.io review by Sean B.
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"Simplistic"

What do you like best?

What I like best is its easy drag and drop

What do you dislike?

The fact that it is not fully automated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Draw.io will work wonderfully in your favor. Once you learn the placement of any tool necessary to you'll it will be smooth sailing. Another to look forward to is very easy drag and drop and snapping capabilities making it easy for you to set and forget.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The planning and designing phase of product development has seen an improve time in representation of Ideas especially when developing flow charts and circuit schematics.

Draw.io review by Adrian D.
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"What i need to draw diagrams"

What do you like best?

This makes creating flowcharts simple. There's a lot of easy to use tools and it's integrated into Google Drive so easy to share and collaborate.The program is very easy to use and intuitive, and free for small diagrams.

What do you dislike?

It seems a bit simplistic in design. More features would be great or maybe some design tutorials since I don't know what I don't know. There is room to include more predetermination graphics.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're on a budget, look no further.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Marketing, branding and graphic design. not to mention Logic design problems.

Draw.io review by Alexandra M.
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"Excellent, Free, and Easy to Use Software"

What do you like best?

The best things about Draw.io is that it is a free diagramming device via Google. Google makes Draw.io easy to use and collaborate with.

What do you dislike?

While the software is free, the collection of templates are basic and there are better diagramming softwares for designers out there. But if you're in need of a basic, free software Draw.io is a decent one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely try this product. It's easy and free to use and great for experimenting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I haven't had any issues with Draw.io except that some of the templates are too basic. When I started using diagram software, Draw.io was one of the first ones that I used and helped me understand other diagramming softwares more as a beginner. I would definitely recommend this software for someone who would like to learn how to create diagrams and make simple projects.

Draw.io review by Milissa C.
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"LOVE it!"

What do you like best?

It is so user friendly, and easy to figure out. I switched from Lucid and although it doesn't have all the bells and whistles, I can easily upload to Google or dropbox, which makes it super easy for sharing. The deliverable options are great too.

What do you dislike?

Not as many options as Lucid, but for the down and dirty quick things you need to do, this is still great. There isn't a lot that I don't like about this. It is free so if you are going to compare, you should compare apples to apples.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating learning spaces, designing courses. I create diagrams of course outlines to show my customers when am creating their courses for them.

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"Good free option for diagrams and flows"

What do you like best?

There are a lot of shapes and tools available. The interface is relatively smooth to respond to the mouse, and it doesn't lag was much as some other programs, like Gliffy.

What do you dislike?

There isn't anything about this software that stands out; if you want something to draw simple / mid-level diagrams or flows, and quickly, then it does the job. But for more involved flows, I'm not sure if it has all the features required.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Using draw.io will take some time to get used to how it works, and the different symbols and diagrams available. Starting with one of its templates was an easy way to get familiar with it. Also, take a look at the templates to see if it works with diagrams that you'll be using.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need a way to draw diagrams of the software and content that we create, and Draw.io was easy to learn and quick to use.

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