Create a beautiful professional software or infrastructure diagram in minutes…
One of the essential tasks for IT projects leader or architect is to have an application diagram created. It could be either application flow, infrastructure diagram or software design.
Microsoft Visio is one of the most popular software to create the diagram however it costs money, which may not be an interest of small organization or startup. The following online tools let you create a layout without installing any software.
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Draw.io helps you to create a flow chart or any diagram with plenty of shapes to correctly visualize your infrastructure.
There are more than 50 pre-defined templates to get you started in various categories.
- Go to draw.io
- Select the location you want to save the diagrams
- Click on “Create New Diagram.”
- Enter the File Name and click on Create
Start designing the flow by drag-n-drop of shared from the left navigation. If you can’t find the shared, try searching for them.
- Once you are done, click on File >> Export as
Select the file type you want, and you are done. You see its easy and best thing is FREE!
Gliffy is a fantastic drawing tool, which helps you create multiple types of a diagram like Flow Chart, Org Chart, Venn Diagram, Wireframe, Mindmap, Network design, etc. The user interface is similar to Draw.io. However, I see more shapes in color, which is very handy and looks attractive.
- Go to gliffy.com
- Click on “START DRAWING.”
Drag-n-drop the required shapes from left navigation, and once you are done, you can export the file as PNG, JPG, SVG or Gliffy format to your desktop.
Cacoo is fantastic if you are looking for real-time collaboration with drag-n-drop, grids, and revision history. It allows you to create 25 sheets with a free plan and can export in PNG format.
There are plenty of shapes for almost all the required objects to create a diagram or wireframe.
ProcessOn is another flexible online tool to help you with creating UI Mockups, Mind Maps, Flowcharts, and UML.
Create a flowchart in HTML 5 with Diagramo. You have export your work to SVG, GIF, and JPG format. It’s a good lightweight online flowchart creator.
Lucidchart is freemium, and the free plan comes with basic functionality but good to start with. You can select from more than 100 premade templates in the following categories.
- Network infrastructure
- Business analysis
- Org chart
- and much more…
You can create one project and 5 diagrams in free account with Creately. Creately let you draw a flowchart, organizational chart, wireframe, network diagram, infographics and much more.
It’s complete drag-n-drop so creating infrastructure diagram or flowchart is easy.
Drawing by Google
A simple drawing by Google. You can create a hierarchy, timeline, relationship, cycle diagram and also an option to generate table and charts.
More than 1100 diagram examples from a use case, software design, flowchart, cloud architecture, dashboard, analytics data, engineering, mind mapping, floor plan and more.
You can get it started in free with Visual Paradigm. Want to work on your Visio files? No worries, you can import Visio stencils files.
Work together with your team to create a flowchart and mind maps using Coggle. Some of the features are as follows.
- Add multiple starting points to the diagram
- Upload custom images
- Annotate text or image
- Numerous shapes and design elements
Once you are happy with your diagram, you can download them as PDF or image files. And, also export as .mm or Visio files.
As the name says, its primarily mind mapping tool.
More than 10 million users have used Mindmeister for brainstorming, project planning, knowledge management, idea management, notes taking and more.
Various samples are available to kickstart creating a diagram. yED live editing platform is fast and distraction free.
- Add your branding color palette
- Add custom data
- Share with others
- UML diagram editor
- Graph structure grouping
yED is also available as a desktop version.
I hope above tools help you to visualize your flow, process in an attractive way. If you are new to enterprise architecture and looking to learn the fundamental concepts, then you may refer online course by Roger Evernden.