Create beautiful professional diagram in minutes
One of the essential tasks for IT projects leader or architect is to have 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 or startup organization.
A few days back, I was in search of creating WebSphere related diagram and found following fantastic online tool, which let you create in free.
Draw.io is an online tool, which helps you to create a flow chart or any diagram with plenty of shapes to perfectly visualize your infrastructure.
There are more than 50 pre-defined templates to get you started in various categories.
- Go to https://www.draw.io/
- Select the location you want to save the diagrams to.
- 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 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 another fantastic online 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 https://www.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.
4. Process On
ProcessOn is another flexible online tool to help you with creating UI Mockups, Mind Maps, Flowcharts, and UML.
Create flowchart in HTML 5 with Diagramo. You have export your work to SVG, GIF, and JPG format. It’s 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 following categories.
- Network infrastructure
- Business analysis
- Org chart
- and much more…
You can create one project and 5 diagram 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.
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.