Dec 282010

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Gliffy is an online tool that makes it easy to create, share, and collaborate on a wide range of diagrams, Gliffy users can communicate more clearly, boost innovation, improve decisions, and work more effectively. Hundreds of thousands of customers have embraced Gliffy. They create diagrams in a broad range of industries and functions, from individuals to small business owners to leading global companies. Gliffy is created upon Adobe Flash framework and it’ll redirect you to the web app from the home page when you click on “Get Started”

Want to create a diagram for your project in a hurry? Or how about creating neat diagrams while you are on-the-go? It’s in times like these you’ll want a nice online diagramming tool like Gliffy. Let’s see how Gliffy could ease our work with its cool features.

On the very first screen it’ll ask you what type of diagram you want to create and it features diagrams such as, Website/Software UI Design, Venn Diagrams, Flowcharts, Organization Charts, SWOT Analysis, UML Diagramming, Network Diagrams, Business Process and you can even create floor plans!

After selecting the digram type you’ll be presented with the workspace where you can design it the way you want it to be. The interface is well designed and you can tweak with the options they have provided to make the process snappy.

Exporting the Diagram
In the left pane, you can add shapes, images (powered by Yahoo! image search) and customize the user interface. Just below the menu bar you’ll see the design tool bar by which you can add text, basic shapes, connectors and navigation tools. Here are some of the keyboard shortcuts which will save you a big time.

Text Tool – Ctrl+Shift+F2
Ellipse Tool – Ctrl+Shift+9
Connector Tool – Ctrl+Shift+3
Line Tool – Ctrl+Shift+6
Zoom in – Ctrl with +
Zoom out – Ctrl with –
Hand Tool – Space+Left mouse button

On the right pane it’ll display the properties of a selected object where you can edit the values and see the changes. Furthermore, you can open up more tabs and work concurrently by clicking on the “plus sign” located just below the design toolbar. When you have finished creating the diagram just click on “File” and then choose the format you want to export.

But why the name Gliffy?
It comes from the word glyph, a symbol or character that imparts information non-verbally. Gliffy is an online diagramming service that helps users communicate with a combination of shapes, text, and lines. Doesn’t sound so silly now, does it?

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