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Better Diagramming in Confluence

#1 rated Confluence app since 2013

Switch from Gliffy to draw.io

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Powerful and easy to use

draw.io is the most flexible and privacy-focused of any production grade Confluence diagramming tool. It enables your users to create flowcharts, process diagrams, org charts, UML, ER diagrams, network diagrams and much more. draw.io provides you with graphic components and powerful functionality to suit both beginner and expert users. For administrators, it provides intuitive ways to customize the interface and add your own content.

Example diagrams

Numerous toolbars offer hundreds of visual elements, which can be positioned in the drawing area with drag & drop, and can be freely adjusted, moved, scaled and rotated. Toolbars can also be activated and deactivated with just a click – you always have the choice between a lean and efficient interface, or one with the full range of functions displayed. Plus, an extensive library of example template diagrams are great for those new to diagramming, and can be quickly modified to create your diagram and save you time.

Comparing draw.io and Gliffy

There are two established players in diagramming in Confluence Server. It’s hard to know which app is the best, so we’ve summarized and compared the functionality of both apps in the table below.

While Gliffy is the oldest diagramming app in the Atlassian environment, draw.io has been the highest rated app in the Atlassian Marketplace since 2013. Both apps are being actively developed and are free to test from the Marketplace.

Comparison draw.io Gliffy
Custom libraries
.vsdx import
.vsdx export
Multiple pages
Touch devices
Automatic layout
Metadata
Interface customization
Full, integrated revision handling (ISO 9001 support)
PDF export
Accessibility
Extensibility (plugins)
Works with Confluence backup/restore cycle
Commercial-friendly license
Extensive stencil library
Top-rated app
Free online/desktop app
Free offline app
Portable/open source
Discounted JIRA App (same functionality as on Confluence but much cheaper)
No data harvesting
Updates released in 2016 22 7

Simple conversion from Gliffy

Do you have more than the occasional Gliffy diagram in your Confluence instance? With the mass import function, it is easy to convert Gliffy to draw.io with just one click, with no loss of data. You can also import diagram data from .vsdx and Lucidchart™ files.

Full revision History

Revision tracking is an important prerequisite for ensuring quality management within Confluence. draw.io creates a new page version in Confluence for each change in the diagram AND the document. You can review all changes in the standard Confluence page history, and roll back to a previous version if necessary.

Extensive shape library

With thousands of shapes and scalable SVG images built into the draw.io shape library, you can easily create all types of diagrams: flow charts and BPMN diagrams, UML diagrams, mind maps and tree diagrams, network diagrams, architectural and circuit board layouts, wireframes and mockups, and more!

Compatible with all browsers

Employees in large companies are often required to work with old browsers, like Internet Explorer 8. draw.io supports browsers from IE 6 onwards (without any loss of function or performance), and is therefore ideal for an enterprise where updated technology is integrated more slowly.

Unambiguous EULA for commercial use

Diagrams created with draw.io can be used in all types of publications, both print and digital, without legal restrictions. Our EULA is clear – you own the content you produce with draw.io, and you can use your draw.io diagrams for any purpose, including commercially.

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