Best diagramming software: Top Microsoft Visio alternatives

draw.io

draw.io

draw.iois a free app for making flowcharts, process diagrams, mind maps organisational charts and a range of other diagrams. It works online and offline in every major browser and is also available in mobile and desktop versions.

Users can design their diagrams through a drag and drop functionality before publishing and sharing their work.

They can also track and restore changes, import and export various formats, before publishing and store their work in Google Drive or OneDrive.

Lucid Chart

Lucid Chart

Lucid Chartis an online diagram application that supports collaborative editing. It's compatible with Micros Visio documents and integrates with a wide range of apps including G Suite, Salesforce, Slack, Microsoft Word and Excel.

The drag-and-drop functionality provides a simple design process that can be tracked through revision history before the finished work is embedded in a wiki, website or blog.

LucidChart professional edition costs £10 per month for a single user, while the team version will set you back £23 per month.

Dia Diagram Editor

Dia Diagram Editor

Diaproduces a free open source diagram editor for Windows, Mac OS and Linux that can be used to design more than 30 diagram types.

Beginners can use more than a thousand predefined objects and symbols to help them draw diagrams, while developers can use the software as a computer-aided software engineering tool to generate code skeletons for their designs.

yEd Graph Editor

yEd Graph Editor

yEd Graph Editoris a free design tool known for an intuitive interface that makes it easy to quickly create diagrams.

You can create diagrams manually using yEd's predefined shapes and symbols, or import your own, before exporting their designs into a wide range of file formats, including JPEG and XML.

The desktop application runs on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Gliffy Diagram
© Gliffy

Gliffy Diagram

Gliffy Diagramis another drag and drop design tool that promises to create stunning visuals in just a few clicks.

The software is a popular choice for beginner designers as it uses ready-made templates and shapes to create attractive diagrams and charts that can quickly be embedded or shared via URL. Other features include real-time collaboration, track changes and integrations with a wide range of tool.

Gliffy costs $7.99 (£6) per month for the personal version and $4.99 (£3.75) per user per month for the team edition.

Creately

Creately

Createlyis a diagramming tool that's built for teams. Users can choose from hundreds of pre-designed shapes that adapt to match different types of diagrams and neighbouring shapes and collaborate in real-time with up to 20 colleagues.

It includes plugins for Confluence, JIRA and FogBugz, and integrates into Google Apps and Chrome Store. The software is available in desktop, online, desktop and mobile versions from $5 per month for personal use and from $25 per month for the team edition.

LibreOffice Draw

LibreOffice Draw

LibreOffice Drawis a vector graphics and flowcharts design tool that's part of the free and open source LibreOffice software suite.

Draw uses smart connectors that make it diagramming simple. Users can define where these connectors adhere to and automatically calculate and display the linear dimensions of their designs to build a variety of different charts and diagrams regardless of skill level.

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