Thursday, February 21, 2008

Autodesk Draw: a nice online Vector app

So I was looking for a free alternative to MS Visio. I stumbled upon Gliffy, which seemed to satisfy all my needs in a neat little package but the major drawback of the free account was that you could only save 5 public diagrams.

So I kept on looking and I finally found Autodesk's Project Draw. Draw is a new feature-rich web-based vector drawing application which can be used to create simple floor plans, electronic-circuit diagrams, network diagrams, user interface mock-ups etc.

Though not as feature rich as Gliffy, there is no limit on the number of diagrams you can save. The diagram can also be exported out in a variety of formats.

Try it today and leave your comments behind. Personally, I liked the Gliffy interface better. It also lacks UML/ software engineering components. But it is just a test product and new features and shapes are expected to be added soon.


Scott Sheppard said...

Thanks for helping spread the word about Project Draw. I am glad you liked it. I will record your feature request for UML symbols. That might be a useful one for us to get to.

Scott Sheppard said...

So what did you like better about the Giffy interface?

Anoj said...

Draw's interface seems a little cluttered, especially the toolbar menu and the big green "Hey nice diag..." box in the left ;)

But apart from that, it is a really good tool.

Scott Sheppard said...

Thanks. The "learn about submitting your diagram to our gallery" button is new. It is big. We want to call attention to it. It is only temporary. We want to collect a set of cool diagrams created with Project Draw. In terms of clutter, others have suggested we give Project Draw a face lift. :-)