March Newsletter

By Chris Kohlhardt on Mar 01, 2007 in Latest & Greatest

Next time you have an idea, try drawing it out using Gliffy instead of writing it out. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

In this issue:

  • Gliffy Online Premium Now Available – Sign up before March 30th and save!
  • Gliffy Online has a new symbol library for Entity-Relationship diagrams
  • Gliffy Online has a new look
  • Clint’s Drawing Tip o’ the month: Linking to other public diagrams and the off-page connector symbol
  • Gliffy Plugin for Confluence
  • Gliffy in action: Some of our favorite diagrams
  • Green and Good stuff: Terra Pass

Gliffy Online Premium Now Available

After 10 months of collecting feedback, fixing bugs, and adding improvements to Gliffy Online, we’ve removed the ‘beta’ sticker and now have Basic and Premium versions:

Gliffy Online Basic:
– Free
– Create up to 3 private diagrams, and unlimited public diagrams
– 2MB Image upload limit

Gliffy Online Premium:
– 1 Year plan: Sign up before March 30th and get 1 year for $20 ($30 regular price)
– 2 Year plan: Sign up before March 30th and get 2 years for $35 ($45 regular price)
– Unlimited private diagrams
– Ad and nag free

See that discount before March 30th? That’s our way of saying THANK YOU to all our existing users for helping us make Gliffy Online what it is today. To take advantage of this discount, simply log into Gliffy Online and click one of the upgrade banners.

Gliffy Online has a new symbol library: ERD (entity-relationship diagram)

Once again, you’ve asked for a feature, and we deliver. This time we’ve added the Entity-Relationship symbol library.   No, these symbols are not meant to help you work out your differences with spirits from another world. These symbols are representative of the notation which is used for creating data models. If this doesn’t get you excited, you’re probably not a computer nerd like us, and I suggest just searching for ‘puppies’ in the image search…. that’s a lot more fun. :-)

Gliffy Online has a new look
If you haven’t already bounced on over to Gliffy Online to take advantage of the discount, here’s another reason to take a peek. Gliffy Online now has a new look. We’ve removed a lot of the extra ‘chrome’ to enlarge the drawing area and make it easier for you to get work done. Love it? Hate it? Let us know by emailing us: support (at)gliffy (dot) com. Either way, check it out:

Clint’s Drawing Tip o’ the month:  Using the Off-Page Connector and Linking in public diagrams

That flowchart you made in Gliffy Online is getting too big. Plus, you want to give an nice flowing presentation of it to your boss so you can get that shiny new [Bugatti Veyron|http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/rich-tehrani/uploads/bugatti-veyron-big.jpg] as a bonus.  This is where embedding links in the off-page connector flowchart symbol and public diagrams comes in. In your flowchart, instead of including the sub flows in the main flow, create a new diagram for each sub flow, and use an off-page connector symbol (in the flowchart symbol library) to show the link to the sub flow, just use text for now.  Now, go ahead and publish each diagram, recording the public URL’s to each sub flow diagram.  Finally, in the main flow diagram, for each off-page connector, add text that is a link to that sub flow diagram.  You now have a way of easily presenting a large process flow, with clickable links to each sub flow.  You can also create links in the sub flow back to the main flow or other sub flows.Â

Check out an example here

Gliffy Plugin for Confluence
See! Exciting diagrams in your favorite Enterprise Wiki, Confluence:

’nuff said :-)

Gliffy in action: Some of our favorite diagrams

Is one of these yours?

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Green and Good stuff: Terra Pass

There’s been a lot of talk about global warming these days. Given that many people own cars, fly in planes, and use electricity which are all contributers to global warming, it’s hard to know what to do. Certainly driving and flying less, and also reducing your electricity use is one way to help reduce your personal impact, but now there is another way. TerraPass helps you reduce your carbon footprint to zero. From the web site:

“When you buy a TerraPass, your money funds renewable energy projects such as wind farms. These projects result in verified reductions in greenhouse gas pollution. And these reductions counterbalance your own emissions.”

Consider purchasing a terra pass today.

Well, that’s it for this month of the Gliffy Newsletter. See you next month!

Chris, Clint, and the rest of the Gliffy team.