July 2007 Newsletter

By Chris Kohlhardt on Aug 07, 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!

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In this issue

  • Gliffy In The News - Great Computer World article with a quote from one of our favorite users
  • Poll - We are interested in your feedback.
  • Clint's Drawing Tip of the Month - More drawing control with Lock Shape
  • Friends of Gliffy - Freshbooks - We highly recommend our invoicing solution
  • Gliffy Online Update
  • Gliffy Plugin for Confluence Update - Version 1.3.3 released
  • Gliffy User Of The Month - We could not ask for a better video
  • Gliffy In Action - Diagrams

Gliffy In The News

InfoWorld, CA - Jun 29, 2007 - Gliffy is a flow chart and diagram application that works exactly like Microsoft Visio. To create a flow chart, you just drag icons onto the document area. ...

19 Jun 2007 by Raj - Gliffy is an online tool for creating flowcharts, org charts, database schemas, diagrams, site layouts, etc. Gliffy comes very close to providing Microsoft Visio capabilities on the web. Gliffy runs in your web browser, there is no need ... Tech News, Software Reviews, Blog Tips...

28 Jun 2007 by Willi - That changed sometime in May when I was making some changes to my basement remodel diagram on Gliffy, and noticed that they added the ability to collaborate. Fast forward to today - at one point half the ScribeStorm employees were ... Living in Small Sizes -

POLL - We are interested in your feedback

Tell us how we can improve and what is important to you!


Clint's Drawing Tip of the Month - More Drawing Control with Lock Shape

So you got that cool background image in your Gliffy diagram you want to start decorating with shapes and text. But, as you start dropping things onto the image and moving them around, you accidentally move the background image around too. Now you have to re-position it again. This can be painful and annoying and may cause swelling of the brain.
Thankfully there is Lock Shape. Yes, Lock Shape. Just select that background image or any shape you want to lock into place and click the Lock Shape check box in the right-side properties area of Gliffy. The shape overlay will now have red handles, signifying the shape is now locked. Yes, no more re-positioning those background shapes and wantless Undo-ing.
(Warning: Lock shape can cause extreme excitement and spontaneous ogling at your diagram)

Friends of Gliffy - Freshbooks - We highly recommend our invoicing solution
Freshbooks is making our invoicing much more efficient and we highly recommend this as your web-based invoicing solution. We use it to manage our customers and to create and send invoices to them. It allows our customers to pay online and keeps us informed of the status of payments. We're in the middle of integrating our back-end systems with their API which they recently launched .

They have the ability to deliver professional invoices over email and ground mail, track payments, manage disputes, record payment histories, and collect payments by check, e-check, or credit card.

Try Freshbooks now!

Gliffy Online Update

Thanks for all the feature requests. We have listened and made many updates

  • Added drawing control - you can now "lock" a shape - see Clint's tutorial above for details.
  • More revision control - we now display which revision is open
  • Improved Image rendering performance: Published diagrams render faster
  • Easier to make horizontal and vertical lines with the straight line tool
  • Added Vertical rule in user interface shapes.
  • Symbol updates - There will be a lot in the future here - please fill out the poll above to tell us which new symbols you would like to see. In the mean time, we have made the following updates to our existing symbol libraries:
    Network Diagrams- Improved Network diagram symbols -New symbols include mail server symbol, mainframe symbol and database server symbol. Improvements to server symbol, laptop symbol, printer symbol and hub symbol.
    System Designers- We have enabled more entity-relationship line types.
    Floor planners- New stairs symbols in floorplan shapes and improved door symbols

Gliffy Plugin for Confluence Update - Version 1.3.3 released

  • New Customers -

We welcome a number of new customers including - IBM, Bank of America, SAP LABS, Fujitsu, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Yellow Pages Group and Washington & Jefferson College. Here is a complete list of our featured customers.

  • Version 1.3.3 released -
  • Improved performance improvements including diagram rendering performance and plug-in start-up time
  • Added document manager. Now you can open other diagrams in the system via the new document manager. This will enable you to copy and paste between different documents.
  • Added drawing control - you can now "lock" a shape - see Clint's tutorial above for details.
  • More revision control - we now display which revision is open
  • Improved Image rendering performance: Published diagrams render faster
  • Easier to make horizontal and vertical lines with the straight line tool
  • Added Vertical rule in user interface shapes.
  • Symbol updates - There will be a lot in the future here - please fill out the poll above to tell us which new symbols you would like to see. In the mean time, we have do the below updates
    Network Diagrams- Improved Network diagram symbols New symbols include a mail server symbol, mainframe symbol and database server symbol. We have also made improvements to server symbol, laptop symbol, printer symbol and hub symbol.
    System Designers- We have added more entity-relationship line types.
    Floor planners- New stairs symbols and improved door symbols

Gliffy User Of The Month - We could not ask for a better video

We wanted to recognize this great Gliffy Tutorial video on Gliffy created by TecherTube user, elikeren:

How to create a storyboard in Gliffy.com and post to your blog

Gliffy in Action - Diagrams

Here are a few of our favorites:

Well, that's it for the May Gliffy Newsletter. See you next month!

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