The Road to HTML5: Showing our True Colors

By Carole Snitzer on Oct 02, 2012 in Latest & Greatest
Djedi ready for HTML5

Here at Gliffy we are eating, sleeping, and breathing HTML5. So it wasn’t too much of a surprise when we came in this morning to find our friendly neighborhood robot Djedi all dressed up to fight the good fight for better in-browser applications. If you haven’t had a chance yet, head over to to…

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Is Your Data Safe Online?

By Zack Kushner on Sep 27, 2012 in Latest & Greatest

Online security is an important part of modern life. With all your personal details living on your smartphone and beaming around between various servers, one’s got to stay vigilant. But how secure can data be once it’s left your hands? In the name of science, research, and honesty, Gliffy has developed this handy flowchart to…

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GliffyHack! Fall 2012 GliffyToon Drawing Contest

By Carole Snitzer on Sep 20, 2012 in Latest & Greatest

According to my calendar, this Saturday, September 22, is the first day of fall. (At least, it is here in the northern hemisphere. Happy spring to all you antipodeans!) In celebration of the season, we’re holding a Fall-themed Drawing Contest, and all Gliffy users are welcome to enter! Here’s how it works Open up Gliffy…

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Diagram tips: Picking a color palette

By Carole Snitzer on Sep 13, 2012 in Tips and Tricks

You worked hard on that diagram. You organized your thoughts, outlined every task and decision, positioned all the elements, typed in your text. It took a little time, but it was so worth it, because now everyone actually understands that complicated process you’ve been trying to explain for months. There’s just one catch. It doesn’t…

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Can You Kick It?

By Zack Kushner on Sep 06, 2012 in Latest & Greatest
kick it

Kickstarter can launch tech projects into the stratosphere (literally). Unfortunately, sometimes the web community offers developers a kick somewhere less comfortable. How can you know whether your brilliant brainstorm is worth bootstrapping on Kickstarter? Just use our handy flowchart! If Kickstarter isn’t right for you, don’t despair. There are plenty of ways to get good…

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New to HTML5 Preview: UML and ERD

By Carole Snitzer on Sep 05, 2012 in Latest & Greatest

We’re getting closer and closer to the release of our HTML5 Editor, which means that the HTML5 Preview is starting to show off more of the features and symbols you’ll see in the final version. This week, we added the much-requested UML (Unified Modeling Language) and ERD (Entity-relationship) libraries: Go to to try them…

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Free Diagram Template: Phone Interview Script

By Carole Snitzer on Aug 31, 2012 in Tips and Tricks

Once a month, we post a free, downloadable Gliffy template here on the Pirate (B)log. This month, we’re offering a phone interview script flowchart for you to download. Gliffy is a small software company. Right away, that tells you two things: (1) It is very, very important that we hire exactly the right people; and…

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Join us for AtlasCamp 2012

By Carole Snitzer on Aug 28, 2012 in Latest & Greatest

In just a few short weeks, we’re heading off to AtlasCamp 2012. AtlasCamp, in case you’ve never attended, is a special event for developers in the Atlassian ecosystem. It’s a great opportunity to check in with the rest of the community and find out what everyone is up to. Since it’s a small and personal…

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Instant Usability Testing with

By Han Lee on Aug 14, 2012 in Let's Talk Tech

We just released a preview of our new HTML5 editor application on (check it out!) Just before we rolled it out, I used to quickly get feedback from real users. has a crowdsourced model where you can ask their network of users to do a number of tasks and provide feedback. They…

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