Now Using ‘diagrams.net/draw.io’ for our Azure Architecture and Concept Drawings

  • Flexible diagram saving options — to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, GitHub, GitLab and local devices
  • Our drawings and data remain under our own save decisions
  • Global option to auto-save or not
  • Possible to access the XML for an opened diagram and resave through that if anything fails
  • Import VSDX and SVG files — and those of several other online drawing platforms if necessary
  • Can easily create Custom Libraries of icons, shapes, objects for re-use and quick find later
  • The Scratchpad (temporary gathering of commonly used icons, shapes, objects) is able to be edited and saved
  • Search feature for finding icons works well if the name of the file is known — otherwise, the visual search of icon thumbnails works
  • Most current Azure Icon Set (Sept 2019) is fully loaded as a ‘batch category’ for easy visual selection, as well as by Category
  • Managing libraries is easy
  • Libraries can be saved and then loaded from Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, GitHub, Browsers, Device or URL
  • There’s an offline version for working with drawing UI with resynch options when back online
  • The external changes will be automatically detected and merged into the current file if saving to Google Drive and OneDrive, unless auto-save turned off
  • Auto-save is really a backup
  • Simple and intuitive workspace
  • Can create multiple pages per file
  • Can easily set the page size for a file
  • Clean ‘uncluttered’ workspace — with a few theme options
  • Revision History is kept for each online file — allowing editing, restoring to a different version, or downloading to storage of choice

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