Excalidraw vs Microsoft Visio

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Microsoft Visio vs Excalidraw: What are the differences?

Developers describe Microsoft Visio as "Diagramming made simple". Create flowcharts, diagrams, org charts, floor plans, engineering designs, and more, using modern shapes and templates with the familiar Office experience. On the other hand, Excalidraw is detailed as "Virtual whiteboard for sketching hand-drawn like diagrams". It is a whiteboard tool that lets you easily sketch diagrams with a hand-drawn feel.

Microsoft Visio and Excalidraw can be primarily classified as "Diagramming" tools.

Excalidraw is an open source tool with 9.24K GitHub stars and 619 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Excalidraw's open source repository on GitHub.

Decisions about Excalidraw and Microsoft Visio
Julien DeFrance
Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 1 upvote · 187.8K views

When starting my new role at #Stessa, I needed a solution to start diagramming some of my #Architecture so I'd be able to share my views on #SystemArchitecture with the rest of the team.

Visualization is key. Especially when working with complex/distributed systems. You want to make sure everybody's got the same understanding of your approach, so you can better communicate, and start delegating more.

In the past, I had worked with #VisualParadigm for #UML, in both desktop and #SaaS version of the product. Also worked with #LucidChart We also looked at potential alternatives such as Microsoft Visio for instance.

Ultimately, my recommendation was & we closed on Lucidchart, as it won on couple of key aspects : #Team #Collaboration, #Integrations with #AWS for instance, and certain specific visualizations we were looking for / others didn't have.

This isn't just for #Engineering. I've seen Lucidchart being used by #Product Teams, #Network #Engineers, #IT Departments, #DevOps, or non-Engineering related teams.

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Pros of Excalidraw
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    It's really convenient to use as a virtual whiteboard
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    Collaborative work is very simple
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    Libraries allow the quick creation of diagrams

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What is Excalidraw?

It is a whiteboard tool that lets you easily sketch diagrams with a hand-drawn feel.

What is Microsoft Visio?

Create flowcharts, diagrams, org charts, floor plans, engineering designs, and more, using modern shapes and templates with the familiar Office experience.

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