When you want to create diagrams with draw.io, you have the option of choosing from a wide variety of built-in templates for all kinds of use cases. Sooner or later you will want to adapt these templates or even create your own diagrams from scratch that you might like to share with your colleagues [...]
Communication diagrams are another way to visualize the information more commonly represented by UML sequence diagrams. They are simpler than sequence diagrams and only show the messages that pass between the objects. See how you can create UML communication diagrams with draw.io.
By using the draw.io text plugin, you can extract all of the text in your diagram, quickly and easily, and then edit this text to be readable and accurate instructions. The plugin will save you a lot of time, and improve the accessibility of your flowcharts and business process documentation!
If you are using a platform or creating a document that can't embed a draw.io diagram, you'll want to export it as an image. Importing is just as important, especially if you want to move your diagrams from another diagramming tool into draw.io to take advantage of its rich features.
Custom libraries make working with your own graphics and icons a breeze. You can quickly and easily import your own libraries and use your custom shapes. Alternatively, you can create a custom library from an existing diagram, as you will learn how to do in this exercise.
You can add links so that when a viewer clicks on a shape or a line of text in your diagram, they can be taken directly to another page or diagram. And you can add tooltips, so when a viewer hovers their mouse over a section of the diagram, they will be shown additional information in a tooltip.
Building your diagram by using layers allows you a lot more flexibility - you can switch between different views of your diagram, group related elements and protect them from being modified when you work in a different layer. In this exercise, you'll create a diagram in a top layer, following an image 'template' that you paste into the background layer.
You're ready to start creating more complex diagrams! You should be comfortable inserting and formatting shapes, drawing connectors and inserting text. Plus in the last exercise, you used some more advanced formatting to create your tree. In this exercise, you will create a flow chart, with a very important theme - drinking coffee!
Now that you've learnt how to insert and modify shapes, add text and use connectors, it's time to put it all together. In this exercise you'll learn some more advanced formatting options by using the format panel on the right hand side.
Now that you are comfortable modifying an existing diagram by editing shapes, it's time to build one from scratch. You'll need to add shapes from the symbol library, draw connections between the shapes, and add text to both the shapes and the connectors.