Have you ever had been in a really productive meeting with colleagues and produced a huge list of ideas, only to realise later that you don’t actually know how they fit together? That, of course, is why people produce flow charts, mind maps and other visual aids. As well as being easier to read than the excited scribbles of an enthusiastic teammate, they also clearly show the relationships between different elements of a plan or idea.
It’s this exact quality that makes Lucidchart so intriguing. With Lucidchart, users can quickly and easily produce high-quality charts and diagrams, with little to no design skills.
As well as a stand-alone browser-based product, Lucidchart makes a plug-in for Confluence, bringing the same powerful visual tools to Atlassian’s popular wiki software. Confluence, of course, already offers the ability to effortlessly share a vast range of content, including text, tables, images and links. With Lucidchart, though, it becomes even more impressive.
In fact, Clearvision is so confident of Lucidchart’s appeal that we’re adding it to our enterprise IT packages, giving our customers a significant collaborative boost.
Before we entered this partnership, members of the Clearvision team were already using Lucidchart in their everyday work. Mark Roke, Clearvision’s technical product manager, was among them.
Mark regularly heads whiteboarding sessions with Clearvision’s development team, and while productive, there wasn’t an easy way to record everything that had been written down. With Lucidchart, he’s been transferring the mind maps and charts that he and the team have been drawing – into a format that can be viewed and edited with ease.
With Lucidchart, he could turn this:
He also used Lucidchart to help out the Clearvision marketing team, by creating a diagram to explain the common functionality of Atlassian tools. Within minutes, they had a clear visual aid for what is a fairly wide-ranging and perhaps complex set of relationships.
These aren’t the only ways Mark’s been using Lucidchart, of course, but they do demonstrate some of the power and versatility it offers.
What else does Mark love about Lucidchart?
“The first time you open Lucidchart,” he says, “the UI jumps out at you. The layout speaks intuitively on how to use the tool.”
Part of this intuitiveness comes from the fact that Lucidchart uses familiar controls and shortcuts, as well as a wealth of pre-made material: “There are all these beautiful templates you can just jump into. And even if you prefer to start with a blank canvas, the templates at least give you an idea of what’s possible.”
Even better, Lucidchart supports layers, meaning you can make changes to parts of your diagrams without affecting others. As Mark succinctly puts it, “I can change my chart without actually changing my chart!”
You can hear more about Mark Roke’s experiences with Lucidchart with this free webinar on demand. Pick up tips and advice on how your teams can harness the benefits of visual communication!
If you’d like to experience some of these features for yourself, head over to the Lucidchart website. Simply sign up for a free account and see for yourself just what it can do.