Online Brainstorming Tools: Gliffy Reviewed

Each week, the Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is discussing brainstorming tools. Today's review: Gliffy.

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What Is It?

When you create a new document in Gliffy, you can use a blank slate, a background from the program's database or a saved template of your own creation. You can also import items for use as templates, including images and XML files. Gliffy's template database includes categories like flowcharts, website and software user interface design, floor plans and Venn diagrams. You can save your work on the site, meaning you don't have to use the same computer to edit your documents. Users can also collaborate with others by either emailing a direct link to the document or making it public.

No downloads are necessary to use Gliffy, and you can get a 30-day trial for free. You may continue using the program's basic features for free after that trial is up. If you want to use premium features, there is a wide range of subscription options, from a single-person membership for $5 a month to a 1000-user monthly business membership package for $1,750. Academic memberships are offered at a lower price than business memberships. For example, a 5-user academic membership is $7.50 a month, while a 5-user business membership is $15 a month.

What Makes It Cool?

I like Gliffy's clean design and easy-to-use tools. The site also features a help section with a user manual. This manual includes both written and illustrated instructions. Users have a good amount of control over what their finished products look like, but the program does have a unified aesthetic. The high-quality graphics are sharp, and there is a large stock of images to work from. For instance, you can make a floor plan that includes images of rugs, appliances, furniture and plants.

What Are Its Drawbacks?

Gliffy seems good at what it does, but it is basically a single-purpose program. Some people may find wide uses for it, but the cost isn't likely justifiable unless you're regularly creating graphs, charts or diagrams for business or academic purposes.

Where Can I Find It?

Sign up for a free trial and learn more about Gliffy by following this link.

The Education Techie will continue to review brainstorming tools this week and next.

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