Why I Like This: Excalidraw

  • Starts simple, gets complex. I found Excalidraw really straightforward to use out-of-the-box. I didn’t need to go through any tutorials or anything, and it was really intuitive to create simple diagrams. When others on the dev team wanted to create diagrams detailing complex system architecture, they were able to add a bunch of new shapes & icons from the library, create linked objects for easier editing, and so on. It’s got other “hidden” features as well, like being able to paste in a table & have a simple graph auto-created.
  • It’s collaborative. As with any useful tool these days, it’s great to be able to work with others on the same project simultaneously, and Excalidraw easily allows for this.
  • Looks “rough around the edges”. There’s something about the hand-drawn look that I really like. It has a bit more personality than a typical boring set of shapes & shadows. Makes it look home-made, which makes presentations stand out.

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