Comparison of Major Diagramming Software Microsoft Visio vs SmartDraw vs Creately vs Omnigraffle vs Gliffy

Diagram Software Comparison Infographic
Search is available for Visio shapes/stencils.
Search is available for SmartDraw shapes/stencils.
Search is available for Creately objects, Google Images and Icons from IconFinder.com.
Search is available for Omnigraffle stencils and stencils from Graffletopia.com.
Gliffy enables image search from Yahoo.
Visio has a web-based viewer which can be used to view diagrams. You can also comment and email your diagrams from within Visio.
SmartDraw has a downloadable viewer which can be used to view diagrams. You can also comment and email your diagrams from within Smartdraw.
Creately has a web-based diagram viewer which can be used to view diagrams. You can also comment and email your diagrams from within Creately.
You can email your diagrams from within Omnigraffle.
Gliffy has a web-based public diagram viewer which can be used to view only public diagrams. You can also comment and email your diagrams from within Gliffy.
Use the Microsoft Visio Viewer to embed Visio drawings or images on any web page.
Export a bitmap or a HTML file to embed the SmartDraw drawing on any web page. Also, embed SmartDraw drawings on MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel and have your Doc, PPT or Excel sheet automatically updated when you make changes on the diagram.
Use the Creately player or Google gadget to embed a diagram on any webpage or Google site, and have it automatically updated when you make changes on the diagram.
Use LinkBack to embed an Omnigraffle diagram in Keynote, and have you presentation automatically updated when you make changes on the diagram.
Use the embed code to embed a diagram on any web page.
Sign-in using your email, Facebook, Twitter, Google and/or Google Apps account.
Sign-in using your email.
New versions are available on yearly basis for a price.
Free upgrades only for users with Platinum Protection and owners of SmartDraw VP.
All upgrades are free for online customers. Upgrades are free up to a period of one year for desktop users. Desktop users will require a minimum Maintenance License to upgrade after one year.
New versions are available intermittently for a price.
Upgrades automatically available online.
Visio is a desktop diagram software that can be installed on your computer.
SmartDraw is a desktop diagram software that can be installed on your computer.
Creately is a diagram software which enables you to draw diagrams from your desktop or your browser. With Creately's Diagrams Anywhere feature your work will be available both online and offline.
Omnigraffle is a desktop diagram software that can be installed on your computer.
Gliffy is an web-based diagram software which enables you to draw on your browser.
Shapes in the diagrams can have links to webpages.
Shapes in the diagrams can have links to other diagrams, webpages or documents.
Shapes in the diagrams can have links to other diagrams or web pages/sites.
Shapes in the diagrams can have links to other diagrams or web pages.
Shapes in the diagrams can have links to other diagrams or web pages.
Creately allows you to share your diagrams via Social Media sites, and you can also publish your diagrams on the Internet using a public URL.
Gliffy allows you to share your diagrams via Social Media sites, and you can also publish your diagrams on the Internet using a public URL.
An API is available.
An online API is available.
AppleScript is the API for Omnigraffle products.
An online API (beta) is available.
Shapes can have data stored within them. Objects behave smart based on the data in them.
Shapes can have data stored within them. Objects behave smart based on the data in them.
Shapes can have data stored within them. Objects behave smart based on the data in them.
Shapes can have data stored within them.
Shapes can have data stored within them.
Requires sharepoint server to be set up for collaboration to work
Requires sharepoint server to be set up for collaboration to work.
Default collaboration available through Creately online servers.
Default collaboration available through Gliffy online servers.

Drawing - Microsoft Visio, Smartdraw, Creately, Omnigraffle, Gliffy

Easy to use software

Draw online, draw on the desktop

Shape search

visio shapes, visio stencils

smartdraw shapes

Creately objects, google images, icon search from iconfinder

Omnigraffle stencils, stencil search from Graffletopia

Gliffy search, yahoo images

Document Management

Diagram Folders

Diagram tags

Diagram revisions, diagram version history

Rename

Save as image, PDF (for printing) or SVG

Data enabled diagrams

Document Linking

Export diagram in SVG, PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF

Diagrams

Diagram Objects

Business

flowchart, flow charts, business process models, process flowcharts, cause and effect diagram, business graphic, mindmap, mind map, SWOT analysis, SWOT, fishbone diagram, fish bone diagram, decision tree, ishikawa diagram, pareto charts, org chart, marketing diagrams, strategy map, value stream maps.

Education

venn diagram math, venn diagram, graphic organisers, graphic organizers, free graphic organizers, brainstorming maps, KWL charts, Cycle diagrams, storyboards.

Technical

UML , UML diagrams, software UML, ER diagram, entity relationship diagrams, entity relation diagrams, sequence diagram, UML sequence diagram, electric circuit diagrams, network diagrams, networking diagrams, wireframes, mockup, sitemap.

Others

Engineering diagrams, floor plans, landscape designs, elevations, certificates, estate planning, healthcare and legal.

Custom

Diagram template

Flow chart

Flow chart template, BPM, data-flow diagram, business processes.

Business

SWOT templates, SWOt diagram template, fish diagram template, org chart template, SWOT analysis template, cause and effect diagram template, bcg matrix template, boston matrix, ansoff matrix.

Mind maps

mindmap, mind map template, mindmapping.

UML

UML, ER diagram, ER model, sequence diagrams.

Wireframes

website maps, wire frames, mock ups, wireframe templates, sitemap templates.

Education

Graphic organizer templates, venn diagram templates, cycle diagram, KWL chart.

Others

Family trees, floor plan templates, healthcare templates,

Users

Corporate

Professionals in the Marketing, Project managers, Executive, Analysts, Consultants, Admin, Middle Management, Finance.

Software

Developers, designers, web architects, project engineers

Education

Students, teachers, lecturers, professors

Manufacturing

Operations manager, supply chain management, logistics

Share

Collaborate on diagrams

Share your flowcharts, mock ups, mind maps, UML diagrams with your co-workers or your team and clients.

Review your diagrams

Diagram embeds

Share your diagrams via social sites

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Access

Runs on Mac, Windows, Linux, iPad

Free usage, free trail, demo usage

Login

Login using OpenID, OpenID login, Login using Twitter, Login using Facebook, Login with your google account

Cost or Pricing models

Developer API

Extensions or Plugins

Confluence, Jira, central desktop, fogbugz, lotus symphony.

Marketplaces

Download your diagramming software from cnet, adobe marketplace, chrome web store, google marketplace, app mac store.

Support

Support channel

email, forums, twitter, facebook, within 24 hours, 1 business day

Feature updates

free upgrades, purchase your upgrades.

upgrades available yearly, monthly

manually upgrade or automatic upgrades