When looking at a stack of components in a view, it sometimes isn’t clear what the relationship is between them. If component A is above component B, then you know A depends on B, but beyond the view name there’s no other information on the exact nature of the dependency. At its core, ilograph is about documentation and understanding, so this is a pretty glaring weakness. To fix this, view authors can now add notes to a view.
First off, thank you to everyone for their feedback during the private beta so far, it’s been excellent. I’ve taken that feedback and implemented a few big changes to the ilograph stack diagram editing experience. Editing should now be much clearer and easier. If you haven’t started an ilograph stack diagram, now’s a great time. Table Mode A common complaint was that creating and editing elements (aka blocks) was too cumbersome.
Our previous post was an intro to using ilograph stacks; this post will be a quick guide on editing them. You’ll need an ilograph account to create and edit your own stack diagrams. If you haven’t already, create an account here. Creating a stack The default ilograph stack diagram Log in to the ilograph stack client if you aren’t already. Click on the blue “Create new stack” button in the main menu on the left side of the screen.
An ilograph stack diagram Our last post was a manifesto of sorts; we laid out how we hope ilograph will improve on existing diagramming tools. This post, in contrast, is a nuts-and-bolts introduction to ilograph’s first offering: stack diagrams. What is the purpose of ilograph stack diagrams? Stack diagrams are used to design and document dependencies. Dependencies are everywhere in the business and technical world; for example, a software application depends on a remote service, or a project depends on a team.
Business diagrams. What new can be said about them? They are a part of our digital landscape. The diagraming solutions that are out there – Lucidchart, draw.io and, of course, Visio – are all excellent. Drag-and-drop user interfaces, real-time collaboration, hundreds (thousands!) of elements to choose from all come standard. The diagrams they produce look good, too. Hell, diagrams made with slideshow apps look good: So is this a solved problem?