DroidDia Prime – like Microsoft Visio, it’s a fantastic diagramming tool for Android
Jan 24, 2013 8:09 PM –
DroidDia Prime is a productivity app is similar to Microsoft Visio that allows you to create flow charts, organizational charts, Mind maps and more.
Price: Free, $4.68
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S3
Pros & Cons:
- Powerful flowchart and diagram designer for Android!
- The free version is robust enough to let you really try it out, while the paid version unlocks functionality like larger diagrams with more objects, as well as more options for icons!
- You can build a wide range of charts and diagrams!
- In the app itself, the buttons aren’t well labeled – it takes trial and error to find everything.
- On a small screen, a complicated diagram can be a bit cramped to move around and work with.
DroidDia is a very powerful little productivity tool. With it, you can create fairly robust flowcharts, diagrams, organizational maps, website maps and more. Anything you can do with a desktop tool like Microsoft Visio, you can do in this app on your Android device.
I was impressed with the versatility and since all the items are vector based, it’s easy to scale them up and down. You can also export the files in several formats to read on whatever desktop program you use – or to make changes to a diagram you already have on the fly and save it back to your servers for access later.
In addition to a range of icons, the app allows you to input text, draw lines and arrows, even build things like Venn diagrams. There’s not much you can’t build with this app, and for the Android platform, it’s a huge positive. If you work in- and create diagrams or charts on a regular basis, this is going to be a tool you won’t be able to live without.
If I had any complaint, it was that the actual app buttons are just simple icons, with no explanation for what anything does. It takes trial and error to figure out what each icon means, and then what types of information you can access from them. There was also a button that shrank and expanded the settings menu that I was never able to really figure out the purpose for. I can understand wanting a clean, streamlined interface, but while you can access tutorials on the company’s website, it would be nice to have it built in, or include some kind of key for what the icons do.
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This is the type of app that you either need or you don’t. For people who work in diagrams and charts, this is going to be invaluable, since it will give you the ability to work on the fly, from your mobile device. For someone who doesn’t do a lot of diagramming, however, it won’t be something you use often. I’d suggest using the free version first, which gives you a pretty large range to play with, before you commit to purchasing the pro key.
Ease of Use:
This was the only area I had some issues. In terms of actually drawing and organizing the diagrams, it’s very easy to do – everything is drag and drop. However, the actual menu systems and settings are just simple icons. It takes trial and error to find what each thing does, and it would be nice to have them better marked, or have an FAQ inside the app rather than directing you to an outside website.
As I mentioned above, this depends on your daily activities. If you work in charts and diagrams daily, you’ll probably live in this app.
This ties into the ease of use – the app itself works well, but the interface is the one place I would like to see a bit of improvement.
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