Google Drawings vs LucidChart

Google Drawings
Collaborative whiteboard in Google Docs. Drawings may be collaboratively co-edited, downloaded into standard formats and copy and pasted into Google Docs.
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Google Drawings vs LucidChart in our news:

2020 - Lucidchart raises $52M Series D, passes $100M ARR – TechCrunch

2019 - Google Drawings can now be embedded into Google Docs and easily updated

Google Drawings will soon feature improved Google Docs integration by allowing a direct and updating embed. At the moment, users have to manually create a new drawing from the Google Docs insert menu. A separate window opens to allow users to work on a Google Drawings file, with the ability to insert once they are finished editing. With the new integration, heading to “Drawing” in the “Insert” menu will reveal a new “From Drive” option that opens up a Drive file picker to select an existing Drawings file. Once embedded, the drawing is linked to that doc, with users able to update it if changes are made to the source. You can also unlink the work to make further customizations and edits that won’t be reflected.

2018 - LucidChart raises $72 million to grow the web-based diagramming software

Web-based visual design platform Lucid Software has raised $72 million in a round of funding. Founded in 2010, Lucid Software is best known for its flagship Lucidchart product, which is kind of like a Microsoft Visio-style collaborative diagramming app that’s used for wireframing, UI prototyping, and similar use cases. Companies can use it to create an organizational HR chart, for example, though in reality anyone from freelancers to students can use the software. Lucidchart competitors include tools from the likes of Adobe and, as noted, Microsoft Visio, while other players in the field include SmartDraw, Gliffy, and the open source Lucidchart aims to differentiate itself through a combination of ease-of-use, access on any device or platform, real-time collaboration and advanced functionality, like automating diagrams and combining them with external data sources.

2010 - Google Docs adds Visio killer, collaborative editing in Google Wave style

Google Docs collaboration

When Microsoft demoed the Office Web Apps, we noted that nobody knows what will Google Docs look like when Office 2010 finally launch. MS Office Web will appear at least in 2 months and this question is still relevant. While Microsoft is fixing bugs in its web office, Google is constantly improving Docs. The new version of Google Docs features the significantly improved collaborative editing technology. It has a sidebar, which displays a list of users who are editing or viewing the document right now. On the same panel is chat. Each user is assigned a color and you can watch in real-time how your co-workers edit document (like in Google Wave or Etherpad). Moreover, this technology works in text documents and spreadsheets, and in the new Google Drawings.

Google Drawing

Google Drawings at first glance looks like a lightweight MS Visio. It allows to draw simple diagrams and graphic plans. But the new real-time collaboration technology transforms Google Drawings in Whiteboard which can be used for online meetings and presentations. While Visio, undoubtedly, has a larger library of graphical objects, but it can't be used in this way even in the upcoming Office 2010.

In addition, Google Docs significantly improved compatibility with Doc and Docx formats. Commenting in the margin, real-time spell-check and the ability to float images anywhere in the document are new features that come from faster capabilities within the application. Google Spreadsheets new features include drag-and-drop columns, auto-completion and formula editing bar.

The bad news is that new editors do not work with Gears. But the developers promise to add offline mode soon and it will work on HTML5. Maybe it will happen before the launch of MS Office Web.