June 20, 2017The latest release, v4.0.21, is for all of you that wanted to create amorphous blobs in your diagrams. Because what good is a diagram without an amorphous blob here and there? Blobs help group. Blobs help associate. Blobs unite your thoughts and convince your viewers that you actually know what you're talking about. Blobs are the answer to all your problems, big and small.
May 09, 2017SimpleDiagrams is great for doing simple diagrams, but I've always wanted SimpleD to have some more powerful drawing tools. So for v4.0.21 we're working on some ways to create arbitrary shapes.
May 03, 2017We've got another shape library for those of you doing simple diagrams of Amazon Web Services architectures, processes and so on. These libraries are for all of you wrangling AWS : devops, systems architects, network engineers, etc. etc.
April 16, 2017Often when doing simple diagrams, you'll want to change a shape's position or resize it quickly, yet exactly. In a new patch release for v4 users, v4.0.16, I've added in a Transform properties window to help you do that.
April 14, 2017
March 13, 2017
Now, some SVG creators will create icons like this as strokes, and some as fills, so you'll have to figure out which color chip to link. In this case, the SVG is created with fill elements, so when I link the fill color chip, I'm able to update the color and even texture:
March 01, 2017I was hoping to have a great new feature in v4 that gives you access to an online library of SVG icons. I've already got an API subscription with IconFinder.com (the vendor I'm using for the icons) and everything is just about running smoothly (wait, what exactly does that mean?), buuuut it was just too much to release the new v4 and this new Simple Diagrams Online Libraries feature at the same time.
February 27, 2017It took a bit longer than I expected, but finally got v4 out the door. I hope you like it. There are a bunch of new features that should make things a bit easier for you -- I especially like the little eyedropper tool, which is kind of simple but may really speed things up for you when making changes to a group of shapes.
January 03, 2017
December 05, 2016SimpleDiagrams user Steven McLintock emailed today with a screenshot of a flow diagram he made with SimpleDiagrams. The diagram is for a blog post Steven wrote about the Umbraco content management system. "This is something I wanted to explain easily in a blog article for colleagues of mine, " he wrote, "and the software made it really easy to do."
October 06, 2016Mac OS Sierra users were noticing that you couldn't drag and drop in SimpleD. I've releaseda new version of SimpleD -- v3.3.15 -- with a fix. Download it today.
September 30, 2016
As you probably know by now, you can import SVG shapes into SimpleDiagrams, either directly into your diagram or into a custom library. I posted a video on YouTube awhile back with some hints on using Adobe Illustrator for this very purpose. Those of you using Affinity Designer might have tried something similar.
September 13, 2016You thought I was off clowning around and not doing any work. So untrue. So untrue. Well maybe partially true. But I did fix a bunch of bugs and now you've got version 3.3.11 ready for you. It's made with love. It's made with patience. It's still made with Apache Flex and Adobe AIR captive runtime for both Mac OS and Windows.
May 25, 2016SimpleD really shines when you need to mark up your products with some visual annotations, explanations or just a bit of snaz.
February 11, 2016Ok, just pushed up v3.3.7. Have at it. Existing users: you should see an update message next time you launch SimpleD.
January 20, 2016Awesome presentation tips by @damonify on Business Insider today. Check them out: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/rules-for-great-powerpoint-presentations-2016-1#/#-1
January 06, 2016Ok, enough dawdling. Time for me to get back to work and finish up a pretty cool feature I think you'll like. V3 users will soon have the option to directly access a paid service that provides a massive amount of shapes. I'm talking crazy numbers. You're not going to know what to do with all these shapes.
October 27, 2015A quick note for those of you using Adobe Illustrator to create SVGs for SimpleDiagrams. When you're saving your illo as "SVG" remember to set the "CSS Properties" pulldown to "Presentation Attributes."
October 06, 2015Ok, I admit it. The new features in the latest release (v3.2.33) win the "late to the party" award. Many of you have been asking for a grid and a snap feature for awhile. Well, wait no longer. Download the new version today, get your grids and snapages, and spend the rest of the day being nice to your open plan colleagues.
July 22, 2015This was a quick update to address some more small bugs, plus a couple small new features. Here's a quick rundown:
July 08, 2015
Just posted version 3.2.12. For a list of features and fixes, please check out the Product History page.
May 07, 2015
Writers get to say stuff like "the ink hasn't even dried and I'm already blah blah" after finishing something and move on to some other major project. What do we software geeks get to say when we're on a streak? How about "the friggin' bits for version 3.1 haven't even been sharded on S3, man, and we're already working on new v3.2 features, what's up?!!" That sounds terrible doesn't it.
April 01, 2015I always like to hear what users think about SimpleD. Getting your feedback means I know what features to prioritize, what bugs I've missed, and where to go next with the app. So please don't hesistate to send me a note with your thoughts, complaints and wish lists. Drop me a line at email@example.com
March 31, 2015Helen McCarthy over at Blog With Confidence just released a free guide to creating visual content for your blog.
February 04, 2015Here's a new library from Diana S. Just some basic shapes with a bit of a hatching on the side. We had to do arrows in each direction since the perspective would be off if you flipped them.
January 23, 2015Christmas is past, New Year's is a faint echo, and now three weeks in January I'm here to tell you: Roscoe is coming.
November 15, 2014
An SD user (who wants to remain anonymous, although this could be her ticket to a speaking tour) sent me this example of modern teenager management. The diagram was distributed to all parties involved. Who can argue now that the rules weren't clear?
November 07, 2014
I'm having fun creating shapes with Adobe Shape, so I thought I'd capture in a bit more detail the steps I'm taking to draw a shape, capture it, and then bring it into SimpleDiagrams.
October 28, 2014
I was messing around with Adobe Shape today (only available for iOS right now), which basically allows you to sketch something, take a photo of it and have it instantly converted to a vector image.
October 27, 2014
Recently a couple of SD users asked for a font preview on the font selector. You all asked kindly, but you could have shouted because, really, what good is a font selector without a preview?! Good news. The feature's been implemented and will be released in v3.1, due out sometime before the new year...
October 15, 2014
I was finally able to get a few of the libraries posted today! Peter Vlk is the first artist to have his shapes packaged for SimpleDiagrams v3. Petr, who did a great set of libraries for version 2 of SimpleDiagrams, is working to update all of his "Vector Doodlekit" shapes for use in SimpleDiagrams v3. Today I posted his entertainment and communication libraries.