What is Gliffy? Gliffy is a free, online version of Microsoft’s Visio, which is a flowchart, diagramming, layout, floorplan designing kind of software. Visio, while useful, has a definite learning curve, is pricey, and if probably overkill for most of us library website managers. All we really need (if we’re interested in wireframing a website) is a simple illustration or graphics application, and it’d sure be dandy if it had built-in presets for things like search buttons, textboxes, and other normal web thingies.
And that’s where Gliffy comes into play. It’s a great and easy online tool for wireframe, user interface, and web layout. Here’s a quick example to the right – this was done using Gliffy. I know it’s basic – but that’s me, not Gliffy’s fault. Here’s a link to a screencast showing how to use Gliffy to create a wireframe. It’s really pretty simple.
So – go try it out!