Friday, 15 November 2013

Features and Roadmap

Update March 28:

We are tuning the coloring gesture and the delete gesture to make it easier.  This upcoming patch we'll let user reroute connector between shape or sequence. In addition, we are making changes to the color style so we can support more themes.  We do have plan to make theme and color palette customizable at a later update.  Also, we are also working to improve text to support better input and more fonts. 
 

Update January 17:

Many users have asked us for more shapes, so we are reworking the shape engine to support this better.    The shape engine will let us add new shapes faster and also possibly let user create their custom library in the future.  These shapes are not associated to a gesture yet so they'll be selectable from the image library instead.
 
Update December 18:

We'll be making a series of changes to our graphic framework for future development.  Hopefully it doesn't break anything.  Please let us know if you are running into any problem.

Update November 15:

We are working on detecting and drawing curves.  We hope to introduce it with the upcoming patch.

Update October 24:

We are making to change add more styling to diagram.  This coming patch we'll introduce a dark color scheme to the diagram. We'll add more selections in the future.

Update September 22:

Upcoming update will have custom image import from photo gallery.  We also made some additional algorithm improvements to our connector strategy and gesture recognition.

Update September 10:

Android and IOS version are now available and with Dropbox's support.  We have a minor patch to address some minor file compatibility issues between the two platforms.  This minor patch is also included crow's foot notation for ER diagram. 

There are a couple of changes we are planning for our upcoming version:

1) We are planning to change current connector drawing strategy to improve its flexibility.  
2) We are making change to insert image option to pave way for custom library in the future

We'll discuss it in greater details when we are closer to releasing these changes.

Update August 8:

We have been working on the IOS version and we are almost ready to release the first version as soon as the Apple Developer Center is back online.  In the meantime, we have made some minor adjustments to the Android version to keep the two platforms in sync.    

1)    add ability to view/import .de file directly from email attachment (available to full version)
2)    change shape scaling pivot from center to top left
3)    save recently used email

Unfortunately for Blackberry user, the file intent used in 1 doesn’t work.  We’ll see if there is any other workaround for the problem in the future patch.

Update May 29: We'll support SVG export with our next release.  

Update May 4:  Next release will include textbox (double tap) and read-only lock mode.  Single touch panning is enable while in locked mode.

Update April 4: We are exploring ways to allow diagrams to link with each other. 

Update Mar 26: We are looking to improve our text inputs:
  • support more ISO language codes
  • support italic ( .i. tag)
  • support text underline (.u. tag)
Update Mar 21: Upcoming release will be focused on additional drawing features:
  •  round rectangle corner 
  • drawing line arrow
  • line coloring
  • drawing circle
Update Mar 12: Here are some potential additions to our next release:
  • import DE file from external Download directory to project workspace.  This allows sharing editable file with others or transfering file between devices.
  • PNG scallable option - better image quality for smaller scalled image size
  • delete empty project
Update Mar 05: We are working on the recognition for two additional process flow shapes: event (hexagon) and document.  Also, we are debugging memory issue from certain devices when switching back and forth between DrawExpress and other apps.
 
Update Feb 27:  Our next release will include a tutorial button that will let you link to our website tutorial slides.  We will have a support email option inside the app aswell.  Finally, we'll implement a global clipboard feature that will let you copy objects between files. 

 Update Feb 16: Finally, the first release is out of the way and now we can focus on what's next.  The following picture show branches of our current features and upcoming features.  Those in yellow are the one in development.  We'll put out further details when we are closer to complete some of these items.  If you like to provide feedbacks please feels free to send an email or leave a comment.





82 comments:

  1. This looks like an extremely promising tool, thanks! Do you have any plans for import/export in dia format?

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  2. Hi David,

    Once we stabilized our features, we will publish our file format which is currently in JSON. Hopefully it will open up further integration with other software. Currently, we are working on SVG exporting and may lead to further integration.

    PD

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  3. hello . may I ask why is it blocked for Romania. I cannot download the app from here. any plans to make it available

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  4. Our app is currently supporting character set from ISO/IEC 8859-1. We'll look into making it more universal with UTF-8 compatible in the future.

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  5. Pdf...needs to be printable. Needs to always look good when shared. At this point i would only feel comfortable using it to prototype, not share professionally.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion, we'll look into scaling the diagram for printable size. Currently, the PNG is only look clear at 100% of its orginal size and may not be clear when scaled.

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  6. Works a treat on my Galaxy Note 10.1 One feature that would make a big difference is being able to colour the lines. Any chance that could be put onto the road map? Oh, do you have a paid version? Looked but couldn't see one.

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    1. Hi Hugh,

      Thank you for the input. We'll considered it. As for paid version there should be one. It should have the same name without the "Lite".

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  7. Found it & bought it. Thanks. Now, about those coloured lines...

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    1. Thank you for the support. We are considering the coloring gesture for changing connector line when selected. We'll explore option to change the default color of line as well based on user setting.

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  8. Wonderful product. It works great on both by Nexus 7 and my imito MX1.

    Suggestion on future features (most of which would be worth more money in my mind):

    * Definitely need the PDF export. That would make it easy to include in other doc.
    * Import/Export is needed, import/export to a repository would also be nice (such as git).
    * Consider adding an .include directive to your test markup. It would make it easy to have the same class definition on multiple drawings, for just one example.

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    1. Hi Caitlin,

      Thank you for these suggestions. We'll update our roadmap. The .include text markup is very interesting. We do have path for hyperlinking between drawings. However, if I interpret your suggestion correctly, you want an ability to tag an element or group of elements from any diagram be able to relink/reference them from other diagrams?

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  9. Please could you post how to draw ER diagrams? I tried using .div. but I can't get connectors to 'stick' to specific rows of text/sub boxes within a box.
    This is a very good app overall.

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    1. Hi Simon,

      We haven't reach to that kind of detail yet. We are only at a high-level such as http://www.drawexpress.com/img/example/warehouse-erdiagram.png. To do ER at your level of details we'll have to think through it carefully. Although, I do think it's possible to do in the future.

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    2. I bought a copy as it is already highly functional. It has wow factor too. I would use it for product demos if I was a tablet salesman.

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  10. You made a great App Guys. Very intuitive, easy to use, nice in look ... but exporting to SVG (at least) seems to be an essential thing now, if we think about real work! Please add this feature as soon as you can. We all are waiting... :)

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    1. Thank you for the feedback. SVG export is definitely high in our priority list.

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  11. I quite like your app so far, I bought it, but I need to share my files with other users and I can't seem to save them in other locations. I would like to put them in dropbox but there is no browsing function when yous save files.

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    1. Hi Deon,

      There is an export button between the image and help icon. You can export to three format: PNG, SVG, and DE(DrawExpress Native) format. Also, it will let you saved to the local download directory or export out with email.

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    2. I think it's a nice product and I have the paid version, but it sucks that you can't save files directly to dropbox. For this reason, I never use it and am shopping around for something else. If you ever add this feature I might use it again.

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    3. Hi Deon, we are in the process of evaluating Dropbox integration.

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  12. Great work guys, just bought the paid version for the Blackberry Playbook. Took me a while to figure out (using export to .de in free version then import in paid version) how to import my drawing in the paid version. Also I do not understand how to change the colors of my boxes and arrows??? Being able to export to scalable formats (PDF/EPS/SVG) is really something I would like to see in a future version.

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    1. Hi Vincent,

      There is an option to export the diagram in SVG format. It is the same window as exporting to .de. As for coloring, you have to scribble back and forth like a zigzag. Send an email to our support@drawexpress.com if you still need further explanation.

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  13. Just bought full version of the app and would like to give my two cents, as I think that it is a very promising app.

    I use the app in my phone and my tablet. I started a drawing on the phone and once I was able to use the tablet I wanted to finish it with it. It is a pain to do this simple action.

    First of all, when sharing the drawing, instead of launching an android intent you force to select between mail and store. You force to store into a predefined location. If mail option is chosen then you launch the intent. Too much steps. Usually in android you simply launch an intent and the user choose what he wants to do (I would remove the option between mail and store).

    The real pain starts when I have the de file at dropbox and wants to open it. Why I can't open it from dropbox? Would be the natural way of doing things. Instead I have to download it to a specific location (not told anywhere), open the app and import it. Simply register your app for opening de files, its really easy to implement and would simplify the import of files. This way de files could be imported directly.

    Another thing, is that I've not been able to draw an arrow. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. All other shapes work fine.

    Just my opinion, I preferred to say the good parts on the play comments, but wanted you to know this points also.


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    1. Hi Otger,
      Thank you for thoughtful feedbacks. We are certainly looking to improve integration aspect of the app with other cloud services. We will go with Dropbox for our first integration. As for export option, we are looking to save user export preference and set it as the default the next time user using export again. This will hopefully save a few steps in that process.

      As for arrow, are you looking to draw independent arrow? You need to draw straight line and follow by an arrow direction along that line. Send us an email to support@drawexpress.com if you need further clarification.

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  14. Hello,

    have you a version for Windows? It would be nice to work with the same files on PC and Tablet.

    Regards - Peter

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  15. Great app, bought full version yesterday, really useful. Would be nice if you could import your own images to use. Keep up the good work :-)

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  16. Hello,

    thanks for this great app. I bought the full version and need a hint regarding urls.

    When inserting text like

    .url.http://m.battefeld.com/category/bricscad_und_gis
    weblink

    I can call this link from DE. But ther is no link in exported SVG. What I'm doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards - Peter

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    1. Hi Peter,

      .url. is actually not converted in SVG. We'll take a look at it to see if we can make it work for web links.

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  17. Hi guys,

    this is a wonderful app!

    Do you have a export to XML or so on? Can I use it with other software (on PC f.e.)?

    Thanks in advance!

    Olaf

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    1. Hi Olaf,

      SVG is the only XML format right now that you can use it on the PC. You can try Inkscape as a free SVG editor.

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  18. Hey Guys ...great app ... as an electrician doing circuit diagrams and wiring concepts for customers i can see a great use for this. If it was possible to import other images other than the standard ones that come with the pacakage, i think you would make a step change in your sales. It would open the package usage to so many different disciplines, managers, software developers, engineers. You have a real winner here guys !!!!

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    1. Hi Peter,

      Thank you for the feedback. We are definitely lacking in custom image feature for sure and will be looking to expand it.

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  19. I am always happy to support apps that I find useful and this is definitely one. However if the price of an app exceeds a certain threshold I'd like to know what benefits there are if you pay for the full version. I can only guess that some additional features get unlocked but couldn't find any information in the PlayStore or this site.
    Great app otherwise. It's a useful tool to work on your projects if you're not at home and have no PC around.

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    1. Hi Xoric,

      Thank you for supporting the app. The difference between the FULL and LITE are:

      - You can draw unlimited diagrams vs 5 diagrams
      - You can organize diagrams in projects in FULL
      - You can import .de diagrams from others in FULL

      That is all right now.

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  20. Thank you! It would also be great to tag methods and member variables within classes as public (+) and private (-) while using the same formatting as the '.bullet.' command. This way class diagrams could be made more compliant to the UML specification. I really like this app

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  21. Would be nice to draw a shape over top of an existing line and be prompted if I want to break/split that line and automatically attach the shape to it.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion, we'll think about the possibility

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  22. Been looking for a diagramming app for school, so far this is the best I have seen. It is missing a couple of critical features I need, though, those being:
    1) ability to adjust line thickness on both shapes and lines
    2) Adding a double-line style for shapes and lines

    These limitations are the only thing preventing me from purchasing the full version.

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    1. Hi Jason,

      Thank you for the feedback. We'll add the suggested into our development list.

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  23. Great App. Just bought the full version for my android tablet after trying every similar app I could find. I'm using it to quickly prototype process flows. Replaces my whiteboard. Two things I do alot that would be cool ideas for development. 1. Swim Lanes/Cross Functional Flow charts. 2. Container behavior for groups of elements. And of course someway to exchange files with Visio so I can move my work to and from the Windows world. Great App...makes my life so much easier. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you for the feedbacks. We do have swim lanes in mind and will be looking to add it to the app.

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  24. Can you or plan to allow export/ input from/ to Visio?

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    1. Hi Rachel,
      We 'll consider the export feature once we figure out how to get access to the Visio spec. Import will be a lot more challenge since we doesn't have all the options that Visio have yet.

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  25. Love this on my z30 and PlayBook! Thanks! I just started using a Surface Pro tablet instead of a laptop, Any chance you will be publishing a Windows version to their app store? It's a lot faster to use than Visio. Keep the great updates coming!

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  26. Hi thanks for the good products. The z or "Link to url or file" seems broken. will it be fixed soon?

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    1. Hi, sorry for the late response. This feature is currently only available for Android at the moment.

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    2. Thx for your reply. I 've tried that but it just shows a input text box without buttons? or you have more details on how to use it ?

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  27. hi there,
    thx for the good work.
    but is there a way to edit the diagrams on windows (an application that can edit draw express files)???

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    1. Hello, there is no windows version at this point.

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    2. you may use Android emulator for windows e.g. bluestacks

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    3. We haven't tried bluestacks but I am glad it worked for you.

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    5. Do you have any plan/hope to ever ship a Windows version?

      I've played with the Android version on my phone. I thought the idea and implementation were fantastic, but I would never use it on my tiny phone screen. On my laptop/tablet, on the other hand, it would be perfect!

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  28. hi guys, gr8 app.
    I'm using the lite version. I've a question though, after exporting to svg I work on that diagram on ms visio n then if I want to take it back to draw express. Is there a way?

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  29. in other words can i import SVG format. :p

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    1. Hi,

      There is no svg import at the moment. Currently we don't support all SVG features.

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    2. I was about to ask the same thing...

      Do you have any plans on adding this feature to the app anytime soon?

      This would make the app truly "express." :)

      Thanks!

      ~Omar

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    3. Hi Omar,

      Sorry, still no plan for it. We are still missing many graphical elements like filtering, gradient, and such to properly support SVG import.

      -PD

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  30. I can't import DE file format into Visio or other modeling program. Please add file format export that other modeling programs can read as a model and not as a picture.

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    1. SVG works, but I didn't realize it before posting. However, a common format to export to would be helpful.

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  32. Excuse me. How do you make extra lanes, in other words a table with as many rows and columns as you like please?

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  33. Hey guys,

    in the blog and via Email:

    Thank you for your amazing app!

    You see any chance to export in graphml?

    I now there are difficult ways with dottoxml.... but it's not working so well



    See you
    Meinhard

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