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I used to work with Dabbleboard as a white-boarding tool across teams. It was a great tool, but was taken down for some reason.

Is anyone hosting anything like it? I found Dabbleboard really easy to use for diagrams and software design sessions.

I would like to be able to

  • share UML diagrams trough an url
  • design diagrams workflows and plain doodles
  • it would be nice if you could draw rectangles/shapes easily
  • be able to type in the rectangles
  • connect them with arrows and lines

Can you recommend a tool with similar capabilities?

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    Please provide a list of requirements for this software to increase your chances of getting a good answert. Merely stating that it's like Dabbleboard isn't enough. Please read the FAQ on how to ask for an alternative to some software – Tymric Nov 13 '14 at 19:11
  • Welcome to Software Recommendations! We will need much more information to give good recommendations here – asking for "a tool like X" is never giving enough details, even if linked. You should always list your requirements explicitly. Please see How to ask for an alternative to some software and the questions linked to it for details. – Izzy Nov 14 '14 at 16:35
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You might want to take a look at Lucidchart, it is what I am using for general purpose diagramming.

It supports:

  • drag-and-drop manner of putting shapes
  • various shapes
  • various diagram types
  • various arrow types to connect them
  • you can put text on both the arrows and shapes
  • you can authenticate with your google profile, and have access to all your documents.
  • There is an ability to integrate with google drive (I never used this though)
  • ability to export the diagram to PDF or image
  • diagrams can be shared trough an url

Some disadvantages:

  • the tool is free for simpler diagrams, that have less than 60 items on them (counting text, arrows and shapes). If you exceed 60 items in a document/diagram, you will have to make a paid subscription to go on.
  • some specific diagrams cannot be drawn easily enough with it. For instance, I've found it not that good for sequence diagrams - they take a lot of components (the 60 limit is quickly reached), and they are a bit cumbersome and time-consuming to create.

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