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Author's profile photo Richard Hirsch

I’ve been Gliffied – again

In 2007, I wrote a I’ve been gliffified! Take the Gliffy Challengeentitled I’ve been gliffified! Take the Gliffy Challenge in which I described a drawing tool in the SCN wiki called Gliffy.

Well, a lot has changed since then and a new version  (3.0.1) of the tool is now present in SCN wiki. A new version in itself wouldn’t be newsworthy. However, this new version has a completely new UI with new important features. What are the features that are most releavnt for the SCN community?

BPMN

It is now possible to model using BPMN symbols. This is a great feature and it fits well with the current content in the SCN wiki.  This would have been a great feature for the first few versions of the BPX Community Project

It is currently not possible to import or export directly to BPMN but Gliffy can export to a XML format called GliffyXML. Some XML expert should be able to write a converter to be able to convert this format to BPMN.

This process modeling capability is also available in Why SAP StreamWork pulled Gravity from Google Wavebut the audience and the use cases for each tool are different.

Cooler UI Modeling

The new version of Gliffy also has updated the UI modeling capability. There are new elements that you can use.


This new version has been installed without any fanfare – no announcement blogs or anything. I’m hoping that this blog changes that. I’m hoping that other community members use this tool. It just takes one menu click to add one to your wiki page.

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      Author's profile photo Rukhshaan Omar
      Rukhshaan Omar
      This feature is perfect for sharing process models for BPM use cases
      http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/BPX/Business+Process+Management+Use+Cases
      Author's profile photo Richard Hirsch
      Richard Hirsch
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      Good idea:

      Another idea would be to help people learn BPMN via the wiki and Gliffy