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How Do I Link One Diagram To Another?

That flowchart you made in Gliffy Online is getting too big. Plus, you want to give an nice flowing presentation of it to your boss so you can get that shiny new Bugatti Veyron as a bonus. This is where embedding links in your diagram and public diagrams comes in.

In your Gliffy diagram, rather than place all sections of your diagram on one page, create a new diagram for each sub flow or sub-section of your diagram. In the main diagram use a shape link or text link to show the link to the sub flow. Then, in each Sub-flow diagram, include a hyperlink and include text such as, 'back to Main Flow'.

Now, go ahead and publish each diagram (Share->Publish->Public). Record the public URL’s to each sub flow diagram and the Main Diagram.

Next, in the main flow diagram, for each sub-process you want to connect, highlight the text or shape that is a link to that sub flow diagram. Click the 'link' button and enter the public URL.

Finally, in each sub-flow diagram highlight the text or shape that is a link to the main flow diagram. Click the 'link' button and enter the public URL for the main flow diagram.

You now have a way of easily presenting a large process flow, with clickable links to each sub flow.

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    Nick Iozzo

    IT would be very helpful to be able to insert links as wiki words and have Gliffy manage that link is terms of absolutes. That way you can easily link diagrams to other pages within confluence, but have gliffy maintain those links if the wiki word changes.

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    Debi Kohlhardt

    Great suggestion Nick!

    I think this issue closely matches this idea: http://support.gliffy.com/entries/246556-jira-plugin-support-links-or-relative-links-in-jira-plugin

    Would you view, and if a match, vote?

    Thanks,

    Debi K

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    Ianc

    I would be very happy if you can imitate what happens in Visio with multiple pages for one long process flowchart - link them with the off-page icon and print on separate pages. Gliffy's all on one image approach is a real bummer. I wanted to convert some of my large Visio files (upto 7 pages)  to Gliffy ... I tried and it lumps it all into one image with no page breaks.

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    Chris K

    I agree there is definitely a size limitation to complex flow charts because we don't have this capability.  Should the off page connector point to another diagram, or should each diagram support multiple pages?  It seems to me that supporting both might be confusing....

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    Ianc

    My choice would be for each diagram to support multiple pages? I work in large engineering organisations with quite complex workflows and have now stopped using / recommending gliffy because of this issue. Multiple page printing that supports off-page connection points is an essential feature in my books. When I develop a flowchart I want an assurance that what I see on the page is what I get on a print. Creating separate diagrams for each "section" as per Debi K posting Aug-19 2010 above is not an option ...too many process steps. My customers are sometimes not particularly computer savvy and having to then train them to link diagrams is never going to be an option.

    The whole point of Gliffy (as an embedded API) in our quality management system is that it is a tool to be used to aid productivity so adding complex process steps for printing multiple pages is not the answer.    

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    Debi Kohlhardt

    Great post - I really appreciate feedback on increasing usability by one diagram supporting multiple pages. Thanks for making it clear!

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    Nick VanMatre

    Can you link "private" documents with the off page connector?  

     

    Thanks,

    Nick

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    Debi Kohlhardt

    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for your question -

    No, the diagram must be public for the url to work.

    We do have feature requests to allow linking to private documents:

    1. http://support.gliffy.com/entries/301591-gliffy-online-link-should-allow-you-to-select-an-existing-gliffy-diagram
    2. http://support.gliffy.com/entries/251440-gliffy-online-read-only-option-for-private-diagrams

    Please vote!

     

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    Kelvin B Burton

    Does this technique also work in Gliffy Confluence Plugin?  We have version 5.0.7 of the plugin but I can't find the "Link" button you describe.

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    Richard Hubert

    Hi. How does this work with UML: linking classes across diagrams (know as reuse). UML is almost useless without this feature. Thanks!

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    Katy Kelly

    This forum is closed for comments. If you have questions on how this works, please email support@gliffy.com. Thanks!

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