Check out some diagram samples here - https://www.cloudskew.com/docs/samples.html
Icons for AWS, Azure, GCP, Kubernetes, CNCF, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle Cloud and more are already preloaded in the app.
Documentation for all AWS, Azure, GCP resources can be accessed from within the app itself.
Hope the community finds it useful.
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1. Haven't found the time to fill in the privacy-policy, terms-of-usage pages. Been swamped with feature work.
2. No, you'll never get ANY emails from us.
3. Product is free for individual users. However, there are plans to release a paid enterprise version later in the year (with SSO, customer-managed-encryption-keys, customer-managed-storage, team collaboration features etc).
Just a couple quick feedback items. I had a little trouble finding that Add/Remove Icons' link and after i selected AWS in the preferences i couldn't figure out how to make it go away and get back to the palette. Moving that to the navbar on the left with a gallery type icon might work.
One other suggestion would be to lock the aspect ratio of any kind of stencil that has a product logo in it.
Again these are just minor nitpicks, fantastic work!
Clicking on the 'user preferences & settings' icon (on the left-hand bar) will take you to the same location. But yes, I agree that the UX could definitely be improved here.
Regarding the aspect ratio, I already have a github issue open: https://github.com/cloudskew/cloudskew/issues/74
I eventually saw the "Add/remove icons" option at the bottom of the screen, and figured out how to turn on the AWS icons, but then I got stuck in that menu. I had to refresh the page to get out of it.
I've been using Cloudcraft  for a while now for AWS diagrams, and I'm quite happy with it - it even can do some cost estimation stuff based on resources you have in your diagrams!
I know the guy behind arcentry so just curious.
Which is a shame because the product screenshots look pretty impressive! I'm not too sure what the ultimate experience with 3D/isometric drawings is like, but the diagrams sure look cool!
I thought it might autogenerate visuals based on Terraform or Cloudformation specs. That would be neat!
Anyway, I'm keeping an eye on this. Thanks.
Some time back, I've received a similar feature request for deployment scripts to diagram conversion (and vice versa).
- A very, very small fraction of CloudSkew users have actually requested this feature (i.e. not a whole lot of user demand).
- This is a "high-effort-required" yet "hard-to-get-right" feature (extremely error prone).
So currently, there are no plans to work on this feature.
That said, if enough users demand it AND there is a compelling business case for this, I can definitely add this to the product roadmap.
I worked on an internal tool at a company with a slightly similar UI so I'm curious about it
Edit: They have another service for this.
disclaimer: I haven't personally tried out any of these
Does anyone know a visual diagramming tool with diagrams as code support?
I’ve seen some with basic PlantUML importing.
Link for others: https://www.cloudskew.com/about/cloudskew-architecture.html
Also I would highly recommend more top level groups (AWS, Azure etc...) instead of having each type of service for each cloud on a new side tab. Basically make it more hierarchical.
Finally, make everything collapsed by default. Having dozens of tabs expanded on start is annoying to say the least.
PS: The search box (on top of the icon palette) should make things a bit easier. For some icons, it can even search with synonyms (e.g. search for 'nosql' will show 'mongodb'). However this is not consistent across all cloud provider icons currently.
While there are many tools for sketching flowcharts, mind-maps, UML diagrams etc, cloudskew has cloud architecture diagrams as its sole focus.
Also planning your cloud architecture requires several round-trips between your drawing tool, document editor (for architecture documentation), looking up reference architectures, googling for AWS documentation (for resource docs, pricing details etc).
CloudSkew can reduce some of these pains today:
1. It already has a built-in document editor (so architecture documentation + diagrams can reside side-by-side).
2. Links to official docs (including pricing details, SLA) for all AWS, Azure and GCP resources are available within the app itself.
3. Bigger icon set (as far as cloud diagrams are concerned).
Later in the year, some cloudskew features will be coming to make cloud architecture planning easier.
I feel like non-generalist tools like this are useful for exactly what they're good at, especially along with doc links etc.
Any plans to do this cool things like Cloudcraft with describes to pre-populate diagrams? I'd imagine this would be quite an undertaking for a cloud-agnostic service.
1. Does your team/org maintain a central diagram repository? Or do team members use their diagram tool of choice and then export diagram into a central doc library (e.g. github markdown)?
2. The short-term plan is to add more diagram templates (e.g. VPCs, K8s clusters) to help folks author complex architectures quickly.
3. There are plans to release a paid enterprise version later in the year with features like SSO, customer-managed-encryption-keys, customer-managed-storage, team collaboration etc.
Overall, CloudSkew will remain focused on cloud diagram only.
2. This sounds great. I like the k8s angle particularly as well - I have yet to find much useful in that area, so having a service that's good at it would be wonderful.
3. This I'd imagine would be end-game at AWS. Specifically ability to handle own storage and keys would be an immediate sell here. We've just taken on Slack Enterprise Grid for basically this (granted this was a 2-way deal: https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/4/21280829/slack-amazon-aws-...) so clearly we're up for it :D
I get the focus though. Seems like a good opportunity to set yourself up as best-in-class for this type of thing. I'll certainly be using CloudSkew for anything I need privately. :)
Also, please feel free to file feature requests or bugs/issues over on github: https://github.com/cloudskew/cloudskew/issues
Adds business value, no :-)
Feature req: snapping to grid