General Tips

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Insert SVG images into a diagram
Insert scalable SVG images into a diagram using one of the methods below. Drag and drop the SVG image file from your computer onto the drawing canvas...
Wed, 5 Aug, 2020 at 12:30 PM
Publicly publish a diagram stored in Google Drive
While editing your diagram in, select File > Publish > Link from the menu. Click Check to make sure your diagram file is public, then...
Mon, 27 Jul, 2020 at 11:11 PM
Embed a diagram in GitHub markdown
You can use a versioned diagram in a Github README file in a number of different ways, and include links to edit the diagram or use it as a template for a n...
Tue, 25 Aug, 2020 at 6:02 PM
Use the voice plugin
This plugin should be used as-is, as an unsupported example for developers. The voice plugin reports information about shapes and connectors, and repor...
Mon, 14 Sep, 2020 at 12:55 PM
Enable or disable the collapse/expand feature on container shapes
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Tue, 24 Aug, 2021 at 11:20 PM
Why text in exported SVG images may not display correctly
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Fri, 14 Jan, 2022 at 5:41 PM
Change the shape of a participant on a UML lifeline
Select the lifeline on the drawing canvas. Hold down Shift, then click on the shape you want to use. The participant at the top of the lifeline will be r...
Fri, 31 Jul, 2020 at 4:47 PM
Crop the PDF export to the diagram size
To export a PDF file that matches the size of the diagram instead of the page size, disable the page view.  1. Make sure nothing in your diagram is sel...
Thu, 23 Jul, 2020 at 6:20 PM
Change the writing direction
Select the shape on the drawing canvas. In the Text tab of the format panel on the right, click on the Writing Direction drop-down list and select anothe...
Fri, 31 Jul, 2020 at 5:09 PM
Work with revisions of diagrams stored in Google Drive
When you store your diagrams in Google Drive, automatically saves changes to a revision history. Select File > Revision History to see th...
Tue, 4 Aug, 2020 at 6:34 PM