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At Lucidchart, we believe that working visually shouldn’t be mean more work for you—that’s why we are always finding new ways to use existing data to generate compelling visuals automatically. Here’s how we’re pushing the envelope to help you automate some of your work:

Data Linking

Org Charts

Mind Maps

AWS architecture diagrams

UML sequence diagrams

ER Diagrams

Eliminate duplicative data entry with data linking

Gone are the days when you had to do extra work to update data both in Excel and in your diagrams. With data linking, you can connect live data from Google Sheets or data from a CSV file to specific shapes in your diagrams, effectively eliminating the double data entry.

Connecting data to your diagram is simple. Use our interactive template as a visual step-by-step guide to get started:

Data Linking Example

Or follow these simple instructions:

  1. Click File > Import Data, or access data linking from the right Dock in the editor and click “Link Data.”
  2. Follow the prompts to select a Google Sheet or CSV file.
  3. Drag and drop a new row of data or an individual cell of data onto the blank canvas to create a new shape.

Linking data to your diagrams can be just the time-saver you need to finish the other pressing things on your to-do list.

Populate org charts automatically

Making an org chart does not have to be an exercise in patience like it used to be, especially when you have to rearrange an org chart after a round of promotions. Instead, you can import a CSV into Lucidchart. Our platform automatically organizes each role within a hierarchy.

This template can be a helpful place to start:

Org Chart Example

Alternatively, you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Select “Import Data” from the shape library.
  2. Choose a CSV file to upload, or copy and paste data directly from a spreadsheet program like Google Sheets or Excel. Once your data is added, you can format it as necessary using preset or custom fields.
  3. After you’ve finished formatting, choose “Generate Org Chart.”

Once you’ve created or updated your org chart, you can also easily share it with the team, allowing anyone to access the information quickly and easily. Automated org chart creation can save significant time and effort when it comes to keeping everyone on the same page.

Create mind maps from outlines or lists

A mind map can be a powerful tool to quickly visualize your ideas. With Lucidchart you can import a list or an outline of ideas with sub-bullets to create a mind map automatically. You can also export your mind map visual into a bulleted list for later reference. To use the mind map import feature, follow these simple steps:

  1. In Lucidchart, select “Import” from the Mind Map shape library in your Toolbox.
  2. Copy and paste your outline into the text field.
  3. Click “Import Mind Map.”

Use your mind maps to solidify your ideas and execute on your project even faster. With Lucidchart, it’s a piece of cake.

Generate AWS architecture diagrams automatically

Whether you’re documenting PCI compliance or transitioning to the cloud, creating an AWS architecture diagram can get messy. Our engineers were tired of the struggle—so they built a tool to eliminate the friction and to automatically generate the diagram.

With the resulting AWS import tool, you simply import your AWS architecture directly into Lucidchart by entering your AWS credentials or running a bash script. With our new beta of auto-layout, Lucidchart will draw each of your VPCs on a separate page, along with the Availability Zones, subnets, and individual resources inside of them.

If you’d prefer to make a smaller diagram for a specific purpose, Lucidchart will create a custom shape library with all your imported AWS data, including the appropriate shape type, name, and relationship between components. After you add an imported shape to the diagram, clicking on it will reveal all of its connected components as well as important metadata, and clicking again will add any one of the nodes to your cloud computing diagram. If you prefer, you can also browse your imported list of components and drag them onto the canvas one by one.

Sound exciting? This interactive template walks you through the AWS architecture import setup in Lucidchart. And the best part? It’s completely free to get started.

AWS Import Example

Now you can create an AWS architecture diagram within minutes instead of hours. You can work within a single, intuitive tool—no more wasting time going back and forth between AWS and your diagram.

Create UML sequence diagrams with ease

Our UML sequence markup editor allows you to automatically create UML sequence diagrams from text 3x faster than you could do it by hand—never again will you need to drag and drop every single shape to piece a diagram together. Automate your UML sequence diagrams by using this template that walks you through the process:

UML Sequence Markup example

Or you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Create a new Lucidchart document.
  2. Click “More Shapes.”
  3. Open the UML Sequence shape library.
  4. Select “Use Markup.”
  5. Enter your markup in the dialog that appears, and you’ll have a professional sequence diagram in seconds.

Our markup follows common industry standards, keeping diagram creation simple and efficient. If you ever need to edit your diagram, simply click the “Use Markup” button and make any necessary adjustments to your markup. Once your sequence diagram is generated, customize it with Lucidchart’s easy-to-use formatting capabilities. And if you can’t give up the dragging and dropping, you can always use our UML Sequence shape library.

Automate entity relationship diagrams by importing or exporting to SQL

Lucidchart is a powerful ERD diagram tool that allows you to build a create statement within Lucidchart and export it to the DBMS of your choice. Use our ERD shape library or ERD diagram import tool, and then customize your finished diagram as much as you’d like before exporting it. You can export single tables or an entire page. You can use this template as an interactive tutorial:

ERD example

Or you can follow these steps:

To export a single table:

  1. Click the gear icon on the top right of the shape, and then click “Export SQL.”
  2. A dialog will appear. Choose your DBMS from the drop-down menu on the right, and the text field below will change to the correct create statement.

To export your entire page:

  1. In the Entity Relationship shape library found in the left toolbox, click the “Export” button.
  2. A dialog will appear. Choose your DBMS from the drop-down menu on the right, and the text field below will change to the correct create statement for the entire page.

No matter your role, Lucidchart can be a powerful solution when it comes to automating your visual documentation process. With automated data linking, automated org chart generation, mind maps, AWS architecture import, UML sequence markup, and ERD diagram import/export, you can save time to focus on solving the problems you care about most.