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Create diagrams faster using automation features in Lucidchart

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No matter your role, Lucidchart is the intelligent diagramming solution to help you automate and visualize your processes. With automated data linking, automated org chart generation, UML sequence markup, and ER diagram import/export, you can save time to focus on solving the problems you care about most.

Let's dive into how Lucidchart can help you automate some of your work!

Note: The features mentioned in this article will require a paid Lucidchart account. If you're currently a free user or haven't signed up yet, see our pricing page to start a free trial and automate your work now.

Eliminate duplicative data entry with data linking

With data linking in Lucidchart, you can connect data sets from Google Sheets, Excel, or a CSV file to specific shapes in your diagrams, effectively eliminating the double data entry.

Connecting data to your diagram is simple:

  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, CSV, or Excel file.
  3. Select the data you'd like to import.

Along with data linking, Lucidchart also offers data overlay and data refresh so your data is always up to date.

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 upload a Google Sheet, Excel file, or CSV or import data from apps like BambooHR directly into Lucidchart. Lucidchart will automatically organize each role within a hierarchy.

Follow these steps:

  1. Select Import Data from the org chart shape library, or click File > Import Data > Org Chart.
  2. Choose a CSV, Google Sheets, Excel file to upload, or copy and paste data directly from a spreadsheet program like Google Sheets or Excel. You can even import data from BambooHR. Once your data is added, you can format it as necessary using preset or custom fields.
  3. After you’ve finished formatting, click Finish.

While org charts are typically used to visualize company hierarchy, with Group View, you can store and visualize employee-specific information—like phone numbers, location, or scrum team. Group View allows you to arrange your org chart by non-hierarchical factors to gain deeper insight into your people. 

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.

Build account maps from your Salesforce contacts

By building account maps with Lucidchart, you can collaborate and align your sales team in real time to close bigger deals faster. Stay in the know on your prospects by importing your Salesforce contacts into Lucidchart, ensuring your team talks to the right people at the right time. 

To import your Salesforce contacts and build an account map, follow these steps: 

  1. Open your account in Salesforce. 
  2. Click the Lucidchart Folder button.
  3. Choose which Lucidchart document to open.
  4. In Lucidchart, drag and drop contacts from the left-hand panel, add roles, and draw lines to show company hierarchy and the connections between your contacts.

Create UML sequence diagrams with ease

As an essential UML diagram maker, Lucidchart is built with a UML sequence markup editor that automatically creates UML sequence diagrams from text much faster than creating them manually by hand—never again will you need to drag and drop every single shape to piece a diagram together.

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 ER 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 ER 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.

To export a single table:

  1. Click on the shape and select Export ERD from the advanced shape bar. 
  2. A dialog will appear. Choose your DBMS from the list, 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 list, and the text field below will change to the correct create statement for the entire page.

In Lucidchart, you can also use the Salesforce schema import to visualize your Salesforce schema as a ER diagram before implementing.

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Lucidchart, a cloud-based intelligent diagramming application, is a core component of Lucid Software's Visual Collaboration Suite. This intuitive, cloud-based solution empowers teams to collaborate in real-time to build flowcharts, mockups, UML diagrams, customer journey maps, and more. Lucidchart propels teams forward to build the future faster. Lucid is proud to serve top businesses around the world, including customers such as Google, GE, and NBC Universal, and 99% of the Fortune 500. Lucid partners with industry leaders, including Google, Atlassian, and Microsoft. Since its founding, Lucid has received numerous awards for its products, business, and workplace culture. For more information, visit

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