So, you can choose from these built-in templates, but there will come a time when you want to adapt these basic templates to suit your needs. You might even create your own diagrams from scratch, and to allow a universal approach or maintain a uniform workflow for future diagrams, you might like to share those templates with your colleagues.
draw.io allows you to make those tweaks, create your own templates tailored to your specific needs, and to have those custom diagram templates stored in your company’s own resource library for all to share.
Working with custom templates enables you to set standards for the way diagramming is handled within your company. Better than that, it keeps you from having to create similar diagrams over and over, saving you and your colleagues lots of time.
When might a custom template come in handy?
Custom templates have the advantage that they’re visible from the template manager. They can guide you when you need guidance
When you need to be sure that the frameworks follow company standards
Custom templates don’t have to be complex. They can also be a more or less blank canvas that contains specific design elements that you require for certain documents
How exactly do you make them? Learn all about custom templates here
We mentioned a few reasons for making use of both custom libraries and custom templates above. But it all pretty much boils down to the ability to do what you need to do the way you want or need to do it.
There’s also the considerable advantage, once you’ve created your libraries or templates, of saved time and effort when you use them in the future.
The fact is, there’s no need to choose. It’s not a binary decision.
You’re building a customized org chart with images of each employee? You’re going to want a template saved for when it needs to be updated. But you’re also going to want that custom library at the ready for any shapes/images you might need to add.
The bottom line is, if the diagrams you create consistently require modifications on the standard shapes or templates, then custom libraries and templates are what you need.
Here’s about a video showing just how easy it is to create them for yourself.