Keep your diagrams on premises with draw.io

By |2020-10-27T23:17:57+01:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: lucidchart migration, migration|Tags: , |

With the rising popularity of cloud collaboration, it is not surprising that some diagramming software providers are exiting the on-premises market. You don’t have to worry about that with draw.io.

Lucidchart has recently announced that they will begin sunsetting (kill or cancel to the rest of us) their Confluence Server and Data Center apps, Lucidchart OnPrem, starting from 6 January 2020. After this date, customers will be encouraged to move their diagrams to Lucidchart’s own cloud platform, and use a connector app in Confluence to embed Lucidchart diagrams. The on-prem app will be fully deprecated one year later, on 6 January 2021, when they will stop supporting Confluence 7.5 and require customers to migrate their diagrams.

Bad for companies who require on-premise data storage

While much is being made of their ‘industry-leading security’ (have you noticed how everyone is industry leading…), many companies who are currently using the Lucidchart apps within their on-premises Confluence infrastructure, will not be thrilled at the idea of yet another collaboration and storage location, yet another cloud subscription, and yet another set of DPAs. That’s even if they are open to the idea of storing data in the cloud in the first place.

draw.io keeps your data in your infrastructure

If you aren’t already using Confluence Cloud, you most likely want to keep all of your data within your infrastructure, behind your firewall. That’s why you are using Server or Data Center products, after all.

The draw.io apps for Confluence and Jira Server let you collaborate and keep your data in your infrastructure. Even when a diagram is being edited, the diagram data is only stored in your employee’s browser and in the attachment in Confluence or on your Jira issue.

How to import a Lucidchart diagram to draw.io

You can import files in the Lucidchart JSON file format into draw.io. Lucidchart does make it difficult to obtain that data from the actual file, so the easiest way to import your diagram is to copy and paste the diagram from the Lucidchart diagram editor to the draw.io editor.

  1. Open the diagram you wish to import in the Ludidchart editor.
  2. Select the entire diagram (Ctrl+A on Windows, Cmd+A on macOS).
  3. Copy the selected diagram (Ctrl+C on Windows, Cmd+C on macOS). You must use the keyboard shortcut to copy the diagram because using the Lucidchart menu to copy, does not copy everything.
  4. Open a new, blank diagram in draw.io.
  5. Paste the diagram using Ctrl+V on Windows, Cmd+V on macOS. Again, you must paste the diagram using the keyboard shortcut.

How to convert all of your Lucidchart diagrams to draw.io in one step

draw.io has a mass import function that converts all of your Lucidchart OnPrem diagrams into the draw.io format.

  1. As an administrator, scroll to the draw.io Add-On section  in your Confluence Server instance’s administration, and click on Configuration.
  2. Select the Lucidchart OnPrem Import tab.
  3. Click on Start Import. If there are many Lucidchart diagrams in your instance, this can take some time. Run the mass import when your instance is not being heavily used. You will see status updates as each diagram is imported. Note that previously imported diagrams are skipped, indicated in the conversion log in red.

For more information, see our Lucidchart mass import FAQ

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