I'm excited about this. I've used Excalidraw as a simple, lo-fi interviewing tool at a few companies for when we want candidates to draw something without having too many tools to get bogged down in making a masterpiece. For me it really hits the sweet spot between being fast and flexible like a whiteboard while still working well for computer input (i.e. doesn't make you free draw with a mouse).
It might be worth adding a toggle to the marketing website alongside dark mode to switch the handwriting font to something more readable though
Excalidraw is horrible for this purpose! Don't use it!
There are at least 2 huge issues.
1. The biggest issue, it does not propagate selections so the interviewee selects something to highlight what they are talking about but doesn't realize that the indication the object is selected does not appear on the interviewer's version of the document. It makes talking about your diagram nearly impossible.
2. Excalidraw has this horrible design where placing a shape actually places 2 objects, a shape object and a text object. You type some text and then try to move the "labeled object" and only one of them moves. This is different than every drawing program in existence for the last ~35 years and is a bad UX
I'd even argue the whole concept is bad. You ask some dev to interview and expect them to use unfamiliar illustration software where while they're interviewing they get to struggle with learning new quirky software.
Meh... I was once being interviewed and the company offered to use Excalidraw. My experience with the tool was subpar. If you want something truly amazing, check out Whimsical Flowcharts. It's an order of magnitude better than Excalidraw.
Wow. Downvotes. Sure. Here are just a few off the top of my head.
1. Excalidraw doesn't allow you to quickly connect components.
2. It doesn't _always_ allow you to double-click on a component and add a title to it, so you end up using a Text component, which is obviously not what you want because two of the components are not linked.
3. You can't title links/arrows between components.
4. It's cool that they have a components library, but it's barely useful (right now), so I would either make it really good or drop entirely.
Draw.io  (now diagrams.net I guess?) lets you export a .png file with the diagram embedded in the image. So you don't need to keep the original file, and even an old image from a wiki can be opened up and edited by anybody on the team without having to get the "diagram file" from the original author.
Granted, I don't think it does collaboration so that may be a dealbreaker for you
Tried it out. Really shows the power of sane defaults and minimal controls. I was able to quickly create a decent drawing without looking at any documentation.
One unexpected thing. If I select the pointer icon, and double click on a shape, it lets me add a text label. But the label isn't grouped with the shape by default. I might expect that had I started with the "A" text tool, but I started with the arrow pointer. In that case, I'd expect the label to be automatically grouped with the shape.
Don't use it much but I love excalidraw. really has that oldschool freeware vibes. Must say it makes me a bit sad that it is being monetized. Understandable, but still sad.
Hope it doesn't lose it's spirit now money is involved.
Honestly, excalidraw's advantages is it's simplicity with export and working locally, which makes me think a lot of the enterprisy stuff could be built with external tools or something like that. say an integration with Google Drive/Dropbox.
It's still free, I've been asking the creator for something like this from day one. I don't like downloading my sessions, I'd rather pay to have something managed with projects etc so this is very much welcome.
They've been very good at communicating in the GitHub issues I've filed, so hopefully it works for others, but I would advise you to test with a few co-workers before facilitating anything in a group
You have to sign up to use the + version. There’s a “sign up” link in the top middle of the page that link takes you to. The whole point of it is the online account and sharing controls, so you have to make an account to try out the + features.