How to improve the output of Cloudockit AWS Visio Diagrams

In this page we are going to share a few tips on how to improve the layout of the AWS Diagrams that you generate with Cloudockit.

AUTHOR

Pascal Bonheur

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10 min

1. Specify a Name tag (used in the output Diagrams)

When you navigate in the AWS Management console, most of the time you see that resources are identified by long unique identifier that are quite difficult to read.

That’s the reason why a very common practice in AWS is to create a Tag that contains a short name that you understand and that is readable.

Cloudockit allows you to specify what this tag is so that Cloudockit retrieves readable names and use them bellow shapes in the Diagram.

To specify the tag, you need to go in the Content Tab and scroll at the bottom of the screen:

 

2. Specify an Application tag (used in the output Diagrams)

The same way AWS people create a tag that contains the name, they also typically create a tag that contains the name of the business application that uses the resource tagged.

From the content tab, you can specify this tag:

 

When this tag is specified, you will get a list of applications in the word document and also, you will get a Visio Diagrams named ByApplications that will contain a tab per Application with all the components of this application.

Please ensure that you have selected the Visio Diagram by applications also:

3. Re-Layout the generated Visio Diagram

 

 

Once you have opened the generated Visio Diagram, you can use the Auto-Layout feature of Visio. This will help if you have many overlapping arrows that make the diagram difficult to read.

Note that we are currently working on optimizing the layout of the Diagram that we generate so that the number of crossing arrows is decreased and the size taken by the diagram is decreased too.

4. Choose the output of the Diagrams that gets generated.

 

Cloudockit supports multiple output format for the diagram it automatically generates.

We currently support Visio and Draw.io and we are working on supporting more format. If you think there is a format we should support, let us know!

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