App of the Week: From sketches to professional charts

By Stephen Noonoo
October 3rd, 2016

Flexible sketch app transforms freeform drawings into pro-level designs and diagrams

grafio app

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

Grafio 3 – Diagrams and Ideas

What’s It Like? 

Grafio is a diagramming (and presentation ) iOS app for creating graphs, vector charts, storyboards, infographics, flowcharts, diagrams, and anything that uses text, shapes, or visual representations. Begin by drawing shapes with your finger or stylus. Shapes are automatically closed, straightened, and made into the best versions of themselves possible via the built-in shape-recognition algorithms. Most basic shapes are recognized, and doodles will also be made tidier.

Price: $8

Grades: 9-12

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Customizable features tidy up drawings and serve a wealth of uses.

Cons: Precise movements can be hard with fingers or stylus, and files are only editable within the app.

Bottom line: A terrific choice for creating simple diagrams or presentations on iOS.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is the current editor of eSchool News. He is a former consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.

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