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Everyone loves a good infographic. It is such an easy way to digest statistics instead of having to read endless lists of boring and confusing figures, and it certainly makes the lunch break browse of the ‘Net a lot more interesting. Websites such as Mashable publish plenty of infographics and visualisations on their website, and the useful thing about visualisations is that they can virtually be published on any topic, as long as there’s some degree of statistics involved (my particular favourite is this one on Angry Birds users).

But, what happens if you are searching for a particular visualisation, either for your article or just out of general interest? Yes, there’s the old-fashioned way of searching via Google or trawling through hundreds of sites, but surely you just want a site like Flickr where you can browse through infographics, without having to waste time searching for them?

This is exactly what Visual.ly is. Think of it as Flickr for infographics and visualisations. Signing up is completely free and there’s some exciting features built into it (with a couple more in the pipeline).

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Over the past several years, there was an avalanche of photo sharing and showcasing web apps. Interestingly, though, most of these have been aimed at letting you quickly share simple pictures, rather than being designed around professional photography like Flickr. Facebook usage exploded and it turned into the World’s largest photo sharing site, while services like Instagram and Twitpic picked up where Twitter dropped the ball on photo sharing. Flickr and Photobucket stayed around, but there’s been much less innovation on professional photo sharing.

500px is a great photo community with a rating system, editorial selections, and professional portfolios. With a great selection of beautiful photographs, and the tools to make your work shine, it seems much more like a Flickr competitor than many of the newer sites aimed at quickly sharing photos. But is it awesome enough to take on established players, each with their own breed of loyal followers? Let us go find out.

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Our contest is now closed, and the winner is James Eisenlohr. Congrats! Thanks for commenting, and stay tuned for more giveaways in the future!

Conventional wisdom would say that web apps generally are less feature-full than their native app counterparts. Google Docs is less polished than iWork or Microsoft Office 2010, but that’s just to be expected. And on mobile browsers and tablets, many web apps are much harder to use than native apps, but hey, it’s just a web app. You can’t expect so much, right?

LucidChart is one app that’s proving the conventional wisdom wrong. They’ve created a web app that runs faster and smoother than many desktop apps. Visio can drive you insane after using it for a few minutes, but we were very impressed at how nice LucidChart was at creating diagrams and more when we first reviewed it. Since then, the developers haven’t rested on their laurals. Instead, they’ve added a Visio file importer, offline support, and amazing integration with the iPad that lets you draw intricate diagrams quicker than ever.

Keep reading for a peek at the new features, and a chance to win a free year of LucidChart Professional! (more…)

Many online businesses and websites operate in the same vertical. Often, their services and design could be strikingly similar, making it difficult to stand out. Then there are situations when, even after lengthy brainstorming sessions with experts, a clear idea of the feature-set isn’t be formulated. Two questions always linger in the minds of developers and entrepreneurs — how do you decide which features to include or omit and how do you increase conversions?

Once you have answers for the two questions, you can sit back and start counting the money. Tools and talent that can help get usable feedback are exorbitantly costly — at least up until now. Verify allows you to quickly test concepts with users to get immediate feedback. Keep reading to find how you can save time and money with Verify by testing pages before you start redoing everything.

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Design is more of a collaborative process than we often realize. In the process of designing a new site, logo, promotional flyer, and more, you’ll often end up emailing dozens of files back and forth with your coworkers and clients to see what they think about the changes. Adding to that, you’ll usually end up emailing copies of PSD or AI files, links to similar designs that inspired you, or reminders for when parts of the project are due. Before you know it, you’re struggling to find the right file among dozens of similar emails.

Your team needs a better way to collaborate on the design process. Today we’re going to look at Draftboard, a new webapp that lets you compare and annotate design drafts, send ideas and inspirational links to your team, and store your important project files together. It’s a light project management app that’s solely focused on design drafts and your team’s feedback. Let’s see if this is the app that can make your creative process flow smoother.

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Do you get frustrated with rich webapps that take forever to load or require Flash to run? There are many drawing and charting webapps, but the majority are relatively slow and powered by Flash. Today we’ll look at the HTML5 powered app LucidChart, for creating rich charts, mockups and diagrams.

LucidChart is one of the many webapps that let you create charts and diagrams online, but it sets itself apart by using native web technology which makes it run faster than its Flash based competitors. It also lets you do more than just plain flow charts. You can use it to make mind-maps, mockups of the iPhone app you’re designing, or the standard org charts and diagrams usually made with Visio. Let’s see how you can put this to use to get charts and diagrams made for your projects.

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Feedback is a vital part of the design process, though getting it in an interactive and constructive manner to put to use in the next revision can be a tricky process. But, for a web designer, asking for feedback in most cases can become tedious as you can’t do everything from within a PDF attached to an email.

There’re plenty of web apps which can actually make the task of gathering feedback for web and other design works simpler and swifter. Bounce is a web app focused on collecting and sharing comments on web apps and websites. Let’s take a look.

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Imagine it now. You’ve come up with the best idea ever and a great way of executing it but you need somewhere to quickly lay down your ideas. Pen and paper’s fine but what if you need to digitise this and send it to your team later? Why not just kill two birds with one stone?

That’s where MindMeister comes in. It offers a unique way to create digital mind maps through the use of various nodes that comprise your idea. Fast and with a free plan, it’s definitely for you.

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Nowadays, designers sometimes spend so much time trying to get their work reviewed by clients and colleagues – whilst in progress – that they forget about the most important thing: the design. In the age of technology, there’s an app for overcoming almost every problem and making everything so much easier.

Mocksup is just one of those. It gives every designer the tools needed to share their designs with those who matter most, track progress and even more. Find out more after the fold.

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Collecting feedback and incorporating them in the design revisions is as important to a designer as his/her creativity. The easiest and the most common way a designer collects feedback is by emailing a PDF file or an image and the client will revert back in an email with the changes that has be done.

Misinterpretation and confusion creeps in with this asynchronous feedback model and often times few comments from the customer can go unnoticed. Notebox is a design and concept feedback app that helps designers to get client feedback literally on their designs.

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