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There’s many times you might need to make some sort of chart or diagram. Lots of people really like to mind map, web and app designers have to make wireframe layouts of design and interface ideas, and business workers might need to make charts to explain facts and figures to clients and co-workers. There are plenty of full-featured and affordable desktop options for making such charts, so why look for an alternative web app?

Social features and sharing are where diagram-making web apps really start to show some unique innovations and Cacoo, the app I’ll be reviewing today is no exception. Cacoo is an online chart/diagram/wireframing tool. Within the app you can use templates or create your own project from scratch using a number of advanced features. You can then collaborate on the project with some co-workers or share and export it to show clients. It’s a handy app with a mile-long feature list, so stick with me to learn more about Cacoo and whether it’s worth using or not.


I can’t count the number of times I’ve used Microsoft PowerPoint to create charts and diagrams for projects, presentations and articles, and it always made me wonder why there isn’t a decent stand-alone charting program, particularly for web use. Luckily, I wasn’t alone in thinking this – Jérôme Cordiez was on the same page and went a step further to create Lovely Charts, a simple tool to make, well, lovely charts!

Lovely Charts makes it easy to assemble charts for various needs and even allows for collaboration and feedback on your creations. The interface mimics the behavior of desktop apps and has a very small learning curve, making it easy for anyone to use and for companies to adopt. Let’s take it for a spin and see just how lovely we can make our charts, shall we? (more…)

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.


Sometimes the easiest way to explain something to someone is through a picture. However, most diagram drawing apps are either easy to use, but limited in features or full-featured, but have a steep learning curve.

Enter Creately, a full-featured diagram drawing app with a user friendly, intuitive interface. In addition to that, Creately prides itself on being the picture equivalent of a document collaboration app, allows for easy co-working and sharing of diagrams.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at Creately and examine some of its nifty features.


If you’ve ever need to create professional diagrams, you know that it can be hard to find the right tool. Many of the options are pricey and most have a steep learning curve. Lovely Charts aims to make the process easier, allowing your to focus on your content rather than symbols and colors.

And we’re giving away 5 free accounts today.