Friday, October 28, 2011

Creately Web Based Diagramming Tool

A little bit of cross posting between my blogs here but if you have use for a diagramming tool and not come across Creately yet, then I think it is well worth paying a visit to the site. There are a number of pricing models available, including a free version that has plenty of features. The models available cover Business Diagrams, User Interface Design, Software, System, Network Diagrams and more. It was the inclusion of software design particularly UML (Unified Modeling Language) diagrams and Database design diagrams that particularly took my attention. You will find that in creating a new document the examples list will provide sets of templates, some of which seem to be partially complete, these would be particularly useful for teaching. AS well as the many diagrams available, the user interface also includes a standard set of drawing tools, basic shapes, arrows, call outs, you can add notes, comments and share your diagrams thought the free version limits you to five of these. Upon completion diagrams can be exported in either png, jpeg or Creately format. As a unique virtual trial I decided to create a shared media block at my landing point in Second life, so feel free to get a couple of avatar friends together a try it out. Please feel free to reply to this post with your impressions.

regards Barry


Blogger Nishadha said...

Thank you for the very nice mention of Creately. I hope you enjoyed using the software and more importantly had fun drawing diagrams with us. If you are an educational institute you can contact us for deeply discounted prices.

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Blogger Dave said...

Would also suggest Lucid Charts. Similar to Creately but is 100% free for educators/students (you just fill out a simple request form).

It's also like Google Docs where students can work on the same document at the same time so ideal for group projects.

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