October 9, 2009

Creately – Collaborative Diagram Creation


Drawing diagrams isn’t always hard, it’s just tedious. The hardest part about creating a diagram is getting input from multiple workers on the project. That’s where a convenient webapp called Creately comes in.

Creately is a simple idea which does the hard work for you: it creates a spot where collaboration on diagrams is fast and easy. Multiple people can be working at the same time to create anything from a map for a business plan, flowcharts, or just about any visual diagram you can think of.

Creately uses a patent-pending technology to bring your diagram to life. Anywhere else, your diagram would be a static picture; with Creately, your diagram is alive and interacts with everything else on the page. This technology not only comes with preloaded shapes to make the drawing of your diagram simple, but full templates are available for use on your project.

After browsing Creately’s Web site, it’s easy to see why it has become such a popular option. Without Creately, your diagram is just a static drawing.

Practical Uses:

  • Create a Flowchart to break down the upcoming steps in your business plan
  • Use one of the many predefine templates for teachers to aid in communicating complex subjects and concepts
  • Build a website map in minutes

Insider Tips:

  • Stay up to date with all the happenings and new ideas on Creately with Creately’s Blog
  • Watch the video demos for a crash course in the simplicity of Creately

What we liked:

  • The Pay What You Want pricing is incredibly novel
  • Large selection of templates to create just about any diagram you could possibly need
  • 24-hour support

What we didn’t like:

  • The free plan is almost unusable for businesses


Company Info:

  • Launched: April 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Melbourne, Australia
  • Founded by: Cinergix
  • Web site:


  • Creately is incredibly unique in it’s Pay What You Want feature – you actually choose whatever price you wish to pay for their unlimited service, with $1 minimum. There’s also a free version with up to five collaborators and 10 MB storage.


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