Creately - Online Diagramming Tool with Collaboration
Online Alternative to Microsoft Visio
Creately is an online diagramming tool with support for many commonly used diagram types. It also supports online collaboration, making it the perfect tool to be used by people in distributed places. In addition to all that it has its own stand alone desktop product making it a very attractive and cost effective alternative to Microsoft Visio. There are many pricing options as well, so you can choose the plan that is best suited for you. For one user you can go for a personal plan with private diagrams which only costs 5$. There are plans up to 75 users and you can get a custome quote for anything over that or enterprise level solutions.
Creately has won many awards a short time for its innovative use of technology. It has taken cloud based collaboration software to a whole new level. With plugin support for popular software like JIRA, Confluence and FogBugz and available as a Google app, it is a true all-rounder in the diagramming tool niche.
At the moment Creately supports the following diagram types with many more to be added in the future.
- UML diagrams
- UI mock ups
- Org charts
- Network diagrams
- SWOT diagrams
- K-12 educational diagrams
- Venn diagrams
- Business process models
- Concepts Maps
- Value stream maps
- Capacity planing models
Creately Diagram Community
Creately diagram community is a resource for anyone who is interested in learning about various diagrams. Whenever a user creates a diagrams he has the option of making it public, so visitors have a vast number of diagrams and templates to get started.
Creately's objective is to make themselves the go to website for online diagramming resources and to further enhance that the company has adopted the mini site concept, where a small mini site is created for every diagrams type. A mini site have explanations about the diagrams, examples and templates you can use, articles on best practices on drawing those diagrams, case studies using those diagrams and many related articles about those diagrams. Truly great resource of anyone interested in drawing business diagrams.
If there isn't a mini site available at the moment you still access some resources specific to different diagrams types. A good example of that is related page for Venn Diagram maker.