Creately – Free online competitor to Microsoft Visio

by ron on September 4, 2009

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Today I came across a great free online application called Creately which enables you to easily create a variety of graphic diagrams such as flowcharts, network diagrams, org charts, UML diagrams, sitemaps, UI mockups, etc.

Think of it as an online competitor to Microsoft Visio.

It’s quite a feature-packed online application, offering an easy to use interface, library of pre-made templates, and various forms of built-in collaboration.

They currently have two pricing plans.

The Public plan is completely free and allows you to create unlimited public diagrams, have a max of 5 collaborators per diagram, 10 MB of storage, and will create a watermark with the Creately logo. Pretty darn good features for a free access plan.

Their Plus! package gives you unlimited private diagrams, unlimited collaborators, no watermark, and unlimited storage.

The very cool thing is that until September 17th they are allowing users to upgrade to the Plus! membership at whatever price you wish to pay. I thought I would give this a try and see if they would have some kind of built-in lower limit for this monthly subscription, but they don’t seem to have any limit at all. I signed up to the full Plus! account, paying just $2 per month. So you really can pay whatever you wish.

This technology is definitely worth more than $2 per month, so I would suggest you sign up prior to September 17th and then upgrade at whatever monthly rate you wish to pay.

Here’s a video showing you how the Creately technology works:

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Jawar November 29, 2010 at 3:00 am

I dont see any free option, there is a free trial.

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Cheeny1000 April 3, 2011 at 5:00 am

I think PaYINg monthly for access to an org chart is a bit of a rip off. Besides I just went to the site and its down “Under Construction” what happens when you need access right away and the manager won’t take no for an answer????? “Step into my office you’re….!”

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Brenda Hill July 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I will possibly need to use the program for 2 or 3 months for class since the program is free. thank you

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