A while ago I posted on Creately, an online flowchart service. Now the Dutch LifeHacker blog (that is currently doing much better than the original, where quantity rules over quality – IMHO), published a mash-up about online flowchart services. For the review you should read the original article by Micha Coster, but here they are:

  1. Gliffy
  2. Creately
  3. LovelyCharts
  4. LucidChart
  5. Google Docs – Drawings

Now the problem with these tools is that there are not as free as they pretend to be, so I still prefer desktop applications for my diagrams, because the advantage of online services – collaboration – doesn’t apply to me when working with flowcharts. My diagram creation program of choice is “Dia“, that also exists in a portableapps version.
A new star is the program Diagram Designer, that I haven’t tried yet, but LifeHacker reviewed it briefly.

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