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LucidChart – fab new charts application does it all


It’s hard for new web applications to make a mark nowadays, there’s just too many companies competing for the same space. So it’s really interesting when you come across one that’s clearly got a winning chance of grabbing user traction. LucidChart is one such.

Ostensibly it’s just another online charting service – you know, with org charts, diagrams, flow charts, wireframes, mockups etc. But start to play with it and you quickly realise this is something special.


Why? Well for one it’s fast. No clumsy, kludgy Flash or Java interface, just swift, clean drag and drop loveliness. Instant access, super easy to use controls (it’s really a pleasure to come across something so intuitive and which just *works*) and a great set of features. For instance, tabs. Brilliant! Now I can set up multiple tabs for page layout wireframes from a single document.

There’s a bunch more stuff I could mention, like the awesome templates (a better term than Examples, I think), the live wireframes, and multi user collaborative editing, but really you need to play around for yourself if you want to enjoy the experience properly. There’s no sign up required, and there’s also a long term free plan which is very generous in scope.


All in all this is one superb drawing and charting app, and deserves to carve a significant chunk out of the market. It makes Google’s equivalent look pedestrian, and if it wasn’t for the fact that Google has a habit of wrecking products it buys, I would suggest that this would make a perfect addition to Google Docs.

As it is, I hope the company stays independent and thrives, I’ll definitely be using LucidChart as my main online drawing service from now on.

 We make diagramming fast and easy. We make it part of your typical workday. We help you communicate more effectively, so you can resolve conflicts before they arise and share your vision quicker and easier. The Missing Link LucidChart is the missing link in online office productivity suites. LucidChart allows users to create, collaborate on, and publish attractive flowcharts and other diagrams from a web browser. LucidChart was designed to fit comfortably into the workflow of someone currently using Google Apps or Zoho.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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