Gliffy is a nifty little Flash app that allows users to create and share flowcharts and design diagrams. It is easy to use, and has a number of templates and clips to choose from. It also allows online collaborations, though not in real-time. The initial reviews expected it to replace Visio, and it definitely is a cost-effective alternative. After a long time in beta, it started offering Basic and Premium versions of the app early this year. Watch the Gliffy demo movie below.
Best4c (short for “Best for chart”) is another Flash app that can be used to create and share flowcharts and diagrams. The look and feel is as close to Microsoft Office as it can get, unlike Gliffy’s which I felt is anti-Microsoft. Calling itself “the best online diagram tool on earth”, Best4c is at first glance not as appealing as Gliffy. That is because of the default category, but Best4c has a huge (and seemingly growing) library that should be able to solve most requirements of users. Moreover, it is completely free and initial trials (without exports or saves) do not need registration. Watch the Best4c flow diagram demo below.
Draw Anywhere. Another Flash app that does exactly what the above two tools do. I’m plucking my hair now. It is especially similar to Best4c, and is also free on registration, though I had a feeling that its library may be a little smaller. Or is it the other way round? I’m sorry, all I see is polygons floating around my head. You check out this drawing anywhere anytime demo and let me know.
I think any tool should suffice for an average user. Gliffy might be better for organizations because it provides unlimited storage and, IMO, has a better look and documentation. Also, it provides revision control, which can be especially useful for design diagrams.