Creately

Simplest Way to Visualize Ideas and Concepts

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Creately Overview

What is Creately?

Creately is an intuitive and easy to use Visual Collaboration platform that is used by distributed teams around the world to communicate more effectively. Creately's unique and powerful contextual interface is easy to use and it works with the full capabilities of a Desktop application. Creately is accessible anywhere, draw and design right in your browser. No downloads or messy security configurations required. It is a completely interactive web-based software built for collaboration. You can now invite your team, clients and customers to securely review, comment and update business, technical and scientific diagrams. This is particularly valuable in globally dispersed teams, saving them time and costs. With a great library of Shapes and easy start Templates, Creately offers unlimited possibilities with the types of diagrams that can be created, including UML, Flowcharts, UI Mockups, Sitemaps and other business and educational diagrams. We’re always listening to our customers and adding to our fast-growing library of Shapes. Also, with multiple revisions, don’t worry about letting your clients & customers collaborate on your diagrams. With multiple version support, you’ll never lose your work and always have a great audit trail for your designs. It’s simple to export your designs in PDF, JPG, PNG formats for presentations, proposals or formal documentation.
Creately has the most sophisticated and raved about Flex application that rivals most desktop based diagramming tools. Our main differentiator is our patent-pending KObject technology that allows Creately to validate your diagram as you create it, just like 'Spell-Check' for diagrams. Besides the smart KObject technology, our innovative use of social media platforms makes collaboration easier and faster. With 1-click buttons for web-publishing and posting to Twitter, your diagrams can now reach everyone that matters.

Creately Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
One Time License
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Creately offer both personal and team accounts.

Personal plans are 5$/month or 49$/year (20% savings)
Team 5 : 25$/month or 249$/year
Team 10: 45$/month or 449$/year
Team 25: 75$/month or 749$/year
Team 50: 125$/month or 1229$/year
Team 100: 200$/month or 1999$/year

Public : Free , 3 collaborators / 1 Project / Limit of 5 public diagrams


Creately Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 3 others, India, Japan, Germany
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Media

Professional flowchart with a nice color combination. Our default color palette is custome desinged with complmenting colors. The flowchart specific library make it easier to find objects and presents you with an uncluttered interface.
Commonly used diagram types are added to the starter screen. This way we can load the exact libraries you need for each diagram type.
Spcialied diagram templates for various professionals. Why draw from scaratch when you can make use of our professional diagram templates.
Powerful sharing options to control access levels.
Our smart shapes are context sensitive and suggest you the next possible objects in the flow. This dramatically cuts down the time you spend finding, adding and connecting shapes.
Changing color and style of objects is simple and you can get the exact color you want using our color palette
Creately video Creately video Creately video Creately screenshot: Professional flowchart with a nice color combination. Our default color palette is custome desinged with complmenting colors. The flowchart specific library make it easier to find objects and presents you with an uncluttered interface. Creately screenshot: Commonly used diagram types are added to the starter screen. This way we can load the exact libraries you need for each diagram type. Creately screenshot: Spcialied diagram templates for various professionals. Why draw from scaratch when you can make use of our professional diagram templates. Creately screenshot: Powerful sharing options to control access levels. Creately screenshot: Our smart shapes are context sensitive and suggest you the next possible objects in the flow. This dramatically cuts down the time you spend finding, adding and connecting shapes. Creately screenshot: Changing color and style of objects is simple and you can get the exact color you want using our color palette

Creately Reviews

Creately Reviews

Overall rating
4,4
/
5
Excellent
75

Very good
48

Average
10

Poor
2

Terrible
4

Value for Money
4,2
Features
4,2
Ease of Use
4,2
Customer Support
4,2
88% recommended this app
Nimanthi R.

an instinctive and simple to utilize Visual Collaboration stage

Key highlights of Creately Simple to Use Interactive Interface Constant Collaboration for Team Work Expertly Designed Templates to Get Started Fast Broad Shape Set Grouped into Libraries Fare Diagrams as PDF, JPG or PNG Work area Application for Offline Drawing Coordinated Google Image and Icon Finder Search Code Generation to Embed Diagrams to Websites Takes a shot at Windows, Linux and Mac OS Network Browser to Quickly Find Diagrams Capacity to Import Images Single Sign-On Drag and Drop Interface


Johnny M.

The best tool for AWS architecture diagrams


Soledad M.

Great Features, a lot of space to improve the interface

In general, it's a very quick tool with a lot of possibilities to make charts in a low level when you are in a hurry, but if you think in stethics, maybe you'd prefer another tool.
Anyway, it's the more convenient tool in terms of price.


Marco D.

Save your money for a better app

Creately is a fairly intuitive and easy to use app. And it is quite inexpensive compared to the competition

Unfortunately, it is by no means presentation quality at all. Professionally, it would be suicide to present anything that comes out of this app. I purchased Creately for flowcharting and wireframing. I can use it for neither for the following reasons.

1. no rulers or guides.
2. the type is not center justified correctly on any shape you try to use.
3. The center of the parallelograms are off center. So when you try to align a vertical column of shapes the parallelograms make your chart step to the side.
4. Scaling. If you try to scale the stop/start shape. It distorts....and not just a little bit.
5. The 1-click create other objects command only allows you to create two different objects. The problem with this is that if you are using a specific color style or font, you have to format the shapes that weren't included in the command.
6. there is no (no fill) option for any of the shapes. So if you try to use the swimlanes you can't see the grid.
7. The connecting lines will put up a fight. Especially when you don't want them to.
8. If you need to use this work for a presentation, you will need to import the file into illustrator and then fix everything to the extent that it is just faster and easier to do it all in illustrator.


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Rapid Updates


Nimanthi R.
Industry: Computer & Network Security
Company size: 2-10 Employees

an instinctive and simple to utilize Visual Collaboration stage

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/04/26
Review Source: Capterra

Key highlights of Creately Simple to Use Interactive Interface Constant Collaboration for Team Work Expertly Designed Templates to Get Started Fast Broad Shape Set Grouped into Libraries Fare Diagrams as PDF, JPG or PNG Work area Application for Offline Drawing Coordinated Google Image and Icon Finder Search Code Generation to Embed Diagrams to Websites Takes a shot at Windows, Linux and Mac OS Network Browser to Quickly Find Diagrams Capacity to Import Images Single Sign-On Drag and Drop Interface

Pros

Creately is an instinctive and simple to utilize Visual Collaboration stage that is utilized by dispersed groups far and wide to convey all the more successfully. Creately's special and incredible relevant interface is anything but difficult to utilize and it works with the full capacities of a Desktop application. Creately is open anyplace, draw and configuration directly in your program. No downloads or chaotic security setups required. It is a totally intelligent online programming worked for cooperation. You would now be able to welcome your group, customers, and clients to safely survey, remark and update business, specialized and logical outlines. The plastic, hues and actually simple to utilize. Basic, straight forward to utilize and not costly Simple diagram creation. Simple to look work for articles. Simple print It is effectively imparted to numerous clients to have a living archive for cooperation.

Cons

I can't think whether anything I didn't care for. Now and then it's extremely hard to import an SVG record Maybe a few highlights to upgrade the look and feel of the outlines. Ongoing joint effort highlights appear to hinder the application a bit The charting interface is structured in light of straightforwardness and accommodation. Shapes are assembled into libraries and just the vital libraries are stacked so the interface won't get jumbled with shapes. With ongoing joint effort, numerous clients can deal with together on a similar outline. Everybody can see the changed made by others immediately, making it simple to respond and decide.
Our inventive highlights incorporate relevant apparatus bars and 1-click make an interface. In 1 single tick, you can make the following item and the vital connectors too

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Johnny M.
Industry: Individual & Family Services
Company size: 11-50 Employees

The best tool for AWS architecture diagrams

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/10/30
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Having used other tools in the past, I’m think that Creately is the best option in the market to create AWS architecture diagrams. It has most of the icons for AWS services, and is pretty easy to learn to use. One of the main pros is that it focuses on having good drawing tools instead of AWS API integration (like Cloudcraft)

Cons

I have not found any cons about it (at least for our use case)

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Soledad M.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Great Features, a lot of space to improve the interface

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2020/09/28
Review Source: Capterra

In general, it's a very quick tool with a lot of possibilities to make charts in a low level when you are in a hurry, but if you think in stethics, maybe you'd prefer another tool.
Anyway, it's the more convenient tool in terms of price.

Pros

The chance to use it from Google Drive was amazing to me, because I could group all my deliverables on just one place to be shared with my clients.

Cons

It has several usability issues related of how it connects with Google Drive. Creately it's not able to open a new document on the platform and saved it in Google Drive. That was very umcomfortable.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Marco D.
Company size: 10 000+ Employees

Save your money for a better app

Reviewed on 2015/01/08
Review Source: GetApp

Creately is a fairly intuitive and easy to use app. And it is quite inexpensive compared to the competition

Unfortunately, it is by no means presentation quality at all. Professionally, it would be suicide to present anything that comes out of this app. I purchased Creately for flowcharting and wireframing. I can use it for neither for the following reasons.

1. no rulers or guides.
2. the type is not center justified correctly on any shape you try to use.
3. The center of the parallelograms are off center. So when you try to align a vertical column of shapes the parallelograms make your chart step to the side.
4. Scaling. If you try to scale the stop/start shape. It distorts....and not just a little bit.
5. The 1-click create other objects command only allows you to create two different objects. The problem with this is that if you are using a specific color style or font, you have to format the shapes that weren't included in the command.
6. there is no (no fill) option for any of the shapes. So if you try to use the swimlanes you can't see the grid.
7. The connecting lines will put up a fight. Especially when you don't want them to.
8. If you need to use this work for a presentation, you will need to import the file into illustrator and then fix everything to the extent that it is just faster and easier to do it all in illustrator.

Response from Cinergix Pty Ltd

Hi Marco,
Thanks for using Creately and taking the time to leave a review. Although we agree with some of your points some are bit off the mark. I'll try to address them one by one.
1. Agree. Will talk with dev team about adding a ruler.
2. Disagree. As soon as you type the text is center justified.
3. Agree. Will ask the dev team to fix this.
4. Disagree. The start/end scale seems to scaling as required.
5. Disagree. 1-click create adjust according to the context/diagram type. For example when drawing a flowchart by default you can create a process, decision or a start/end.
6. Disagree.There is a fill option in the toolbar. To see the grid when using a swimlane, select the swimlane, click "Fill" and check the "No Fill" option under colors.
7. Agree. The connecting lines adjust according to the diagram. Its done to speed up diagramming and most of our users appreciate it. But in a large complex diagram it can be a hinderance.

Most of this probably happened because we did a poor job of educating our users. And we'll definitely work on improving our help section. If you feel what we've mentioned is wrong or not sure about anything above please drop a mail to [email protected] and probably we can convince you with a live demo or work together to resolve your issues.

Thanks again for using Creately and hope to see you coming back soon.

Sincerely,
Creately team.

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Rapid Updates

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2019/09/10
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The UI is beautiful. The UX is intuitive. The chart style and elements are highly customisable. I see updates and new features very often.

Cons

There is still some functionality missing (like moving diagrams from one folder to another) and the occasional graphical glitch. However, with the current rate of updates I feel those are coming very soon! I

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
8,6/10
Based on 139 user ratings
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Creately Pricing

Creately Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00/month
Free Trial
One Time License
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Creately offer both personal and team accounts.

Personal plans are 5$/month or 49$/year (20% savings)
Team 5 : 25$/month or 249$/year
Team 10: 45$/month or 449$/year
Team 25: 75$/month or 749$/year
Team 50: 125$/month or 1229$/year
Team 100: 200$/month or 1999$/year

Public : Free , 3 collaborators / 1 Project / Limit of 5 public diagrams

Creately offer both personal and team accounts.

Personal plans are 5$/month or 49$/year (20% savings)
Team 5 : 25$/month or 249$/year
Team 10: 45$/month or 449$/year
Team 25: 75$/month or 749$/year
Team 50: 125$/month or 1229$/year
Team 100: 200$/month or 1999$/year

Public : Free , 3 collaborators / 1 Project / Limit of 5 public diagrams

Value for Money
4,2/5
Based on 139 user ratings
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Creately Features

Creately Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management
Data Import/Export
Data Visualization
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
User Management
Workflow Management
Features
4,2/5
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Additional information for Creately

Additional information for Creately

Key features of Creately

  • Ability to Import Images
  • Code Generation to Embed Diagrams to Websites
  • Community Browser to Quickly Find Diagrams
  • Desktop Application for Offline Drawing
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Easy to Use Interactive Interface
  • Export Diagrams as PDF, JPG or PNG
  • Extensive Shape Set Grouped into Libraries
  • Image Library
  • Integrated Google Image and Icon Finder Search
  • Professionally Designed Templates to Get Started Fast
  • Real-Time Collaboration for Team Work
  • Single Sign On
  • Works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS

Benefits

The diagramming interface is designed with simplicity and convenience in mind. Shapes are grouped into libraries and only the necessary libraries are loaded so the interface wont get cluttered with shapes.
With real-time collaboration many users can work on together on the same diagram. Everyone can see the changed made by others instantly, making it easy to react and make decisions.
Our innovative features include contextual tool bars and 1-click create and connect. In 1 single click you can create the next object and the necessary connectors as well.

Creately FAQs

Creately FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Creately.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Creately offer?

Creately offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$5,00/month

Pricing model: One Time License, Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Creately offer both personal and team accounts. Personal plans are 5$/month or 49$/year (20% savings) Team 5 : 25$/month or 249$/year Team 10: 45$/month or 449$/year Team 25: 75$/month or 749$/year Team 50: 125$/month or 1229$/year Team 100: 200$/month or 1999$/year Public : Free , 3 collaborators / 1 Project / Limit of 5 public diagrams

Q. What are the main features of Creately?

Creately offers the following features:

  • Ability to Import Images
  • Code Generation to Embed Diagrams to Websites
  • Community Browser to Quickly Find Diagrams
  • Desktop Application for Offline Drawing
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Easy to Use Interactive Interface
  • Export Diagrams as PDF, JPG or PNG
  • Extensive Shape Set Grouped into Libraries
  • Image Library
  • Integrated Google Image and Icon Finder Search
  • Professionally Designed Templates to Get Started Fast
  • Real-Time Collaboration for Team Work
  • Single Sign On
  • Works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS

Q. Who are the typical users of Creately?

Creately has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Creately support?

Creately supports the following languages:

Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Creately offer?

Creately has the following pricing plans:

One Time License, Free, Subscription

Q. Does Creately support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Creately supports

Q. What other apps does Creately integrate with?

Creately integrates with the following applications:

Atlassian Confluence, Google Workspace

Q. What level of support does Creately offer?

Creately offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials