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  • This post was created by Brad Hanks, an employee of Lucidchart. While I try to keep the information objective, I felt this disclaimer was needed. The full version of this diagramming tool is completely free for educators:
  • You can sign up for a free educational Professional license here.
  • If you want a free team account to manage students in a classroom setting you can signup for free here.

Lucidchart is a web-based diagramming software which allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organisational charts, website wireframes, UML designs, mind maps, software prototypes, and many other diagram types. Built on web standards such as HTML5 and Javascript, Lucidchart is supported in all modern web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 8+.

1 History

In December 2008, Lucidchart, a startup based in Salt Lake City, Utah, first announced its Lucidchart visual collaboration platform as a public beta version.[1] The current major revision of Lucidchart was released on July 31, 2010.[2] Following this release, Lucidchart was featured in Techcrunch, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, and PC World, with GigaOM noting: "Lucidchart is a graphically-rich web application that makes working on a diagram with your entire team a simple matter. The tool is effectively an online alternative to Microsoft Visio."[3][4][5][6][7]

In April 2010, Lucidchart became available in the Google Apps Marketplace.[8] In December 2010, Lucidchart was included as a featured application in the launch of the Chrome Web Store, where it became the top paid application.[9][5]

In July 2011, Lucid Software announced it had raised US$1M in seed funding from 500 Startups, 2M Companies, K9 Ventures, and other angel investors.[3]

2 Features

Lucidchart features a drag-and-drop interface and real-time collaboration capabilities[10]. Lucidchart allows printing to vector PDFs as well as raster JPEG and PNG images.

In addition to working on major operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, Lucidchart is also functional on the iPad through the Safari browser. On the iPad, Lucidchart allows users to touch-draw shapes which are automatically converted to standard symbols.[11]

In 2011, Lucidchart became the first web-based application to offer compatibility with Microsoft Visio, the leading desktop application for diagramming.[11]

3 Integrations

Lucidchart is fully integrated with Google Drive, Google Apps, JIRA, Confluence, Jive, and Box.

4 See also

5 References

  1. Kevin Purdy (17 December 2008). "Lucidchart Makes Stripped-Down Flowcharts for Free". LifeHacker. 
  2. Darrell Swain (31 July 2010). "Lucidchart 2.0". Lucid Software Inc. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rip Empson (26 July 2011). "Lucidchart Nabs $1 Million From 500 Startups, 2M Companies, And K9 Ventures". Techcrunch. 
  4. Matt Silverman (15 April 2011). "5 Simple Web Apps For Saving Time at Work". Mashable. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 John Paul Titlow (13 May 2011). "Create Flow Charts and Wireframes Collaboratively With Lucidchart". ReadWriteWeb. 
  6. Robert Strohmeyer (14 June 2011). "Lucidchart Steps Up Online Business Diagrams". PC World. 
  7. Thursday Bram (01 October 2010). "Sharing Flowcharts and Diagrams With Lucidchart". GigaOM.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. Kevin Purdy (15 April 2010). "Lucidchart and Creately Plug Flowchart Tools into Google Apps". LifeHacker. 
  9. Lucidchart (08 December 2010). "Lucidchart’s Diagramming Application Featured in the New Google Chrome Web Store". BusinessWire.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. Rick Broida (18 December 2008). "Create and Share Flow Charts with Lucidchart". Bnet. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Matthew Guay (21 June 2011). "Lucidchart: Awesome Charting Got Even Better". AppStorm. 

6 External links