Cacoo is an online flowchart generator that includes real-time collaboration features. This means multiple individuals can access and edit the diagram at the exact same time and you can see changes as soon as they’re made. It has a chat feature within the flowchart software so each user can chat and exchange ideas while editing the charts. Memo fields let you keep track of ideas and exchanges or note who has been involved with the collaboration. These features make it an excellent choice if you are working with clients or team members outside your office.
You can manage collaborators for each chart and decide whether they can view or edit the diagram. The software has a presentation mode, and you can export to PDF. It has several pricing plans available, including a free version, which makes it an easy program to share with clients. It also offers a 30-day trial if you want to try out a particular plan’s full suite of features before purchasing.
This diagram software has several premade templates and shape libraries, including those for flowcharts, mind maps, organizational charts, floor plans, infographics, network maps, UML, wireframes and more. You can click on each object and edit the text, change the color scheme, or use the drag and drop feature to add additional shapes and symbols. You can also import graphics, such as photos or clipart. The program doesn't have containers, and you cannot change the shape once it's been locked onto the diagram. Instead, you have to delete the object and then select another from the symbol gallery. The shapes don’t automatically resize when you enter text, and the program doesn’t have spellcheck. It doesn't have the ability to generate an organization chart automatically from CSV files, which is a nice timesaving feature that the best flowchart programs offer.
While Cacoo doesn't let you add connector points to its objects, it does include a fair amount of preset points on each symbol. It also lets you choose the design of the connectors, including angles and curves. The canvas automatically expands as you add shapes to it, and you can add multiple pages to your diagram as well as multiple layers to each page. You can add hyperlinks so that you can quickly jump from one group to another if your chart is larger than the viewing screen.
Despite the great number of features, Cacoo had a higher learning curve and the interface felt more dated than some of the other diagramming software we reviewed. There is a tutorial, a blog, and a user forum, and you can contact the company by email for assistance.
While it takes longer to learn the software and it lacks containers and the ability to change shape designs once they are placed, this flowchart maker includes many convenient features, such as the ability to add layers and multiple pages to your diagrams. With its real-time collaboration and presentation features, Cacoo is a good flowchart solution for projects that you want to share with clients or multiple contributors.
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