Jun 08 2011

40 Free Online Tools and Software to Improve Your Workflow

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Charts and graphs are the most effective ways to show the relationship between two different and interlinked entities. On a web page, a comprehensively designed flowchart, diagram or graph can be worth a thousand words. Creating such charts that inform your visitors about all the necessary details is a daunting task, and many designers find creating charts, diagram and graphs a difficult job to accomplish.

Here, you will discover some of the best available free web services that let you create copious amounts of charts, diagrams and graphs. A majority of these services are easy to use; and will produce results that will be comparable to what you saw on the screen. Enjoy!

The Showcase

ChartDemo
If you need to create a stacked area chart along with complete labels and legends, then ChartDemo is for you.

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Flowchart
This tool not only lets you create charts and diagrams but also provides you a platform to collaborate with your colleagues. This does not require you to download any software rather it works in your internet browser.

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Track-n-graph
An easy to use web based tool for friends, family and colleagues to track and graph information

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Barchart
This online tool allows you to create bar charts without the need of an applet bar graph creator. An absolute must have tool for those who want to create bar graphs.

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Bubbl
Create multicolored mind maps online, share and work on them with friends. With this tool, you can embed your mind map in your blog or website, can email it or have it in printed form.

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ChartGizmo
A free web based application that lets you create charts for your websites, blogs and even for social network profiles.

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CreateAGraph
CreateAGraph gives you five different types of graphs and charts that you can consider for your use. With this tool, you can work online right from your browser.

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DrawAnywhere
As the name suggests, draw anywhere you like. You can create flowcharts, diagrams, organizational charts and on top of that you can export your charts and diagrams as an image file (jpg, png, pdf, etc).

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Fooplot
Fooplot is an online tool that lets you create charts & diagrams.

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FusionCharts Google Gadget
Another useful web based tool to draw charts and diagrams with ease and comfort.

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Gliffy
It is online diagramming software that allows you to create professional looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more!

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Mindomo
A versatile Web-based mind mapping tool for creating, editing and sharing mind maps. It offers the capabilities of desktop mind mapping software in an internet browser with no installation and maintenance required.

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Mindmeister
This tool comes with all the customary features of a typical mind mapping tool with as many concurrent users as you like.

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MGraph
MGraph is an online tool with which you can plot simple graphs.

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Plotr
Draw simple charts with this lightweight charting framework which is based on Plot Kit. No use of Flash and no other interactive elements as you don’t always need them.

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PlotKit
A comprehensive chart and graph plotting library for Javascript that comes with HTML Canvas, native browser and SVG support via SVG viewer.

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Rich Chart Live
Use your web browser to create enjoyable and enchanting flash charts. High-impact charts can also be created with this absolutely free online tool.

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SimpleSeating
This is an invaluable tool for those who are responsible for planning an analyst event which can be a major time sink and massive pain without it.

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Online Chart Generator
With this online tool, you can create amazing 3D graphs instantaneously.

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DIY Chart
DIY (Do it yourself) Chart is an easy to use, simple yet powerful online tool that can be used to create interactive graphs and charts using static or dynamic data.

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Chartle.net
This tool offers simplicity, ubiquity and interactivity to online visualizations, and tears down the complexity so that novices can also use it.

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ChartGo
ChartGo permits users to generate charts online rapidly. Simply paste your data in the chart data area and hit the create chart button. It’s that easy.

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JS Charts
A JavaScript chart generator that lets you create charts in different templates. It is an easy to use tool that requires little or no coding.

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Pie Chart Tool
A simple and easy Pie Chart creator that creates pie charts based on the data that you provide. Simply type in your data and the name of the categories.

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Piecolor
Piecolor is an online tool to create colorful pie chart with ease.

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Hohli Charts
Hohli Charts lets you animatedly create charts.

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CSS Chart Generator
Generate your charts on the fly with CSS Chart Generator.

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CHARTPART
This is a simple and straightforward online tool for creating charts.

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Google Chart Tools
The Google Chart Tools facilitate adding live charts to any web page.

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amCharts Visual Editor
You can use amChats as a web service through this editor. Configuring the chart and pasting the generated HTML code to your HTML page is all you need.

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Pie Chart Maker
The Pie Chart Maker lets you generate your own customizable pie charts. You can save your pie charts as an image on your computer as well.

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Online Chart Tool
This online tool allows you to design and share your own graphs absolutely for free.

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OWTChart Generator
The OWTChart Generator is yet another useful online tool that can produce charts. It displays a GIF image of the chart on the screen

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Chart Maker
Chart Maker allows users to easily create charts according to their individual needs.

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Highcharts
It is a JavaScript library for creating different types of charts including line, spline, area, areaspline, column, bar, pie and scatter charts. It offers an easy way to add interactive charts to your websites and even web applications.

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Google Chart Generator
This tool creates a Google chart in seconds!

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JGraphpad
It is a feature-rich, online, standards-compliant and open source graph component available for Java that includes Process diagrams, workflow and BPM visualization, flowcharts, even traffic or water flow etc.

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yEd Graph Editor
Another Java based graph editor that lets you generate drawings quickly and effectively. With this tool, you can implement automatic layouts to a wide range of different diagrams and networks.

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Graphviz
Graphviz is an open source graph visualization software that presents structural information as diagrams of abstract graphs and networks. You can employ this tool in networking, bioinformatics, software engineering, database and web design, machine learning, and in visual interfaces for other technical domains.

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XML/SWF Charts
A simple yet powerful online tool that allows you to create beautiful web charts and graphs from dynamic XML data. You can either manually prepare the XML source or can generate it via any scripting language such as PHP, ASP, CFML, Perl, etc.

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About the Author

Nousheen Aquil is a web graphic designer. She loves photography, drawing and painting. She also is a contributing member of WebdesignCore , a platform that focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

Comments and Discussions
  • Luke watts, 08 June 2011

    Creative collection. I have forwarded this to our developers for implementing this in our back office report.Thanks for sharing wonderful stuff

  • Alain, 08 June 2011

    If you are looking for a free desktop Mind mapping software, check FreeMind. Works very well on all platforms.

  • mustajab, 08 June 2011

    nice article

  • Tim, 08 June 2011

    XMind also works well and is free. I use it all the time. http://www.xmind.net/

  • Annie Sisk, 08 June 2011

    I am officially impressed. I see some tools listed here I can recommend to my solo and startup clients to help them get a handle on systems creation for workflow.

  • dagatech, 08 June 2011

    Great Collection, bookmarked it for future. Keep it upcoming

  • sourabh sharma, 09 June 2011

    Extremely useful resources, was looking something like this, thanks for sharing.

  • Aaron Conaway, 09 June 2011

    Awesome info as usual

  • aming, 09 June 2011

    nice collection,

  • Oleg, 09 June 2011

    Thank you for this useful collection!
    Another addition to your list is dhtmlxChart, a JavaScript charting library that allows you to implement dynamic charts on a website or web app: http://dhtmlx.com/docs/products/dhtmlxChart/

  • Gaurav, 12 June 2011

    Thanx…. awesome info…!!

  • inspirationfeed, 12 June 2011

    Great collection, will use some of these!

  • Robert Bowen, 14 June 2011

    Wow, thanks everyone for the amazing additions to the post, and for the enthusiasm for the resources Nousheen gathered.

    Noupe Editorial Team

  • Adrian, 17 June 2011

    Some handy looking resources here!

  • Hanna, 23 June 2011

    Thank you for this collection! I frequently use visualization software for charts and graphs building. I can also add http://my.origramy.com/index.html to the list. It is free and usable to build diagrams and graphs.

  • sam, 15 September 2011

    very nice web site design & good articles also.I saw lot of IMP articles on this web site.
    Keep it up.

  • mUGEN, 04 November 2011

    Nice, this is very useful, thanks for sharing !

  • Maranda Hilu, 14 December 2011

    Great! These were really helpful to me. But is there an available Alexa toolbar for chrome? Thanks

  • Eugene, 14 May 2012

    Nice collection, thank you.

    SWF Charts is really amazing – saved a lot of time for me.

    If you looking for online flowcharting solution also try http://grapholite.com

  • Arlene Vicedo, 26 September 2012

    This would really be helpful in tracking income matters specially in the business that I’m planning to do

  • Jolicharts, 21 June 2013

    Hi Nousheen!!

    What about also taking a look at Jolicharts.com? It’s a really great online tool to create interactive charts and dashboard from your files (Excel, CSV) or even database.

    You can create multiple dashboards even with a “Forever Free” account, share your work with other people on the same dashboard, publish it :

    - Connect your data or spreadsheets,
    - Design Charts & Dashboards with collaboration possibilities
    - Share, Publish charts or dashboard, in one click.
    - Embed the dashboards in all our apps, website.
    - Apply information filters depending on the viewer.

    Do not hesitate to go and see by yourself!

    https://jolicharts.com/

    Regards,

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