Cacoo is a web-based real-time collaborative tool that allows users to create different types of diagrams, including mind maps, flowcharts or sitemaps. Since it’s a web app, it doesn’t require any installation; to start using it, the only thing you need is an account. The basic features are available for free, but to use the application to the fullest you must have a “Plus” (paid) account. The main selling point of Cacoo against competitors is the fact that it’s totally web-based, which gives the user the possibility to access projects from any computer with an internet connection.
Since it runs on Flash, it’s highly interactive and allows real-time collaboration. Also, you can embed any project into a website or blog, and any changes you introduce will be automatically updated. On the downside, since you don’t have an installed application, if your internet connection fails you won’t be able to use it at all.
Cacoo also has a very extensive library, containing most of the typical UI components you would need, from wireframe components to user icons. You can export your projects into several different formats, including PDF and SVG, but if you’re using Cacoo’s free account option, export is limited to PNG format.
|Real-time collaboration||No off-line mode|
|Rich library||Free account export is limited to PNG format|
|Low learning curve|