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Cacoo

Online Diagram Drawing Tool


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Published 10/29/2010 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Cacoo makes it possible for multiple users to collaborate on a graph or other professional drawing. The site provides tools and a single, easy to find resource that allows users to work more efficiently. The site provides a user friendly interface that can accommodate many purposes. Users can choose from many different diagram types, including UML, wire frame, network charts, and site maps. The collaboration functionality makes it easy for an entire team or group to give input on the graph so the result is an up to date, in depth information sharing tool.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Cacoo was launched in October of 2009. The site was created to give users a better way to draw graphs with the assistance of team mates, coworkers, or anyone else that should give input. It was intended to be entirely web based, which makes it a very flexible drawing tool. Anyone with a computer and access to the internet can stop by Cacoo and make their own contribution to the team’s graph. Cacoo also updates automatically so everyone is viewing the most recent version of the graph.

What are the differences to other apps?

Cacoo takes drawing online and gives it a professional functionality. Users can put together attractive, easy to read graphs using many formats. The tools available are simple to understand so users do not need to have a technical background to use Cacoo. The collaborative functionality is also a plus, giving entire teams or groups the ability to build a graph together, rather than relaying information to one individual who does all the actual drawing work.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Cacoo website features fun blue, pink and green colors with stylish graphics and images. Although it is a very welcoming site with a lot of character, it is still an acceptable resource to share with other professionals. The drawing tools use colorful icons and helpful guidelines to map out and draw graphs along with text editor functions for better customization. Anyone can quickly adapt to the Cacoo interface, which is a big plus for teams that include individuals with little internet or technical experience, yet still want to participate in graph creation.

How does the registration process work?

If a new visitor scrolls down the homepage, it is hard to miss the enormous pink sign up button, which spans the entire bottom center. The registration form follows suit with the rest of the website, featuring a green border and large data entry fields. The user is asked for a Cacoo ID, nickname, password, email address, language, time zone, and terms of service agreement. Once the fields have been filled out, the user can click the blue “Create” button found at the bottom.

What does it cost to use the application?

Cacoo provides users with the option of two affordable account types. The first is the free membership, which includes PNG export format only, up to 25 sheets, one folder, up to 15 users per diagram and up to three users per shared folder. The second option is the Plus membership, which runs about $5 per month or about $50 per year. This account upgrades to include SVG export formats, samples, printable pages, unlimited sheets, up to three folders, and unlimited users. Cacoo accepts payment through Paypal or Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Cacoo is ideal for any group, business, or organization that has a need to draw professional looking graphs. The options are many, and the site provides many helpful features that are very user friendly. Of course, some may find it a little off putting to pay for the simple ability to make graphs. Cacoo offers a free membership as well so the tool can fit into any budget. Even the paid account is well priced.

  • Export diagrams based on the allowable format (depending on account type)
  • Manage folders for greater organization of diagrams
  • Work with real time collaboration so the whole team can participate
  • Share diagrams with others
  • Choose from many diagram types to create almost any kind of chart or graph


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FREE - Permanently free version
Most expensive plan (per month) : $4.95

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