Lovely Charts is quite a clever web based application that allows you to create beautiful looking diagrams. You can use the application to create all sorts of diagrams including organizational charts, wire frame diagrams, sitemaps and flow charts among plenty of others. Creating these types of diagrams in other software is very difficult. Lovely Chart is designed to make it easy to produce professional results and get the most possible out of your diagrams. It’s a modern alternative to many of the more traditional applications that can be used for charting and diagrams. The user experience of people visiting this site is second to none and it’s very easy to get professional looking results. It’s also fairly inexpensive and doesn’t require any substantial investments for the purchase of software. One of the best features is the collaboration features; this makes it possible for people to work together on the same diagram. Everything can be accessed from within the same application which can be accessed on any computer and virtually any browser, including FireFox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. Because its web based it’s also platform independent.
Lovely Charts was founded in November 2007 by Jerome Cordiez. It was created by a Belgium Consulting firm known as This is Lovely! Which explains where the name comes from. The marketing surrounding the app focuses on "sexy" to describe the charts, giving it an unusual twist. The app has received a fair amount of positive press and ranked number 7 in Life Hacker's "10 Most Underhyped Apps of the Year" in 2010.
Unlike other applications this diagramming application is based on the internet, this means that it’s great for companies with employees who are in remote areas. The premium versions support collaboration which means that one or more people can work together on the same diagram at the same time so that they can get the best results as quickly as possible.
Lovely Charts is very easy to use and makes a nice change from many of the other diagram applications. There are a number of tutorials that you can watch so that you can get a good understanding of everything that you need to do, although it’s not really that difficult to use anyway. Using the application is simply a matter of clicking and dragging the items that you want and then linking them together with lines; it’s not really that difficult.
Creating your account on Lovely Charts is a piece of cake, you need to enter your name, email and then choose a password. You must also agree to the terms and conditions by clicking the tick box above the submit button. After you have done this you will be sent an email containing a code, you need to copy this code into the box on the Lovely Charts site. This is rather frustrating as there isn’t a link to click. Once you have registered you will have the option of watching a short tutorial.
There are two versions of the site, a free version which has more restrictions on it. And a premium account. The free version is fully functional; however the premium plan is aimed more at professional businesses. The free version will only let you save one chart that’s still editable. You can create as many as you want, however you can only keep one in an editable format so that you can revise it in the future. The premium version gets around this problem, and also adds a number of additional features. These include collaboration features, and support. The premium version costs 29 euros per year, which works out to about 2.42 euros per month.
Lovely Charts is perfect for businesses and professionals who want to create professional looking charts and diagrams without the high cost. The application is designed very well and works very quickly. This makes it very easy to easily create all kinds of diagrams. It’s even possible to create network and hierarchy diagrams. It’s a great tool for all small businesses.