Murdoch and the News of the World Saga - A Visual Timeline

In keeping with that age-old cliche – a picture is worth a thousand words – we did a nifty visual timeline of the latest scandal (i.e. the News of the World saga) to hit global TV screens.

As you can see below, it’s way easier to explain things visually. Moreover, think of the numerous ways in which you can exploit various data sources and show information with more clarity via colorful mindmapswireframesUML designs,Venn diagrams and flow charts among many others.

 

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A (diagramming) take on WikiLeaks

What a rollercoaster ride it must be for Julian Assange, eh? Half the world loves him, the other half hates him. His mum thinks he is “fighting baddies”, so we could very well have a modern day Robin Hood on our hands. With too much info floating around about what happened when, we put it all down on a neat little infographic, just to make it a tad bit clearer. Go take a peek, if you like it, share it.

 

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Central Desktop Introduces Online Diagrams by Creately

Central Desktop announces Online Diagrams by CreatelyThat moment, which you all (excitedly, no doubt!) waited for, is finally here! Well, folks, (drum roll) Central Desktop officially announced the availability of its new Online Diagramming feature.

Online Diagrams Powered By Creately

Central Desktop delivers a complete Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) collaboration platform that allows business teams to communicate and collaborate online. This gets more powerful now with Creately’s integration into Central Desktop’s collaboration platform, which gives customers the ability to translate their ideas graphically. Comprehende, amigo?

In other words, users can directly create and collaborate on diagrams from right within their Central Desktop workspace to literally create anything visual. Cool, eh? For instance, users can now create professional  flowcharts, org charts, pretty mind maps, interactive wireframes to include in reports, docs and wiki pages. In fact, according to Isaac Garcia (who is the CEO and co-founder of Central Desktop), this new dimension to online collaboration will help their users communicate more efficiently and improve the decision-making process.

Fully Interactive Creately Diagram Editor

All of Creately’s key features are available on the Central Desktop’s Online Diagrams so Central Desktop customers will be working in Creately’s fully interactive interface loaded with our extensive library of objects to create any type of diagram.

As a technology leader in the online diagramming space, Creately is proud to deliver the best diagramming capabilities to Central Desktop’s collaboration platform.

So without any further ado, take a quick glimpse at this short video, and then get creative!

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Creately launches its Mini Site

The content we and the community are creating is all over the place, and we realized that our website visitors are getting lost in the maze of information. Thus, we’ve decided to start compiling the relevant resources into minisites (mini sites) focused on each diagram type. We believe this would help our website visitors engage with Creately better and faster than before.

We’ve launched our minisite on Flowcharts. Now, with this mini website you’ll find all the information typically relevant to flowcharts and their usage. Check out all the flowchart symbols, flowchart templates, usecases and more. While you check them out, we’ll work on getting the next minisite on Wireframes ready. So keep watching this space for more details.

And, don’t fail to let us know if you have any thoughts or questions on flowcharting. We’re here to help you around.

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Creately on Digital Life, Straits Times

Pretty exciting day, we’ve been covered on Strait Times’ Digital Life – one of Singapore’s oldest and widely read daily newspapers.

We’re really excited about the press coverage and appreciate all your support that has made this possible. Here’s a copy of the story for those of you who want to read it, ‘Charting success in the Apps Field’.

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75 New Templates for Mindmaps, Flowcharts, UML diagrams and more

While the Dev team’s been busy on the next major release in a week’s time (which will include brand new collaboration features), I’ve compiled a massive set of easy-start templates that you can dig into right now.

We know you love Creately’s easy-start templates, so the whole team got together a fortnight ago for Creately Diagram Day and came up with tons of new diagrams. Everyone worked all day to create great looking and useful templates especially for the new UI Mockup, UML and Database design shapes we recently launched.

These new templates are now available right within Creately’s Create New Diagram dialog window and will help you get going with your diagrams faster. Who’re we kidding, its just so much easier to not have to start from a blank canvas.

Here’s a small sample of some of the new Mindmaps, Flowcharts, UML, UI Mockups and Database design templates we’ve added – of course embedded here with the Creately Diagram Viewer. Let us know if you find these useful and want more templates to use in Creately.

Mindmap of a Promotional Marketing Campaign

Mockup of the Creately Blog

Flowchart with Swimlanes

UML Class Diagram

DVD library Database Model

Come on, give it a go.
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From Accelerate 2010 Asia’s Top 10 Apps via TechCrunch

Earlier this week, I attended Accelerate 2010 in Singapore, a two-day tech and mobile industry event that attracted no less than 2,000 international attendees. Organizer and major telco SingTel (which boasts around 350 million customers worldwide) offered up a slew of presentations and panels. But giving in to my penchant for discovering Asian startups, I will just focus on Accelerate’s so-called “Asia’s Top 50 Apps” program in the following (head over to e27 for more coverage of the event).

What’s Asia’s Top 50 Apps? SingTel, in cooperation with e27 and others, called out for users to nominate and vote for web and mobile applications that were either developed in Asia or mainly target Asian markets. A total of 50 apps from the region made it to that list (out of 200 nominations), and during Accelerate, a panel of judges selected “Asia’s Top 10 Apps” (which won a three months of rent-free stay at Plug and Play Center, among other things).

But here are thumbnail sketches (of varying depth) of all 50 Asian mobile apps and web services, starting with the top 10 and in no particular order (luckily, almost all products listed up below are available in English).

Asia’s Top 50 Apps at Accelerate 2010: The top 10

Flutterscape (Japan)
Pitched as a real-time, cross-border social market place, Flutterscape lets users not only share cool product discoveries from Japan but also enables purchases from abroad. The way it works is that Japan-based users can sell an item discovered locally on Flutterscape by submitting pictures, the price, a description etc. People outside Japan can then buy it on the site (i.e. this karaoke machine). The seller purchases the item for the buyer at the local store, sends it to the Flutterscape logistics center, which ships it to the customer and also takes care of the billing and payment.

Zopim (Singapore)
Zopim is a web-based live chat application for businesses that shows up as a customizable chat widget on your website (no pop-ups). The main selling point of the service is its simplicity, as copying and pasting a few lines of code into the website is enough. Zopim features multi-agent-chat, multi-language and multi-platform support (for all browsers, various IM clients and smartphones). A core element is the Zopim dashboard, from where you can chat with multiple customers, monitor them live as they surf (location, repeat visitors, history, etc.) and analyze browsing patterns.

Gantibaju (Indonesia)
CEO Aria Rajasa isn’t a big fan of the comparison, but I’ll make it anyway: Gantibaju is basically Indonesia’s hyper-localized answer to t-shirt design service Threadless. The main idea is to empower local designers to get in touch with Indonesian customers who can buy selected t-shirts directly through the site. Rajasa says Gantibaju currently receives close to 1,000 design ideas monthly. More info on this startup can be found here.

Sekai Camera (Japan)
TechCrunch50 superstar Tonchidot has made it to the Accelerate Top 10 with Sekai Camera, its free augmented reality application. Sekai Camera has gone a long way since 2008, and is now available for iPhone, Android, iPad, and on the web. Tonchidot also introduced an API (dubbed OpenAir) and just launched its app platform that makes it possible to deploy augmented reality-powered social games and other apps within the Sekai Camera ecosystem. More info on Sekai Camera can be found in my previous blog post.

buUuk (Singapore)
buUuk is a location-based/augmented reality iPhone and Android app that helps users locate good restaurants and bars in a number of countries in the Middle East and Asia (even in North Korea). The free app gives you directions to locations near you, apart from letting you map, review and discuss them with other users. buUuk users can also search for restaurants by cuisine, location and rating, get discounts or share tips via Twitter and Facebook.

mig33 (Singapore)
With around 40 million users, mig33 is one of the biggest mobile social networks in Asia (even though it’s available globally, it’s particularly strong in India and Indonesia). The download Java app rolls VOIP features, instant messaging, texting, e-mailing, picture sharing, gaming, chatting, virtual gifting and other features into one. We last covered mig33 back in March.

Creately (Australia and Sri Lanka)
Creately is an online diagramming and design tool that was showcased at TechCrunch50′s Demopit in 2008. The entirely browser-based application lets multiple users create flow charts, wireframes, network diagrams, sitemaps, business process diagrams and other designs collaboratively. We last covered Creately in September last year.

TwitCasting Live (Japan)
If you ever wanted to stream live video and tweet about it at the same time, then TwitCasting is the right app for you. As its name suggests, the free iPhone app (main app/Viewer) is tightly integrated into Twitter. It splits the phone screen in half: on the top, you broadcast live video. On the bottom half, you can post updates to Twitter, view your timeline or access other websites. Every time you start a recording, you can send out an automatic tweet to your followers who just need to click on a link to start viewing the broadcast on their PC (TwitCasting’s website), the iPhone or iPad. We covered TwitCasting in March.

ShowNearby (Singapore)
ShowNearby is a location-based listings app that runs on the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and the web. Currently available for Singapore only, the app displays the nearest places of interest, for example ATMs, restaurants, convenience stores etc.

Stictok (South Korea)
Stictok is a Facebook app that lets you find new friends based on virtual stickers that contain profiles your existing friends have created. Stictok compares the interests users listed up in these stickers and makes recommendations to befriend other users based on that. The company behind the app, Seoul-based moglue, is currently working on a great-looking interactive ebook building platform called “Active StoryTeller”.

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From Accelerate 2010 Asia’s Top 10 Apps via TechCrunch

Earlier this week, I attended Accelerate 2010 in Singapore, a two-day tech and mobile industry event that attracted no less than 2,000 international attendees. Organizer and major telco SingTel (which boasts around 350 million customers worldwide) offered up a slew of presentations and panels. But giving in to my penchant for discovering Asian startups, I will just focus on Accelerate’s so-called “Asia’s Top 50 Apps” program in the following (head over to e27 for more coverage of the event).

What’s Asia’s Top 50 Apps? SingTel, in cooperation with e27 and others, called out for users to nominate and vote for web and mobile applications that were either developed in Asia or mainly target Asian markets. A total of 50 apps from the region made it to that list (out of 200 nominations), and during Accelerate, a panel of judges selected “Asia’s Top 10 Apps” (which won a three months of rent-free stay at Plug and Play Center, among other things).

But here are thumbnail sketches (of varying depth) of all 50 Asian mobile apps and web services, starting with the top 10 and in no particular order (luckily, almost all products listed up below are available in English).

Asia’s Top 50 Apps at Accelerate 2010: The top 10

Flutterscape (Japan)
Pitched as a real-time, cross-border social market place, Flutterscape lets users not only share cool product discoveries from Japan but also enables purchases from abroad. The way it works is that Japan-based users can sell an item discovered locally on Flutterscape by submitting pictures, the price, a description etc. People outside Japan can then buy it on the site (i.e. this karaoke machine). The seller purchases the item for the buyer at the local store, sends it to the Flutterscape logistics center, which ships it to the customer and also takes care of the billing and payment.

Zopim (Singapore)
Zopim is a web-based live chat application for businesses that shows up as a customizable chat widget on your website (no pop-ups). The main selling point of the service is its simplicity, as copying and pasting a few lines of code into the website is enough. Zopim features multi-agent-chat, multi-language and multi-platform support (for all browsers, various IM clients and smartphones). A core element is the Zopim dashboard, from where you can chat with multiple customers, monitor them live as they surf (location, repeat visitors, history, etc.) and analyze browsing patterns.

Gantibaju (Indonesia)
CEO Aria Rajasa isn’t a big fan of the comparison, but I’ll make it anyway: Gantibaju is basically Indonesia’s hyper-localized answer to t-shirt design service Threadless. The main idea is to empower local designers to get in touch with Indonesian customers who can buy selected t-shirts directly through the site. Rajasa says Gantibaju currently receives close to 1,000 design ideas monthly. More info on this startup can be found here.

Sekai Camera (Japan)
TechCrunch50 superstar Tonchidot has made it to the Accelerate Top 10 with Sekai Camera, its free augmented reality application. Sekai Camera has gone a long way since 2008, and is now available for iPhone, Android, iPad, and on the web. Tonchidot also introduced an API (dubbed OpenAir) and just launched its app platform that makes it possible to deploy augmented reality-powered social games and other apps within the Sekai Camera ecosystem. More info on Sekai Camera can be found in my previous blog post.

buUuk (Singapore)
buUuk is a location-based/augmented reality iPhone and Android app that helps users locate good restaurants and bars in a number of countries in the Middle East and Asia (even in North Korea). The free app gives you directions to locations near you, apart from letting you map, review and discuss them with other users. buUuk users can also search for restaurants by cuisine, location and rating, get discounts or share tips via Twitter and Facebook.

mig33 (Singapore)
With around 40 million users, mig33 is one of the biggest mobile social networks in Asia (even though it’s available globally, it’s particularly strong in India and Indonesia). The download Java app rolls VOIP features, instant messaging, texting, e-mailing, picture sharing, gaming, chatting, virtual gifting and other features into one. We last covered mig33 back in March.

Creately (Australia and Sri Lanka)
Creately is an online diagramming and design tool that was showcased at TechCrunch50′s Demopit in 2008. The entirely browser-based application lets multiple users create flow charts, wireframes, network diagrams, sitemaps, business process diagrams and other designs collaboratively. We last covered Creately in September last year.

TwitCasting Live (Japan)
If you ever wanted to stream live video and tweet about it at the same time, then TwitCasting is the right app for you. As its name suggests, the free iPhone app (main app/Viewer) is tightly integrated into Twitter. It splits the phone screen in half: on the top, you broadcast live video. On the bottom half, you can post updates to Twitter, view your timeline or access other websites. Every time you start a recording, you can send out an automatic tweet to your followers who just need to click on a link to start viewing the broadcast on their PC (TwitCasting’s website), the iPhone or iPad. We covered TwitCasting in March.

ShowNearby (Singapore)
ShowNearby is a location-based listings app that runs on the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and the web. Currently available for Singapore only, the app displays the nearest places of interest, for example ATMs, restaurants, convenience stores etc.

Stictok (South Korea)
Stictok is a Facebook app that lets you find new friends based on virtual stickers that contain profiles your existing friends have created. Stictok compares the interests users listed up in these stickers and makes recommendations to befriend other users based on that. The company behind the app, Seoul-based moglue, is currently working on a great-looking interactive ebook building platform called “Active StoryTeller”.

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Creately named Top 10 Apps in Asia

Creately named Top 10 Apps in Asia

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PRLog (Press Release)Sep 23, 2010 – Today, Creately was named one of Asia’s Top 10 Apps at the Singtel Accelerate 2010
conference held in Singapore. Creately was selected from a shortlist of applications nominated from all over Asia.

“We are very excited to have been selected and look forward to the new opportunities this will bring. The Singtel Accelerate event brings together some of the biggest telecommunications players in Asia, and its a fantastic opportunity for us to explore partnerships in Asia.” notes Chandika Jayasundara, CEO, Cinergix Pty Ltd, creators of Creately.

Creately also announces its Public API today at Accelerate. The Creately API allows Partners and Developers to build applications that integrate the Creately diagramming application directly into their platforms and web services. “The Creately API allows our partners to add a new dimension of visual collaboration to their current platforms. We have partnered with a number of SaaS and infrastructure platform providers, allowing Creately to grow our reach and customer base” added Chandika Jayasundara.

The Creately API is being already utilized by Tata Indicom to provide a white-labelled Creately service to their small business customers. “Besides our telco partners, we are working with a number of enterprise collaboration platforms to supplement their offerings. These will be announced within the quarter and we’re aggressively pursuing new partners especially in Asia, which has excellent growth potential for the near term” concluded Chandika Jayasundara.

More information about the Creately API can be found on the the Creately Developer Site - http://developer.creately.com/.


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About Cinergix
Cinergix is an Australia based company that builds and sells Creately - a diagramming platform and its patent-pending KObject technology. Creately is a powerful web-based software with an interactive interface and collaborative capabilities that are changing the way teams communicate and collaborate online. This new paradigm of leveraging user-generated content for design work will enable Cinergix to support the long trail of design problems. Started in 2008 by a team from Sri Lanka, the UK, and Singapore, the company also runs a research and development centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For information, visit http://creately.com/about-us.

About Singtel Accelerate
Singtel Accelerate is a conference organized to curate the design and development of
applications and facilitate businesses to gain fast access into Asia. The Conference also
focuses on topics that span across Business, Technology and Design. For more information, visit http://accelerate.six.sg/about_accelerate.html


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Creately, Now One of Asia’s Top 10 Apps

We’re thrilled – Creately has been named one of Asia’s Top 10 Apps at the Singtel Accelerate 2010 conference held in Singapore today. And we’ve been picked from a list of over 200 companies who vied for this coveted title. Here’s the list of all the other Top 10  apps!

A View from the Stage - 2000 attendees from all over Asia

Thanks for your votes to get us nominated to the Top 50. From this list of 50 apps, a panel of judges evaluated each of the 50 App based on the criteria and named Creately as one of Asia’s Top 10 Apps!

We’re very excited about this as we look forward to the new opportunities this will bring, including a three month stay at Plug and Play Tech centre in Silicon Valley, and more. 

Singtel Accelerate 2010 is one of Asia’s biggest tech shows which brings together solution providers and developers from all around the world, connecting them with some of the world’s largest Telecommunications companies and ISPs.

Charan – Creately’s Co-Founder, is attending this event to pitch Creately; as it provides a great opportunity for Creately to explore partnerships in Asia.

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