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Lucidchart - Online Diagramming and Flowcharting
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Developer(s) Lucid Software
Type Diagramming software
License Subscription only

Lucidchart is a web-based commercial service which allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organisational charts, website wireframes, UML designs, mind maps, software prototypes, and many other diagram types. Built on web standards such as HTML5 and JavaScript, Lucidchart is supported in many common web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11+.

Company history[edit]

In December 2008, Lucid Software Inc., a startup based in Salt Lake City, Utah, first announced its Lucidchart visual collaboration platform as a public beta version.[1] The current major revision of Lucidchart was released on 31 July 2010.[2]

Following this release, Lucidchart was featured in Techcrunch,[3] Mashable,[4] ReadWriteWeb,[5] and PC World,[6] with GigaOM[7] noting:

"Lucidchart is a graphically-rich web application that makes working on a diagram with your entire team a simple matter. The tool is effectively an online alternative to Microsoft Visio."

In April 2010, Lucidchart became available in the Google Apps Marketplace.[8] In December 2010, Lucidchart was included as a featured application in the launch of the Chrome Web Store, where it became the top paid application.[5][9]

In July 2011, Lucid Software announced it had raised US$1M in seed funding from 500 Startups, 2M Companies, K9 Ventures, and other angel investors.[3]

In summer 2013, Lucid released its Chrome Packaged App to the Chrome Web Store, which allowed users to work offline and sync their documents.

LucidChart also received the Start2Cloud Editor's Choice award.[10]

Product features[edit]

Lucidchart features a drag-and-drop interface and real-time collaboration capabilities.[11] In addition to working on major operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, Lucidchart is also functional on the iPad through an optimized iPad application. On the iPad, Lucidchart allows users to touch-draw shapes which are automatically converted to standard symbols.[12]


Lucidchart is cloud-based, so it requires no downloads or software updates. Work is saved automatically in the cloud, and multiple users can work simultaneously on a single document, similar to the way Google Drive functions.


Lucidchart employs a variety of collaboration features, including in-editor chat, comments, and video chat, and real-time collaboration with other editors.[13]

Document publication options[edit]

Lucidchart also allows publishing the diagrams to web and share it with others via email and generated link.[14]

Lucidchart allows printing to vector PDFs as well as raster JPEG and PNG images.

Shape libraries[edit]

Lucidchart has a large collection of industry-standard shape libraries.


Lucidchart also has a variety of customization choices. SVG import allows users to make their own shape libraries. Users can also freely alter existing shapes, lines, and templates, as well as uploading custom images to add to their charts.

Import file support[edit]

In 2011, Lucidchart became the first web-based application to offer compatibility with Microsoft Visio, the leading desktop application for diagramming.[12] Lucidchart also supports the Omnigraffle file type *.graffle for Omnigraffle 6 and Omnigraffle 6 Pro.[15]

Mac compatibility[edit]

Lucidchart is a commonly adopted tool among Mac users, in part because there is no Microsoft Visio available for Mac.[16][17] Popular shape libraries among Mac users include flowcharts and org charts.[18][19] In 2013, Lucidchart released a native iPad app.[20]


  1. ^ Purdy, Kevin (17 December 2008). "Lucidchart Makes Stripped-Down Flowcharts for Free". LifeHacker. 
  2. ^ Swain, Darrell (31 July 2010). "Lucidchart 2.0". Lucid Software Inc. 
  3. ^ a b Empson, Rip (26 July 2011). "Lucidchart Nabs $1 Million From 500 Startups, 2M Companies, And K9 Ventures". Techcrunch. 
  4. ^ Silverman, Matt (15 April 2011). "5 Simple Web Apps For Saving Time at Work". Mashable. 
  5. ^ a b Titlow, John Paul (13 May 2011). "Create Flow Charts and Wireframes Collaboratively With Lucidchart". ReadWriteWeb. 
  6. ^ Strohmeyer, Robert (14 June 2011). "Lucidchart Steps Up Online Business Diagrams". PC World. 
  7. ^ Bram, Thursday (1 October 2010). "Sharing Flowcharts and Diagrams With Lucidchart". GigaOM. 
  8. ^ Purdy, Kevin (15 April 2010). "Lucidchart and Creately Plug Flowchart Tools into Google Apps". LifeHacker. 
  9. ^ Lucidchart (8 December 2010). "Lucidchart’s Diagramming Application Featured in the New Google Chrome Web Store". BusinessWire. 
  10. ^ Start2Cloud (18 April 2014). "Start2Cloud Editors Choice, Spring 2014". Start2Cloud. 
  11. ^ Broida, Rick (18 December 2008). "Create and Share Flow Charts with Lucidchart". Bnet. 
  12. ^ a b Guay, Matthew (21 June 2011). "Lucidchart: Awesome Charting Got Even Better". AppStorm. 
  13. ^ "Choose Collaboration Software in 3 Steps". Lucidchart. 13 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Bowman, Brett (24 May 2013). "Sharing files and folders". Lucidchart. 
  15. ^ "Omnigraffle for PC". Lucidchart. 22 Feb 2015. 
  16. ^ "Lucidchart might soon be replacing Visio on your Mac". Cult of Mac. 20 Mar 2015. 
  17. ^ "Alternative to Microsoft Visio for Mac download". Lucidchart. 20 Mar 2015. 
  18. ^ "Flowchart Software for Mac". Lucidchart. 20 Mar 2015. 
  19. ^ "Org Chart Software for Mac". Lucidchart. 20 Mar 2015. 
  20. ^ Lucidchart - Diagrams done right on iTunes Preview

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