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Cacoo – Free Online Tool To Create Collaborative FlowChart, Mind Maps, Wireframes

Cacoo is free (limited) but very capable online tool that lets you create astonishing block diagrams, flow charts, mind maps, office 2010 like diagrams with lots of templates. Best of all, it is editable online by a group of people simultaneously so process of ideation, discussion, brain storming would be seamless and great with this tool…just look at the following draw area. It’s simple and great. You can print, export to PDF etc.


Features listed on their official site:

  • Elements can be dragged and dropped to easily create diagrams.
  • Elements can be linked together with connectors.
  • Connectors automatically move when elements are repositioned.
  • You can use a text box and put text anywhere you like.
  • You can upload images from your PC and include them in Diagrams.
  • You can take screenshots of your computer from within Cacoo.
  • Smart styles can easily be applied to stencils.
  • You can have multiple sheets in a diagram and use them as backgrounds or layers.
  • When you move the objects on your canvas, they will be snapped at the objects or grids nearby and align automatically.
  • Copying, pasting and other functionality of basic drawing software is also built in to Cacoo.
  • All actions are stored so there are unlimited levels of undo.
  • You can import an image from the other websites by indicating the URL.
  • The imported image can be easily trimmed only using your mouse.
  • According to your editing status, tips will be shown on the right bottom corner of the canvas.
  • Collaborative, chatting etc.


7 Great HTML5 and CSS3 Frameworks – Easy HTML5/CSS3 Development

HTML has come a long way since its inception in 1990s and the new HTNL avatar is HTML5, an open standard. Steve Jobs prefers it over Adobe Flash for instance. Lots of development is going to happen in HTML5 in the coming days and some framework for developers are listed below.



HTML5/CSS3 are fairly new but few frameworks for developers are already released. 52framework for instance, one the first frameworks to be released has lot of useful features. It supports all htnl5 tags, script embed, Modified Reset Stylesheet for HTML5 and CSS3. There are more features than you would expect and more details here – 52framework


LessFramework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive web­sites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid.



Built with typographic standards in mind, Baseline makes it easy to develop a website with a pleasing grid and good typography. Baseline starts with several files to reset the browser’s default behavior, build a basic typographic layout — including style for HTML forms and new HTML 5 elements — and build a simple grid system.



Build blazingly fast, desktop-class web applications. SproutCore is an HTML5 application framework for building responsive, desktop-caliber apps in any modern web browser, without plugins.


OpenLaszlo (Open Source)

OpenLaszlo – The run-anywhere rich internet platform that supports rapid app development. Has LZX declarative language, supports active animation and flexible layouts.


Jo HTML5 (for Mobile App and Open Source)

JoApp is a cross platform and open source mobile widget framework.


A HTML5 Mobile Web App Framework. Sencha Touch allows you to develop mobile web apps that look and feel native on iPhone and Android touch devices.



LimeJS is a HTML5 game framework for building fast, native-experience games for all modern touchscreens and desktop browsers.

Baker EBOOK Framework

Baker is a open source HTML5 ebook framework for publishing ebooks for iPad.


Top 3 Job Skills That The Emerging Cloud And Web Services Demand!

Emerging Cloud computing and web services are pushing the web space to get more and more traffic and users. Social networks such as Facebook and MySpace have millions of users on their servers and the patterns of the usage, likings etc. are very interesting to track and understand. These new hapenings on the web have completely changed the way people and especially engineers think and work. There are new requirements from technologists and here is a list of top 3 requirements in the online space at the moment.



Image Source – HowStuffWorks

  • Data Mining – Online space is vast and huge. Lots of patterns exist and the ever growing server farms and mammoth cloud infrastructure demand advanced data mining techniques to decipher key hidden. Large database engines like Hadoop, Google Mapreduce etc. offer hundreds of terabytes of database and experts on such systems are always in demand.

  • Business Intelligence – Large data from the online space attract more intelligence and business strategists. Data mining require experts who can understand the business patterns and understand the next potential business white spaces. 

  • Analytics and Statistics – Web services and cloud are attracting humongous traffic and people in to your business. Companies want automated web analytics to get the trend and statistics. What ever trend/statistics collection that can be automated are being automated. Frameworks such as Ganglia monitor distributed systems and provide analytics of the happenings.

Conventional Computing Model VS Cloud Service Model

A good comparison of Conventional computing model and Cloud service model. How, client/server side programs are changed as Web 2.0 type of apps in cloud computing. Lots of changes and new paradigm. Still more to change during complete transition to Web 3.0.


*Source – Forester Research Inc.

Conventional Computing Model Cloud Service Model


  • Client side apps
  • Client/server apps
  • Web interface to local server app
  • Data/Process resides on PC or on local server

End user cloud services

  • Rich internet applications
  • Web 2.0 technologies
  • Software-as-a-service
  • Data and process resides on the service provider or remote virtual server

Developer tools and technologies

  • Client side development tools
  • Service oriented architecture
  • Composite applications
  • Proprietary applications such as Win32


  • Internet hosted software services that enable mashups
  • Web hosted development tools
  • Community development tools for shared templates and code


  • App server
  • File and object stores
  • Database
  • Integration server

Software platform as a service

  • Hosted app platform
  • Hosted data, file, and object stores
  • Hosted database
  • Software-integration-as-a-service

Physical Infrastructure

  • Servers
  • Disks
  • Networks
  • System Management


  • Virtual servers
  • Storage servers
  • Virtual LAN configuration
  • Management-as-a-service

Top Digital Newspaper App for iPad

iPad offers a great variety of apps for every interest. Here we see some of the best app for tracking news on iPad. Each App has an intuitive user interface and worth trying out.

Wall Street Journal

Get the latest news right on your iPad with WSJ App. Very handy and customized for viewing on iPad, delivers great user experience. App is free but there will be a subscription charge oh 17.99$ a month. “Today” – provides that days news paper edition of WSJ and “Now” – provides more up to date news right on iPad.


USA Today

USA Today has a nice and clean interface with provision to share the articles via Facebook and Twitter. There are 4 sections in USA Today main app – News, Headlines, Money and Sports. Good to be in touch with what’s happening around us.


The New York Times – Editors Choice App

A small iPad App, provides best of the news – concise news edition from the New York Times. Expected to get more features this year.


Financial Times

Financial Times App is free to download but requires a subscription for the access to the site. A basic subscription costs 22$ a month while a premium one costs 32$. Great app to be in touch with the finance news.


What is your favorite?

via [Mashable]

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