Colorado Technical Institute for Advanced Studies
April 20, 2010
Paul Derby MS
EM820: Business Strategies for Social Media
(Cloud tools to describe how one particular business type could use it.)
Professor: Dr. Armstrong
Creately, is a web 2.0 cloud diagramming and Design program. Creately offers a way to create any
diagram and offers as large array of objects and templates. Being Web 2.0 Creately offers the ability for
collaboration to those you select. Let us take a closer look at several possibilities to create a diagram.
When Creately starts it displays past projects you may select or a new project can be selected. For a
demonstration lets select a past project called Vdrawing2 indicated by the red arrow above. Double
click on the Vdrawing2 picture.
The create area is displayed with the past project called Vdrawing2. On the left side basic shapes can be
selected and added to the current project. Lets select slide the bar to select a circle.
Now drag the circle to the work area.
Resize the circle by selecting one corner of the outer box surrounding the circle.
Now to change the color first select the white circle and select the white box in the menu. Lets select a
light green color.
As the circle now covers the text behind the green circle we must slect the paint can in the menu to fade
the color to bring the text forward. Be sure to select the green circle again and then the paint can from
the menu. Slide the fade selection to the left to about 50%. Adjust the green box to the words are no
longer covered by dragging the green circle downward.
Select the A for text in the menu box and click within the new creen box. A text box will appear and type
the word Convergence in the next text box.
Click in the work area to unselect the text box area.
On the paid version the export button allows the drawing to be saved as a jpg file.
To share this drawing with others click on the share button and the box will expand. To share and add
collaborators type in the email address of the person to share this drawing then select add.
The updated file will be shared with the additional collaborator. Select the SEND button and the file will
be sent. The new collaborator may then open the drawing and make any changes if necessary.
Although, the possibilities are endless below are a few more examples of completed drawings.
Paid version starting at $ 4.95 per/month
Possible uses of creately could be students, and business applications. Depictive drawings can be
created with ease. Diagrams can visually present information in an appealing and informative manner.
Advantages: Easy to learn. Auto save feature. Endless possibilities. Drawings are saved online.
Describe the experience: I thought the program was very easy to learn. The basic concept could be
expanded upon gaining knowledge on the menu system. Sharing with others was one of the easiest
Thank you, a great project.