When comparing Creately vs yEd, the Slant community recommends yEd for most people. In the question“What are the best flowchart / diagram softwares?” yEd is ranked 4th while Creately is ranked 13th.
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Pro Professionally designed templates
The templates are well thought-out and actually helps you get started. Not like many other sites where the details are already filled in.
Pro SVG import and export
Creately supports SVG (Scalar Vector Graphics) import and export to make your diagrams more attractive. It allows you to re-size your diagram as much as you want without getting it messed up.
Pro Intuitive UI
Easy to use drag and drop interface and a contextual toolbar that shows you all the important actions when you select an object. The automatic creation and connecting of next object alone saves tons of time.
Pro Real time collaboration
You can invite anyone by their email addresses to collaborate with your diagram. You can see others' changes to the diagram real time with the Creately Online and Desktop app.
Pro Visio Import
Pro iSO and Android apps to view diagrams
You can't edit diagram using the apps but provides a nice clean interface to view, share and comment on them.
Pro Completely free
Runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. There also is a Web application.
Pro Automatic Layout
With automatic layout you get great looking diagrams with very little effort. yEd has the most versatile and most complete collection of automatic layout algorithms.
Con Not free-as-in-freedom
Not released under an open-source license.