iPad App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
When it comes to creating business plans and practices, most processes tend to get a bit convoluted. This is no one’s fault, really: It’s just physics. Add a room of about 30 people, include a number of different work chains, and pretty soon it can get stickier than syrup to remember where everything’s going. With that in mind, may we kindly introduce you to Cubetto, from semture GmbH, one of the best new tools available to a business-minded person today. The app makes it a snap to create quick mind maps, flowcharts, and graphs according to your needs. It uses a wizard setup tool to make the process seamless, and then helps you export it out at the end. And for our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
As indicated earlier, the concept behind Cubetto is simply put, though no less extensive for it: The app makes it incredibly simple to design, layout, and otherwise create the sort of graphs and charts one is constantly producing in the business world. These can range from nodes and edges to mind maps, as well as flowcharts, BPMN, ELC, and UML. All of these, however, are controlled by the application’s incredibly simple-to-use creation wizard.
The app is unique in this sense, as it guides you effortlessly through the process of creating each type of chart. For instance, when creating a flowchart, the app will layout all of the individual pieces for you, allowing you to free up your mind on the content. In this way, you can speedily and simply master your graphs and all while hardly lifting more than a finger. It’s marvelous stuff, and given the variety of layouts included, we doubt you’ll be disappointed.
Design and Interface
Here’s where things get a bit stickier with Cubetto. On the one hand, we greatly appreciate the ease-of-use that has been so cleverly designed into the application. On the other hand, though, the app’s diagrams themselves, though quite easy to read, aren’t exactly what we’d call award winners. They don’t need to be incredible art pieces, but considering how prevalent Web 2.0 inspired design is around the business world these days—you can thank web applications for that— Cubetto’s uninspired palettes leave us wanting. Still, there’s always room for updates, and what’s here works incredibly well!
At the end of the day, Cubetto is no cheap penny app. It’ll set you back a whopping $29.99, though you’ll of course have access to all of the Cubetto Suite’s functionality. If that sounds like a bargain to you, then by all means jump on it! For the individual or moderate user, however, the price may yet be too steep to fully entice you. Either way, the app is solid, the concept is good, and the execution is refined.
Cubetto requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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