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Online Pencil Project Alternatives

Pencil Project is not available as a web app but there are plenty of alternatives that runs in the browser with similar functionality. The best Online alternative is diagrams.net, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Pencil Project and many of them are available as a web app so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Online alternatives to Pencil Project are Figma, Penpot, Balsamiq Wireframes and Wireflow.

Pencil Project alternatives are mainly Prototyping Tools but may also be UI Design Tools or Wireframing Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Pencil Project.
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  • PortableApps.com

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    diagrams.net

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Notion
    • Self-Hosted
    • Microsoft SharePoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • PortableApps.com
    • Google Drive
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Google Slides
    • Google Drive - Sheets

    diagrams.net (previously draw.io) is a free online diagram drawing application for workflow, BPM, org charts, UML, ER, network diagrams. No login or registration are required and features include the ability to save locally (including SVG), a range of stencils, .

    ⚫︎ Works Offlinediagrams.net can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Support for Layersdiagrams.net supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Dark Modediagrams.net supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXdiagrams.net supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Example AWS diagram using draw.io
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    Most users think diagrams.net is a great alternative to Pencil Project.
  2. Figma is a vector graphics editor and prototyping tool which is primarily web-based, with additional offline features enabled by desktop applications for macOS and Windows.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningFigma has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ Transitions EffectsFigma allows you to apply transition effects between two different scenes/pages using pre-loaded or custom animated transitions.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsFigma can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Embedded commentsUsers can leave comments that will appear within Figma
    ⚫︎ Design handoffView and share snippets of generated code and design specs from your design in Figma
    ⚫︎ Create UI ComponentsFigma allows you to create and define groups of reusable UI elements/materials across your design.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeFigma supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Penpot

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    Penpot is the first Open Source design and prototyping platform meant for cross-domain teams. Non dependent on operating systems, Penpot is web based and works with open web standards (SVG). For all and empowered by the community.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Penpot simultaneously.
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  4. Balsamiq Wireframes is a rapid low-fidelity UI wireframing tool that reproduces the experience of sketching on a notepad or whiteboard, but using a computer.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Balsamiq Wireframes simultaneously.
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    Wireflow

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    Wireflow is free, online, real-time collaborative, open source tool for creating beautiful user flow prototypes.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Wireflow simultaneously.
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    Moqups

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    Moqups is an all-in-one online design platform that's smart, simple and fast. Go from diagrams to wireframes and prototypes without switching apps or updating across platforms.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Moqups simultaneously.
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    Gliffy

    • Online
    • Chrome OS

    "If they could see what Im thinking, they'd get it!" People just understand faster with pictures. It helps them see how information is connected, whether it is complete, and how a shift in one element impacts something else.

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    mydraft.cc

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    Open source wireframing tool written in typescript, react and redux.

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    quickMockup

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    Online tool for creating mockups in the browser. Use your browser’s save function to save the file (just html for view only, complete save for an editable version) or export to codepen for others to view.

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    Diagramo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Diagramo is an online flowchart software

    • diagrams (create, edit and share)
    • organization charts (create, edit and share)
    • network diagrams (create, edit and share)
    • graphs (create, edit and share).
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