here with great results. Another which has captured my attention based on posts by Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers, and Larry Ferlazzo of Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... (making his The Best Web 2.0 Applications for Education in 2012 list) and in viewing two infographics here and here created by Travis Jonker on his blog, 100 Scope Notes, is Easel.ly. Easel.ly is still in beta and free of charge.
- text and
- upload (take files from your computer).
You can zoom in and out on a specific area of your infographic as well as add a grid for sizing and lining up items. Thankfully there is an undo arrow. Starting with Vhemes I had fifteen from which to choose.
Under the Objects button are the following categories: people, animals, banners, food, icons, landmarks, maps, music, nature, people and transportation. There are 24 backgrounds which with a drag can change the entire infographic. If you choose shapes, there is a selection of 34. Picking text gives you the choice of title, header or body.
Similar tool bars appear when other items are chosen on the vheme. You can choose to alter or delete them. When adding items (or altering existing items) please note they can be rotated to fit a design, sized and dragged to a desired position.
I highly recommend registering and logging in before starting an Easel.ly infographic. I had a moment of panic upon completion of mine when it asked me to log in before I could save. When I logged in, it opened a new window instead of going back to the created infographic.
When your infographic is saved you are asked to go back to the home page to view/share your creation. By choosing view/share your options are: download or view in browser with a URL web link or HTML embed code. At this point you can decide whether to make your visual private or public.
The hardest part of using Easel.ly for me was getting the scale right because I was trying to get the same amount of information into a smaller overall space, at least according to the art board on my screen. Truthfully, you could not have an easier app to use (a few less options on the toolbar than Piktochart but more items for addition to your infographic). I think the results are equally, if not more, appealing. I give Easel.ly a prime spot in my virtual toolbox.
Here are the two infographics for comparison. First is the Pikochart followed by the Easel.ly.