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Does anyone know of a web app that will produce a sitemap for a web site? I'm not talking of mapping an existing web site, but before we even start prototyping a site.

I like to draw out the flow between pages before I start a project in order to ensure I keep the number of actual pages to a minimum. Currently I use Visio, but I would prefer an online version where people can add comments online without having to email files around.

Thanks in advance

Sniffer

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Gliffy is an online alternative to Visio.

Gliffy can be used as...
Flowchart software
Network diagram software
Floor plan software
Org chart software
SWOT analysis
Wireframe software
UML software
Business Process
Modeling software
...and more!

There is a free version and a pro version

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Looks interesting. I'll mark as an answer, but I am still keeping my mind open, so if anyone else has an app to add to the mix, please update the thread. Thanks! –  Sniffer Jul 8 '10 at 10:02
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Try http://bubbl.us/ Helps you design out something before you put it out for real. You can also try the Think mind mapping web app

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Can you share map you produce with other users? –  Sniffer Jul 8 '10 at 9:54
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Also on Diagramly we have relevant stencils under the mockup sections. (Disclaimer, I work on the project)

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You might want to try iPlotz

iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications.

It's free for one project (up to 5 wireframe pages).

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Not exactly what I'm looking for, but thanks for the link. –  Sniffer Jul 8 '10 at 10:01
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You can try 1. Naview App in Beta now [naviewapp dot com] 2. Using Google Docs - the drawing feature. Wireframes magazine recently shared a Google Drawing with some commonly used elements. Can be found here: http://wireframes.linowski.ca/2010/04/google-drawings-wireframing-kit/

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As mentioned above, gliffy.com and bubbl.us are both very good for sitemaps. I use Gliffy myself.

If you also want to prototype / wireframe the pages, there are apps such as www.protoshare.net and www.Balsamiq.com (think they now have a webapp in addition to their desktop app).

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Definitely check out these apps, they seem to be exactly what you are looking for:

And why not have some free tips while I am at it :P http://www.webuiarchitect.com/tips-building-wireframes-for-web-ui

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Dia (http://live.gnome.org/Dia) is an open source alternative to MS Visio. I use Inkscape, however which creates SVG graphics and is wonderful for doing mockups and designs. It is an open source equivalent of Adobe Illustrator.

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LucidChart allows you to create an interactive prototype when designing a website. You can even make it clickable so you can see what happens when you click on buttons or menus.

LucidChart also has real-time collaboration so you can invite as many users to either help you design or review the prototype. Ideal when working directly with clients.

Best of all, it's a fraction of the cost of Visio.

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WireframeSketcher has support for storyboards that you can use to describe the flow between different pages of your website.

Sample WireframeSketcher mockup

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An option could be Justinmind Prototyper.

It has some cool features related to information flow description that you might find interesting for your needs. In addition, you could later wireframe all the involved screens and eventually add all the interactions you feel important to describe your ideas. The cool point here is that you can begin describing the very basics of your website and later evolve it adding additional information. You can end up having prototypes with really complex interactions.

And, on the other hand, talking about collaborating with other people online, we offer a service to publish prototypes online and manage other's people comments over them.

Check our last version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pei8jLTvLQ4

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