March 30th, 2006 by Keith

ajaxSketch 0.9 – Graphs, Adobe Illustrators, Macromedia Freehand Alternatives?

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows


Following the release of the Microsoft Word alternative, ajaxWrite 0.9, ajax13 Inc. has went another step further by introducing ajaxSketch 0.9, an online web-based application for diagramming, creating flow charts, free hand drawing and even more. It is very much similar to the some of the popular brands of drawing softwares, but as usual, some of the complicated functions are simplified while keeping the fundamentals available to users. All the coding is based on Ajax programming, which makes the application completely web-based.

As ajaxWrite is compared to Microsoft Word, ajaxSketch is thus compared to applications such as Macromedia Freehand, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Visio. AjaxSketch is basically a stripped down version of Illustrator of Inkscape, which makes is perfect for creating quick charts and diagrams from scratch.

Some of the functions include, autoshaping, pencil mode, text for creating basics, resizing, rotating, changing background, pen colour and altering opacity. In addition, as a “vector” graphic format, SVG can be altered, resized, and reshaped endlessly without destroying quality, or giving you that “pixelated” look. The file are saved in .svg format.

From the website, ajax claims that ajaxSketch is OS-platform dependent, but note that it is not supported on Microsoft Internet Explorer. Firefox 1.5 (or higher) with Javascript enabled is required to run ajaxSketch. Below are the benefits of using ajaxSketch.


  • * * Global access – all that is needed is an internet connection
  • * * Platform independent – it can be used with any operating system
  • * * Automatic updates and upgrades - no more computer restarts or missed patches/updates
  • * * Server side management – all the processes are handled by the server

As I will say no more, except to recommend all users to try out. Why? First, no registration is needed. Spare all kinds of ridiculous logins and saving passwords. Secondly, it’s FREE. By all means, why do you need to pay just to “sketch” something. Have fun!

2 Responses to “ajaxSketch 0.9 – Graphs, Adobe Illustrators, Macromedia Freehand Alternatives?”

  1. Ajax-eyespot? No, it’s Eyespot Beta » SoftSift Says:

    [...] As promised by ajaxLaunch, every week on Wednesday at 12 noon, they will launch a new program, based on ajax programming. This week, I somehow had forgotten to check it and I hope it is not too late to announce their third release, since ajaxWrite and ajaxSketch. No, this time it won’t be ajax-something. I guess the developers must have got tired naming it with “ajax” attached in the prefix, now they have decided to call the next one eyespot. [...]

  2. ajaxXLS 0.5 - Microsoft Excel Viewer » SoftSift Says:

    [...] Ajax13 has produced yet another online ajax application, known as ajaxXLS. Some of the previous ajax applications include ajaxWrite, ajaxSketch and eyeSpot. ajaxXLS 0.5 is a simple web-based Microsoft Excel spreadsheet viewer, with its interface made in a way that the look a feel of it is almost identical to that of Microsoft Excel. [...]

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