I recently downloaded Articy Draft
to try out as I'm getting bored of using the online planning tools - which are ok but are not very flexible in terms of organizing or as visually appealing.
A few things I've learned about Articy Draft: it is very expensive at around €300 for an individual user license. multiple user & server licenses can run you up to around €800+ with additional fees based on what you need. Also it seems to require a vast amount of processing power to run as it was really slow on my laptop.
Below I am listing some - cheap/free - alternatives which are similar to Articy Draft - one way or another.
- Twine: this is a very basic pin board style sticky note flow chart application. I didn't really like trying to use this as it uses the same mark-up system as wikipedia/mediawiki for text editing & linking to other sticky notes. it is on the other hand free. (if you get an error about a missing dll file on app launch then just add this file into the folder you installed the application - you may have to install directly in c rather than program files)
- Chat Mapper: is somewhat similar to Articy Draft as it lets you create flow chart blocks & assign small thumbnail images & text. it is mostly for planning dialogs & characters but can be used for other misc data. Characters have a few things you can fill in like name, age, sex, race, class etc. this program is free for non-commercial use; but who would know if you used it commercially anyway.
- yWorks yEd Graph Editor: this program is a really dynamic flow chart creator & comes with loads of diagram types, options & examples; plus it is completely free to use. I am really liking this application as an alternative to Articy Draft - besides the massive amount of options, choices & flow chart style preferences it also comes with an export option to various image formats such as: jpg, png & vector - which is really useful as you can share your graphs/charts around with your team members or for use in a presentation. did I mention it's completely free to download & use however you want & doesn't require much processing power either.
- VUE (Visual Understanding Environment): another free app similar to yEd (I think - I haven't tried it yet) ...
there were a few more I downloaded & tried but they were not exactly very user friendly - much like twine, that I listed above.