Tagxedo is a word-cloud generator that pulls out all the stops with customisation of over a dozen variables for truly unique and catchy word clouds.
If you liked previously reviewed Wordle, you'll absolutely love Tagxedo. It's like Wordle on steroids. You can load text from a website — for our sample picture above we used the front page of Lifehacker — or you can paste in your own text. Tagxedo has settings for colour, theme, font, text direction, layout refresh, shape, aspect ratio, history and advanced settings, like the word spacing and maximum word count. The history function is especially impressive, we were having quite a bit of fun playing with Tagxedo, as by the time we got to the screenshot above, we'd tried out over 150 variations and all were available in the history pane.
Just as impressive as the array of options available is the range of sizes you can save your creation in. You can save your word-cloud as a JPG or PNG in sizes ranging from a 100x100 pixel thumbnail to a 16MP image — size limitations have always been the Achilles heel of online creation tools, it's really nice to see a tool that allows for high-resolution downloads.
Tagxedo is a free service and requires no registration. Check out the link below to take it for a spin, if you come up with a particularly interesting word-cloud make sure to share it in the comments.