Tagxedo is a very cool Silverlight-based online tag cloud generator. Letting you create a visually striking word cloud in any shape in a matter of seconds.
The application has oodles of options:
- Use any text, either by pasting it in to a form or providing a URL.
- Chose from dozens of fonts
- Alter the colour theme
- Set word density, layout and numbers.
- Change the cloud shape.
- Save the cloud as either a static image or interactive app
Keeping it to the theme of this blog, the application includes several map-shaped templates – Africa, China, UK, USA, Australia and South America. Adding your own custom image mask is listed as a pro feature, but as the app is still in beta, you can actually do it for free.
With it being President’s Day today I created the image at the top of the post with text from the declaration of independence, click it to view an interactive version. Words are sized according to their frequency – with really common words like he and for not included.