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7th November 2009, 06:46 AM
Hi! I occasionally need to make up a flowchart.

Does anyone know of any free or even low-cost shareware that would make simple flowcharts?

Or is there a commonly used Mac drawing app that has the ability to do this but is overlooked?


7th November 2009, 06:58 AM
Not free: The Omni Group - OmniGraffle (http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/OmniGraffle/)

Otherwise I would use Dia (not for Mac, but free): Dia - GNOME Live! (http://live.gnome.org/Dia)

Of course there's Visio (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/visio/default.aspx) as well, not for Mac, not free. Your school/uni may have copies for you (mine does under MSDNAA (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-au/academic/default.aspx)).

7th November 2009, 08:06 AM
+1 for omnigraffle. Its not free but it knocks the socks off visio

7th November 2009, 09:33 AM
There's an online app called Gliffy (http://www.gliffy.com) which is not too bad and it's free.

7th November 2009, 10:28 AM
Or, erm... you could go *really* low-tech and use Powerpoint.... :shocked: Powerpoint 2007 is not too bad actually.

Honestly? Visio is enough of a reason to go Bootcamp or Parallels.

I tried Omni Graffle a few years ago and the UI felt awkward and not intuitive. I also found problems with inserting OmniGraffle diagrams into a Word document - could only insert as a jpeg, not as an editable object.


7th November 2009, 10:34 AM
Or is there a commonly used Mac drawing app that has the ability to do this but is overlooked?Pages can do them OK. Not fully featured for this job but free if you got it with a consumer Mac. I don't do a lot of them but it seems fine for small things.

7th November 2009, 03:52 PM
If push comes to shove, you can always do them with text boxes / drawing objects in Word, Pages, Neo-Office. The only pain in the arse is if you need to resize the whole chart - selecting each object and zooming them up or down, and then rearranging them, adjusting the linking arrows and then adjusting the text size. But it can be done!

7th November 2009, 05:17 PM
How about Lovely Charts (http://www.lovelycharts.com/)?