Isla Osman July 24, 2019 Flowcharts
The arrow symbol is used to guide the viewer along their flowcharting path. And while there are many different types of arrow tips to choose from, we recommend sticking with one for your entire flowchart. It’s less confusing and generally more aesthetically pleasing.
Algorithms and flowcharts are two different ways of presenting the process of solving a problem. Algorithms consist of a set of steps for solving a particular problem, while in flowcharts, those steps are usually displayed in shapes and process boxes with arrows. So flowcharts can be used for presenting algorithms.
If you’re already using a Google account, then there’s a free option that’s already been available to you: Google Drawings. In order to access Google Drawings, you’ll first need to get to your Google Drive. Then just click Create New and choose Google Drawings under the More option.
If real-time collaboration is a requirement for your online flowchart maker, then Cacoo has the others beat. Much like Lucidchart, Cacoo comes with a super streamlined and fluid interface that’s pleasant on the eyes. Cacoo comes with a multitude of templates for your project, whether it’s flowcharts, wireframes, Venn diagrams, and a rich variety of other diagrams. For flowcharts, Cacoo has an extensive range of shapes to choose from, no matter the type of project. And everything’s done through simple drag-and-drop.
If you don’t mind downloading apps direct from a website, then definitely take a look at ClickCharts for your Mac flowcharts. The app’s interface is similar to Microsoft Word with its ribbon of buttons and tabs for sections at the top. Select the group of shapes you want to use like an organizational chart, block diagram, or flowchart and then click to put them onto the canvas.
Compared to the other services, Gliffy is a bit more barebones. It’s a good option when you need to flowchart an idea quickly and easily. You can create any flowchart in just a few clicks. There are basic templates available that make it even easier to reach your final product. However, when you start to get down and fine-tune your flowcharts, the editing process is not as smooth as others, like Lucidchart. There are a few quirks that may slow you down a bit, but snap-on grids and other alignment tools are nice to have.