Good (preferably free), easy to use, attractive flowchart software

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

While there is no shortage of awesome concept mapping or mindmapping software, I’m left rather cold by the offerings of flowchart related software or apps available.

I’m looking for something that makes standard flowcharts in an attractive manner and autoformats them. Ideally I’d like to be able to easily add the start, end points and boxes without having to drag & drop or try and line things up extra carefully pixel for pixel manually- mind mapping software already does this (by letting you press ‘enter’ and ‘insert’ to insert child & sibling nodes), so I would think there should be a reasonable equivalent for flowcharts?

Using Windows 7 here, if that helps any?

Appreciate your time & assistance!

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

The GraphViz (Graph Visualization Software is able to do this. Take a look at the example gallery and give it a try. The Flowchart is not defined by a GUI, but in the DOT Language, e.g.:

graph G {
  run -- intr;
  intr -- runbl;
  runbl -- run;
  run -- kernel;
  kernel -- zombie;
  kernel -- sleep;
  kernel -- runmem;
  sleep -- swap;
  swap -- runswap;
  runswap -- new;
  runswap -- runmem;
  new -- runmem;
  sleep -- runmem;

This feels not comfortable for some users, but the main advantage is that you are independent from the layout!

Method 2

Try this, maybe can help you;


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Automatic Formatting
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Gliffy is a flow chart tool that makes it easy to create online flow charts. Just drag and drop shapes and lines from the flow chart shape libraries and you can turn your ideas into professional-looking flow charts. It’s free, and there’s nothing to install.

Method 3

I just recently found yWorks. It doesn’t add a flow chart node when you hit enter, but it has some really awesome layout tools that manage the layout for you.

Method 4

I have had experience of using Lovely Charts (paid) and also Cacoo for accomplishing this.

For Apple Macs I have only used Omnigraffle:

This article by Vikitech entitled “25+ Free Online Tools for Creating Diagrams, Processes and Charts” may provide better insight.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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