Inexpensive, but also too lean
£4.49 Developer Zhang Guangjian, flowchart.lofter.com
Requires OS X 10.10 or higher
There’s nothing that innovative about this flow chart and mindmapping tool, but it’s a fair bit cheaper than many of its rivals.
It’s easy to get started – just drag one of the many preset shapes from the right-hand side onto the canvas, then add more shapes and connecting lines.
The biggest issue is with how many little things you need to do are hidden or fiddly to get to. Text styling, for example, is done with OS X’s Fonts panel, but there’s no single-click button to access it. The Stroke Styles panel is used to change the style of lines, and it’s hidden in a drop-down behind the Association button – there’s no keyboard shortcut for this, or to add text or common shapes. You also can’t rotate or flip shapes, and duplicating often changes arrangements, or complicates connection lines.
For all this, the app works. But the likes of Shapes 4 are richer, more iWork-like in their design, less buggy and only cost a little more. Matt Bolton
Lacking in user‑friendliness and small features. Spend a bit more on an app you’ll get better use of.