Flow­chart De­signer

In­ex­pen­sive, but also too lean

Mac Format - - RATED -

£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.

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