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    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
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    Good software for flowcharts?

    I'm getting geared up to put together a comprehensive procedures manual for internal purposes and complementary development handbook for public use. I will be creating dozens of flowcharts as part of the project, and it seems that most Microsoft Office programs are a pain to use for flowchart purposes. It's fine if you just want to develop a simple flow chart, but any editing and you almost need to start from scratch.

    So does anyone know of any other software out there that is made to make flowchart development (and editing!) more efficient? We are prepared to spend money on a good software package, so it doesn't need to be freeware.

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    I think I was introduced to Microsoft's Visio in GIS school. Didn't use it too much and it was 3 years ago, so I can't say too much about it.

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    If youalready have a version of Autocad, it can work wonders for presentation quality items now. Easy to draw in, many fonts, colours etc.

    I typically just use powerpoint to do them. Easy to edit text box locations and contents, easy enough to draw arrows and connections.
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    Visio (or Word/Excel)

    Quote Originally posted by nerudite
    I'm getting geared up to put together a comprehensive procedures manual for internal purposes and complementary development handbook for public use. I will be creating dozens of flowcharts as part of the project, and it seems that most Microsoft Office programs are a pain to use for flowchart purposes. It's fine if you just want to develop a simple flow chart, but any editing and you almost need to start from scratch.

    So does anyone know of any other software out there that is made to make flowchart development (and editing!) more efficient? We are prepared to spend money on a good software package, so it doesn't need to be freeware.
    If you have the money for it, Visio is probably best. However, I have often just used Word/Excel for simple things.

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    Powerpoint....

    Just don't try using powerpoint....what a pain that is.....use one of the others mentioned then drop into powerpoint if need be....
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    Visio is the best I've used. Very straight forward and easy to learn. I used it prior to MS purchasing Visio and the improvements MS made were quite good. An excellent tool for mapping processes.

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    Visio is great. I used it previously for network diagrams but it is very versatile.

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    I'll take a pass on Powerpoint for flowcharts. I usually use a graphics program like Corel, then export it as a .jpg image into another program.
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    If you go on some of the shareware sites, like Tucows, they sometimes have free or cheap programs that do specific things like flow charts. I got one program there years ago that drew them in excel. You could then export them to power point and fix em up. It was freeware.

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    Visio is great. I used it during college for a couple of things and found it VERY easy to learn and it seemed to function well. Cardinal is right that PowerPoint and flowcharts do not mix.

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    Guess i am the only one that likes power point for flow charts. Guess the only ones I have done have been relatively simple.

    What is this MS Visio you all speak of?
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    I also think PowerPoint is OK for flowcharts. If it's something very complex, than maybe not, but for a general chart, I think PowerPoint is easy.

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    I've heard of Visio but have never used it. We have some licenses here at the City, so maybe I can try it out on someone's computer before I go ahead and purchase a license (as I hear it can be quite expensive!) Thanks everybody!

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    I use Visio about once a week and find it to be a very good tool for all kinds of flowcharts. Most of my stuff is more software development related, but I'm sure it will meet your needs.

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    Quote Originally posted by donk
    Guess i am the only one that likes power point for flow charts. Guess the only ones I have done have been relatively simple.

    What is this MS Visio you all speak of?
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    I'm doing the same thing at work and I find PowerPoint adequate. It is nothing stellar. My wife spends all day - every day on Visio. If all I did was flowcharts I'd swing the $300. But, for the few I develop PP is just fine.

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