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View Poll Results: Which is the best flowchart software for QS/ISO documentation.
AllClear 13 5.80%
iGrafx Flowcharter 13 5.80%
ConceptDraw 0 0%
SmartDraw 23 10.27%
Visio (MickeySoft) 134 59.82%
Drawing tools in Office 41 18.30%
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  Post Number #33  
Old 13th December 2001, 03:55 PM
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are in the web some site where I can find a freeware to flowchart use. (not demo)
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Old 13th December 2001, 05:19 PM
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Freeware

I can across this URL that says freeware. At the bottom of the URL are more links.

http://www.smartdraw2.com/qualityassurance1.htm

Michelle

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are in the web some site where I can find a freeware to flowchart use. (not demo)
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Old 4th February 2002, 01:32 AM
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Yin Yang

I bought SmartDraw a couple years ago because a client used it. I like it and it's only (well was - haven't looked recently) US$50. There was a 'professional' version for about US$100. Does everything Visio does and more including nested flow charts, links, 'Office' integration, etc. I also have Micrografix Flowcharter 7 (another client used it). It's OK but not as intuitive to use as SmartDraw. Again, the versions I have are a couple years old so they have, I'm sure, 'evolved'.

For smaller clients I recommend PowerPoint because they all have it. If you don't need to get fancy it's easy to use.
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Old 4th February 2002, 05:56 PM
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I Say...

> I have not used the other programs mentioned, and my
> choice is not based on price, but on how easy it is to use
> and attach files to my procedures. I was just expressing
> my opinion, and certainly didn't expect the reaction I
> got!

We're just talking. You bought the right tool for the job at hand and cost was not an object which is good.
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Old 4th February 2002, 09:32 PM
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Marc,
How do you make a flowchart in powerpoint?
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Old 4th February 2002, 10:01 PM
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Well, you just have to look closely at Powerpoint. It has built in flow chart symbols, all sorts of connectors, etc. It even tells you what each symbol stands for in the shapes pallet when your mouse is over a symbol. I'm not trying to sell Powerpoint - I only suggest it for small companies which do not need the 'power' of SmartDraw, Visio or several others.

I will admit that I use Powerpoint a lot because I work mainly on my Mac. I have a couple of very good Mac flow chart programs but I typically have to work with a client so Powerpoint is a good 'intermediate' across platforms. But if the client uses SmartDraw (or whatever) then I buy that program and work on my peecee. One of my current clients has everything on Micrografix Flowcharter 7 - so I work on their files in that.

If you really want to see flow charts in powerpoint there are some in the Members Access directory (for example the file QS9000_Overview.ppt in the Automotive directory) has a couple and there are many in the Premium Access directory - especially in the ISO directory in the Flow_Charts_for_2000.ppt file.

Powerpoint is more powerful than many folks realize.

You can also do flow charts in Word, but they're much harder to do. I stay away from flow charts in Word.
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Old 26th February 2002, 12:22 PM
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Thumbs up Take a look at allCLEAR - concurrent user licence cuts cost and it draws automaticaly

I use allCLEAR. Since Proquis Inc. bought the product they cut the price and cleared the bugs. It is very quick to produce and if you have to make changes it can redraw the lines etc. automatically. I have used Visio and several others - I guess it's 5 time faster to produce and 10 times faster to amend.

It does have a few annoying querks - don't they all!

I haven't experienced difficulty in exporting to word - or HTML etc. Seems to be fast even if it does have a few too many options.

allCLEAR gets my vote - 3 user licence and 50 people use it often without breaking the licence.
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Old 2nd March 2002, 06:50 AM
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I used Word but had problems with the various shapes moving.
I now use Excel, it is the same as Word with the drawing toolbar but the shapes do not move.
There are a limited number of shapes but I think this prevents the flow chart from becoming to complicated.
For comments you can use the callouts, there are a large number and connect directly to the shapes.
There is even the posibility of alignment etc to tidy up afterwards.
Why spend more money.
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