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I was wondering if anyone knows of any good free flowchart software. I did a little bit of searching but haven't found any yet so thought I'd ask here to see if anyone has any recommendations. I apologize if this isn't the right forum to post this but figure it will be as creating flowcharts is a part of game design.

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Last time I made flowcharts, I used Dia; it was a bit incoherent with respect to snapping to grid (anchor locations often went off the grid) but not too annoying

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Excel :)

It's not pretty, but it does work, and while its not free, a lot of people have already bundled it with their home computer purchase.

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  • If its a small drawing I would use something like powerpoint which is free online if you get a outlook account.
  • If it is a larger drawing then I would go Inkscape. It's interface is complex and different and from illustrator and visio, as it handles colors/formatting in a ankward way (my opinion), but it has connectors and "infinite" drawing space. It saves in .svg format or .pdf so sharing is pretty smooth. Best part: it's open source!
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Excel smile.png

It's not pretty, but it does work, and while its not free, a lot of people have already bundled it with their home computer purchase.

 

What benefits does Excel provide over Word (when it comes to flowcharts)?

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Excel smile.png

It's not pretty, but it does work, and while its not free, a lot of people have already bundled it with their home computer purchase.

 

What benefits does Excel provide over Word (when it comes to flowcharts)?

 

  • An Excel spreadsheet page is very large compared to the very limited word page.
  • You can do calculations in the flow-chart which is sometimes needed.
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Hi,

 

 

I make my own 2D flow charts using Inkscape.   Soon I will be expanding the system with embedded buttons to access relevant pages.  It is turning into a powerful and flexible little system.  I grab one of my templates that I made, make quick changes, and have a flowchart which meets my needs for a particular project exactly!   biggrin.png

 

 

Clinton

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I usually use whatever drawing program is available, e.g. OpenOffice/LibreOffice. Sometimes if I need a vector graphics one I'll use a special tool like inkscape or dia (which was mentioned previously). That said I don't do game design so our criteria when it comes to choosing flowchart software might differ.

 

I also believe there is a LaTeX package for flowcharts and I wanted to check that out eventually.

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