Webcomic site xkcd had a comic on flowcharts: “Understanding Flowcharts” last week.

This reminded me of some interesting Flowchart applications.

  • First of all, there is Dia, an open-source diagram-crating program, based on Visio, a commercial Microsoft program.
  • Then there is a web-based application, “Lucid Charts“. Of course I have signed up for an account to give it a try:
  • A similar web-based flow-chart maker is Gliffy, this offers a free basic account and a premium account that is a little more expensive than Lucid Chart.
  • Of course you can also use the free Dabbleboard for flowcharts.
  • Flowcharts are a way of organizing your thoughts. Earlier I wrote about the Wellington Grey flowchart on Slashdot publishing.

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