If you need to create a flowchart on your Mac to show a workflow, program, product, or service process, you need a quality tool to get the job done. While you can use Pages to create basic flowcharts, you may need something more robust.
Fortunately, you don't have to spend a fortune on App Store apps, which offer the tools you need to create effective flowcharts. Here are some affordable flowchart makers for Mac that will help you create flowcharts with the right amount of detail and the professional look you need.
1. Flowchart Designer 3
Flowchart Designer 3 is a great app that you should try out first. You have a number of useful flowchart objects and shapes. Just select one and drag and drop it onto the canvas. Insert duplicate objects by hovering over the target object and double-clicking a blue arrow.
To add a connector, simply drag the blue circle onto another object. You can easily insert text for all shapes and insert labels for connectors.
The app offers grids, rulers, and snapshots so everything is perfectly aligned. When you add your objects to the flowchart, you'll see them on the right-hand side, where you can name them whatever you want. This makes it easy to organize large flowcharts.
For an intuitive, flexible, and free flowchart app for Mac, Flowchart Designer 3 is great. If you like it and want more shapes to be used, you can purchase shape templates through in-app purchase.
Download: Flowchart Designer 3 (Free premium version available)
VisualDesigner is a formidable flowchart maker for Mac that doesn't cost a dime for its extensive features. You can choose from countless shapes and connections, each with customizable colors, sizes and texts.
With complex flowcharts, you can add and work with layers, resize and position objects by defining the angle or axis, and arrange your objects with rulers, a grid, and snaps. You can even use icons and clip art to add more meaning to your objects at a glance.
Download VisualDesigner for free, with 70 elements allowed. If you're looking for more, the full version is available through an in-app purchase.
Download: VisualDesigner (Free Premium Version Available)
If you don't mind downloading apps straight from a website, be sure to check out ClickCharts. The app's user interface is similar to Microsoft Word, with a series of buttons and tabs for sections at the top.
Select the group of shapes you want to use, e.g. An organization chart, block diagram, or flowchart, and then click to drop them on the canvas.
You can insert straight or curved connectors manually, or use the automatic connection feature so that they appear as you add more objects to the canvas.
Choose a shape and simply format it from the top menu for color, text, and font. Use the grid view, grid snap, object snap, and rulers for precise alignment.
The ClickCharts Home Edition is available free of charge. However, you can get paid upgrades from the NCH Software website if you just need a little extra.
Download: ClickCharts (Free Premium Version Available)
Pencil is another useful and free flowchart software for Mac (it's also one of our most popular flowchart programs for Windows) that came straight from the Pencil company's website.
As soon as you open Pencil, you'll see a nice, uncluttered app interface and workspace to work with. There is a full set of flowchart objects, but to do even more with the app you can use web elements, widgets, and mobile templates.
The object editor looks just like a text editor, so you can easily adjust colors, sizes, text, styles, alignments, and much more. The connectors snap directly to the neighboring objects with simple clicks, and decision connectors are available for your answer options.
If you're looking for a flowchart tool with a clean workspace and attractive end products, you're going to love Pencil. You can use Pencil for free or obtain commercial licenses for your business on the Pencil website.
Download: Pencil (free)
Another free flowchart maker for Mac that is well worth your time is Draw.io. You can use this application online or download it on your Mac.
This tool also offers a clean interface that is similar to other applications that you are likely to be familiar with. It uses a simple menu at the top and helpful sidebars.
With Draw.io, you can quickly start creating your flowchart by choosing one of the built-in templates. Then simply swap out the filler text for your own, rearrange the objects and remove unneeded elements.
Add connectors with one click, use simple formatting tools, adjust positions and sizes, and choose from a nice collection of flowchart shapes for each process.
If you want to use Draw.io for a test run, use it online first. If it's exactly what you're looking for, download it and use it offline like other apps on your Mac. There are no hidden fees or purchases, which makes Draw.io a great free flowchart app for your Mac.
Download: Draw.io (Free)
6. Sensus Process Modeler
Sensus Process Modeler is a straightforward flowchart app for Mac with an emphasis on refined functionality for the user experience. Just drag the shape you want onto the canvas from the menu on the left.
Double click to tag your nodes. Select a node, click the blue circle and drag the line that appears to connect it to another. Click on the avatar icon to assign a node to a specific person or team.
Use the buttons in the upper right corner to refine or reorganize your flowchart. When you're done, you can click preview To make sure everything looks right, click export to save it as an image or PDF.
Download: Sensus Process Modeler (free)
miMind is a refreshing, no-hassle way to organize your data. It offers a variety of customization options for background color, node color, map theme, shape, as well as a switch for light or dark mode.
Similar to Draw.io, pick an available template and get to work. Then double-click a node to add text or insert an image, change its color or shape, connect it to another node, add notes, and more.
A list of hotkeys can be found on the miMind website. These make using common functions a breeze as you don't have to use the menu every time you want to add or copy a node.
The free version is pretty robust and suitable for most users, although the app has a premium version that gives you even more functionality.
When you're done, you can export the flowchart as a PDF, image, HTML file, OPML or XML file, SVG, and more. This is a particularly useful flowchart maker for web developers who want to embed a diagram directly and efficiently on their website.
Download: miMind (Free Premium Version Available)
Start your diagram with pages
We hope this list of Mac flowchart software has helped you! If you can't find an option you like, you can use Apple's pages instead. Fortunately, Pages should already be installed on your Mac.
You can create and format custom shapes by connecting arrows to create a basic flowchart. While Pages may not have the bells and whistles that some of the other flowchart makers have, it's easy to use and does the job well enough for most.
How to create a simple flowchart in Pages on Mac
Like Microsoft Word, pages can create simple flowcharts on a macOS. Let's start with your first basic flowchart with Pages.
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Marcus Mears III
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Marcus is a lifelong technology enthusiast and editor at MUO. He started his freelance writing career in 2020, dealing with trending technologies, gadgets, apps and software. He studied computer science in college with a focus on front-end web development.
By Marcus Mears III
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