Two words: white board. Every company that designs and builds anything that involves engineers, whether software or hardware, has white boards. Why? White boards are part of the thought process, a way to flesh out and hash out methods and procedures. Here’s how you can do it on the Mac.
Digital Chalk Machine
To be fair about the white board process, I recognize that graphic processes are time honored (dusty black chalk boards from old schools in St. Louis where I grew up) and extend down to napkins. Plenty of successful companies where hatched over a few scribbles on a napkin, piece of paper, or, a white board with colored markers.
That’s the analog world. The digital world isn’t much different, though the tools are smaller, more complex, and the options more creative.
Enter Diagrammix, an affordable yet premium diagramming app for the Mac. I think of it as my mobile white board that starts with basic diagram templates.
What can you do with Diagrammix? Anything that could be constructed on a chalk board, white board, paper or napkin is created faster and with more detail on your Mac.
At first glance, almost every diagramming app looks tedious and intimidating. After all, there are more tools and options for each tool than you can count and that can be disconcerting.
That’s why it’s necessary to try a tool for awhile before passing judgment. Diagrammix is mostly drag and drop. Grab a shape, drag it onto the screen, add a label, repeat, and connect shapes as needed.
It takes only minutes to setup a procedural flowchart, a workflow, an organization chart, or get complex with detailed network diagrams. Shapes are easily connected and customized. Use it for detailed organizational structure, work processes and procedures, or brainstorming of the mind mapping variety.
Diagrammix comes with dozens of shapes in various styles, hundreds of additional clipart shapers, standard diagramming tools, guides, keyboard shortcuts, layers, and export options (PDF, PNG, JPG, TIFF). If you can think it, Diagrammix makes it visible for others. If you can’t think it, a diagram makes it easier to understand and find flaws in a process.
While the basic diagramming seems simple enough thanks to drag and drop and point and click, Diagrammix is loaded with configuration settings in Preferences.
If you want to think better, think digital white board. That’s what a diagramming app is. Diagrammix is available on the Mac App Store but the developer has thoughtfully offered a trial-before-you-buy option. Additional vector drawing tools and a collection of smart connectors are also available but at extra cost.
You could get even more tools in the highly acclaimed Graphic drawing utility, but the key here is focus. Diagrammix is a diagramming app, not a drawing app that can do some diagramming.