Creating Flow Charts
Create Flow Charts, Presentations, Image maps for your web site, include images and URLs...
Creating Flow Charts with Simple Flow Chart Maker.
Installation of Simple Flow Chart Maker.
Download the Flow Chart Software archive. Unzip it in the directory where you want this program to resign.
When specifying options in your Winzip software, make sure that all subdirectories (subfolders) are restored. Usually it is the default setting for the WinZip. Installation is complete.
Uninstallation of Simple Flow Chart Maker.
Delete the folder containing the Flow Charts files.
Registration of Simple Flow Chart Maker
If you choose to register the Simple Flow Chart Maker software, you will need to enter the password (provided after the registration) into the registration prompt.
Creating Flow Charts: Getting started.
Flow Chart Tool: What is it?
The flow chart - at least one described in this manual - consists of Shapes (rectangles, triangles, circles and so on), and Connectors (lines, arrows) that connect them.
Shapes and connectors have different properties, for example, you can type a text into the rectangular area (a Shape), but not into the connector. To make it less confusing, the program will only enable controls (buttons, combo boxes, check boxes and edit fields) that are applicable to the selected element. So when you see that some elements suddenly turned grey, don't worry. You can enable them again by clicking on the Shape or a Connector that you want to change.
Flow Chart Drawing: Creating a new Shape
Flow Chart Drawing: Connecting Shapes
To connect two Shapes in Simple Flow Chart Maker, click on the last button on the Palette. This will take you to the "Add Connector" mode. For this to work, you need to have at least two Shapes on screen.
Each Shape has certain number of Connection Points on each side of its bounding rectangle. When you are in the "Add Connector" mode, they are displayed:
You will need to click two times with your mouse - first time on the connection point of the first Shape, and second time - on the connection point of the second Shape:
Note two litthe rectangular handles. You can use them to move the connector around. If you want to hide the handles, simply click on the area outside the connector:
Flow Chart Drawing: Changing properties of a Connector
Let's start with bending a connector. Click on it, to make little rectangular handles visible, and drag them, so that the connector changes it's form:
Flow Chart Drawing: Moving a connector to another connection point
To move a connector, for example, to another side of a Shape, or to a different Shape, you need to click at the connector, as close to the Shape as possible. Then, holding a mouse button down, drag the Connector's end. The little rectangle will appear at the end of the mouse cursor, and will move with it.
Drag the little rectangle to another connection point, and release.
Flow Chart Drawing: Changing the number of Drag points
To change the number of handles, you can use one of the combo boxes on the bottom, saying "Number of dragpoints":
You can use more drag points (handles) to fine-tune the curve, or you can use less handles, to make it easier to manage:
Flow Chart Drawing: Lines vs. splines
Use the "use splines" checkbox to switch between splines - smooth lines between dragpoints, and polylines, that go straighe from one point to the next:
Flow Chart Drawing: Connector tips
In Simple Flow Chart Maker we can place arrows or some other little tips at both ends of a Connector. To do it, you need to select the image you want from one of the combo boxes on top of the program's window:
Flow Chart Drawing: Changing properties of a Shape
First of all, both Connector and Shape can have different colors, and they also can be displayed using lines of different width. To do it, you simply need to select a property you need, just keep in mind, that the object (Shape or Connector) must be selected first.
Flow Chart Drawing: Adding the text
There is an area at the bottom toolbar of flow chart software, where you can enter the text. As you type it, it will appear inside the Shape:
Note, that if the Shape contains an image, the text will not be displayed. However, it will still be visible as a tooltip, if you save the image as a PNG file (explained below).
Flow Chart Drawing: Adding the image to a Shape
To add an image, simply browse your disk for a picture you want, by clicking the "..." button at the bottom toolbar of flow chart software.
The picture will be stretched to fit the Shape, and it will be truncated properly:
Flow Chart Drawing: Adding a shadow to an image
There are 3 options available in simple flow chart: no shadow, plain shadow, or 3d shadow:
You can select the type of a shadow from the combo box in the toolbar at the top of the Simple Flow Chart Maker window.
Flow Chart Drawing: Using Zoom
You can view the image with different magnification, using the "zoom" option. It is especially convenient when you want to print a flow chart. You can change the zoom, look at the Print Preview, and if the page's area is not used completely, you can adjust the zoom.
Flow Chart Drawing: Exporting to other image formats
When you choose to "Save As BMP", or "Save As WMF", the corresponding image is created on a disk.
Additionally, when you choose to "Save As PNG", the extra file is created, with an HTM extention. This file contains the Image Map code, so that if you want, you can use your image as part of your web site, with different hyper links assigned to different parts of the image. (if you don't need it, simply ignore the HTM file).
Each Shape can have a URL, assigned to it. If the Shape has a URL, the correcponding part on the Image Map will become "clickable". To test it, move a mouse over Shapes on the following map:
That's it! You officially graduated and are now qualified to draw the Flow Charts using our program. Congratulations!
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