How to Make a Data Flowchart in Apple Pages
There are all kinds of data and information out there—be it handwritten or digital. Fortunately, the humble flowchart is a perfect fit for such variety. As pointed out in an article from Chron (a US-based online resource), flowcharts are used by a plethora of different companies and industries due to their versatile visual nature.
When making your own workflow diagram in Apple Pages, there are several basic symbols at your disposal. Have a look at our tips (below) to learn about them.
1. Assemble Your Data Flowchart in the Drawing Window
In Google Docs, the best feature for putting together your data flowchart is the Drawing window. To access this valuable, open the Insert menu (above) and then go to Drawing before clicking New.
The Drawing window is now visible as a smaller secondary environment. This is where pretty much the whole of your diagram is made!
2. Start with Your Data Flowchart’s Title
The top of your flowchart document is where the title or header goes. You need the help of the text box feature to add it.
Within the Drawing interface, click the Text Box button in the upper toolbar. Click-drag the new text box into place and then start typing. For the title’s contents, enter something simple yet descriptive—such as “Imports Payment Library Flowchart” or “Store Export Security Programming.”
3. Insert Symbols into Your Data Flowchart
Each step within a flowchart is represented by specific symbols. For your own diagram, use the shape menu and click-drag each choice into their desired positions. The shapes you need are ovals, rectangles, parallelograms, diamonds, and lines.
Ovals mark the beginning and end of a workflow. Rectangles are the tasks and actions. Parallelograms represent both the inputs and outputs. And Diamonds are used for decisions, which branch into separate paths.
4. Use Lines to Dictate Your Data Flowchart’s Progression
As for the lines in your chart, these show the direction of where one step leads to the next. Use the Connector options found under Select Line (to the left of Shape).
Place it between two adjacent shapes. Then, click-drag either of the line’s ends to one shape each, attaching them to the purple nodes that appear. Once that’s done, both shapes now have a line that readjusts itself.
And with that, creating a chart for your work system is now a simple task! Finally, for an easier time creating your documents, consider downloading one of our Data Flowchart Templates!
Which position does a data flowchart start?
The first step in a data flowchart is either on top, to the left, or to the right.
What types of companies or organizations use data flowcharts?
Some examples of these are:
- Security companies
- Law firms
- Software publishers
What example applications are used for making data flowcharts?
The following are a few good options:
- Apple Pages
- MS Word
- Adobe Photoshop
Why use a data flowchart?
A flowchart makes it a lot easier to create, manage, and present the various steps in your data-related workflow.
What are the general parts of a data flowchart?
These parts are the:
- Shapes (symbols)
- Step labels
- Connecting lines