What's the best app for flowcharts with Pencil and iPad pro

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by ZombiePhysicist, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. ZombiePhysicist macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2014
    Hi All:

    I may be looking for something that doesnt exist, but was hoping you all might have some pointers.

    Question 1: What apps do you guys think is the best for doing flowcharts easily and naturally for the iPad Pro and Pencil?

    Question 2: Does anyone know of an app that might do one and/or more of the following.

    Trait 1: Something that makes drawing flow charts easy, and easily exportable into Visio or Omnigraffle for more editing.

    Trait 2: For it to be as easy to use as a real world whiteboard but be better. Otherwise I'll just continue to use a whiteboard and take a photo later.

    Trait 3: To draw flow chart shapes like rectangles and decision diamonds, and the app will recognize those shapes and change them from my rough sketch to a proper shape.

    Trait 4: When I draw natrual lines between two such shapes, the software will automatically connect them with a line.

    Trait 5 (and this one would be super killer): To let me press and hold (may pressure the hold) the apple pencil to a shape, and then just SPEAK what text I want to be in the flow chart box, and the iPad will speech-to-text, type in what I say. Releasing the hold will let me continue on with my flowcharting.

    Postscript: So I've tried to use Omnigraffle on the ipad in the past, and it's just been too clunky, and destroys any of my 'flow' in working out a flow diagram on the iPad. Not sure if they've updated it since the iPad pro came out so the mechanics were more fluid like a real whiteboard. If someone has tried it with the new pencil and it works well, that would be great.

    Thanks for any tips and suggestions!
  2. phillyboy82 macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2015
    Not from Philly
    They very recently updated the app to include Apple Pencil and iPad Pro support. Check out the video demo, it looks pretty slick with the pencil:

  3. seasurfer macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    It looks good, but ridiculously expensive.
  4. MartyCan macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2012
    Near Toronto, ON
    I would live to try a demo / free app for this for work tasks. If it looked good I would buy.
  5. ZombiePhysicist thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2014
    Yea, I think it's worth a try.

    The shape recognition looks good, but I notice they dont have automatic line drawing. Meaning, normally when you draw, one box, then another, and draw a line between the two, it's super easy and fluid on a whiteboard. The video shows an example with a line existing, that gets moved up for the connection.

    Not having that basic thing would be a work flow bust.

    Also, I suspect my dream for voice text entry isn't going to be there.

    Anyway, a demo will pan out the flow issue, but it still seems overly complex and not 'flow' optimized... Hopefully I'm wrong on that.

    Saw this app has really good reviews, but doesnt seem to be pencil enabled at all:
  6. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    Inspiration but it isn't specific to the pencil.
  7. MissionMan01 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2015

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