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What is iGrafx® FlowCharter®?

iGrafx FlowCharter is a leading process diagramming and modeling software that addresses the complete range of visual communications needed to help organizations achieve business process excellence.


Who can benefit from iGrafx FlowCharter?

iGrafx FlowCharter is ideal for business professionals who want to quickly and easily create diagrams and process models in any organization. iGrafx FlowCharter is being used by:

  • Lean Six Sigma Practitioners
  • BPM Project Teams
  • Process Owners
  • ISO Professionals
  • Quality Specialists
  • Project Managers


How does iGrafx FlowCharter work with the iGrafx platform?

FlowCharter can be used as a stand-alone application, or connected to the iGrafx platform to edit, store, manage and share iGrafx process and enterprise models in a central repository.


Is iGrafx FlowCharter related to ABC FlowCharter® software?

iGrafx FlowCharter is the next generation of ABC FlowCharter®, first released over 15 years ago. Like ABC FlowCharter®, iGrafx FlowCharter excels at producing process diagrams and flowcharts. And, that’s only the beginning. Enterprises can use iGrafx FlowCharter to create all kinds of diagrams, including dataflow diagrams, quality initiative diagrams, network diagrams, lean value stream maps, cause and effect diagrams, marketing charts and much more.


I already use Visio®, PowerPoint® or Word for creating diagrams, why do I need iGrafx FlowCharter?

While applications such as Visio, PowerPoint or Word are good choices for general diagramming, iGrafx FlowCharter is an intelligent easy-to-use process mapping and modeling software. With unique features and powerful capabilities, it supports initiatives such as Six Sigma, Lean, ISO, Sarbanes-Oxley and Business Process Management. You can create and model information-rich process maps and flowcharts in iGrafx FlowCharter, which later could be used to run “what-if-analysis” in the other process excellence solutions from iGrafx.


How does iGrafx FlowCharter support my Lean initiatives?

By combining the power of visualization, modeling and process management, iGrafx FlowCharter enables companies to improve their Lean ROI by facilitating the creation of critical diagrams and value stream maps, and perpetually tracking, managing and communicating Lean process knowledge. Our Lean palette and Value Stream Map diagram type allows for fast and easy analysis by an automatic timeline that calculates totals for Value Added Time, Non-Value Added Time, Lead Time, and Process Efficiency for you.


Can I create BPMN diagrams in iGrafx FlowCharter?

Yes, iGrafx has extended its wide range of process mapping notations with the inclusion of Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN). Available as a standard component in the iGrafx process modeling solutions, users can easily create BPMN diagrams using an intuitive interface that automatically manages many of the drawing tasks. A customized BPMN palette, correct-by-constructing editing, rules checking, and intelligent formatting ensure your diagrams are BPMN compliant the first time they are drawn.


Do you offer training and consulting services?

Yes. We have a training and consulting team who can work with you to structure the support that you need. From on-site training to process management consulting services, our experts can help you understand your processes and identify the critical factors. We also conduct public training sessions.


Does iGrafx FlowCharter work with Windows 10?



Does iGrafx FlowCharter take advantage of portable document technologies?

Being able to publish documents you create to other mediums for easier distribution is an important function of any enterprise endeavor. iGrafx FlowCharter features a publish as mechanism for publishing to PDF, HTML or Java, Microsoft® Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint. The flexibility of these publishing options lets you deliver your ideas to wider audiences.


Will FlowCharter open documents created in earlier software versions?

Yes, the latest version of iGrafx FlowCharter can open all earlier versions of FlowCharter, Process, and Process for Six Sigma files.

Additionally, iGrafx FlowCharter can open the following:

  • ABC FlowCharter® (versions 4, 6, and 7)
  • Optima (any version)
  • Visio (versions 4, 5, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013)

Also, if you create a new document in iGrafx FlowCharter, you can open it in previous versions, or you can save it as an earlier version if you choose. Keep in mind that some data pertaining to new features introduced in the latest version of iGrafx FlowCharter may be lost using this process.


Does iGrafx FlowCharter include VBA?

By integrating Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) technology (Version 7.1), iGrafx FlowCharter provides a layer of extensibility that allows users to customize, extend, and integrate iGrafx FlowCharter with other applications. Enterprises can customize its capabilities and appearance or extend the tool into other areas that the base product might not normally address. Organizations can also integrate iGrafx FlowCharter with data sources and other applications that may have been developed by the corporation or developed by another Independent Software Vendor (ISV). Over 1800 interfaces provide integration to the document, application, or any component of a diagram (shape, line, department, etc.).