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Data Flow Diagram Visio Alternative for Mac

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Posted by James Freeman | 02/18/2022

Are you looking for budget diagramming tools on Mac having the same features as pricey MS Visio? Try Edraw Max - a data flow diagram Visio alternative that won't disappoint you. With this amazing data flow diagram maker, you can effortlessly create Visio data flow diagram by customizing Visio data flow template.

Data Flow Diagram Visio Alternative

Video - The Best Cross-Platform Visio Alternative

Visio-Like Data Flow Diagram Software

Edraw is a vector-based diagramming tool available on Windows, macOS, and Linux, including abundant shapes, templates, and online resources. It helps users to design data flow diagrams with ready-made symbols and templates quickly. The data flow diagram symbols are fully customizable. The intuitive interface is similar to Microsoft Office, which is pretty easy to use. With this Visio-like program, users can make professional data flow diagrams in a way faster than you think.


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Why Edraw is an Excellent Visio Alternative for Data Flow Diagram on Mac

  1. Much improved user interface - similar toolbar and icons with Word to assist ease of use.
  2. Optimized for use with all screen resolutions.
  3. Contains vector pre-made symbols that can increase drawing efficiency.
  4. Provides abundant templates and examples to help you avoid wasting time in formatting and focus on content.
  5. Includes extensive manual, help and tutorials.
  6. Supports a wide variety of export formats, including PDF, PPTX, SVG, PNG and so on.
  7. Cloud-based software offers you better platform for file storage and sharing.

Comparison of Data Flow Diagram Features

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Data Flow Diagram Features Comparison
Pre-defined Data Flow Symbols
Drag and Drop Operation
Support Mutiple Pages
Expandable Canvas
Add Text to Connector
Export to SVG, BMP, JPEG, PNG, Html, PDF
Snap and Glue
Group and Ungroup Shapes
Connection Points
Add Hyperlinks
Themes and Effects
Fill and Line Options
Data Flow Examples
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Page Preview
Page Size Fit to Drawing
Replace Shape
Save in Cloud
Edraw Cloud makes it easier to store files and share files.
Team Collaboration
Attach Other Documents
Add Comments
Export to Editable PowerPiont/Word/Excel
1 Click to convert the file to Word, Excel and PPT, and the shapes could remain the vector format.
Set Default Connector Style
Save Custom Theme
Draw New Symbols and Add to Library
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How to Create Visio Data Flow Diagram?

As a matter of fact, drawing Visio data flow diagrams with Edraw Max is not difficult at all. All you have to do is just follow the video tutorial below and export your diagrams to Visio files.

Tips for Creating High Quality Data Flow Diagrams

1. Keep it simple; 5-7 processes is a good guide; no more than 7 - 9 processes in each DFD. If a process involves complex sub-process, start a new diagram and connect the 2 diagrams with hyperlink.

2. Number the process. Showing the sequence is useful in identifying the processes when discussing with users.

3. Label the process properly and concisely to increase readability.

4. Data stores should not be connected to an external entity because it would mean that you're giving an external entity direct access to your data files.

5. Data flows should not exist between 2 external entities without going through a process.

6. Loops are not allowed.

7. A process is not an analog of a decision in a systems or programming flowchart. Hence, a dataflow should not be a control signal. Control signals are modeled separately as control flows.

Find More Visio Data Flow Templates and Examples

Pick up one of the following data flow templates and cutomize it according to your needs. Then, export it to Visio file!

Data Flow Diagram for Ticket Booking Data Flow Diagram for Library Management Data Flow Model
Data Flow Diagram for Ticket Booking Data Flow Diagram for Library Management Data Flow Model
Dataflow Diagram Example Customers Data Flow Reservation Data Flow
Dataflow Diagram Example Customers Data Flow Reservation Data Flow

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