Create Data Flow Diagram on Mac

Step by step tutorial on how to create amazing data flow diagrams on Mac. We offer built-in smart shapes and FREE templates to help you get started as fast as possible.

Drawing a data flow diagram by hand is time and energy-consuming. Formatting in Visio is cumbersome, too. That stops now. We are going to show you how to do it in a simple and easy way.

Open a Data Flow Diagram Template

To create a new data flow diagram, click File tab, point to New.-> Click Flowchart, and then double click the icon of Data Flow Diagram.

Open Data Flow Diagram Drawing Page

Add Data Flow Diagram Shapes

Drag and drop shapes from the Data Flow Diagram library onto the canvas to represent external sources, states, or entities involved in the data flow you are documenting. Drag the green square handles to resize shapes.

Add Data Flow Diagram Shapes

You can use Same Size tool under Home tab to let several shapes have the same size quickly.

Indicate the Flow of Data

Indicate the flow of data in your diagram with Center to center shapes.

The built-in data flow shapes are designed with connection points that allow auto connection.

Connect Data Flow Diagram Shapes

Similarly, indicate data loops using Loop on center shapes.

You can also use the Connector tool to connect shapes manually.

Add Background

To add a background, go to Page Layout tab and then:

Add Data Flow Diagram Contents

Add Data Flow Diagram Contents

Add Data Flow Diagram Contents

Change Data Flow Diagram Theme

By changing Data Flow Diagram theme, you can enhance fill, line and text style altogether at 1 click.

Switch to Page Layout tab, select another theme.

Change Data Flow Diagram Theme

Save or Export Data Flow Diagram

Click Save on File tab to save as the default format. Choose Save as on File tab to save as other formats.

You can choose to save in local files or save in your Cloud. Saving it in Team Cloud can share it with more people.

save network diagram

Hit Export & Send under File to export the DFD as images, PowerPoint slides and web documents and so on.

Export Data Flow Diagram

Print Data Flow Diagram

Preview and Print Data Flow Diagram

If the drawing page is larger than the print paper, the drawing will be printed on more than 1 paper. To print it on only 1 paper,
click More Print Setup... and then choose Fit to.

Print Data Flow Diagram on 1 Paper

Here are some DFD examples. They can help you get inspired and get started quickly to create fishbone diagrams.

Give Edraw Data Flow software a shot. Download and try it for free.

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