Listing of September 1996 Reviews
By Joel T. Patz
Flow Charting PDQ works as its name implies-pretty
darn quick(ly)-so you'll find yourself producing charts, diagrams
and trees in no time.
The package's simplicity camouflages some extremely
powerful tools. You can easily access templates for a variety
of processes, including electronics, ISO 9000, and Process Mapping
and Auditing. You can build your own templates of shapes, adding
company logos and other elements simply by cutting and pasting.
You can connect one shape to another with the highly
practical QuickConnect Handle found in the middle of a highlighted
shape. The program includes familiar drawing basics: changing
front to back order, aligning objects and freezing them to prevent
Tool Managers-ShapeManager, LineManager, TextManager
and PictureManager-edit or set the attributes of a selected object.
ShapeManager helps determine line thickness and color, fill color
and pattern, and shadows effects. LineManager enables you to select
the type of line path (free-angle, squared or curved), endcaps,
and line style and color, and lets you add bypasses when one squared
line crosses another. TextManager provides type styles, sizes
and colors, and a variety of justification styles. To make all
these helpful tools easier to use, there's a ToolShuffler button
to the left of each toolbar.
PDQ doesn't rotate objects, and deleting objects
doesn't automatically delete the connections between them.PDQ
provides well-rounded tools without imposing a high learning curve.
Flow Charting PDQ
Pros: Easy to use; quick results
Cons: No drawing tools; cannot rotate objects; price
Platforms: Windows 95, NT
Disk Space: 5MB
Patton & Patton Software
WinMag Box Score: 4.0