Skyscrapers indicate a persistent human obsession with the vertical dimension. These expressions of modern construction represent a progression from the Stone Age wherein human beings would pile stones on top of each other to create local monuments. The glitzy facades of modern skyscrapers testify to the immense talents, skillsets, ambitions, and energy that humankind has acquired over the ages. Skyscrapers find an echo in multilevel flowcharts when we survey the conceptual and analytical domains. These diagrams allow users to explore, stack, and connect ideas on a whiteboard or on a digital canvas. A variety of software packages and programs allow modern users to create and explore the limits of multilevel flowcharts. Some of these packages are available at no cost, while some can be used on a subscription basis.
The Pencil Project was conceptualized as a digital tool for users that need to create, edit, and re-create flowchart diagrams. This product was designed to shorten the learning curve for the average user with a view to promote multilevel flowcharts in commercial markets. The programmers of this product worked to include bright colors in the various shapes and stages built into the libraries. This course of action should attract the lay user and enable the Pencil Project to flourish in the digital domain. In addition, the product features a wide range of built-in shapes for charts and interfaces. Users that wish to create different iterations of multilevel flowcharts can zoom into one version while relegating others to the digital background.
Contemporary sensibilities dictate that multilevel flowcharts may include a range of diagrams such as business models, timelines, use-case diagrams, genealogy trees, etc. Users may need to create these flowcharts on a regular basis and therefore, may require robust drawing and design packages at their disposal. In response, ThinkComposer has brought to market a sophisticated design tool directed at professional workers in the digital era. The tool offers a multitude of control panels for users that wish to alter and manipulate the structure, appearance, and texture of multilevel flowcharts. Creative professionals and digital designers can create and deploy custom nodes and connections within the flowchart diagram. In addition, users can complete on-screen activities such as combining different charts and graphics with ease. Further, the multilevel flowcharts forged in ThinkComposer allow creates to visually express a range of concepts and ideas.
Every successful product generates clones in the market. Software packages and applications that help to create multilevel flowcharts are no exception to this rule. Consequently, market surveys reveal that gray-market software applications exist with the sole intention of cannibalizing the market share of genuine programs that create multilevel flowcharts. These software packages tend to emulate the key functions and abilities of successful products, thereby creating a (false) sense of performance at a low price per package. In addition, the creators of such packages claim to use ‘open source’ technologies in a bid to attract genuine buyers and users. While some of these packages remain eminently usable, they are far from perfect in terms of guaranteeing stellar user experience for digital architects and illustrators.
The yEd Graph Editor is a powerful, versatile design package that allows users to sketch multilevel flowcharts on separate digital screens. Artists and creators can adjust all the attributes of an on-screen diagram through a control panel. The tools built into the package include a ‘grouping’ mechanism that allows users to allot different sections of a flowchart to a unique group. This functionality offers benefits when creators work on the fine points of designing multilevel flowcharts. Grouping can also proceed in terms of using unique colors or assigning specific digital values to the various components of multilevel flowcharts. In addition, this tool offers users the ability to auto-arrange digital artifacts; the outcomes include visually clean and spare images of the connected diagrams. Further, users can export their on-screen creations in various formats that include PNG, SVG, and PDF.
Digital architects and illustrators may consider using the Dia flowchart creator. The programmers that built this product intended to create a ‘powerful and extensible’ digital device for use by digital workers. This product claims it is based on open source software technologies. The visual interface of Dia is simple and intuitive because it seeks to encourage users to explore the various levels of functionality coded into the product. The libraries appended to Dia include standard shapes, custom shapes, and a host of connectors that can distinguish the creation of modern multilevel flowcharts. Users can request additional library content from the creators of Dia. In addition, users can devise and add custom shapes using XML and SVG systems. Further, shapes inside the flowchart can acquire both standard and custom colors. This functional aspect allows users to delineate separate flowcharts located inside a digital canvas.
Grayhound FX flowcharts empower users to import graphics and images into multilevel flowcharts. Typically, this software package allows users to create three compositional levels on a single screen. Each level can expand in horizontal directions to include appropriate stages, sub-stages, and groups of stages. Users and flowchart creators can label these stages appropriately in a bid to promote reader comprehension. In addition, each stage inside this flowchart can be decomposed into separate stages that can be stacked vertically to enable visual representation. Users can deploy different colors, fonts, and textures inside a flowchart per their requirements. The makers of this software package claim it can be operated on multiple operating systems loaded into consumer hardware.
Diagram Designer is an interesting software package that presents robust design capabilities. The creators of this package have sought to keep the visual interface minimal in the interests of promoting a short learning curve. Designers can use this software package to frame each stage inside the general illustration of multilevel flowcharts. The drag-and-drop interface built into this flowchart enables users to import a wide variety of digital artifacts such as images, graphics, logos, text, etc. Libraries built into Diagram Designer present a range of connectors for the use of architects and designers. A reverse action functionality allows users to reverse the design process and gain access to early stages of a design or blueprint. This is an interesting feature because it empowers users and creators to diagnose any design issues that may disrupt design outcomes.
The foregoing paragraphs have explored the various aspects (and means) of designing multilevel flowcharts in a variety of modern contexts. The designers and creators of flowcharts can ally said means with their imagination in a bid to create outstanding digital creations. The utility of multilevel flowcharts emerges best when we consider the complexity inherent in modern design, technological, scientific, commercial, exploratory, and industrial processes. In addition, such flowchart diagrams enable creators to view their ongoing efforts from multiple perspectives, thereby helping them preserve the integrity of the theoretical and design processes. Enterprising creators and designers may invest in fashioning a series of such flowcharts with a view to explore the different aspects of a system or process. They may choose to drive collaborations between different architects in a bid to throw new light on the intricacies associated with traditional design. Such efforts may be central in enabling the emergence of the next generation of digital design products and packages.