Screenshot of Lucidchart's flowchart tool

Living a smart life means being intelligent, making yourself clear, and doing everything logically — which is why we didn’t believe in love at first sight. Until we saw Lucidchart, and for the same reasons.

There are thousands of chart-making applications on the Internet (see our list of Gantt and PERT), and if you’re wondering how you could end up with hundreds of ways to draw arrows and boxes it’s becasue nobody got it right. Until now. Lucidchart programmed the same slew of shapes, arrows, and other assorted PowerPointery as every other flowchart program in existence. And then they started the real work.

They realized that the point of a charting program isn’t to make a chart: it’s to make it easy to make a chart for someone who has something who has more important things to do. That’s the whole point! A flowchart is a fast visual reference for a process, which means that you’re not only doing things but need to do it as quickly and cleanly as possible. Anyone who has hours to sit around dragging Word shapes into position is probably making a flowchart about “eating nachos.”

Example of a flowchart

Example of a Flowchart

When you drop a shape into a Lucidchart, it instantly lights up with easy and intuitive nodes to do whatever you want. Drag nodes to draw arrows, right click to edit things, drag and drop brand new shapes into the diagram — and instantly, automatically, you’re in the text field. You don’t need to click to get in there! It knows that if you’re dropping in a new flowchart component, it’s because you want to set up a new flowchart component! They understand that it’s not your job to learn a new program — it’s your job to do whatever your job is, and they just want to help you make some charts for that. One of the great aspects that we really about Lucidchart is the ability to share and collaborate on charts.

But don’t believe us. (Not believing random people online is a big part of being smart.) Try the free demo right now. And to confirm that they’re smart, too, check out how they’re offering free accounts for educators.

Oh, and they do little things like org charts, UML diagrams, wireframes, and mind maps, too. You know, those things other companies make a huge deal about. Just try it the next time you need a chart.

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