My husband is an engineer. We have a white board at home. Honestly, I think that’s how engineers think. A white board, a marker, a notebook, and a computer. One trick I learned from my husband is the white board, but condensed and compressed to an app on my Mac.
Shapes is a Mac app that’s much like a white board on the small screen, a digital diagramming tool with all kinds of uses; charts, wireframes, organization charts, layouts, process flow– that kind of thing.
If you’ve never used a diagramming tool, Shapes is where to start. If you’ve used diagramming tools in the past and found them overly cumbersome and complex, Shapes is where to get reacquainted.
What makes Shapes special is that sweet spot between useful, understandable diagramming tools and ease-of-use. In other words, Shapes is intuitive enough to just start using it to draw diagrams, set up process and flow, to flesh out ideas and procedures graphically.
The user layout is simple enough. Shapes and lines in a sidebar along the left, specific details for each in the right sidebar tools. Select a shape, drag and drop, then use the tools to adjust as needed.
Shapes brings certain benefits which are not really evident until you use it (unless you’ve used diagramming apps before). It helps to clarify thinking, add a visual dimension to plans, which can then point out issues, problems, kinks and the like. This newest version is the best ever and worthy of the nominal price.