My job is such that I do quite a big of diagramming. That means diagrams for everything from flow charts, wireframes, network configurations, org charts and everything in between. Through the years I’ve tried and used every Mac and Windows PC chart and diagram app on the market. Most are over priced and overly complicated. Shapes is neither.
The Trend Toward Inexpensive Apps
Apple’s iPhone App Store started a trend toward quality, useful apps at low prices. In some cases, ridiculously low prices. Where we once paid $20 to $40 for a utility app, many good apps are now mere dollars.
Shapes falls into the new age category for Mac apps. It’s a diagramming tool with all the basics, and none of the complexity. For programmers, teachers, anyone who needs a chart, a diagram, model relationships (HR, I’m looking’ at you), and needs to get it done pronto, Shapes is worth a look.
You won’t need a manual or a night class at a community college to use Shapes.
Drag a shape from the left Toolbar. Connect it to other shapes. Add text to name the shape. Each shape can be customized, too, and precisely positioned on the screen.
Shapes can be grouped. You maintain complete control over fonts and colors, including backgrounds, shape sizes, border strokes, and nearly everything else.
The guys behind Shapes have developed a number of other Mac apps, many of which also grace the Mac App Store at nominal prices. Some are one trick pony apps.
All are part of an ongoing trend toward simple, elegant, useful Mac apps that don’t cost an arm and a leg. In the case of Shapes, it’s also a try-before-you-buy app, not as common as Mac App Store apps need to be.