Best flowchart apps for iPad: What you need to map your mind and diagram your data!

Looking for the best iPad apps to help you turn mindmapping and creating charts and diagrams into less of a headache? If you're giving a presentation or just in the beginning stages of starting a project, flowcharts and diagrams can be immensely useful when it comes to conveying and sharing ideas with others. And since most people benefit from visual cues, flowcharts can be a great way to help people make decisions. There are lots of App Store apps up for the task, but what flowchart apps for iPad are the best?


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Best flowchart and diagram apps for iPad: Mindnode

Mindnode is an easy to use diagramming and flow chart app that smartly organizes and handles the layout aspect on its own. Mindnode lets you create several independent charts in one document, display and hide nodes as you need to, choose fonts and highlights to emphasize particular areas, and more. Mindnode also offers iCloud sync with their pro version which you can then sync to the Mac version. As for exporting your work, Mindnode supports PDF, OPML, PNG, and more.

If you want to worry more about getting ideas out of your head and less about diagram style and structure, you need Mindnode.


Best flowchart and diagram apps for iPad: Grafio

Grafio is a diagram app that isn't as conventional as the rest but offers a lot of flexibility. Simply start freehand drawing a shape and Grafio automatically recognizes and creates it. You can then add text, photos, and even record audio to add to your project. Since Grafio supports layers, you can send objects back or bring them to the front among many other editing features. Once you're done you can share your ideas via Dropbox, Box, AirPrint, or put them on paper with AirPrint support.

For a diagram and flowchart app as versatile and flexible as your brain, get Grafio.

Idea Sketch

Best flowchart and diagram apps for iPad: Idea Sketch

Idea Sketch is a unique diagramming app that will appeal to folks that value organization and finding content easily. It's easy to create new blocks and add text in idea sketch. One of the features that makes it so unique is the ability to convert all your charts and diagrams to text outlines in just seconds. As for projects, they're organized in neat stacks on the main menu of Idea Sketch. When it comes time to share something, Idea Sketch supports export to Dropbox, Skydrive, Box, the Photos app, and more. You can create one idea in Idea Sketch for free. If you'd like to create more, you can unlock the unlimited version for $3.99 via in-app purchase.

If you highly value organization and wouldn't mind instantly creating text outlines from your charts, check out Idea Sketch.


Mindly is mainly a great place to organize your own thoughts and if you do that best through diagrams and charts, it's an easier to use option than many others. Just create a new project and then start adding subsets. Tap on any of them to create as many more subsets as you'd like. You can attach notes and images to your projects, add links, and change color schemes as necessary. If you need to share your ideas, Mindly supports export to PDF, OPML, and plaintext. The free version only lets you manage a few projects at a time, an in-app purchase of $6.99 will remove that limit.

If your main necessity is tracking your own ideas for personal use, be sure to give Mindly a try.


Best flowchart and diagram apps for iPad: PureFlow

PureFlow is one of the most basic and traditional flowchart apps you are going to find on the App Store. There aren't any fancy features, just a blank canvas and the ability to create whatever kind of flowchart you need. Create your first element and branch out from there choosing different types of objects. Drag anchor arrows to extend your chart outwards, drag elements around, and more. When you're done you can share your ideas via the email, Facebook, Twitter, PDF, or save it as an image.

If basic flowcharting is what you want, it doesn't get any easier than PureFlow.

Your vote for best flowchart and diagramming app for iPad?

If you are a visual thinker and rely on a flowchart, diagram, and mindmapping app on your iPad, which one did you choose and why? And more importantly, what do you think makes it stand out from all other apps? Let me know in the comments!

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.