RFFlow 5 Professional Flowcharting

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Drawing diagrams with RFFlow is easy. To get acquainted with the program, download the free trial version and then try out the steps on this page.

The RFFlow in-program Help also includes tutorials on drawing a flowchart and drawing an organization chart. Run RFFlow and click Help, RFFlow Help, Contents, and Tutorial: Drawing a Flowchart or Tutorial: Drawing an Organization Chart.

You can also view and print your own RFFlow Quick Reference card or the entire RFFlow User's Guide.

Run RFFlow
Click the Windows Start button, scroll, and click RFFlow.
RFFlow Icon in Start
Draw a Shape
Drag a shape from a stencil into your chart. In the dialog box that appears, type text into the new shape and then click OK.
The Edit Text Dialog Box
Access More Shapes
Click the More Shapes button The More Shapes Button to display the Stencils and Shapes dialog box. In this dialog box, click the name of a stencil in the list to view its contents. Follow the instructions in this dialog box to add entire stencils or individual shapes to your chart.
The Stencils and Shapes Dialog box
Draw a Line
To draw one line, simply drag the line from a stencil into your chart. Then drag the middle of the line to move it or drag one of the handles to adjust its length.
A Line with Handles to Edit the Line
To draw several lines, click on a line in a stencil. In your chart, drag the mouse to draw the line. You can continue to draw lines until you click on another shape or click the button
Click this Button when You are Finished Drawing Lines
To automatically connect shapes, click the Auto Connect button The Auto Connect Button and then click on any two shapes in your chart. RFFlow will draw a line to connect them. Leave the "Autoconnection Dialog" open as you do this.
Draw a Curve
Click on a curve in a stencil or drag the curve into your chart. Drag the center of a curve to move it or drag the handles to adjust the curvature.
A Curve with Handles for Editing
Simply drag a shape, line, or curve to move it to a new location. No selection is necessary. To move a shape and maintain its connection to other shapes, click the Keep Connected button The Keep Connected Button. Then drag the shape to a new location and the connecting lines will stretch or shrink. To move several objects at once, first select them. Then drag any of the selected objects and they all will move.
To select a group of objects, click down on an empty part of the drawing area and drag the mouse diagonally, drawing a selection rectangle around the objects. Or, hold down the SHIFT key or CTRL key while clicking on objects. To select all the objects in a chart, click Edit, Select All. Selection is used to move, duplicate, or delete several objects at once. It is also used to copy objects to the Windows Clipboard.
Right-click on an object or group of selected objects and click Duplicate in the pop-up menu. You can also duplicate objects by moving them with the CTRL key held down.
Right-click on an object or group of selected objects and click Delete in the pop-up menu.
Edit Text
Right-click on a shape, line, or curve, and click Edit Text in the pop-up menu. Or, double-click on an object to edit its text. In the dialog box that appears, change the text as you would in a word processor, and then click OK.
Center the Chart
To automatically center the chart on the page, click the Center button. The Center Button
Scroll and Zoom
To view a portion of your chart that is off the screen, drag with the right mouse button. You can also scroll the screen with the arrow keys or with the scroll bars. To change the zoom, click the Zoom Out The Zoom Out Button or Zoom In The Zoom In Button buttons.
Change Shape Properties
To view or change the properties of an object or group of selected objects, right-click on the object and click Properties in the pop-up menu. In the Shape Properties dialog box that appears, click on the appropriate tab and make your changes.
The Shape Properties Dialog Box
Copy and Paste
You can copy and paste your chart into any Windows application. In RFFlow, select the chart and click Edit, Copy or The Copy Button. Switch to the destination application and click Edit, Paste or The Paste Button. The chart is now part of that document. To edit the embedded chart, double-click it.
Size a Line or Curve
Left-click on a line or curve to display the handles. Drag the handles to change the length or direction of a line or curve.
Size a Shape
Left-click on a shape to display the handles. Drag the handles to change the size of a shape. Drag the rotation handle to rotate a shape.
The Rotation Handle in the Upper Right
Insert a Picture
To insert a picture from a file, click Insert in the main menu of RFFlow and Picture From File.
Export a Chart as a Picture
One way to share your charts with others is to save the chart as a PNG file. Then attach it to and email. Everyone can open PNG (Portable Network Graphics) files. To save your chart as a picture, click File, Save As and choose png, gif, jpeg, html, emf, bmp, etc., in Save as type:.
Set up Pages and Page Orientation
To show the boundaries of one or more pages, click View, Pages. To quickly switch between portrait and landscape, click the Orientation button The Orientation Button.
Line up Shapes
Select the shapes, click the Align button The Align Button, and choose an alignment style. The shapes will be aligned to the top or leftmost shape.
Find and Replace Text
To find and replace a word in your chart, click the Find button The Find Button. Then type the word you are looking for and it's replacement.
Create Custom Shapes
You can draw your own shapes by combining any of the shapes and lines in RFFlow. Select these objects, right-click on one of them, and choose Add To Stencil. Another way to draw custom shapes is to use RFShape, a program that comes with RFFlow. Click Tools, Run RFShape.
Get Assistance
To access a complete in-program manual, click Help in the main menu and RFFlow Help. You can also print documentation from www.rff.com/documentation.

To contact us for assistance with the full or trial version of RFFlow, go to Support.

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