Making flowcharts and diagrams is a breeze with Freehand. Effortlessly create and connect shapes, and have the connectors dynamically follow the shapes as you move them around the canvas.
Creating basic shapes
- Click the Shape tool and select the type of shape you need: square, circle, diamond, parallelogram, pill, triangle, or line.
- If needed, use the contextual menu at the top of the page to select a color and line weight for the outline. You can also edit these settings later.
- Click anywhere on the canvas and drag your mouse to add a shape.
You can learn more about the available tools in Freehand in this article: Freehand tools
Changing the style of your shapes
To control the style in which your shapes are displayed:
- Open the More menu in your Freehand document.
- Toggle between the iconic Freehand shapes or more polished lines
Entering text in shapes
- If needed, create a new shape.
- Double-click the shape where you want to enter text.
- Type the text in the shape.
- Click anywhere outside the shape to finish typing.
You won't be able to add text to shapes that were created before this feature was released. However, you can add text to any newly created shapes (except lines).
- Select the starting shape.
- Click the Connect icon (↗).
- Click again to drop the end of the arrow at the desired location. Drop the end of the connector over the edge of the end shape to have it dynamically snapping between the two shapes.
To change the color or the end caps of the connector, see the Editing connectors section below.
Changing the start or end location
- Select the connector
- Drag the start or the end of the connector to the new location.
In the contextual menu that appears when the connector is selected:
- Click Color () to edit the color of the connector.
- Click Line caps (→) to edit the start and end caps of the connectors.
- Click Lock to prevent the connector from being selected or edited.