Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions we have received. If your question is not listed, please go to our Support Form Page and we will be more than happy to help.
How do I convert old Flow Charting file types into the Flow6 format?
- FlowPdq files (.pdq) Flow4 files (.gfc) and Flow5 files (.fc5) can be converted with the 'FcxFileConverter.exe' program (installed with Flow6). It will quickly convert all your files (or your selected files) in one session. If this program isn't in your Flow6 folder, download and run the latest update patch. You can also open these files with Flow6 and convert them one-at-a-time as follows:
- FlowPdq files (.pdq): Flow6 automatically reads and converts "Flow Charting Pdq" charts. Files are saved with a '.fcx' extension.
- Flow4 files (.gfc): Flow6 automatically reads and converts "Flow Charting 4" charts. Files are saved with a '.fcx' extension.
- Flow3 files (.fcd): Flow6 automatically reads, and upon user confirmation, converts "Flow Charting 3" charts. Files are saved with a '.fcx' extension.
I get error message(s) or nothing happens when trying to open Flow3 files, what is wrong?
The conversion utility Cvert.exe (a DOS based program) does not recognize your Windows path - please move your Flow3 files to a short file name folder (less than eight characters and no spaces) on a local drive (like C:\Flow3). If the loading or converting operation fails, your system configuration may not support DOS applications. If that is the case, reconfigure your system to support running DOS applications.
When I use Flow Charting 6 to open Flow Charting 3 or Flow Charting 4 files, I only see Flow Charting 6 f iles in the File-Open dialog window. How do I view other or all file types?
While the File-Open dialog is displayed, change the 'File of type:' option to 'All files (*.*)' or to the type of your choice.
When I use Flow6 to open Flow Charting 6 images (.fci) files, I only see Flow Charting 6 document (.fcx) files in the File-Open dialog window. How do I open the image files?
Flow6 image files are saved with the Export (F12) command and opened with the Import (F11) command. The Import command invokes a unique File-Open dialog window that displays only image files.
Program Operation - Editing
When a shape is selected - what is the function of the RED diamond in the center?
We have a very special feature called 'QuickConnect' that lets you 'pull' a new shape or just a line out of the center diamond of a selected shape. Make sure that you try this! To pull a new shape with a line already attached - put the cursor on the RED center diamond of a selected shape. Now, holding down the RIGHT mouse button, pull the diamond over to the right and release the mouse button.
To pull a line - put the cursor on the RED center diamond of a selected shape. Now, holding down the LEFT mouse button, pull the diamond out of the shape and into another shape and release the mouse button.