What Is It?

Diagramming refers to support for adding charts or diagrams to your notes within the Mac note taking app. A typical diagramming tool set includes a pre-built library of lines and shapes that you drag together to form your diagram. At a minimum you should expect the application to support changing the fill and border color of the shapes, and to allow you to type text within the shapes.

Mac Notes Apps with This Feature

What Else Should I Know?

Diagramming is important for capturing diagrams presented by the speaker, or visually illustrating concepts within the Mac note taking app. You might also use it to add flow charts, organization charts, network diagrams, family trees, project processes, or map out or capture anything else that can be represented by shapes and lines. Depending on how you take notes and the kind of material you will be capturing within your notes, you will probably use diagramming features very frequently or rarely. Even if you don’t imagine adding many diagrams, you will be happy to have that ability should the need to add one arise.

Diagramming tools are sometimes used to create “mind maps,” which are diagrams that visually outline information. Mind maps are frequently used as study aids, to structure or visualize ideas, and to organize information. Diagramming is a useful feature for effectively taking notes on dense readings or lectures. It’s a must if your notes involve the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a standard language for specifying, visualizing, constructing, and documenting the artifacts of software systems, business models, and other non-software systems.