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Basic Flowchart Symbols and Meaning

Flowchart Symbols and Meaning - Provides a visual representation of basic flowchart symbols and their proposed use in professional workflow diagram, standard process flow diagram and communicating the structure of a well-developed web site, as well as their correlation in developing on-line instructional projects. See flowchart's symbols by specifics of process flow diagram symbols and workflow diagram symbols.
How to Build a Flowchart
How to Build a Flowchart

Data Flow Diagram Symbols. DFD Library

Data Flow Diagrams show information transfers and process steps of a system. The general concept is an approach of a depicting how occurs input in a system, further processes and what runs out. The aim of DFD is in accomplishing of understanding between developers and users. Data flow diagrams are maintained with other methods of structured systems analysis.

Flow Chart Symbols

Flowcharts are used in designing and documenting simple processes or programs. Like other types of diagrams, they help visualize what is going on and thereby help understand a process, and perhaps also find flaws, bottlenecks, and other less-obvious features within it. There are many different types of flowcharts, and each type has its own repertoire of boxes and notational conventions.
Flowchart diagrams consists of symbols of process, decision, data and document, data base, termination or initiation processes, processing loops and conditions. To create an drawn flowchart use professional flowchart maker of ConceptDraw PRO.

Data Flow Diagram Model

The DFD (Yourdon and Coad notation) example "Model of small traditional production enterprise" below was created using the ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software extended with the Data Flow Diagrams solution from the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.

DFD Library — Design elements

Three DFD libraries, 49 vector shapes. Use these DFD symbol libraries to design the process-oriented models, data-oriented models, data flowcharts, data process diagrams, structured analysis diagrams, and information flow diagrams.


With ConceptDraw PRO it is easy to create professional flowchart diagrams of any complexity. With the use of numerous templates and the extensive libraries of ready-made symbols and blocks; depicting your business processes has never been easier.

Graphical Symbols to use in EPC diagrams

Event-Driven Process Chain Diagrams for improvement throughout an organisation.
ConceptDraw PRO - software that reduces the time needed to create a business process model.

ERD Symbols and Meanings

Crow's foot notation is used in Barker's Notation, Structured Systems Analysis and Design Method (SSADM) and information engineering. Crow's foot diagrams represent entities as boxes, and relationships as lines between the boxes. Different shapes at the ends of these lines represent the cardinality of the relationship.
The Chen's ERD notation is still used and is considered to present a more detailed way of representing entities and relationships.
To create an ERD, software engineers mainly turn to dedicated drawing software, which contain the full notation resources for their specific database design - ERD symbols and meanings. CS Odessa has released an all-inclusive Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution for their powerful drawing program, ConceptDraw PRO.
How to Build an Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD)
How to Build an Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD)

Entity Relationship Diagram Symbols

Creating an entity-relationship (ER) model is to visually represent the structure of a business database, where data equates to entities (or objects) that are linked by defined relationships expressing dependencies and requirements. By nature it is an abstract visualization, the first step in the design process towards creating a logical and functional database.
ERD symbols used for professional ERD drawing are collected in libraries from the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) solution for ConceptDraw PRO.

Business Process Flow Diagram

Business Process Flow Diagram is a graphical presentation of business processes and process flows. It is one of the main tool of business analysis and business process re-engineering that lets identify and easy understand process flows within organization.
ConceptDraw PRO extended with Business Process Workflow Diagrams solution from the Business Processes area of ConceptDraw Solution Park is a powerful software which lets easy design Business Process Flow Diagram of any complexity.