FAQs and Helpful Hints

for Graham Process Mapping Software

Printing Graham Process Maps

Sharing Graham Process Maps


Drawing Graham Process Maps

Drawing in Lines the Easy Way

Did you know you never need to use the line segment pointer to connect objects?  Simply click with a symbol pointer on the object (symbol or convention) to the right of the broken or missing line segment and the line will draw in automatically!  Here is a quick reference to help beginners place and delete symbols and conventions.
( using-graham-process-mapping-software.pdf).

I am having difficulty actually making the fonts smaller. I am drawing a process flow and when I put the text above/below the symbols. . . It runs over to the next.
The software does not offer a way to adjust the font size.  The font size remains constant in relation to the symbol size.  There are a couple of things that you can do to keep the text from overlapping.  First, space the symbols with one or more empty grids between them.  After you have placed text a couple of times you will have a feel for how much space the text will use on screen -- then you can control the width as you are entering the text (i.e. if you have a text statement that is 4 or 5 words, you might limit each line to 1 or 2 words.).  Also, where you are associating text with several symbols in a row, you can alternate placing the text above and below the symbols.  You can set the default placement of symbol text to alternate from the previous symbol (In Preferences on the File menu).  Check out some of the sample charts for examples.
I can't seem to figure out how to put the name of the process at the top as a heading for the whole page.  Any ideas?
Use the Free Text pointer to place a free text marker on a grid. Then select the Text pointer and click on the free text marker to display the text window -- (notice a Large Text checkbox at the bottom of the window is pre-selected). Enter your process name and click on the Okay button. If you want the heading to display in red, check the "Bold" checkbox to the right of the text line.

Printing Graham Process Maps

I am trying to print the chart I have just created, but it keeps printing too big (or too small).  What do I need to know about printing charts that will make them fit the page better?
When you select print from the File menu, the Zoom level adjusts to show the entire chart.  After you select the printer you want and click the print button, the Graham Print Window displays and page lines appear to show how the chart will appear on the selected paper size.  If you don't see any page lines, try clicking the 'Redraw Page Lines' button. If the page lines still don't show, then the map is set to print very small.  Change the grid size to .6 and click the 'Redraw Page Lines' button again.  Work with the three scale options - changing only one, then clicking the 'Redraw Page Lines' button, until the map looks how you want it.  A grid size between .75 and 1.0 works well for a wall chart. For a handout, a grid size between .35 and .55 works well.

How can I print a large wall chart?

Plotters are ideal for printing wall charts. However, if you don't have access to a plotter, you can call on the services of Fedex/Kinko's or a similar Business Services Center. Simply provide them with a pdf version of the chart (see Save maps to PDF) and they can print a wall chart for you.

Add a highlighter effect to printed charts.

Select the Color Highlighter option on the Graham Print Window to print color lines with a highlighter effect.

Highlighter Effect

Sharing Graham Process Maps

Save maps to PDF

Would you like to create PDF format charts that you can send to other folks or upload on your website? Try Doro Pdf Writer. It is free and works well with Graham Process Mapping Software.

The Chart Viewer

The Graham Chart Viewer was developed so that people could view and print Graham Process Maps without having a registered copy of the software on their computer.  The chart viewer is a compact program (just 236k) that can be sent along with a chart as an email attachment. "Using the Chart Viewer" discusses ways you can use the Chart Viewer to distribute your Graham Charts.


Reporting Features

Graham Process Mapping 7.0 includes several reporting features to help you manage your Process Map Library. The Chart Report lists charts and selected details of those charts. You can select the entire library or a specific folder (including or excluding subfolders). Audit Reports list those charts due, past due and scheduled for review. You can search for specific phrases through the entire library, and the Check Links Report provides a listing of any broken links.

Highlight the Person & Location

Use special fields in the Text Edit Window to specify the person, the location on action symbols, the document type (copy, fax, file, hard copy...) on Labels, the delay time for Delay steps and the frequency on Alternative paths.  These special fields are highlighted in color.  The default highlight colors can be changed in the Preferences Window on the File menu.

Highlight the Person and Location

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