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DIA an OpenSource alternative to Visio

IT people like to draw diagrams. The usual weapon of choice is Microsoft Visio. When on Mac or Linux, that's not an option. A cross platform (and OpenSource alternative is DIA. It runs on Windows, Linux and (thanks to the Darwin Ports Project) on Mac OS/X. It is by far not as powerful as Visio and doesn't produce shiny business graphics like SmartDraw (which I use for a lot of the blog illustrations here), but it clearly qualifies as "good enough to get the task done". One sour point in the past was the lack of nice looking objects for network diagrams. Now Hagen notifies us of the Gnome DIA Icons project.

They look good to me.

Posted by on 28 June 2010 | Comments (2) | categories: Software


  1. posted by Dave on Monday 21 March 2011 AD:
    Have you tried any web-based options? I'd invite you to come try out LucidChart ({ Link } and let us know what you think! We have a number of IBMers using the application.
  2. posted by Shalin on Thursday 19 June 2014 AD:
    I would love to suggest another diagramming software platform independent and collaboration called Cerately { Link }