Monday, February 23, 2009

Open source diagram tools


The Industrial Engineer often needs to explain a process flow, project diagram, or simple layouts. No one can replace the simple pencil and paper sketches but the computer has bridged the gap from an idea concept to professional presentation.

There are many Open Source computer aided diagramming tools available for the Industrial Engineer. Here is a list of diagramming tools that you can add to your tool bag free of cost.

Dia - excellent drawing program with strong community support. Available on Linux and Windows.

Kivio
- the KOffice version of a drawing, flowcharting, and diagramming application.

OpenOffice Draw - integrated with the OpenOffice software suite. This diagramming tool is very easy to use.

There are even browser based, server-side applications that you can find on the internet. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and a decent web browser such as Firefox, Opera, or Chrome. These web based diagramming tools include the following.

Draw Anywhere

Gliffy

18 comments:

Debi said...

Thanks for the mention of Gliffy! We also support Atlassian's open source project by providing Gliffy Plugin for Confluence licenses free of charge to open source Confluence projects.
Cheers,
debik at gliffy dot com

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Another web-based diagramming tool which I've found to be the best is LucidChart cause it has Visio import and real-time collaboration.

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we just launched my-diagram : http://bitly.com/mydiagram. Its quite complete.

Shalin Siriwaradhana said...

DIA is the most popular FOSS diagramming software. I know of Creately . Its not FOSS but free to try and does the job very well.

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