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Software tip: How to save yourself at least $250 -- Dia Diagram Editor
Watts Up With That? ^ | Dec 15, 2010 | Anthony Watts

Posted on 12/15/2010 12:22:42 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yesterday I had a request from a client for a network diagram for a system I’m designing, and normally I create such drawings as a PNG file. But this client said “no, I need it in Visio, or similar style so we can edit it”. I have avoided Microsoft Visio in the past, mainly because of its price tag: $249.99 for the basic version, and a whopping $999.99 for the premium version!

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So I want to share “Dia”, short for “Diagram”. Its detailed, open source, and most importantly, free. It also has a community springing up that is adding shape sets for various specialty designs.

From the Dia web page:

http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/images/dialogo.jpg

Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for GNU/Linux, Unix and Windows released under the GPL license.


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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: dia; linux; software; visio

1 posted on 12/15/2010 12:22:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I used it for a flow chart I created. I will say, I’m not sure I thought it was equal to Visio, but maybe I needed to use it more times.


2 posted on 12/15/2010 12:26:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Dia Diagram Editor

The current Dia release has been tested successfully on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP, Linux and Mac OS X.

3 posted on 12/15/2010 12:28:02 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: nickcarraway

Some of he open source software out there might not be as polished and they might lack a few bells and whistles but all in all there is some great stuff out there for free.


4 posted on 12/15/2010 12:28:27 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: nickcarraway; ShadowAce; Marine_Uncle; NormsRevenge
Thanks first I have heard of it.

For Linux:

Download Dia 0.97.1 for Linux

5 posted on 12/15/2010 12:31:38 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

THNX!


6 posted on 12/15/2010 12:32:50 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Shocked vis costs $1k..man


7 posted on 12/15/2010 12:35:34 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: All
Whoops...Ubuntu version is 32 bit it seems.....

May have same problem with Windows.,

8 posted on 12/15/2010 12:36:02 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ping for later


9 posted on 12/15/2010 12:36:52 PM PST by politicket (1 1/2 million attended Obama's coronation - only 14 missed work!)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

10 posted on 12/15/2010 12:36:52 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’ll check it out, but Visio is a pretty high hurdle to overcome.


11 posted on 12/15/2010 12:48:47 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Gondring

BUMP BUMP BUMP to self!


12 posted on 12/15/2010 12:54:45 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

I’m not sure I need either one...figured someone might however.


13 posted on 12/15/2010 12:59:18 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I just installed the Windows 32 bit on a Vista 64 bit system. Works fine. Don’t know why you’d have a problem with it.


14 posted on 12/15/2010 1:06:24 PM PST by RogerFGay
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks for the tip. I wasn’t buying Visio either.


15 posted on 12/15/2010 1:07:14 PM PST by RogerFGay
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’ve used dia to actually do useful work.

Having said *that* - it has its quirks and glitches - but I still made a nice network diagram with it.


16 posted on 12/15/2010 1:08:04 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’ve used it a couple of times over the last few years. It has the usual X11 quirks one finds on MacOS apps but is perfectly fine for knocking out a quick diagram.


17 posted on 12/15/2010 1:08:17 PM PST by glorgau
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To: antiRepublicrat

Yea I use a lot of open source replacements, but have yet to find anything to flat replace Visio.


18 posted on 12/15/2010 1:14:23 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Freeware bookmark.


19 posted on 12/15/2010 1:44:22 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Nightshift

Gnip


20 posted on 12/15/2010 2:09:21 PM PST by tutstar
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I thought Visio came built into Office anymore.


21 posted on 12/15/2010 2:23:35 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Ubuntu version is 32 bit it seems..... May have same problem with Windows.,

Don't see how this would be a problem unless you were making a REALLY big diagram (or you had a 64 bit install without the compatibility libraries).

22 posted on 12/15/2010 3:08:05 PM PST by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I used DIA but the problem I find is it can not import or export in to Visio format.... so you can not edit or update other visio doc and others can not edit your unless they install DIA
23 posted on 12/15/2010 4:02:47 PM PST by tophat9000 (.............................. BP + BO = BS ...........................Formula for a disaster...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks first I have heard of it.

Me too. Downloading right now. If it works well enough (and I'm not too demanding) I might skip the hassle of trying to get corporate Visio reinstalled after the laptop HD was replaced.

24 posted on 12/15/2010 4:48:10 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks E. I no longer have any Linux machines. Just one old server that still contains one of the first releases of Red Hat Linux. I use the big metal box as a stand for smaller PC that I will probably dump soon. Been dumping a lot of old hard ware of lately.


25 posted on 12/15/2010 5:49:58 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

26 posted on 12/15/2010 6:45:46 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: ShadowAce

Hey ShadowAce. Personal question here and I am NOT Tech smart. My older HP personal computer jammed up and would not boot. My normal technician took it to his office to pull my data out then restore it to my new PC. He then called to tell me that he couldn’t. I believe he was certain that all I kept on there was pictures and trivial bs. My Maxtor back up was also not functional he said.

I find this unacceptable. I have 6 years of data from my Business on there and this is really going to hurt if everything I have been backing up all these years is dead. My Contractor’s QuickBooks can be restored up to the beginning of this year, but why do I need to loose everything else.

Any suggestions please? Thank you.


27 posted on 12/16/2010 6:07:52 AM PST by poobear ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: poobear
It's hard to give suggestions long distance without seeing the actual hardware :)

If you normally trust your technician, then I'd have to assume he knows what he's doing. Perhaps he hasn't tried to pull the drive out and mount it as a slave to a working machine? That would be my first step.

If that fails, and your business data is worth several thousand dollars, then take the drives to a data recovery service and they will be able to recover most, if not all, of it. It will cost you, though.

28 posted on 12/16/2010 7:36:09 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Thanks. The point is I don’t trust my technician. Over the last 6,7 years I’ve been able to ghost/slave my data over to new hard drives (for a fee). This guy took about an hour and said basically no.

Looks like there are several data recovery services in the Orlando area. Wish me luck!

Thanks again.


29 posted on 12/16/2010 7:49:50 AM PST by poobear ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I used Dia in Linux to create a network diagram. I was able to export the diagram to a .jpg format that could be imported into Microsoft Word. Dia is a nice enough program. I haven’t used Visio since it first came out, so I can’t really compare the two. I’m sure Visio is more slick, but anyone should test drive Dia before coughing up $250 to Microsnot.


30 posted on 12/16/2010 3:58:20 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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