Skip to comments.Software tip: How to save yourself at least $250 -- Dia Diagram Editor
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 Im 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!
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:
Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for GNU/Linux, Unix and Windows released under the GPL license.
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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.
The current Dia release has been tested successfully on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP, Linux and Mac OS X.
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.
Shocked vis costs $1k..man
May have same problem with Windows.,
Ping for later
I’ll check it out, but Visio is a pretty high hurdle to overcome.
BUMP BUMP BUMP to self!
I’m not sure I need either one...figured someone might however.
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.
Thanks for the tip. I wasn’t buying Visio either.
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.
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.
Yea I use a lot of open source replacements, but have yet to find anything to flat replace Visio.
I thought Visio came built into Office anymore.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.