Posts tagged ‘Dia’
I’ve been noticing a lot of traffic on my WordPress site for people looking to use Dia as an alternative to Microsoft Visio. My dia tips and tricks contains some tips, just tell me if they’re of some use to you. Have fun!
In a previous article, I discussed the possibilities of using a very good alternative to Visio: Dia. However, when it comes to high quality shapes, by default it’s just not the best product. No problem, since my article explains how to create good quality shapes yourself. However, if you don’t want to create them yourself, there is this very fine alternative: it’s called yEd Graphics Editor. It can be downloaded from the yEd web site download page. For Ubuntu, use the Linux package. Download the package and make the file executable (right click, permissions). Once you’ve made it executable, do the following:
– open a terminal session
– type in: sudo sulogin, and enter your root password
– with the cd command, navigate to the location where you’ve just downloaded installation file
– in that directory, do the following: ./yEd-184.108.40.206.sh (press enter)
– Now a graphical wizard will popup; it will lead you through the installation
Once you’ve done that, you will find the program under Applications -> Other Applications -> yEd Graph Editor
Check it out, it’s really worth a try. Have fun!!
Dia is an excellent Open Source alternative to commercial diagramming programs such as Microsoft Visio. I use Dia a lot for creating flowcharts and network diagrams. One of the drawbacks of the program, however, is that the default icon sets are not as beautiful as the threedimensional icons of Visio, for example. This article shows how to create custom shapes for Dia. The beauty of the shapes will simply depend on your base 3D image. Just click on Creating high quality 3D custom shapes for Dia to open the article. Have fun!