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DIA Diagram Drawing Tools

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src :

– [old] : http://projects.gnome.org/dia/

– [new] : http://live.gnome.org/Dia


Dia is a gtk+ based diagram creation program released under the GPL license.

Dia is inspired by the commercial Windows program ‘Visio‘, though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape.

It can load and save diagrams to a custom XML format (gzipped by default, to save space), can export diagrams to a number of formats, including EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG, and can print diagrams (including ones that span multiple pages).


download :

– windows : http://sourceforge.net/projects/dia-installer/files/dia-win32-installer/0.97/dia-setup-0.97.exe/download

– linux ubuntu : http://sourceforge.net/projects/dia-installer/files/dia/0%2C97/dia_0.97-1_i386.deb/download

– linux openSuse : http://software.opensuse.org/ymp/GNOME:Factory/openSUSE_11.1/dia.ymp'” href=”http://software.opensuse.org/ymp/GNOME:Factory/openSUSE_11.1/dia.ymp


I have already test out this program. Yes, it works well and sound like visio. BUT (I give you a big but there), I don’t found it as a great diagram drawing tools (it is good, not great). I can’t easily adjusting the property of an elemen (same problem I found with visio). Thus, making the process slower.

For quicker drawing tools, I prefer starUML. However, It is buggy. You must be patient when using it.

For a nice and free diagram drawing tools, I choose DIA.

For a nice and expensive diagram drawing tools, I found Ms. Visio.

For a quick and free diagram drawing tools, I prefer starUML.

For a great diagram drawing tools, try using entreprise architect, I found it is easy for use. It’s expensive though….


Author: Irwan Kurniawan

I keep walking the paveway Look up to the gray sky A drop of rain fall on my nose Will today be raining?

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