Dia Diagram Editor is free Open Source drawing software for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Dia supports more than 30 different diagram types like flowcharts, network diagrams, database models. More than a thousand readymade objects help to draw professional diagrams. Dia can read and write a number of different raster and vector image formats. Software developers and database specialists can use Dia as a CASE tool to generate code skeletons from their drawings. Dia can be scripted and extended using Python.
- Draw structured diagrams (flowcharts, network layouts, etc)
- Easy to use (Recommended in 89% of the user ratings)
- More than 1000 predefined objects and symbols
- Supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
- Many im- and export formats
- Scriptable via Python
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I have used Dia for my own side projects and, as a professor of computer science, I have recommended this tool to my students for their UML diagrams. I find Dia to be easier to use than others that I have tried, like Microsoft Visio. I like it's many features, including export to various image formats that enables me to create clean diagrams for use in things such as assignments and exams. Students like the fact that it is cross-platform, which enables them to use their personal computers with Windows, OSX, and Linux and share the .dia files. Some diagramming tools use templates that create a whole diagram for you. However, they tend to be hard to modify. With Dia, UML diagrams are build up by component. This provides more flexibility but can have its own issues and takes a bit more time. One issue that my students and I typically face is too few connection points on a class object. This makes it difficult to use autoroute and not have lines overlap.
Such a wonderful too. I downloaded it about few hours ago and loved it by now.
basic editor for basic diagrams, if you want some serious stuff, than look elsewere.. what i do mostly in dia is drawing state diagrams, with this complaints: - line routing is really bad, i spend so much time with just fighting routing algorithms in dia, with poor results, this is really the deal breaker, - lock to edge point doesnt work, i want to stick the line with one of edge points, but when i grab the line, than i grab the line and the end point doesnt stick to the edge of element, this is really another deal breaker, - some serious UI problems (Enter doesnt confirm some mostly used dialogues, i have to click or use a shortcut), - no much other features, - development doesnt exist, no new version for several years, probably abandoned application.
Doesn't work on OS X El Capitan.