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    Default Best tool to create a simple diagram?

    I need to create a simple diagram - basically, a small binary tree with labels on the nodes. I would probably posting that as a graphic illustration for a forum or blog post (but not at these forums).

    Looking at KDE menus, "gimp", "mtPaint", "LibreOffice draw" and "Inkscape" look as if they might be possibilities.

    When it comes to drawing, I'm am all thumbs (hopelessly incompetent). So what do you folk suggest as an easy way to get the job done.
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    Default Re: Best tool to create a simple diagram?

    On 06/24/2011 08:06 PM, nrickert wrote:
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    > I need to create a simple diagram


    Dia <http://projects.gnome.org/dia/> is like windows Viso, if you know
    that....simple to make a "small binary tree with labels on the
    nodes"...i would call it a decision diagriam..

    it installs easily via YaST, from the standard repos..

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    Default Re: Best tool to create a simple diagram?

    xfig - if you can cope with the 1980s interface - will do it very easily and will export to many formats. If you want to develop it later, Inkscape will import .fig files directly. So you won't lose your handiwork.

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    Default Re: Best tool to create a simple diagram?

    Personally I prefer tools where you don't use the mouse for drawing
    diagrams, so I add just to be complete graphviz
    http://www.graphviz.org/
    it uses a simple description language.
    graphviz is available in the openSUSE repositories.

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    Default Re: Best tool to create a simple diagram?

    The gtk app dia

    # zypper install dia

    I've been using dia for years, it is no visio, but it gets the job done.

    Dia is great for scripting layout. like automated Database schemas

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    Default Re: Best tool to create a simple diagram?

    Thanks, everybody. That gives me some places to start.

    I seem to have "dia" installed, though I'm not sure what package group brought it in. I have just installed xfig, and I may give that a try, too. And if I have problems, I can try another of the selections.

    The HELP button for dia was no use. It said that KDE help was not available. And on the one system where I have gnome installed, dia does not show up. But the web documentation should be adequate.
    Last edited by nrickert; 24-Jun-2011 at 13:52. Reason: fix typo
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