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  • icon is a free online diagram drawing application for workflow, BPM, org charts, UML, ER, network diagrams. No login or registration are required and features include...

    Open Source Web Self-Hosted

    • It is very convenient and contains many features. makerjMar 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It's really easy to use, and has so many features for a web app. Guest • Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    yEd Graph Editor

    yEd is a powerful diagram editor that can be used to quickly create diagrams manually or import external data for analysis and auto-magically arrange even large data...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web BSD

  • Pencil Project icon

    Pencil Project

    Pencil is a standalone app or Firefox extension that lets you create diagrams or UI mockups. It doesn't have collaboration/multi-user features. The Pencil...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell ... Firefox

    • Does not map network layout easily enough, which is what Visio was designed to do from the start Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Dia icon


    Dia is a GTK+ based diagram creation program for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows released under the GPL license. Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux FreeBSD ... Xfce DragonFly BSD NetBSD OpenBSD

    • Dia has no cross platform copy paste capability. Guest • Oct 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    LibreOffice - Draw

    Draw lets you produce anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan, and gives you the means to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • PlantUML icon


    PlantUML is an open-source tool that uses simple textual descriptions to draw UML diagrams. The generator can be run anywhere within JVM and integrated with various...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... Chrome OS

  • OmniGraffle icon


    OmniGraffle can help you make eye-popping graphic documents—quickly—by providing powerful styling tools, keeping lines connected to shapes even when they’re moved, and...

    Commercial Mac iPad

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    • Easy to use and seems more powerful than MS Visio itself. Guest • Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Edraw Max icon

    Edraw Max

    Creating flowcharts, organizational charts, business diagrams, science illustration, network diagrams, mind map and lots more. Free Examples Download.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

    • It has table tool with merging,splitting and other table functions and collapsible trees Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It has the same UI and software features. Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • The similar UI and less learn curve. Cross platform, good job. Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    UMLet is an open-source UML tool with a simple user interface: draw UML diagrams fast, export diagrams to eps, pdf, jpg, svg, and clipboard, share diagrams using...

    Open Source Windows

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  • Gliffy icon


    "If they could see what Im thinking, theyd get it!" People just understand faster with pictures. It helps them see how information is connected, whether it is...

    Freemium Web Chrome OS

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  • StarUML icon


    StarUML is a program to develop fast, flexible, extensible, featureful, and freely-available UML/MDA platform running on Win32 platform. The goal of the StarUML project...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

Microsoft Office Visio Comments

Edraw Max released the Mac version. 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by edwinelevent
about Microsoft Office Visio May 2016

A new visio alternative for Mac is available. I used edraw max lifetime license for some years. Today I'm glad that I got the mac version. It's really a good choice for IOS users. The software has more examples and templates. The symbols tools is important for me because I need create own electrical symbols. They also give great support which is important.


Check out SmartDraw as a Visio Alternative

Positive Comment by egaal
about Microsoft Office Visio Mar 2016

SmartDraw offers a solid alternative to Visio. It imports both VSDX and VSD files. It has a desktop PC edition and you can also use it online in a browser. The Cloud edition lets you do what you used to do in Visio on your Mac: make flowcharts, network diagrams, and so on.

It also comes with a big collection of diagram templates, examples, and symbols. It may seem overwhelming at first, but anyone who needs a little nudge to help get a project off the ground is going to love all the options.

The tools are intuitive and are meant to make it easy to create a diagram even if you've never made one before.

This video on their site does a really nice job of highlighting the major differences:


ADONIS:CE for Process modelling

Comment by dorensanz
about Microsoft Office Visio Jun 2014

Have a look to ADONIS Community Edition: is a free version of the commercial software ADONIS from the BOC Group. You can model process maps, flowcharts, organigrams, attach information regarding documents, systems, risks, etc.

It provides full support for BPMN 2.0 and advanced mechanisms such as process simulation, queries and web documentation.


CrossOver by CodeWeavers allows Mac and Linux users to inst ...

Comment by FancyPSmith
about Microsoft Office Visio Jun 2011

CrossOver by CodeWeavers allows Mac and Linux users to install Visio 2007.

To learn more check out the CrossOver Community page for installing Visio 2007:


Still AFAIK, is the best 2D diagramming tool available (and ...

Comment by evan
about Microsoft Office Visio Jun 2011

Still AFAIK, is the best 2D diagramming tool available (and I have use it extensively). Unfortunately, there's still that damn proprietary lock-in and the price tag seems to be growing a lot faster than most/all of the other Microsoft's products. Hopefully Google will come out with something one of these days to create some competition because the cost makes it not 'worth it' to upgrade.


Also check out Diagram Designer, for Windows. Another nice ...

Comment by daluu
about Microsoft Office Visio Jun 2011

Also check out Diagram Designer, for Windows. Another nice alternative to Visio.


Students and staff at an educational institute can get the ...

Comment by tgriffiths42
about Microsoft Office Visio Jun 2011

Students and staff at an educational institute can get the Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007 package for only £36.95 here >> <<