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Shapes is described as 'simple, elegant diagramming app for OS X. Shapes gives you all of the most important features you need in a diagramming tool without all the extra cruft, and without breaking the bank!' and is a Diagram Editor. There are more than 25 alternatives to Shapes for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Online / Web-based, Linux and Chrome OS. The best alternative is diagrams.net, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Shapes are Penpot, LibreOffice - Draw, Dia and yEd Graph Editor.

Shapes alternatives are mainly Diagram Editors but may also be Mind Mapping Tools or Vector Graphic Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Shapes.
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  1. Lucidchart icon

    Lucidchart

    Sponsored
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • bambooHR
    • Microsoft Office Powerpoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • Jira
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive
    • Slack
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Quip
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Salesforce.com
    • Google Apps
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Microsoft Office 365
    • Google Drive - Sheets
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • LinkedIn
    • Confluence
    • Microsoft Office Excel

    Lucidchart is a visual workspace that combines diagramming, collaboration, and data visualization to accelerate understanding and drive innovation. With this intuitive, cloud-based solution, everyone can work visually and collaborate in real time.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Lucidchart simultaneously.
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    Lucidchart Templates and Examples: With hundreds of template examples to choose from, you can start diagramming in no time.
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    diagrams.net

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Notion
    • Self-Hosted
    • Microsoft SharePoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • PortableApps.com
    • Google Drive
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Google Slides
    • Google Drive - Sheets

    diagrams.net (previously draw.io) 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 the ability to save locally (including SVG), a range of stencils, .

    ⚫︎ Works Offlinediagrams.net can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Support for Layersdiagrams.net supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ Dark Modediagrams.net supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXdiagrams.net supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Example AWS diagram using draw.io


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    Penpot

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    Penpot is the first Open Source design and prototyping platform meant for cross-domain teams. Non dependent on operating systems, Penpot is web based and works with open web standards (SVG). For all and empowered by the community.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Penpot simultaneously.
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    Penpot artboard
  4. 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 300cm by 300cm, Draw is a an excellent package for producing technical drawings, general posters, and much else.

    ⚫︎ PortableLibreOffice - Draw can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for LayersLibreOffice - Draw supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    ⚫︎ LightweightLibreOffice - Draw consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Auto LayoutLibreOffice - Draw supports layouts that dynamically grow and adapt to the size of its contents.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsLibreOffice - Draw can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Import CSV DataLibreOffice - Draw can import data from a CSV (Comma seperated values) file.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineLibreOffice - Draw can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Dia

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • FreeBSD
    • Xfce
    • DragonFly BSD
    • NetBSD
    • OpenBSD

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

    ⚫︎ LightweightDia consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDia can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  6. 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 sets by just pressing a button.

    ⚫︎ Auto LayoutyEd Graph Editor supports layouts that dynamically grow and adapt to the size of its contents.
    ⚫︎ PortableyEd Graph Editor can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  7. Lucidchart icon

    Lucidchart

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • bambooHR
    • Microsoft Office Powerpoint
    • Microsoft OneDrive
    • Jira
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive
    • Slack
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Quip
    • Microsoft Teams
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Salesforce.com
    • Google Apps
    • Microsoft Azure
    • Microsoft Office 365
    • Google Drive - Sheets
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • LinkedIn
    • Confluence
    • Microsoft Office Excel

    Lucidchart is a visual workspace that combines diagramming, collaboration, and data visualization to accelerate understanding and drive innovation. With this intuitive, cloud-based solution, everyone can work visually and collaborate in real time.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Lucidchart simultaneously.
    Suggest and vote on features
    Lucidchart Templates and Examples: With hundreds of template examples to choose from, you can start diagramming in no time.
  8. Microsoft Office Visio makes it easy for IT and business professionals to visualize, explore, and communicate complex information. Go from complicated text and tables that are hard to understand to Visio diagrams that communicate information at a glance.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Microsoft Office Visio simultaneously.
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    Sample document of Visio 2013
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    Google Drawings

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Chrome

    Google Drawings, part of Google Drive, allows users to collaborate creating, sharing, and editing images or drawings. It can be used for creating charts, diagrams, designs, flow-charts, etc.

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    OmniGraffle

    • Mac
    • iPad

    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 magically organizing diagrams with just one click.

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