Re: Dia as replacement for Visio

Subject: Re: Dia as replacement for Visio
From: "Rob Hudson" <caveatrob -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Jay Maechtlen" <techwriter -at- covad -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 14:18:46 -0500

Does dia support macros? I use visio extensively for prototyping and
rely on the programming aspect to intelligently drop screen artifacts.

On 12/31/06, Jay Maechtlen <techwriter -at- covad -dot- net> wrote:

Tara Charter wrote:
> Has anyone successfully replaced Visio with Dia? When I download the
files, I cannot find anything
> that appears to be an executable.
>
I ass/u/me you're running Windows...
From the page
http://dia-installer.sourceforge.net/download.php

You download the GTK installer and the DIA installation package, which
are both zip files.
The DIA installer zip contains only the installer exe file- not too hard
to find.
If you are running Win XP, Explorer will let you look in zip files and
run stuff from them easily.
If other Windows, then there are many free/FOSS archve programs available.

I've played with Dia a bit, and find it less than impressive.
It does work, but seems to have substantial limitations.

While the other mentioned OSS is arguably "good enough" for most
purposes, I think Dia has a ways to go.
Rebuttals or enlightenment welcome....

Regards
Jay

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