flowcharting tools - FlowBreeze is good (was: Uses of Visio?)

Subject: flowcharting tools - FlowBreeze is good (was: Uses of Visio?)
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 11:12:59 -0700

Robert touches on a very common use for Visio: various kinds of flow charts
& diagrams. I experienced the same frustrations, and looked for a better,
but inexpensive, flowcharting tool. I've recently started using
FlowBreeze, http://www.breezetree.com/, and have been very happy with it.


> [Original Message]
> From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Date: 9/16/2009 8:48:20 AM
> Subject: Re: Uses of Visio?
> When I want a simple diagram (e.g. a block diagram showing the
> relationship between and data flows among components in a
> client-server application), typically I've found that Visio won't let
> me simply do what I want. It won't let me draw the kind of arrow I
> want between two boxes, it won't make labels the size I want them to
> be, when I move one object it automatically rearranges the rest
> inappropriately, when I make any change to the drawing it resizes the
> page size back to the default, effectively shrinking the drawing in
> the linked OLE object in FrameMaker.
> I end up spending so much time time working around Visio's
> inappropriate behavior that it takes me more time to get the results I
> want than it would with a non-"smart" drawing tool such as
> Illustrator, FrameMaker's built-in tool, or earlier releases of Visio.
> It reminds me a lot of Word in that regard.


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