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> | Why should someone who has Visio switch to a program "inspired" by Visio,
> | when she can just continue using Visio?
> Because [IMO] the question was about a company looking for software
> options, not about telling a Visio owner/user to keep using Visio. As I
> understood the question she might want to continue running Visio, but
> the company might choose another non-Visio solution.
> The question was about options for diagramming software, for a company
> that didn't want AutoCAD, for a person with Visio skills (applicable to
> Dia tool as well). If the point of the question was to say "just use
> Visio", then great. If looking for other options, Dia fits this.
> Besides your Office/Visio-centric recommendation, the thread also
> included non-Visio recommendations such as Omigraffle and Google
> Sketchup. Seeing these, I wanted to recommend one of the better open
> source options to this thread.
I interpreted Michelle as saying she has Visio at work -- that is, her company has it, not she personally at home. If I'm wrong about that, then yes, her company needs to choose an app.
But if I'm right, my point is that Visio meets the needs she expressed quite well, and certainly as well as a Visio clone, so it wouldn't be a good use of her time and effort to seek out, evaluate, install, and learn some new app.
I didn't mean to pick on you, Lee -- I almost posted in reply to one of the earlier recommendations, because my point applies to those as well.
But it would be particularly pointless, IMHO, to go to the trouble of replacing Visio with something that's very much like Visio. :-)
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