Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming)

Subject: Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming)
From: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- ga -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:56:06 -0800


I did a prelim search on the list but couldn't find anything from the past several years that dealt with this, although scattered references.

I'm looking for a good, easy, free diagramming tool on Win7 that will get me at least part of the way to the diagramming capabilities of Visio and can also import Visio files (that's a bonus).

These are the ones I've heard of so far:

* OpenOffice Draw
* LibreOffice Draw
* Google Draw
* LucidChart
* Dia

I mainly want to work with basic shapes and text boxes, hopefully with as little hassle as possible, especially the text boxes. (Or floating text if that's more appropriate.)

Thanks for your recommendations on what would be good to use. (I have Visio 2010 at work but want to use something at home as well. If necessary I'll get the commercial package but if open source can do it, why bother.)


PS - Do you think mind-mapping software would be a better option for diagramming? Thanks.

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