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Software to draw diagrams

Discussion in 'Computers, Science & Technology' started by OrdinaryCitizen, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. OrdinaryCitizen

    OrdinaryCitizen Well-Known Member

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    Need to find software to draw diagrams or mind maps.

    In standard "mind mapping" diagram sub branches go each direction from central idea and i find it tough to navigate and find what i need its like being lost in the forest with ton of choices i guess its NT type of diagram.

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    I need something more structured view like "hierarchical taxonomy" e.g.

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    Need ability to input data rapidly with just keyboard without need to draw and position each shape and create connections manually.
     
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    BraidedPony Just Enjoying Survival V.I.P Member

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    There is free flow chart software...maybe that would work?
     
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  3. Autistamatic

    Autistamatic He's just this guy, you know? V.I.P Member

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    Get hold of Libre Office and look through the extensions available. There are a few dedicated to flowcharts & diagrams. Inkscape might be worth a look too. It'll certainly handle the GFX but I'm not sure if there are ready made add-ons.
     
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    Peter Morrison Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I actually like the diagram you made in color. I find it easy to follow - different script and different colors. The standardized "all the same" text boxes are too identical for me make easy associations with differences. This is just my personal view. I like what you drew. I've always been different from mainstream thought. Your drawing has personality and it's easy to read. You are clearly creative.
     
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    zurb Eschewer of Obfuscation

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    I used to enjoy playing with early versions of The Brain software, though it was a long time ago, and I forget if it will do what you want.
    I’ve never seen it used in a business setting – it all seems to be Visio now.
     
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    Genealogy software? A lot of it is freeware or shareware.
     
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    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    OrdinaryCitizen Well-Known Member

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    I have not created this its eaxample i found online, just google images with keyword "mind map" you see many examples, and its just software that draws branches, you don't have to do anything but type and drag connections.

    For me personally i totally cannot see anything on that colored diagram it all blends together into one big image and i have to put a lot of effort to naviage it. It looks cool yes but totally useless for me.
     
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    Jorg Well-Known Member

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    I've been using draw.io, a free web site to create this exact types of "maps", you can export it, save it, etc, and it has a lot of options.
     
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    OrdinaryCitizen Well-Known Member

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    I needed a offline solution for notes taking and basic diagrams i stopped on Mindomo, its also Free.

    Another good one is Inspiration 9 however this one is more for children.
     
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    I was going to suggest Inspiration 9. Microsoft Visio could also work but it is much more expensive and complicated to use than Inspiration 9.
     
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    OrdinaryCitizen Well-Known Member

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    I actually like Inspirition 9 and its great software except it feels like made for school, don't think its being developed any longer.

    Problem with the Visio at least back in the day when i used it was that all charts had to be assembled manually box by box then have draw connections manually and it took forever, now there are programs that make charts much faster plus allow you to rearrange them in different styles.

    Another great software that also not developed anymore is iMindMap 11, it requires fast computer.
     
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    I used Visio a few years back and that indeed was the case. Good to know about iMindMap 11.