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Re: MS Visio alternative GNU application?



Mustafa Qasim <alajal <at> gmail.com> writes:
> which GNU application can do work like MS Visio for creating Graphical
> illuatrations?

As the other posters suggested, Kivio (in the koffice-kivio package) and Dia 
are the general diagram-drawing tools available. If your diagrams happen to be 
UML diagrams, you might find Umbrello (in the kdesdk package) to be a more 
powerful tool though. It is quite different though: Kivio and Dia let you draw 
almost freeform and only take care of the connections between the boxes. 
Umbrello, on the other hand, "knows" UML and helps you much more than Kivio or 
Dia will, however it will not let you draw things which do not comply to the 
UML standard. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on what you're trying 
to do. You might also run into features of the current UML standard which 
aren't supported by the current version of Umbrello. But if you can live with 
this restriction, you might like some of the more advanced features in 
Umbrello. There's also BOUML, another UML diagram tool, available now. I 
haven't tried that one.

        Kevin Kofler


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