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Creating Flowcharts with Dia

Mar 03, 2010, 20:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

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"Flowcharts are a way of life for many people in business, engineering, and many other crafts and professions. Without these handy tools, it is often difficult to diagram the flow of work, electricity, cash, you name it! In the world of Windows there are plenty of options for creating flow charts. But what do you do if you are a Linux user? Do you suffer through having to either dual boot or run Windows in a virtual machine (see my article "VirtualBox offers simple, easy to use virtual solutions" for more information)?

"The answer? No. Linux has plenty of flowchart tools to satisfy nearly any need. Once of those tools is Dia. Dia is an open source, GTK+-based diagram creation tool for Linux. Dia was (somewhat) inspired by the Microsoft Visio tool and saves to a custom, gzipped, XML format. Of course, like all good tools, you can export your files (such as EPS, SVG, XFIG, WMF and PNG).

"In this article, I am going to show you how to install Dia and then make use of this outstanding, open source tool."

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