[Chicago] Visio Altenatives

Steven Githens swgithen at mtu.edu
Fri Jan 30 18:49:02 CET 2009

I personally love Dia and use it quite a bit when I need to make 
diagrams and architecture workflows.  I don't require insane amounts of 
functionality though,  and haven't tried the Python scripting other than 
looking at a few examples.

If you can get anything else GTK or Gnome based to run on OS X with Fink 
or whatever is the hip OSS build chain for OS X these days, I'm guessing 
Dia shouldn't be a problem.


Brian Ray wrote:
> Hello:
> Looking for Visio alternatives I came across Dia, which seems to be 
> scriptable with Python <http://projects.gnome.org/dia/python.html>.
> I am just looking for some free flow charting software.  Has anyone 
> tried, Dia? UML and Python scriptability support is a plus, but not my 
> primary goal.  I need to send a flowchart as PDF to an international 
> workgroup who may embed as a graphic in a spec or publication.
> I run primarily on Mac and have some limited access to other OSs. Dia 
> does not say it runs on the mac, so alternatives that do, would be 
> helpful.  I see Omni Graf does have Python support, but also, is 
> commercial.  I like free and open so I can fix it if it breaks.
> Brian Ray
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