Dia

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.7
out of 7 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
0.97.2-2
File Size:
18.71MB
Date Added:
July 09, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
59,314
Downloads Last Week:
132
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Technical flowcharts and diagrams are a great way for IT project managers to visually demonstrate the ins and outs of a project to all involved. Dia lets users quickly draw customized flowcharts and diagrams. While the program markets itself toward a more technical crowd, we think it's a great tool for just about anyone looking to create a custom flowchart.

At first glance, there's a lot to Dia's user interface, especially if you're not familiar with image-editing tools. But a visit to the ample Help menu, and especially to the Quickstart section, will have you up and running in no time. The window opens with a blank, gridlike "canvas" in the center. A toolbar sits at the top with various edit, view, and layers options. A toolbox with tools for adding text, scrolling, magnifying, and adding shapes and lines resides below that, as do various objects used for creating a basic flowchart or technical diagram. We immediately jumped in and added specific shapes that represented technical commands, connecting them with lines. For example, the diamond object represents "Decision," while the circle represents "Connector." From there, we were able to customize our flowchart by adding colors to our shapes as well as text. Dia has the ability to create diagrams using UML, or Unified Modeling Language, as well as a long list of other special object categories such as Cisco, Database, and Sybase.

Dia's wide swath of technical objects makes it perfect for IT professionals, but its basic tools and ease of use make it appropriate even for non-techies. Dia installs and uninstalls cleanly and without issues. We highly recommend this program for all users.

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    2.7

    out of 7 votes

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    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 0
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    3.0

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    • 3 star: 1
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  • 3 stars

    "Good for a Free product"

    April 01, 2013   |   By LilSal

    Version: Dia 0.97.2-2

    Pros

    Can do my basic diagram / flows I want and is FREE

    Cons

    1. Keeps crashing so have to remember to save OFTEN
    2. Do not like that I cannot highlight text to edit (e.g., if I want to delete one line have to go to beginning of text or end and hit Delete or Backspace
    3. Cannot change text color at all

    Summary

    If it didn't crash so often, and has more text edit options, I'd be a very very happy camper

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