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Diagram Designer

CNET Editors' review

Diagram Designer provides users with an opportunity to quickly design simple flow charts, which should appeal to business people. Though it has a snag with its text feature, the program's simplicity makes it a more attractive choice than other similar programs.

This download has an incredibly simple interface that should not take much getting used to, no matter what level of user you are. Happily, there are Help files on the Internet and within the program. One interface complaint comes from its ability to fill charts with color, since the palette is slightly hidden along the top. However, users will gravitate toward the simple click-and-drag shapes and arrows that will comprise their diagrams. The diagrams were simple to create and adjust if mistakes were made. With a variety of shapes and arrows, even the most complex business flow chart or organizational map can be laid out and labeled on the fly, unlike similar downloads. Our only gripe was with labeling--if users wish to add bold, italic or other font enhancements it must be done using a form of HTML code, which complicates matters for users used to clicking a button for such changes.

However, we felt this freeware program's text snag was easy to overlook since Diagram Designer created our chart much easier than similar products we've tested in the past. We recommend this program for anyone who needs diagrams in a hurry.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 56 votes

    • 5 star: 29
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple, Easy, Fast and Light"

    April 22, 2010  |   By jrs85704

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    I really like the simplicity and ease of use. I can quickly create flow charts and export to an image file.

    Cons

    I would like to see tree connectors (many to one; one to many), but otherwise I have no complaints about this program.

    Summary

    I've used Microsoft Visio for many years, and for a short while a program called Flow!. Diagram Designer does everything I want it to do, plus it's fast and light.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Has good overall capability."

    April 6, 2010  |   By TERRY-HARRIS

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    We were able to design Org charts in both Portrait and Landscape mode.

    Cons

    The help manual needs more info.

    Summary

    For a free product, it is fairly powerful.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Wonderful product - meets my requirements"

    March 22, 2010  |   By s-skerker

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    I was looking for something to help me with my software design class homework. I needed help with a flow charting product that meets my budget of $0 for Windows 7. This products works. And it's easy. The price is free

    Cons

    None yet!!

    Summary

    I've used a number of commercial flow charting products over the years, and I needed something small and easy to use. This does it. In under 10-minutes I had it figured out and it contains all the symbols that I need for flow charting a Java project that I'm working on for a class that I'm taking. To the designer. Thank you.

    This type of software has gotten easier over the years compared to the old DOS days and early Windows days.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent piece of software"

    February 17, 2010  |   By Gartzan

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    Fairly easy to learn, has many of the key features you would expect, with a little thought, you can build any shape you want. Excellent option if Visio is too costly.

    Cons

    Like others said, line connecting needs some work. Also, would REALLY like to see a "centering/aligning/spacing" option for the shapes. Maybe the upgrade from 1.21.2 to 1.22.0 will improve these.

    Summary

    This program has all the meat and potatoes that this kind of software needs and a pretty good number of the extra bells and whistles. The community forum is available and I've gotten a couple of template files that give me lots of options. It's like TNT. A little package with lots of power! One of my favorite, and most used, freeware tools. Thanks MeeSoft!

    Updated on Feb 18, 2010

    Installed version 1.22 and it has both of the points I was hoping for! The connecting lines work a lot better and the shape alignment process is great! I take back everything in the CON: section. I LOVE THIS PROGRAM!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well enough"

    February 13, 2010  |   By Gonzo BobH

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    Free and does what you would expect it to do.

    Cons

    The icon and text in them are really small and difficult to read.

    Summary

    Did I mention that it is free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great flowchart software"

    December 15, 2009  |   By Skylark88

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    Easy to use with small learning curve.
    Can move group of symbols by dragging selection box.

    Cons

    Shortcut keys are needed to enable the line and arrow connectors.
    Cannot automatically move following symbols forward or backward when inserting or deleting symbols.

    Summary

    This is a really nice flowcharting software for programmers. For the price (free) it's terrific.

    I wish the author would add shortcut keys to "enable" the line and arrow connectors. It's tedious to move the mouse to the top to click on those icons for every line or arrow connection. Pressing shortcut keys (function keys?) to enable those functions would allow really rapid connections to be made.

    It would also be nice if following symbols could be moved one slot forward or backward automatically to allow inserting or deleting symbols but I realize that it would be a monumental programming task for the author when this program is free.

    I recommend this program. I like it a lot!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great simple to use flow diagram creator"

    December 1, 2009  |   By Balayage CNET TV

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    A simple to use flow diagram design program anyone who can use a computer can use without any advanced training.
    Results can be exported as several several different graphic formats suitable for importing into any program.

    Cons

    None that I have found.

    Summary

    Anyone can use this program to create diagrams or flow charts. No formal training is required. Though, to make the best use of this program to produce good results some knowledge of flow charting and/or diagram creation should be a prerequisite.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely fantastic!!!!"

    November 9, 2009  |   By lapidry

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    Absolutely fantastic for the price - FREE!!! I had to lay out something for school and it came out looking extremely professional....Easy to manipulate the shapes into what I needed for the project - not your normal hippo flowchart shapes.

    Cons

    Connect lines are a little weak and don't always connect. When you move objects, the connecting lines may not go with the object as a result. You can't place an object within an object, no way to draw a circle with the line tools.

    Summary

    The two weak spots were minor annoyances. The power of the program far outweighs these minor items. A real keeper!!!!

    I've dreamed up several uses for it, including replacing a CAD/CAM program that was written for Windows 3.1 and is on floppy disks. It wouldn't replace current CAD/CAM programs... but that's OK. This is much simpler to use than any CAD/CAM program I've tried as a replacement. I was using it to do table layouts for a craft show.

    My need for this was unusual for a flowcharting program so the object within an object is not a normal requirement. I ended up drawing a box using 4 lines instead of being able to draw a circle like we were supposed to do. I still got a 100% on a grad level project so I can't complain.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Its so natural and devilishly simple to get into this."

    October 22, 2009  |   By bobdbilder

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    Simple uncluttered interface. Lightweight.

    Cons

    Connecting snapping points sometimes don't work. The connectors need a rework.

    Summary

    Some software are too big and bulky and you have to go through multiple steps just to initialize. For non complicated works, this suits the bill.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and Great!"

    October 19, 2009  |   By elbii

    Version: Diagram Designer 1.22

    Pros

    Does exactly what it is supposed to do.

    Cons

    Changing fonts and resizing them could be improved.

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