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November 4th, 2010
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Request for a graph program
This is for someone I know-- he's using excel spreadsheets to make charts of boxes connected by arrows, and the problem is that the process is relatively slow and clumsy. There are mind-mapping programs which are better in that respect, but a crucial feature is that he wants to get beyond tree structures-- any box might have more than one arrow leading into it as well as out of it.

Other than that, color options are good, as are tags and notes, and it would be good to have a graph that could automatically stretch itself if more boxes are crowded into a tight area. That last might be a little much to ask.

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From:onceupon
Date:November 5th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
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We use Visio for all of this sort of thing.
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From:ice_hesitant
Date:November 5th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
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I would try Dia.
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From:bradhicks
Date:November 5th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
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OpenOffice.org Draw is what I use.
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From:nancylebov
Date:November 5th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
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Do you like it better than excel? If so, why?
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From:bradhicks
Date:November 5th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
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I didn't say Calc, I said Draw. OpenOffice.org has a full-fledged 2-D vector graphics package built into it. And the people who designed it clearly had flow-charting and process diagramming in mind, because even the earliest versions would do things like automatically add corners or rounded corners to arrows that ran diagonally if you wanted it to, and snap starting points and ending points of connecting lines between shapes to the middle of a side or to a corner. Also, double-clicking on a drawn item like a rectangle or a line defaults to giving you a horizontally and vertically centered text box with a transparent background, within (or on top of) the object. It's free, it only takes a minute or so to download, it's almost certainly the thing your friend should try first.
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From:dglenn
Date:November 6th, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
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The versions of Dia and Visio I've used are better for this, but OO Draw is still useful. I'd say to try it second, unless OpenOffice is already installed. (If it's already present, then try it first.)
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From:redaxe
Date:November 5th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
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I'd probably use Powerpoint or CorelDraw, depending on how far I needed to get from simple boxes and arrows. Both offer connectors and object grouping, which are infinitely helpful in the sort of diagramming I imagine he's doing.
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From:womzilla
Date:November 6th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
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Robin Laws uses Campaign Cartographer for his story outlines, which are dominated by boxes and arrows. But Visio is probably more all-purpose.
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From:arundelo
Date:November 8th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
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I use the Graphviz toolkit. It's mainly useful for generating or manipulating stuff programmatically.
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