Diagramming software

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Diagramming software is software that is used to model, represent and visualise information. Among other uses, such diagrams are often used in software and technical development and business to represent dataflows, workflows, software architecture and organizational charts.

Unified Modeling Language (UML) diagram[edit]

For UML diagrams, see List of Unified Modeling Language tools

Flowchart[edit]

The following applications allow you to create flowcharts (sometimes among other diagram types). In addition, many tools in the List of UML tools can draw activity diagrams, which are a type of flowchart.

Name Platform License
ARIS Express Microsoft Windows Freeware
Calligra Flow (formerly Kivio) Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux GPL (open source)
ConceptDraw PRO Microsoft Windows, OS X Proprietary
Creately Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, web-based Proprietary
Delineato Pro Mac OS X, Mac App Store Proprietary
Dia Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux GPL (open source)
DRAKON Editor Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Public domain (open source)
Edraw Max Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Proprietary
GraphViz Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Eclipse Public License (open source)
Gliffy Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, web-based SaaS
Google Drawings Web-based
Inspiration Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Proprietary
LibreOffice Draw Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux LGPL (open source)
LionChart.com Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, web-based Proprietary
LucidChart Web-based
Microsoft Visio Microsoft Windows Proprietary
Nevron Draw Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Proprietary
OmniGraffle Mac OS X Proprietary
Apache OpenOffice Draw Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Apache (open source)
SimpleDiagrams Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Proprietary
SmartDraw Microsoft Windows Proprietary
Software Ideas Modeler Microsoft Windows Freeware, Proprietary
textografo Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, web-based SaaS
Visual Paradigm for UML Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Unix Proprietary
Visustin Microsoft Windows Proprietary
yEd Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and other platforms that support the JVM Freeware

Concept mapping/Mind mapping[edit]

Concept mapping and mind mapping are a subset of diagramming software aimed to represent collections of ideas.

Online diagramming[edit]

Online diagramming is a way to create flow charts and business diagrams without having to download and install any software. The diagram will be created completely online and is then exported as an image or pdf file.

  • Creately - Online Diagramming & Design. Flash-based.
  • Diagramo - Open Source online diagram software. HTML5 based.
  • Gliffy - Online Flow Chart & Diagram Software. HTML5-based, drag & drop, with free accounts.
  • LucidChart - Online Flow Chart & Diagram Software. HTML5-based, drag & drop, with free accounts.
  • Precursor - Online Flow Chart & Diagram Software. HTML5-based, real-time collaboration, no sign-up required.
  • ProcessOn - Free online diagramming application. Flash-based. BPMN 2.0 designer.
  • SpicyNodes - Radial tree visualizer with a drag-and-drop hierarchical tree editor, which generates interactive, radial tree diagrams.
  • textografo - Online Diagramming Application which allows to create diagrams from text and present it with a one-click animation
  • Draw.io - Free online diagram software for making flow charts, process diagrams, org charts, UML, ER and network diagrams.
  • BPMN.io - Free online diagram software for making BPMN 2.0 charts (business process diagrams).
  • Cacoo - User Friendly Online Drawing Software. Create a variety of diagrams such as site map, flowchart, wireframe, UML diagram. Cacoo can be used free of charge.
  • Nevron Draw - Free online diagram software for creating flow charts, org charts, and network diagrams. Silverlight-based.
  • LionChart - Online 3D Chart & Diagram software. HTML5 based, real-time collaboration.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bounford, Trevor (2000). Digital diagrams. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN 978-0-8230-1572-6. 

See also[edit]