Developing websites over the last few years, we’ve been stumbling over the same problem over and over again: how can I visualize my idea easily and quickly? Since human beings are used to visualizing things, trying to understand the idea behind them, recently we’ve spent hours googling for useful tools and tutorials which would help us to create images — mostly, diagrams, charts, chart-flows, and so on.
A List Of Nifty Tools For Drawing Diagrams, Charts And Chart Flows
- “Creating Graphs, Part I and “Creating Graphs, Part II” by Wolfgang Bartelme
Two detailed how-to-tutorials, which explain how you can create professional, visually appealing Diagrams with Adobe Illustrator.
- “Illustrator Charts” by Veerle Pieters
A step-by-step tutorial for Adobe Illustrator, which explains how to create flexible Charts which are visually appealing.
- “Charting in Microsoft Excel” by Jon Peltier
A detailed how-to about the use of tools, which are integrated in Microsoft Excel.
Free Web Tools
Gliffy.com is a free web-based diagram editor. It enables you to create and share flowcharts, network diagrams, floorplans, user interface designs and other drawings online. Registration is required.
- JGraphpad is a powerful, easy-to-use, feature-rich and standards-compliant open source graph component available for Java. Application areas include Process diagrams, workflow and BPM visualization, flowcharts, even traffic or water flow etc.
- yEd - Java™ Graph Editor is a powerful graph editor that is written entirely in the Java programming language. It can be used to quickly and effectively generate drawings and to apply automatic layouts to a range of different diagrams and networks.
- XML/SWF Charts is a simple, yet powerful tool to create attractive web charts and graphs from dynamic XML data. The XML source can be prepared manually, or generated dynamically using any scripting language (PHP, ASP, CFML, Perl, etc.). The Official tutorial explains exactly, how you can use XML/SWF for your personal projects.
- JFreeChart is a free 100% Java chart library which creates charts such as bar charts, line charts, pie charts, time series charts, candlestick charts, high/low/open/close charts, wind plots, and meter charts. JFreeChart is licensed under LGPL license and requires Java 2 platform (JDK Version 1.3 and higher).
The premier diagramming application for Mac OS X creates flow charts, org charts, network diagrams, family trees, project processes, office layouts - or anything else that can be represented by symbols and lines. (“Standard”-Version costs $49.99, “Professional”-Version $199.99).
- Microsoft Visio
The Microsoft Office business and technical diagramming program solves every problem you could ever think about. Microsoft Visio is integrated in the Microsoft Office. The price is appropriate for the quality Microsoft Visio delivers.
- SmartDraw is also a powerful Software-package, which is extremely easy-to-use and includes 1000s of professional-looking business graphics that you can modify and make your own. Price: $197-497.
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